Robert Young (Who’s Who at MGM, 1937) 🇺🇸

January 09, 2022

Robert Young held a wide variety of jobs before settling down to a career of acting. He was a drug clerk, reporter, building and loan salesman, and bank clerk prior to the time he joined the Moroni Olsen Players to tour the Pacific Coast.

Born in Chicago on February 22, the son of Thomas E. and Margaret C. Young, he was educated at Marengo Heights school in Seattle, Washington, and Lincoln high school, Los Angeles. He first became interested in amateur dramatics in high school.

He grew interested in the Little Theatre at Pasadena, California, and played there four and one-half years in 40 productions, including “Enchanted April” and “Marco’s Millions.” He came to the attention of screen talent scouts and was cast in “Sin of Madelon Claudet,” his first film.

“Candlesticks” His 41st

Young is on the seventh year of his M-G-M contract. During this time, his services have been requested by numerous other studios and he has been loaned to appear in pictures made by Paramount, RKO, Twentieth Century Fox, Twentieth Century, United Artists, Universal, Fox, Columbia and Reliance.

His forty-first film is The Emperor’s Candlesticks. Young’s experience with directors is as wide as the demand for his services in the industry. With only four directors has he made more than one film. He has never played anything except a featured role.

Worked for Gaumont

He has since appeared in “Hell Divers,” “The Wet Parade,” “New Morals for Old,” “Strange Interlude,” “Hell Below,” “Today We Live,” ‘Tugboat Annie,” “Saturday’s Millions,” Spitfire, “Lazy River,” “House of Rothschild,” Carolina, “Paris Interlude,” “Death on the Diamond,” “The Band Plays On,” West Point of the Air, “Calm Yourself,” “The Three Wise Guys,” “Sworn Enemy,” “The Longest Night” and “I Met Him in Paris.” He also made two pictures in England for British-Gaumont.

Young returned to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to appear in The Emperor’s Candlesticks, “Married Before Breakfast,” The Bride Wore Red and “Navy Blue and Gold.”

He is six feet tall, weighs 170 pounds, has brown hair and eyes. His favorite sport is golf and he enjoys court games, swimming and reading biographies. His brother, Joseph I. Young, is also an actor, and Captain T. A. Young, another brother, is a retired army officer.

Family His Hobby

Young is married to the former Betty Henderson and they live in Los Angeles. He considers his best performance was on the stage as Mellersh Wilkins in “Enchanted April.” If his contract allowed, he would like very much to return to the stage at least once every year.

Any list of Young’s hobbies would have to start with his family. He is a devoted husband and father. His three-year-old daughter, Carol Anne Young, occupies the center of his attention away from the studio. She also is his favorite camera subject, with her mother, and poses so attractively that Young has become so much of a miniature camera fan as to have a private laboratory installed in his home.

On a vacation, the Youngs like to travel, usually by motor. Mexico is a favorite direction for their tours.

Young is planning to buy a 620-acre ranch in Carmel Valley, near Del Monte, Calif. He will stock the ranch with sheep and cattle and will retire there, if and when his acting days are over, to lead the life of a farmer.

Source: Who’s Who at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1937