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  • BIRTH 23/01/1907
  • DEATH 21/12/1988
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 4
  • MOVIES 31

Bob Steele

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Bob Steele (January 23, 1907 - December 21, 1988) was an American actor. He was born Robert Adrian Bradbury in Portland, Oregon, into a vaudeville family. After years of touring, the family settled down in Hollywood in the late 1910s, where his father, Robert N. Bradbury, soon found work in the movies, first as an actor, later as a director, and by 1920, he hired Bob and his twin brother Bill (1907–1971) as juvenile leads for a series of adventure movies entitled "The Adventures of Bob and Bill".

Bob's career began to take off for good in 1927, when he was hired by production company Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) to star in a series of Westerns. Bob—who was rechristened Bob Steele at FBO—soon made a name for himself, and in the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s starred in B-Westerns for almost every minor film studio, including Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany, Syndicate, Republic (including several films of the Three Mesquiteers series) and Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) (including the initial films of their "Billy the Kid" series), plus he had the occasional role in an A-movie, as in the adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men from 1939.

In the 1940s, Bob's career as a cowboy hero was on the decline, but he kept himself working by accepting supporting roles in many big movies like Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep, or the John Wayne vehicles Island in the Sky, Rio Bravo and Rio Lobo. Besides these he also made occasional appearances in science fiction films like Atomic Submarine and Giant from the Unknown and did lots of television work, culminating in a regular supporting role in the army comedy F Troop (1965–1967), which allowed him to show his comic talent. Steele played the character of Trooper Duffy who claimed to have been "shoulder to shoulder with Davy Crockett at the Alamo"-in fact Steele played in With Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo in 1926.

Bob Steele died on December 21, 1988 from emphysema after a long sickness.

Bob Steele is said to have been the inspiration for the character "Cowboy Bob" in the Dennis The Menace comic strip.        

                    

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Bob Steele

Shows (4)

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Coe / Sam Gordon
Rawhide
Rawhide
Deputy Art Gray
The Rebel
The Rebel
Jess Kirby / Will Randall
F Troop
F Troop
Trooper Duffy

Movies (31)

Hang 'em High
Hang 'em High
Jenkins
The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep
Lash Canino
McLintock!
McLintock!
Train Engineer
Rio Lobo
Rio Lobo
Rio Lobo Deputy (uncredited)
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
Curley
Island in the Sky
Island in the Sky
Wilson
Something Big
Something Big
Teamster #3
Wildfire
Wildfire
Happy Haye
Riders of the Sage
Riders of the Sage
Bob Burke
The Spoilers
The Spoilers
Miner
Capturing a Canadian Lynx
Capturing a Canadian Lynx
Bob
The Great Bank Robbery
The Great Bank Robbery
First Guard
Fort Worth
Fort Worth
Shorty
South of St. Louis
South of St. Louis
Slim Hansen
Town Tamer
Town Tamer
Ken
Catching a Koala Bear
Catching a Koala Bear
Bob
Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Bucky
Pardners
Pardners
Shorty
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
Tom Logan
Westward Ho
Westward Ho
Tucson Smith
Six Black Horses
Six Black Horses
Puncher
Taggart
Taggart
Drums Across the River
Drums Across the River
Billy Costa
Trail of Terror
Trail of Terror
Spike Manning
Santa Fe Scouts
Santa Fe Scouts
Tucson Smith
Bugles in the Afternoon
Bugles in the Afternoon
Rider Who Announces Custer Is Dead
Colorado Kid
Colorado Kid
Colorado Kid
Pork Chop Hill
Pork Chop Hill
Col. Kern
The Enforcer
The Enforcer
Herman
Shadows on the Sage
Shadows on the Sage
'Tucson' Smith / Curly Joe
Billy The Kid's Fighting Pals
Billy The Kid's Fighting Pals
Billy the Kid