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Robert Lowery

Robert Lowery American motion picture, television, and stage actor

American motion picture, television, and stage actor
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Quick Facts
Intro American motion picture, television, and stage actor
Was Actor Stage actor Television actor Film actor
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 17 October 1913, Kansas City, USA
Death 26 December 1971, Los Angeles, USA (aged 58 years)
Star sign LibraLibra
Spouse: Jean Parker
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Robert Lowery (born Robert Lowery Hanks, October 17, 1913 – December 26, 1971) was an American motion picture, television, and stage actor who appeared in more than seventy films.

Early life

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Lowery grew up on Wayne Avenue near the long-demolished Electric Park. Lowery's father was a local attorney and oil investor who worked several years for the Pullman Corporation as a railroad agent; his mother, Leah Thompson Hanks, was a concert pianist.

Syndicated newspaper columnist Harrison Carroll reported that Lowery was "a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks".

He graduated from Paseo High School in Kansas City, and soon was invited to sing with the Slats Randall Orchestra in the early 1930s. Lowery played on the Kansas City Blues minor league baseball team and was overall considered a versatile athlete; his physique and strength were gained from a stint working in a paper factory as a teenager. After the death of his father in 1935, he traveled to Hollywood with his mother and their housekeeper, and enrolled in the Lila Bliss acting school before being signed by Twentieth Century Fox in 1937.


Lowery with George Reeves in the 1942 United States War Department Official Training Film No. 8-154, Sex Hygiene

Lowery debuted in motion pictures in Come and Get It (1936).

During his career, Lowery was primarily known for roles in action films such as The Mark of Zorro (1940), The Mummy's Ghost (1944), and Dangerous Passage (1944). He became the second actor to play DC Comics' Batman (succeeding Lewis Wilson), starring in a 1949's Batman and Robin serial.

Lowery also had roles in a number of Western films including The Homesteaders (1953), The Parson and the Outlaw (1957), Young Guns of Texas (1962), and Johnny Reno (1966). He was also a stage actor and appeared in Born Yesterday, The Caine Mutiny, and in several other productions.

On television, Lowery was best known for the role of Big Tim Champion on the series Circus Boy (1956–1957). In 1956, he guest starred in "The Deadly Rock," an episode of The Adventures of Superman (which was the first time a Batman actor shared screen time with a Superman actor, although Lowery and Reeves had appeared together in their pre-superhero days in the 1942 World War II anti-VD propaganda film, Sex Hygiene.) Lowery also had guest roles on Perry Mason, featured as murder victim Amos Bryant in "The Case of the Roving River," and as Andrew Collis in "The Case of the Provocative Protégé", 'Playhouse 90 ("The Helen Morgan Story"), Hazel, Cowboy G-Men, Maverick, Tales of Wells Fargo, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, and Pistols 'n' Petticoats.

He made his last on-screen appearance in the 1967 comedy/Western film The Ballad of Josie, opposite Doris Day and Peter Graves.

Personal life and death

He was married three times, to three actresses. He and Jean Parker had a son, Robert Lowery Hanks II, in 1952.

His other wives were Vivan Wilcox and Barbara "Rusty" Farrell, whom he married on March 21, 1947, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Although a divorce action was filed in his last marriage to Parker, it was never finalized.

Lowery died of heart failure at the age of 58 in his Los Angeles, California apartment on December 26, 1971.

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