Robert Beatty

Biography

Robert Beatty (1909-1992) was a Canadian born actor who worked primarily in England, and supplied the voice of Left Door Knocker in Labyrinth. Beginning in 1947, he starred as Irish detective Philip Odell in a series of BBC radio dramas which lasted until 1961. In film and television, Beatty played an assortment of blustery politicians, businessmen, generals, and other rough-hewn American "civic leader" types. One of his more notable film roles was as Dr. Ralph Halvorson in 2001: A Space Odyssey. His other movie credits ran the gamut of military, police, and government ranks, from an RCMP mountie in The Invaders (co-starring Eric Clavering) to a cynical US admiral in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, General Carnaby in Where Eagles Dare (with Michael Hordern), Senator Milburn in the Disney comedy The Unidentified Flying Oddball, and appearances in two Superman films, as a tanker captain in Superman II and the President in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. TV roles generally fell along similar lines, starring as Inspector Mike Maguire in the British TV series Dial 999, playing General Cutler in the Doctor Who serial "The Tenth Planet," Lord Beaverbrook in the TV movie The Gathering Storm, and in 1987, he portrayed Ronald Reagan in Breakthrough at Reykjavik. Starred in One of our Aircraft is Missing made in 1941

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Birth Place

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Birth Date

10/19/1909

Death Date

3/3/1992
Known For
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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.

Lt. William Bush

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Counterblast

Dr. Paul Rankin

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Die Bombe im U-Bahn Schacht

Shinto

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Appointment with Crime

Detective Inspector Rogers

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Tarzan and the Lost Safari

Tusker Hawkins

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Against the Wind

Father Philip

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Out Of The Clouds

Nick Millbourne

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The Square Ring

Kid Curtis

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Postmark for Danger

Tim Forrester

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Marlag 'O' Prison Camp

Jim

Starring In
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The Cyber Story

General Cutler (archive footage)

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Angeles sin Cielo

Ex-Pharmacist (as Robert Beatty Jr.)

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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

U.S. President

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Labyrinth

Left Door Knocker (voice)

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Superman III

Tanker Captain

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The Amateur

Ambassador Neville

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Unidentified Flying Oddball

Senator Milburn

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Golden Rendezvous

Dr. Howard Taubman

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Admiral

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Gathering Storm

Lord Beaverbrook

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Harry Spikes

Sheriff (credit only)

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Sitting Target

Gun Dealer

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Pope Joan

Dr. Corwin

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2001: A Space Odyssey

Dr. Ralph Halvorsen

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Where Eagles Dare

Brig. Gen. George Carnaby

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The 25th Hour

Col. Greenfield

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I raggi mortali del Dr. Mabuse

Col. Matson

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The Shakedown

Jarvis

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Something of Value

Elizabeth's Husband - Jeff Newton

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Tarzan and the Lost Safari

Tusker Hawkins

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Postmark for Danger

Tim Forrester

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Out Of The Clouds

Nick Millbourne

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The Horse's Mouth

Bob Jefferson

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Marlag 'O' Prison Camp

Jim

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Project M7

Maj. Sam Seagram

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Man on a Tightrope

Barovic

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The Broken Horseshoe

Dr. Mark Fenton

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The Square Ring

Kid Curtis

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Dead on Course

Nick Talbot

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Die Bombe im U-Bahn Schacht

Shinto

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Calling Bulldog Drummond

Arthur Gunns

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The Magic Box

Lord Beaverbrook

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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.

Lt. William Bush

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Against the Wind

Father Philip

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Another Shore

Gulliver

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Counterblast

Dr. Paul Rankin

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Odd Man Out

Dennis

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Appointment with Crime

Detective Inspector Rogers

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A Matter of Life and Death

US Crewman (uncredited)

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San Demetrio London

'Yank' Preston

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The First of the Few

American Airman (uncredited)

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One of Our Aircraft is Missing

Sgt. Hopkins

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49th Parallel

RCMP Mountie in Alberta (voice) (uncredited)

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Dangerous Moonlight

Reporter with Carol (uncredited)

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Murder in Soho

Jack (uncredited)

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