Bob Steele

Biography

Bob Steele (January 23, 1907 - December 21, 1988) was an American actor. He was born Robert Adrian Bradbury in Portland, Oregon, into a vaudeville family. After years of touring, the family settled down in Hollywood in the late 1910s, where his father, Robert N. Bradbury, soon found work in the movies, first as an actor, later as a director, and by 1920, he hired Bob and his twin brother Bill as juvenile leads for a series of adventure movies entitled "The Adventures of Bob and Bill". Bob's career began to take off for good in 1927, when he was hired by production company Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) to star in a series of Westerns. Bob—who was rechristened Bob Steele at FBO—soon made a name for himself, and in the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s starred in B-Westerns for almost every minor film studio, including Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany, Syndicate, Republic (including several films of the Three Mesquiteers series) and Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) (including the initial films of their "Billy the Kid" series), plus he had the occasional role in an A-movie like the John Steinbeck adaptation Of Mice and Men from 1939. In the 1940s, Bob's career as a cowboy hero was on the decline, but he kept himself working by accepting supporting roles in many big movies like Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep, or the John Wayne vehicles Island in the Sky, Rio Bravo and Rio Lobo. Besides these he also made occasional appearances in science fiction films like Atomic Submarine and Giant from the Unknown and did lots of television work, culminating in a regular supporting role in the army comedy F Troop (1965 - 1967), which allowed him to show his comic talent. Steele played the character of Trooper Duffy who claimed to have been "shoulder to shoulder with Davy Crockett at the Alamo"; in fact Steele played in With Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo in 1926. Bob Steele died on December 21, 1988 from emphysema after a long sickness.

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Birth Name

Robert Adrian Bradbury

Birth Place

Portland, Oregon, USA

Birth Date

1/23/1907

Death Date

12/21/1988
Known For
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Ride a Crooked Trail

Bearded Man Being Questioned by Judge Kyle (uncredited)

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The Oklahoma Cyclone

Jimmy Henderson Posing as Jim Smith

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Paroled - To Die

Doug Redfern

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The Carson City Kid

Lee Jessup / Morgan Reynolds

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Wildfire

'Happy' Haye

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The Feud Maker

Tex Ryan aka Wind River Kid

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The Brand of Hate

Rod Camp

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The Trusted Outlaw

Dan Ward

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Giant from the Unknown

Sheriff Parker

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Thunder in the Desert

Bob Radford

Starring In
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Kid Ranger (1936) / Arizona Gunfighter (1937)

Ray Burton

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The Eternal Present

Himself

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Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone

Deputy Sheriff Sam (flashback sequence) (archive footage)

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The Shootist

Books' Victim in Flashback (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Nightmare Honeymoon

Charlie

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Skin Game

(uncredited)

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Hang 'Em High

Jenkins, Cooper Hanging Party

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Bounty Killer

Red - Henchman

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Shenandoah

Wächter Unions-Zug (uncredited)

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F Troop (Television Favorites Compilation)

Trooper Duffy (63 episodes, 1965-1967)

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Town Tamer

Ken

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Bullet for a Badman

Sheriff (uncredited)

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$5.000 Mort ou Vif

Earl (uncredited)

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4 for Texas

Bank Board Member

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McLintock!

Train Engineer

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Six chevaux dans la plaine

Puncher

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Hell Bent for Leather

Jared

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Pork Chop Hill

Col. Kern

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No Name on the Bullet

Poker Player (uncredited)

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Rio Bravo

Matt Harris (uncredited)

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The Atomic Submarine

CPO 'Grif' Griffin

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The Bonnie Parker Story

Armored Truck Guard (uncredited)

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Ride a Crooked Trail

Bearded Man Being Questioned by Judge Kyle (uncredited)

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Giant from the Unknown

Sheriff Parker

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Decision at Sundown

Irv (uncredited)

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Band of Angels

Union Private (uncredited)

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Durango Kid der Rächer

Joe Dunn

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Gun for a Coward

Durkee

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Pardners

Shorty

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The Steel Jungle

Dan Bucci

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Drums Across the River

Billy Costa

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The Outcast

Dude Rankin

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Island In The Sky

Wilson, Moon's radioman

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Column South

Sgt. McAfee

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Rose of Cimarron

Rio

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Bugles in the Afternoon

Rider Who Announces Custer Is Dead (uncredited)

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Fort Worth

Shorty

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The Enforcer

Herman (as Robert Steele)

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Cattle Drive

Charlie Morgan aka Careless

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Konterbande

Slim Hansen

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Killer McCoy

Sailor Graves

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Exposed

Chicago

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Cheyenne

Bucky

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The Big Sleep

Lash Canino

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Northwest Trail

Trooper Matt O'Brien

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Wildfire

'Happy' Haye

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Marked Trails

Bob Stevens

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Revenge of the Zombies

Agent

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Prairie Pioneers

Tucson Smith

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The Carson City Kid

Lee Jessup / Morgan Reynolds

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Pinto Canyon

Sheriff Bob Hall

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City for Conquest

Kid Callahan (uncredited)

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Billy the Kid's Gun Justice

Billy the Kid

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Of Mice and Men

Curley

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Riders of the Sage

Bob Burke

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Feud of the Range

Bob Gray

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Thunder in the Desert

Bob Radford

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Paroled - To Die

Doug Redfern

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The Feud Maker

Tex Ryan aka Wind River Kid

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The Red Rope

Tom Shaw

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Doomed at Sundown

Dave Austin

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The Trusted Outlaw

Dan Ward

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Last of the Warrens

Ted Warren

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Big Calibre

Bob Neal

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The Brand of Hate

Rod Camp

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Bob Steele Double Feature: The Trusted Outlaw/Fighting Champ

Dan Ward

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Headin' North

Jim Curtis

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The Oklahoma Cyclone

Jimmy Henderson Posing as Jim Smith

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Mit roher Gewalt

Miner

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