Robert Irby Clarke (June 1, 1920 – June 11, 2005) was an American actor best known for his cult classic science fiction films of the 1950s.
Clarke married Alyce King in 1956. They remained wed until her death in 1996. He was the father of actor and voice artist Cam Clarke.
Clarke was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He decided at an early age that he wanted to be an actor, but nevertheless suffered from stage fright in his first school productions. He attended Kemper Military School and College, planning to make a career in the service, but dropped out after his asthma prevented his serving in World War II. He later attended the University of Oklahoma, where he acted in radio plays, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he appeared on stage. He did not graduate, but hitched a ride to California to try to break into the motion picture business.
Movies & TV shows
The Naked Monster
This spoof/homage of 1950's science-fiction films brings back many favorite actors from these classic movies, some reprising their former roles, to help destroy a giant stop-motion monster that is thr...
Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula
Through his Hollywood successes and eventual decline, the life and career of legendary actor Bela Lugosi is explored in the film. The film features never-before-seen footage of the actor, ranging from...
A spaceship is going to be used to execute someone. He makes his way to the woods on a shuttle. The commander of the spaceship decided to use The Alienator. When they meet up with some teens and Ward,...
A woman is plagued by dreams of being buried alive while her adulterous husband is scheming to kill her to get her fortune.
Midnight Movie Massacre
The episode is called " Back from the Future" and is set in the '50s in a movie theatre with a serial called "Space Patrol." The evil scientist on the serial goes back to the '50s and his crew members...
He was married to a doctor. Charles Raynor. Raynor is a sadist who torments her. After divorcing him, she took their child away. After he decided to kill her, he was charged with attempted murder.
1 TV show
Murder, She Wrote
An unassuming mystery writer turned sleuth uses her professional insight to help solve real-life homicide cases.
3 TV shows
Hotel aired on ABC from September 21, 1983 to May 5, 1988 in the time slot following Dynasty. The Gregory Hotel is in San Francisco. There is a hotel in the Nob Hill neighborhood. The personal and pro...
Matt Houston was an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from 1982 to 1985. The series was created by Lawrence Gordon.
Michael Long, an undercover police officer, was shot while investigating a case and left for dead by his attackers. He is saved by a wealthy, dying millionaire and inventor named Michael Knight, who a...
1 Movie · 3 TV shows
A hot air balloon crew and a dog find themselves on an island with scantily-clad part-alien women, zombies, and other monsters.
In the US, the CBS network aired nine seasons of Falcon Crest. The feuding factions of the wealthy Gioberti/Channing family in the Californian wine industry are the focus of the series. Robert Foxwort...
The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, lost in childhood after a kidnapping; Fallon, pamp...
Simon & Simon
The original run of Simon & Simon was from 1981 to 1989. Two brothers ran a private detective agency.
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The Trophy Case
A father encourages his son to do things he couldn't do when he was younger, but he learns that his son has ambitions of his own.
Trapper John, M.D.
John was a doctor. An American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH is about a lovable doctor who became a mentor and father figure in San Francisco. The show was on CBS from 1979 to...
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Tabitha is the daughter of the bewitching husband and wife. Tabitha adds a little magic and fun to the lives of her relatives and friends.
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Hawaii Five-O is a police procedural drama. The show aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980. Jack Lord portrayed Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett, the head of a special state police task force whi...
The show aired on CBS from September 1968 to May 1970. The father with two half-brother sons is similar to the one on NBC's Bonanza.
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The King Family Show
The King Family Show was an American musical variety series that featured The King Sisters and their extended musical family. The series first aired on ABC from January 1966 to January 1967. The serie...
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Kraft Suspense Theatre
Kraft Suspense Theatre is an American anthology series that was telecast from 1963 to 1965 on NBC. Sponsored by Kraft Foods, it was seen three weeks out of every four and was pre-empted for Perry Como...
Beyond the Time Barrier
A pilot testing a new rocket powered craft flies into the future and lands at a deserted air base he left. He ends up in a city with people who are suspicious of him because he is a spy and they want ...
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Private Eyes Tom Lopaka and Tracy Steele are based out of Hawaiian Village Resort where they work both hotel security and are hired by others to look into various matters. Their right-hand man, who ru...
