Robert Fuller is well-known for his roles on "Laramie", "Wagon Train" and "Emergency". He was a popular guest at the 2017 festival especially with his "Fuller Fandom" group in attendance. He is always a great guest at the Memphis Film Festival and we are looking forward to seeing him again.
Robert Fuller was born in Troy, New York. He and his mother moved to Florida when he was 5 years old where he later attended Miami Military Academy. After his mother remarried, the family moved to Key West, Florida where he attended high school. After completing school he moved to Hollywood with his parents.
Robert began working in films as an extra and eventually wound up doing stunt work, doubling such actors as Steve McQueen and Jerry Lewis. However, his career was put on hold while he served in the army infantry during the Korean Conflict. After completing his tour of duty, Robert returned to the states where he joined Richard Boone’s acting class. Boone eventually convinced Robert to continue his studies in New York with Sanford Meisner, at the Neighborhood Playhouse. After completing his studies in New York, Robert returned to Hollywood.
Robert began to get the attention of the industry with appearances in numerous television shows, including "Lux Playhouse of the Stars", "Alcoa Premier", "Kraft Suspense" and "Bob Hope Crysler Theater". Robert’s big break came in 1959 with the starring role of Jess Harper, in the hit series "Laramie". During "Laramie's" four year run, Robert’s career skyrocketed, not only in the USA, but also in Germany, where he won five Golden Otto Awards (Germany’s equivalent to the Emmy Award) and in Japan, where he won Japan’s Best Actor’s award in 1961. Robert also received the highest award ever given to an American at that time: “The Golden Order of Merit”, awarded under the direction of the Emperor of Japan and presented by the Japanese Red Cross for his work with physically challenged and orphaned Japanese children.
At the conclusion of "Laramie", Universal Studios offered Robert the role of the scout Cooper Smith on the long running series "Wagon Train". Robert also did a number of guest star appearances on TV and worked in such films as "Return of the Magnificient Seven", "Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice", "Incident at Phantom Hill", "Sinai Commandoes" and "The Hard Ride". It was his performance in "The Hard Ride" as a veteran Marine, returning home from Vietnam that prompted Jack Webb to cast Fuller as Dr. Kelly Brackett in the NBC series "Emergency".
Robert has not limited himself to one medium, having done some stage work, which he really enjoyed. He had lead roles in plays including "Wait Until Dark", "Mr. Roberts", "Boeing, Boeing, Boeing" and Neil Simon’s "Chapter Two".
Robert’s distinctive voice has been heard on many promotional announcements and commercials, both voice over and on camera. Robert was also the National Spokesperson for seven years for Teledyne Water-Pik and for Budweiser Malt Liquor.
An avid outdoorsman, Robert has been able to put his skills to good use. His love of fishing made his job as the on-camera host of the syndicated sport shows "Fishing Fever", "Blue Water Challenge" and "Colorado River Adventure" one of the most enjoyable of his career.
On April 12, 2008, Robert was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City where he received The Western Heritage Award and a plaque in the Hall of Great Western Performers This along with three long running television series, films, and awards and seeing his star included on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME, just blocks from the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater where he worked as a young man, are some of his personally most satisfying experiences.
Today Robert makes his home on a ranch in North Texas with his wife, actress Jennifer Savidge Fuller.
For more information on Robert click: ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0298333/)
The 2019 Memphis Film Festival will be paying tribute to the great TV shows and movies of the past. To fit that theme, we have invited guests who have direct connections to those wonderful programs!
Additional guests will be added as they are confirmed.
All guests appear on the condition of their availability.