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Date Posted: Monday, November 13, 12:56:28pm
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Robert Sterling
[ William Sterling Hart ]
November 13, 1917 May 30, 2006)

Early life ...
The son of Chicago Cubs baseball player William S. Hart, Sterling was born William Sterling Hart in New Castle, Pennsylvania, 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a clothing salesman before pursuing an acting career.

Film ...
After signing with Columbia Pictures in 1939, he changed his name to Robert Sterling to avoid confusion with silent western star William S. Hart. His name was legally changed while he was a second lieutenant officer attending flight training in Marfa in West Texas in 1943.

In 1939, he performed with Shemp Howard, of "The Three Stooges" fame, in the movie "Glove Slingers", and in 1961, appeared with Moe Howard, Larry Fine & Curly Joe themselves in "Fox Movietone News". In 1974 he also appeared in "The 3 Stooges Follies".

In 1941, Sterling went to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He worked steadily as a supporting player for several years. While at MGM he appeared in slick, "nice guy" second leads in such "A" films as Greta Garbo's swan song Two-Faced Woman (1941), Johnny Eager (1941) and Somewhere I'll Find You (1942), the last two starring Lana Turner, while starring in "B" rankers that included The Getaway (1941) and This Time for Keeps (1942). Sterling himself would serve during WWII with the Army Air Force as a pilot instructor and was stationed at one point in London.

Robert Sterling with Greta Garbo in her LAST screen effort, from 1941's "Two-Faced Woman". ...

After serving in World War II as a United States Army Air Corps flight instructor,
he returned to Hollywood, but, by the end of the decade, his film career faltered.
He did, however, play the non-singing role of Steve Baker, opposite Ava Gardner
as 'Julie', in the hit MGM 1951 film version of Show Boat. ...

His other film credits included roles in Return to Peyton Place (1961),
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) and A Global Affair (1964). ...

Television ...

...Sterling reinvigorated his career, first with a club act with wife actress/singer Anne Jeffreys,
and then becoming a fixture on television. He was cast in numerous dramatic roles in early
TV, when networks often televised live dramatic performances. Sterling is perhaps most well
known for starring with Jeffreys as the spirited George Kerby, to Jefferys' Marion Kerby in
the TV program Topper, based on the original 1937 film of the same name. It aired on CBS
from 1953 to 1955. Leo G. Carroll starred in the title role. Wife Marion Kerby was referred to as
"the ghostess with the mostest", while Sterling's character was known as "that most sporty spirit". ...

On December 18, 1957, Sterling and Jeffreys played a couple with an unusual courtship
arrangement in "The Julie Gage Story" on the first season of NBC's Wagon Train.
In 1958, the couple co-starred in another comedy series, Love That Jill, on ABC.
Sterling and Jeffries portrayed heads of rival modeling agencies in New York City. ...

In the 19611962 television season, Sterling co-starred with George Chandler and Reta Shaw
in CBS's "Ichabod and Me", a sitcom set in New England. He portrayed 44-year-old Bob Major,
a newspaper reporter from NYC, who purchased and ran the paper in a small town called Phippsboro. ...

In 1963, Sterling starred in The Twilight Zone episode
"Printer's Devil" alongside Burgess Meredith. ...

After some additional television work in the early 1960s, Sterling made only sporadic appearances in later shows. He had also guest starred in the hospital drama The Bold Ones in 1971, the sitcom The Brian Keith Show in 1974, and the miniseries, "Beggarman, Thief" in 1979, and by the 1980s appeared in TV's "Hotel", and "Murder, She Wrote" ...

Sterling's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
is located at 1709 Vine Street. ...

Personal life ...
Sterling was married twice. His first marriage, in 1943, was to noted actress-singer Ann Sothern.
They had a daughter, Patricia, who became an actress. Sothern and Sterling divorced in 1949. ...

...Sterling met actress-singer Anne Jeffreys soon after his Broadway debut, and they
wed in 1951 and remained married for 55 years until his death. They had three sons.

Death ...

...Sterling died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, aged 88, at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.
According to the Associated Press, his son, Jeffrey, indicated that Sterling died of
natural causes and also suffered from debilitating shingles for the last decade of his life.

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