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Name: Robert George Young                                                               
Born: 22 February 1907 Chicago, Illinois U.S.                                           
Died: 21 July 1998 Westlake Village, California                                         
Robert George Young (February 22, 1907 - July 21, 1998) was a popular American         
actor, best known for his leading roles in two long-running television series,         
Jim Anderson, the father of Father Knows Best, and Doctor Marcus Welby in Marcus       
Welby, M.D.                                                                             
After appearing on stage, Young was signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) the           
studio that had more stars than in the heavens and in spite of having a "tier B"       
status, he co-starred with some of the studio's most illustrious actresses such         
as Margaret Sullavan, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Helen Hayes, Luise Rainer,         
and Helen Twelvetrees, among many, many others. Yet most of his assignments             
comprised B-movies, also known as programmers, which required a mere two to             
three weeks of shooting. Actors who were relegated to such a hectic schedule           
appeared, as Young did, in some six to eight movies per year.                           
He received one of his most rewarding roles late in his MGM career, in H.M.             
Pulham, Esq., featuring one of Hedy Lamarr's rarely lauded performances, and           
once remarked that he was assigned only those roles which Robert Montgomery and         
other A-list actors had rejected.                                                       
After his contract at MGM ended, Young starred in light comedies as well as in         
trenchant dramas for studios such as 20th Century Fox, United Artists, and RKO.         
From 1943, Young assayed more challenging roles in films like Claudia, The             
Enchanted Cottage, They Won't Believe Me, The Second Woman, and Crossfire. His         
portrayal of unsympathetic characters in several of these latter films which           
seldom occurred in his MGM pictures was applauded by numerous reviewers.               
Young appeared in 100 movies in a film career that spanned 1931 to 1952.               
Young is best known for his role in Father Knows Best (1949-1954 on radio, 1954-1960   
on television), for which he and his co-star, Jane Wyatt, won several Emmy             
Awards. Young then created, produced, and starred in the TV series Window on           
Main Street (1961-1962) which only lasted six months.                                   
Young later became famous for Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-1976) for which he won an       
Emmy for best leading actor in a drama series. Young became so well identified         
with his wise doctor persona that he became famous as the commercial spokesman         
for an aspirin product, saying, "I'm not a doctor but I play one on TV" while           
wearing a lab coat. He continued making television commercials until the late           
Young has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for film at 6933                 
Hollywood Blvd and one for television at 6358.