Robert Walker

Robert Walker


Robert Walker
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Born Oct. 13, 1918 in Salt Lake City, UT
Died Aug. 28, 1951 of respiratory failure in Brentwood, Calif.

Robert Walker zoomed to stardom during World War II with his "shy guy" movie roles.

The actor's rise to stardom closely paralled that of his former wife, Jennifer Jones. Ten days after she was signed for the lead in "Song of Bernadette," in 1943, Walker was obtained by MGM for "Bataan."

In the next two years he appeared in "Madame Curie," "See Here, Private Hargrove" "Since You Went Away," "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," and "The Clock."

Starring roles kept coming his way in such pictures as "Her Highness and the Bellboy," "The Sailor Takes a Wife," "What Next, Corporal Hargrove?," "Till the Clouds Roll By," "The Beginning of the End," "The Sea of Grass" and "Song of Love."

In 1945 he and Jones got divorced. Jones later wed producer David Selznick, who initially launched the couple into stardom. Walker married Barbara Ford, daughter of director John Ford, in 1948 but the marriage lasted only five weeks.

In later years the actor was plagued by drinking troubles and was a patient at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kan.

He returned to Hollywood much improved and made "Vengeance Valley" for MGM and then was loaned out for "Strangers on a Train" and "My Son John," his last picture.

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