Robert Cummings was the perennially youthful bachelor photographer of the 1950s television series "The Bob Cummings Show."
Although best known for his three comedic television series—which also included "My Living Doll" and "My Hero" — Cummings won an Emmy in 1954 for a dramatic role in "Twelve Angry Men" on "Studio One."
To launch his career, he employed various enterprising techniques. On Broadway, he obtained roles by faking a British accent and introducing himself as Blade Stanhope Conway, an Englishman.
In 1935, Cummings moved to Hollywood and broke into films by faking a Southern drawl and presenting himself as Brice Hutchens, a Texan.
Cummings also won critical acclaim, however, for dramatic roles in films like "Kings Row," "The Lost Moment" and "Dial M for Murder."
Although he achieved his greatest fame with his television series in the 1950s and 1960s, Cummings continued to make occasional movies in those years. His last film credits were "What a Way to Go!" and "The Carpetbaggers" in 1964; "Promise Her Anything" and a remake of "Stagecoach" in 1966; and "Five Golden Dragons" in 1967.
In his long-running television series, "The Bob Cummings Show," Cummings portrayed Bob Collins, a studio photographer who photographed—and dated—the world's most beautiful models.
He wrote a book on nutrition called "How to Stay Young and Vital," and for a time operated Bob Cummings Inc., which sold vitamins and food supplements. In 1972, the firm was accused by the state attorney general of operating an "endless chain," or pyramid scheme, by making its profits from recruiting investors rather than from product sales.
Cummings joined old pal Art Linkletter and former President Ronald Reagan at the 35th anniversary celebration of Disneyland, reprising their appearances when the amusement park was opened in 1955.