Men into Space
Men Into Space is an American science-fiction television series broadcast from September 30, 1959 to September 7, 1960 by CBS which depicted future efforts by the United States Air Force to explore an...
An American wheeler-dealer woos a colonel's wife amid danger at a French Foreign Legion fort.
A Date with Death
A drifter is mistaken for the sheriff of a small town. He takes the police job and is immediately pressured to crack down on organized crime.
The Incredible Petrified World
Four people are trapped in a hidden underwater world when the diving bell breaks.
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The Hideous Sun Demon
An atomic research scientist has to change into a lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.
Sea Hunt, an American adventure television series, was popular in syndication for decades after it aired. The series aired for four seasons. Lloyd Bridges was cast as ex-Navy frogman Mike Nelson.
77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip is an hour-length American television private detective series created by Roy Huggins and starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith, and Edd Byrnes. The show was the subject of an ow...
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
Desilu productions produced the American television anthology series, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse. The show ran on CBS from 1959 to 1960. Two of the 48 episodes were used as pilots for The Untouchab...
From the Earth to the Moon
Victor Barbicane invented a new source of power called Power X after the American civil war. He wants to send a rocket to the moon. Nicholl's daughter and his assistant will join him on the trip. Nich...
Girl with an Itch
Ben Cooper, an old farmer, falls in love with the young blond hitchhiker Mari Lou. She falls in love with Ben Coopers money. But, will he have enough to make her happy?
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The Astounding She-Monster
A group of people living in the California mountains are frightened by a glowing female creature after a meteorite crashes to earth.
Harbor Command was syndicated from October 11, 1957 to July 4, 1958. The series is about an officer of the United States Coast Guard. Ziv Television Programs produced the series.
Lt. Frank Ballinger is a plain clothes cop. In America's Second City, Chicago, the squad's task is to root out organised crime and corruption.
The most difficult cases in the aid of the innocent were handled by the master criminal defense attorney and his staff.
Christina is a trick-shot artist because she does not share her family's belief that a woman's place is with her husband at the fireplace. With her Uncle Jim, a troubadour, and his sidekick Andy, a ma...
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The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo was a 1956 ITC Entertainment/TPA television series adapted very loosely from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, adapted by Sidney Marshall. It premiered in the UK in early 1956 an...
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The series aired on ABC from 1955 to 1963. The first hour-long western and the first hour-long dramatic series of any kind, with continuing characters, to last more than one season is what the show wa...
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The Black Pirates
Pirates searching for treasure take over a small town in Central America where they believe the loot is buried, but discover that a church has been built over the spot. The townspeople are forced to d...
December Bride is an American sitcom that aired on the CBS television network from 1954 to 1959, adapted from the original CBS radio network series that aired from June 1952 through September 1953.
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Captain John Smith and Pocahontas
The story of Captain John Smith. The city of Jamestown. Early 1600s.
The Body Beautiful
Susan Morrow is upset when her boss pays too much attention to a model. Morrow's younger sister took a candid photo of her sister in her underwear and sent it to her. He tried to locate the mystery gi...
City Detective is a half-hour syndicated crime drama starring Rod Cameron as 43-year-old Bart Grant, a tough 1950s New York City police lieutenant. The first of three consecutive Rod Cameron series, C...
I Led Three Lives
Ziv Television Programs syndicated I Led Three Lives from October 1, 1953 to January 1, 1956. Richard Carlson is in the series. The radio drama I Was a Communist for the FBI was syndicated by Ziv from...
Blades of the Musketeers
In 1625 France, D'Artagnan joins the king's musketeers, meets three new friends - Athos, Porthos and Aramis - among them and, together, the four quickly find themselves embroiled in court intrigue wit...
A ruthless Texas oil baron and his non-believing daughter find God in this early witnessing film produced by and featuring Billy Graham.
Sword of Venus
An enemy of the Count of Monte Cristo frames his son for a murder in order to exact revenge and steal the family fortune.
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Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade of America is an anthology drama series that was sponsored by the DuPont Company, although it occasionally presented a musical, such as an adaptation of Show Boat, and condensed biographies ...
In a post- apocalyptic New York City, three tribes of Mutants battle each other to survive.
The Fabulous Senorita
A Cuban businessman's daughter elopes with a professor instead of marrying her father's son.
