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Place of Birth Cincinnati - Ohio - USA
Birthday 1914-05-18
Death 1989-03-28
Also Known As Bob Wilke
Robert Wilke


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Prolific American character actor of primarily villainous roles. The son of German parents, Cincinnati feed-store manager August Wilke and his wife Rose, Robert Joseph Wilke grew up in Cincinnati. He worked as a lifeguard at a Miami, Florida, hotel, where he made contacts in the film business. He was able to obtain work as a stuntman and continued as such until the mid-'40s, when he began getting actual roles in low-budget westerns and serials. A prominent appearance as one of the heavies in Le train sifflera trois fois (1952) led to work in higher-quality films. He worked extensively in television as well as movies, and became an enormously familiar face, though a fairly anonymous one to the general public. His weathered visage made him a perfect western bad guy, but he occasionally played sympathetic parts as well, as in Les moissons du ciel (1978). An expert golfer, he was said by his friend Claude Akins to have earned more money on the golf course than he ever did in movies. He died in 1989. -


1988James Stewart's Wonderful Life as (archive footage)
1979The Sweet Creek County War
1978Days of Heaven as The Farm Foreman
1973Santee as Deaks (as Robert Wilke
1973The Boy Who Cried Werewolf as The Sheriff
1971They Call It Murder as Sheriff Rex Brandon
1971The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler as Hugh Fielding
1971A Gunfight as Marshal Tom Cater
1970The Cheyenne Social Club as Corey Bannister
1969The Desperate Mission as Gant
1967Tony Rome as Ralph Turpin
1966Smoky as Jeff Nicks
1965The Hallelujah Trail as Chief Five Barrels
1964Fate Is the Hunter as Stillman
1963The Gun Hawk as Johnny Flanders
1961The Long Rope as Ben Matthews
1960The Magnificent Seven as Wallace
1960Spartacus as Guard captain
1960The Slowest Gun in the West as Billy the Kid Blake
1959Never Steal Anything Small as Lennie
1958Man of the West as Ponch
1958Return To Warbow as Red
1957The Tarnished Angels as Hank
1957Night Passage as Concho
1957Hot Summer Night as Tom Ellis (as Robert Wilke)
1956Written on the Wind as Dan Willis
1956Gun The Man Down as Matt Rankin
1956Canyon River as Joe Graycoe
1956The Rawhide Years as Neal (as Robert Wilke)
1956Backlash as Jeff Welker
1956Raw Edge as Sile Doty (as Robert Wilke)
1956The Lone Ranger as Cassidy (as Robert Wilke)
1955Wichita as Ben Thompson (as Robert Wilke)
1955Shotgun as Bentley (as Robert Wilke)
1955Strange Lady in Town as Karg
1955Smoke Signal as 1st Sgt. Daly (as Robert Wilke)
1954Two Guns and a Badge as Moore - Outlaw (as Robert Wilke)
195420,000 Leagues Under the Sea as First Mate of the Nautilus
1954The Lone Gun as Hort Moran (as Robert Wilke)
1954The Far Country as Madden
1953War Paint as Trooper Grady
1953Arrowhead as Sgt. Stone
1953Powder River as Will Horn (as Bob Wilke)
1953Cow Country as Sledge
1952The Maverick as Massey (as Robert Wilke)
1952Wyoming Roundup as Wyatt - Henchman
1952Fargo as Link - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)
1952Cattle Town as Keeno
1952Hellgate as Sgt. Maj. Kearn
1952Road Agent as Slab Babcock
1952High Noon as Jim Pierce
1952The Las Vegas Story as Clayton (as Robert Wilke)
1951Overland Telegraph as Bellew - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)
1951Hot Lead as Stoney Dawson (as Robert Wilke)
1951Pistol Harvest as Andy Baylor (as Robert Wilke)
1951Cyclone Fury as Henchman Bunco (as Bob Wilke)
1951Best of the Badmen as Jim Younger
1951Gunplay as Henchman Winslow (as Robert Wilke)
1951Saddle Legion as Henchman Hooker
1950Frontier Outpost as Krag Benson
1950Across the Badlands as Duke Jackson / Keno Jackson (as Bob Wilke)
1950The Desert Hawk as Camel Driver
1950Outcasts of Black Mesa as Curt - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1949Coyote Canyon as Deputy Sheriff Ed (as Bob Wilkie)
1949The Wyoming Bandit as Sam - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1948Homicide for Three as Policeman
1948Carson City Raiders as Ed Noble (as Bob Wilke)
1947The Ghost Goes Wild as Burglar
1947Blackmail as Policeman
1947Web of Danger as Station Wagon Driver
1947Law of the Canyon as Knife-Throwing Henchman (uncredited)
1947Buck Privates Come Home as GI Buddy (uncredited)
1947Twilight on the Rio Grande as Henchman
1946The Inner Circle as Police Officer Cummings (as Bob Wilke)
1946Rendezvous with Annie as MP
1946Traffic in Crime as Hogan's Driver
1946Passkey to Danger as Police Sergeant
1946The Catman of Paris as The Catman
1946Badman's Territory as Deputy Marshal (uncredited)
1945Rough Riders of Cheyenne as Smoke - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1945Sunset in El Dorado as Curley Roberts - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1945Bandits of the Badlands as Henchman Keller (as Bob Wilke)
1945Trail of Kit Carson as Dave MacRoy (as Bob Wilke)
1945Santa Fe Saddlemates as Rawhide
1945Corpus Christi Bandits as Henchman Steve
1945Earl Carroll Vanities as Cab Driver
1945Sheriff of Cimarron as Henchman Dobie
1944Faces in the Fog as Photographer
1944Vigilantes of Dodge City as Bill (as Bob Wilke)
1944Sheriff of Sundown as Bradley - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1944San Antonio Kid as Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1944Bordertown Trail as Henchman
1944Call of the Rockies as Deputy Jim
1944Cowboy and the Senorita as Townsman (uncredited)
1944The Fighting Seabees as Arriving Construction Worker (uncredited)
1943Whispering Footsteps as Bank Customer
1941Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. as Cutter Helmsman
1941Sierra Sue as Carnival Spectator (uncredited)
1940Adventures of Red Ryder as Henchman
1940Grand Ole Opry as Hillbilly (uncredited)
1940In Old Missouri as Hillbilly
1939In Old Monterey as Man on Wagon
1939Daredevils of the Red Circle as G-Man
1939S.O.S Tidal Wave as Man in TV Studio
1939Star Reporter as Reporter
1937That Man's Here Again as (uncredited)

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