Jay Robinson (I) (1930–2013)


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Character actor Jay Robinson owned a pair of the narrowest, cruelest-looking eyes in 1950s Hollywood. To complement them was an evil-looking sneer, crisp and biting diction and a nefarious-sounding cackle. These were all draped upon a lean, bony physique that could slither about menacingly like a ready-to-pounce cobra. With that in mind, he made ... See full bio »

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Bram Stoker's Dracula Mr. Hawkins
(1992)
The Robe Caligula
(1953)
(1975)

Filmography

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 1994 The Nanny (TV Series)
The Maitre'd
- The Playwright (1994) ... The Maitre'd
 1994 Murder Between Friends (TV Movie)
 1993 Dying to Remember (TV Movie)
Dr. James Portman
 1993 Skeeter
Drake
 1992 Ghost Ship
Crusoe - pirate
 1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula
Mr. Hawkins
 1992 Sinatra (TV Mini-Series)
Major Bowes
- Part II (1992) ... Major Bowes
- Part I (1992) ... Major Bowes
 1987-1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Bishop Burkhardt / Paddock
- Murder, Plain and Simple (1991) ... Bishop Burkhardt
- The Way to Dusty Death (1987) ... Paddock
 1989 Cheers (TV Series)
Larry
- For Real Men Only (1989) ... Larry
 1989 Transylvania Twist
Uncle Ephram
 1988 Big Top Pee-wee
Cook
 1987 The Real Ghostbusters (TV Series)
Calamari
- The Cabinet of Calamari (1987) ... Calamari (voice)
 1987 Night Court (TV Series)
Roland Jeffries
- Christine's Friend (1987) ... Roland Jeffries
 1986 Mr. and Mrs. Ryan (TV Movie)
Auctioneer
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
- The Couch (1985)
 1983 Amanda's (TV Series)
Judge Leo Thornton
- Oh, Promise Me (1983) ... Judge Leo Thornton
 1983 The Taming of the Shrew (Video)
Pedant
 1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Wilson
- The ACM Kid (1983) ... Wilson
 1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
The Governor
- Last Chance Louie (1983) ... The Governor
 1983 CHiPs (TV Series)
Arms Buyer
- Firepower (1983) ... Arms Buyer
 1982 Richard II (Video)
Gardener
 1982 Memories Never Die (TV Movie)
Dr. Max Heilbrunn
 1982 Voyagers! (TV Series)
Cicero
- Created Equal (1982) ... Cicero
 1982 Partners
Halderstam
 1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer
King Charles
 1976-1982 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Horace Sharp / Morton Hackler
- The Tontine (1982) ... Horace Sharp
- The Sniper (1976) ... Morton Hackler
 1981 Macbeth (Video)
The Porter
 1981 The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (Video)
Duke of Venice
 1980 The Man with Bogart's Face
Wolf / Zinderneuf
 1979 The Secret Empire (TV Series)
Demeter
- Chapter XIV: Escape to the Stars (1979) ... Demeter
- Chapter XII: Powerhouse (1979) ... Demeter
 1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Cassius Thorne
- Planet of the Amazon Women (1979) ... Cassius Thorne
 1978 Born Again
David Shapiro
 1978 The Bay City Rollers Show (TV Series)
Dr. Deathray / Igor Strange
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Dr. Deathray / Igor Strange
 1978 The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars (TV Movie)
Count Dracula
 1978 A.E.S. Hudson Street (TV Series)
Pratt
- Shut Down (1978) ... Pratt
 1977 The Kallikaks (TV Series)
Dr. Wally Walla
- Swami, How I Love Ya (1977) ... Dr. Wally Walla
 1976 Dr. Shrinker (TV Series)
Dr. Shrinker
- The Little Prince (1976) ... Dr. Shrinker
- The Splotchalaria Epidemic (1976) ... Dr. Shrinker
