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Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

American child actor
Robert Ellis
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Intro American child actor
Was Actor Child actor Television actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 24 August 1933, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A.
Death 23 November 1973, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 40 years)
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Robert Ellis (September 24, 1933 – November 23, 1973) was an American child actor in the 1940s and 1950s, who was the last actor to play Henry Aldrich on the radio series The Aldrich Family.

Early life

Robert Ellis was born in Chicago, Illinois to Fern Bloomfield. He was educated in professional children's schools in New York City and Hollywood and later studied theater arts at Columbia University.


He made his acting debut at age 5 and appeared in some 50 movies and television shows, sometimes billed as "Bobby Ellis." In 1948, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences awarded him a special certificate for his acting and dancing role as Buster Tyme in the movie April Showers, which starred Ann Sothern and Jack Carson. He portrayed Ralph Grainger, a college friend of Ronnie Burns, on the final two seasons of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.

He died of kidney failure at the age of 40 in Los Angeles. At the time of his death, he was a producer of educational films.


  • April Showers (1948) as Buster Tyme
  • The Babe Ruth Story (1948) as George Herman Ruth as a Boy
  • Mexican Hayride (1948) as Mexican Boy (uncredited)
  • The Green Promise (1949) as Buzz Wexford
  • El Paso (1949) as Jack Elkins
  • Easy Living (1949) as Urchin
  • A Kiss for Corliss (1949) as Raymond Pringle
  • Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) as Skating Boy
  • Call Me Mister (1951) as Ack-Ack Ackerman
  • The Guest (1951) film short
  • Retreat, Hell! (1952) as Shorty Devine
  • Niagara (1953) as Young Man (uncredited)
  • Prisoner of War (1954) as Alan H. Rolfe (uncredited)
  • The Long Gray Line (1955) as Cadet Short (uncredited)
  • The McConnell Story (1955) as Bob Brown
  • Tea and Sympathy (1956) as Second Boy (uncredited)
  • Pillars of the Sky (1956) as Albie
  • Space Master X-7 (1958) as Pvt. Joe Rattigan
  • Gidget (1959) as Hot Shot
  • Don't Give Up the Ship (1959) as Sailor (uncredited)
  • Wake Me When It's Over (1960) as Corporal (uncredited)

Television roles

  • The Aldrich Family (1952-1953) as Henry Aldrich
  • Meet Corliss Archer (1951) as Dexter Franklin
  • I Love Lucy (1952) as Tommy the Office Boy
  • Fireside Theatre (1951-1952)
  • Big Town (1952)
  • Peter Pan (1953) as Lost Boy (voice, uncredited)
  • Where's Raymond? (1954)
  • Schlitz Playhouse (1954)
  • The Loretta Young Show (1954) as Tom
  • Public Defender (1954) as Johnny Wagner
  • The Lone Ranger (1955) as Jack 'Kid' Hall
  • Cavalcade of America (1955)
  • Meet Corliss Archer (1954-1955) as Dexter Franklin
  • The Bob Cummings Show (1956) as Joe Depew
  • Telephone Time (1956)
  • Lux Video Theatre (1956)
  • The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956) as Pat Jordan
  • The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (1956) as George Barnett
  • The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1957) as Pvt. Crenshaw
  • Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1957)
  • Navy Log (1957) as Kupper
  • The Sheriff of Cochise (1957) as Jaekel
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1957) as Reporter / Tommy Kopeck
  • Code 3 (1957) as Dewey Cushmnan / Fred Bacon
  • General Electric Theater (1957)
  • The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1956-1958) series regular
  • Flight (1958)
  • 77 Sunset Strip (1958) as Harry Warren
  • Death Valley Days (1959) as Ben (in "Wheelbarrow Johnny")
  • The Real McCoys (1959) as Gas Station Customer
  • The Donna Reed Show (1959) as Young Man (in "The Punishment")
  • M Squad (1960)as Tom Herrick (in "Dead Parrots Don't Talk")
  • Tallahassee 7000 (1961)
  • The Jackie Gleason Special (1973)
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