Robert Karnes


Robert Karnes
Robert Anthony Karnes

(1917-06-19)June 19, 1917
Kentucky, U.S.
DiedDecember 4, 1979(1979-12-04) (aged 62)
OccupationFilm, stage and television actor
Years active1946-1979
Spouse(s)Doris Karnes[1]

Robert Anthony Karnes (June 19, 1917 - December 4, 1979) was an American film, stage and television actor.[2]

Life and career

Karnes was born in Kentucky.[3] He served in World War II, where he had interest into acting and going to Hollywood, California, when World War II ended.[4] He began his film and television career in 1946, as appearing in the film The Bamboo Blonde, where he played the uncredited role of a "Nightclub Patron".[5] Karnes also began his stage career, where he appeared in the play Hamlet.[6]

Later in his career, Karnes guest-starred in numerous television programs, including, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, The Waltons, The Rockford Files, M*A*S*H, The Streets of San Francisco, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Emergency!, Perry Mason, The Andy Griffith Show, The Fugitive, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible and Ironside, among others.[5] He also starred, co-starred and appeared in films, such as, Miracle on 34th Street, Trapped, Gentleman's Agreement, Three Husbands, According to Mrs. Hoyle, Half Human, Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!, Road House, When My Baby Smiles at Me, Hills of Oklahoma, Stagecoach to Fury, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, From Here to Eternity and Fear No More.[5] In 1959, Karnes played the role of "Max Fields" in the crime drama television series The Lawless Years, in which he co-starred with James Gregory.[7]

In his stage career, Karnes played a lead role in the play John Loves Mary in San Francisco, California.[8] He later left the cast, in which Karnes played the uncredited role of "Sgt. Turp Thornhill" in the 1953 film From Here to Eternity.[5][8] His final credit was from the television film Bogie.[5]


Karnes died in December 1979 of heart failure at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, at the age of 62.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Robert Karnes". The San Francisco Examiner. San Francisco, California. December 6, 1979. p. 64. Retrieved October 15, 2021. open access
  2. ^ Ward, Jack (1993). Television Guest Stars: An Illustrated Career Chronicle for 678 Performers of the Sixties and Seventies. McFarland. p. 267. ISBN 9780899508078 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Aaker, Everett (2006). Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters: All Regular Cast Members in American Crime and Mystery Series, 1948-1959. McFarland. p. 306. ISBN 9780786424764 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b "Robert Karnes, 62, Once Groomed for Stardom in Films". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. December 10, 1979. p. 43. Retrieved October 15, 2021 – via open access
  5. ^ a b c d e "Robert Karnes Filmography". Fandango. Archived from the original on October 15, 2021. Retrieved October 15, 2021 – via Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Two Noted Performers In Visalia Next Week". The Hanford Sentinel. Hanford, California. May 14, 1966. p. 15. Retrieved October 15, 2021 – via open access
  7. ^ "Viewing Screens". The Pocono Record. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. July 16, 1959. p. 16. Retrieved October 15, 2021 – via closed access
  8. ^ a b "Robert Karnes Signed". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. October 25, 1953. p. 96. Retrieved October 15, 2021 – via open access

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