Robert Young, the handsome leading man of films of the 1930s and 1940s, parlayed his considerable charm into television stardom in "Father Knows Best" and "Marcus Welby, M.D."
Young was in more than 100 films. Among his quality films were "The Bride Wore Red" (1937), "Bridal Suite" (1939), "Northwest Passage" (1940) and "Western Union" (1941).
"Father Knows Best," in which Young portrayed the kindly insurance man and head-of-the-family Jim Anderson, gave Young his greatest fame and made him an indelible family icon.
The gentle situation comedy, a successful radio show that began in 1949, debuted on television in 1954 and was going stronger than ever in the ratings when Young, tiring of his role, called it quits in 1960.
Young came out of semi-retirement, in 1969, when he was offered the script for the pilot of "Marcus Welby, M.D."
"Welby" was a big hit and continued its dominance almost until it went off the air in 1976.