- Treasure of the Deep (1976) ... Dr. Shrinker
- Wildboy (1976) ... Dr. Shrinker
- Brain Storm (1976) ... Dr. Shrinker
 1975-1976 The Waltons (TV Series)
Professor Thaxton
- The Comeback (1976) ... Professor Thaxton
- The House (1976) ... Professor Thaxton
- The Breakdown (1975) ... Professor Thaxton
 1976 The Krofft Supershow (TV Series)
Dr. Shrinker (in 'Dr. Shrinker') (1976-1977)
 1976 Phyllis (TV Series)
Maitre D
- A Man, a Woman and Another Woman (1976) ... Maitre D
 1975 I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now?
Insane Actor
 1975 Harry O (TV Series)
Karl Singleton
- Group Terror (1975) ... Karl Singleton
 1975 Train Ride to Hollywood
Dracula
 1975 Bronk (TV Series)
Hanson
- The Fifth Victim (1975) ... Hanson
 1975 Doc (TV Series)
Hollister
- Quartet (1975) ... Hollister
 1975 Shampoo
Norman
 1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Prof. Eli Strig
- Chopper (1975) ... Prof. Eli Strig
 1968-1974 Mannix (TV Series)
Lyle Kilburn / Eddie Richter / Overkill / ...
- Picture of a Shadow (1974) ... Lyle Kilburn
- Trap for a Pigeon (1974) ... Eddie Richter
- Overkill (1971) ... Overkill
- The Search for Darrell Andrews (1970) ... Executive #2
- Pressure Point (1968) ... McClure
 1974 Planet of the Apes (TV Series)
Bandor
- Tomorrow's Tide (1974) ... Bandor
 1974 Nightmare Honeymoon
Ruskin
 1974 Three the Hard Way
Monroe Feather
 1974 Banacek (TV Series)
Bradley Merrick
- Now You See Me, Now You Don't (1974) ... Bradley Merrick
 1973 She Lives! (TV Movie)
Dr. Mayhill
 1973 This Is a Hijack
Simon Scott
 1973 Search (TV Series)
Claude Johansen
- Ends of the Earth (1973) ... Claude Johansen
 1972 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Ralph Mingo
- Cloth of Gold (1972) ... Ralph Mingo
 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
George Cadlin
- Operation: White Fire (1972) ... George Cadlin
 1971 Room 222 (TV Series)
Paul Freebush
- Hail and Farewell (1971) ... Paul Freebush
 1971 Bunny O'Hare
John C. Rupert
 1971 The D.A. (TV Series)
Cowan
- The People vs. Hendry (1971) ... Cowan
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Abel Hewitt
- Lady at the Bar (1970) ... Abel Hewitt
 1969-1970 Bewitched (TV Series)
Professor Poindexter Phipps / Julius Caesar
- The Phrase Is Familiar (1970) ... Professor Poindexter Phipps
- Samantha's Caesar Salad (1969) ... Julius Caesar
 1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
D.A. Roberts
- Visitation (1969) ... D.A. Roberts
 1968 Star Trek (TV Series)
Petri
- Elaan of Troyius (1968) ... Petri
 1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Dr. Maitland
- The Night of the Sedgewick Curse (1968) ... Dr. Maitland
 1965 Tell Me in the Sunlight
Barber
 1957 My Man Godfrey
Vincent
 1956 The Wild Party
Gage Freeposter
 1956 Wire Service (TV Series)
Rod Usher
- The Tower (1956) ... Rod Usher
 1955 The Virgin Queen
Chadwick
 1953 The Robe
Caligula
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Stage: Appeared in "As You Like It" at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. Comedy (revival). See more »

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Bette Davis provided the introduction to his autobiography when she wrote: "The Comeback" is a book about a very talented actor, Jay Robinson. This talent was ever present during those years that were black. "The Comeback," even if you never heard of Jay Robinson, is a powerful story of a man who survived those years and finally, by getting to know God, found a new life. Let us hail him and let ... See more »

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