Robert Shayne, who played opposite the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Ethel Barrymore and George Reeves in a movie, television and Broadway career that spanned 60 years, died of lung cancer at 92.

Shayne had been a patient at the Motion Picture Hospital in Woodland Hills for two months. He died Sunday, said hospital spokeswoman Julie Davine.

Born Robert Shaen Dawe in Yonkers, N.Y., Shayne worked as a journalist before becoming an actor with repertory companies in Alabama.

His many Broadway credits included the 1930s play “The Rap.” For the next 60 years he alternated among stage, film and television. In New York, he starred in “Yellow Jack,” played the defense attorney in “The Night of January 16,” appeared with Barrymore in “Whiteoaks” and with Hepburn in “Without Love.”

“Keep ‘Em Rolling” in 1934 was the first of his nearly 100 films. He played mostly supporting parts in B movies. His last role was in Disney’s “The Million Dollar Duck” in 1971.

Between those were appearances in hits like “Hollywood Canteen,””Mr. Skeffington,””Rhapsody in Blue,””Let’s Live a Little” and “Tora! Tora! Tora!” and such flops as “Law of the Badlands,””Wife Wanted,””The Strange Mrs. Crane” and “Mr. Walkie Talkie.”

Shayne’s TV credits included “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Doris Day Show.”

He was Inspector William Henderson in the long-running and still syndicated “The Adventures of Superman,” starring George Reeves as the Man of Steel.

Shayne continued acting into his 90s, and his last credit was for the recurring role of Reggie, the blind news vendor, in the 1990 TV series “The Flash,” based on a comic strip.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, three daughters, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Little Theater of Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave., Van Nuys.

Want Entertainment News First? Sign up for Variety Alerts and Newsletters!
Post A Comment 0