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The Man from Planet X
While watching for a planet that may collide with earth, scientists stationed in Scotland are approached by a visitor from outer space.
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok is an American Western television series which ran for eight seasons from 1951 through 1958. The Screen Gems series began in syndication, but ran on CBS from 1955 th...
Tim Holt and Richard Martin were house cowboys. Two heroes are accused of killing their boss. Holt feels as though justice is not being served despite the fact that they are saved from the hangman's n...
Dragnet is a radio, television and motion picture series that depicts the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show is named after the police t...
A lawyer (Robert Clarke) defends a slot-machine king, and his bride (Penny Edwards) and partner (Ross Ford) don't like it.
Hard, Fast and Beautiful
Most people see a pretty teenager when they look at Florence Farley. Milly sees a tennis player who could be her ticket to money and fame when she looks at her daughter. Our modern era of big-time wom...
Tales of Robin Hood
The story of Robin Hood, how he met his Merry Men and Maid Marian, and saved England from Sir Guy de Clairmont and his henchman. Compiled from the few filmed episodes of an unsold TV series.
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Lux Video Theatre
From 1950 to 1959 there was an American anthology series called Lux Video Theatre. Both comedy and drama were presented in original teleplays.
A young woman with just become engaged is raped on her way home from work.
Riders of the Range
The owner of the saloon offered jobs to two out-of-work cowboys after they saved a pretty woman from a beating. Harry reluctantly agrees to pay off his gambling debt by allowing the Ringo Kid to rustl...
Champagne for Caesar
The owner of Burnbridge Waters rudely turned Bottomley down when he was interviewing for a position at the company. Bottomley enters a TV quiz show that Waters' company sponsors with the goal of winni...
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
A gang of criminals, which includes a piano player and an imposing former convict known as 'Gruesome', found out about a scientist's secret formula for a gas that temporarily paralyzes anyone who brea...
Code of the West
Knowing the railroad is coming, Carter is after the rancher's land. Bob and Chito return just in time to save Banker Stockton and his money from Carter's men. When Stockton then lends the ranchers mon...
Marvin Hayden returns to find that his ranch is going to be sold at an auction. A man tries to kill a man. He kills Chick Jorth with a rock when he fails. Hayden is arrested for the murder because he ...
Under the Tonto Rim
Tim Holt went to jail to catch a holdup gang.
London, 1761 St. Wealthy people like to watch the patients at Mary's of Bethlehem as if they were animals. One of the visitors is horrified by the living conditions of the unfortunate inhabitants of t...
Tom Conway plays Steve Barnes, a criminal attorney known for his unconventional courtroom tactics, in a break from his heroic "Falcon" role. After accidentally killing a crooked nightclub owner, Barne...
An ex-con starts a program to help rehabilitate prisoners. There are things that don't go according to plan.
The Bamboo Blonde
Louise Anderson sings in a New York nightclub. He had to leave the next day because he fell in love with her. He becomes a hero when his crew shoots down a Japanese battleship and he paints his pictur...
A gang of crooks are involved with a young outlaw. They threaten to charge him with a false murder if he tells them he is breaking away. He was rescued and reformed by his sister and an undercover age...
Radio Stars on Parade
A Hollywood talent agency tries to get its best clients on the air.
A Game of Death
A man washes up on a big-game hunter's Caribbean island.
The Enchanted Cottage
A maid and a scarred ex-GI meet at a cottage where the ex-GI was to spend his honeymoon prior to his accident. The two bonds and agree to marry, more out of loneliness than love. The cottage's romanti...
Zombies on Broadway
It's hard to find real zombies for a broadway show.
The Body Snatcher
Edinburgh was founded in the year 1831. Gray is a cab driver who is involved in the illegal trade of grave robbery. Gray was a medical student at the time. MacFarlane was able to escape punishment.
Back to Bataan
A colonel is leading a campaign against the Japanese.
Wanderer of the Wasteland
A young cowboy rides out to avenge his father's killer. By this time, the cowboy has fallen in love with the outlaw's niece, so he doesn't kill him. The hero is blamed for the crime after the killer i...
The Falcon in Hollywood
Suave amateur detective Tom Lawrence--aka Michael Arlen's literary hero The Falcon--arrives in Hollywood for some rest and relaxation, only to find himself involved in the murder of a movie actor. The...