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Robert Donner

Born( 1931-04-27 ) April 27, 1931 New York City, New York , U.S.
DiedJune 8, 2006 (2006-06-08) (aged 75) Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California , U.S.
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Jill Sherman Donner ( m. 1982-2006)
Years active1959-2006

Robert Donner, character actor who specialized in playing eccentrics, including craze prophet Exidor in the popular sitcom Mork & Mindy, has die. He was 75. Donner, who appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, died Thursday of a heart attack at his Sherman Oaks home, said Michael Belson, his former agent. In Mork & Mindy, which aired from 1978 to 1982, Donner led an invisible cult called Friends of Venus. Whenever friends whom only Exidor could see get in his way, he utters his signature phrase-Mork! Is that you?-To series starring Robin Williams. Bobby was very, very skilled at comedy. He worked all the time in an era when they were phasing out character actors, say Michael Lembeck, whose father, Harvey, comedic actor best known for his role on Phil Silvers Show, taught Donner at comedy-improv workshops. And he had a very droll, very dry sense of humor. That was evident in Donners official biography, which mentions that he joined the Navy after high school, serving three years, 11 months, 29 days, and six and one-half hours. Born April 27 1931, in New York City, Donner grew up in New Jersey, Michigan and Texas. After discovering the West Coast while in service, he decided to stay and attend what is now Cal State Northridge. While living in a Studio City apartment, he became friends with a neighbor who was also an actor. Clint Eastwood thought Donner was funny and urged him to study acting, according to Donner's biography. With uncredited roles in two John Wayne Westerns-Rio Bravo and Man Who shoots Liberty Valance-Donner started building a career. He seems to revel in the spooky, oddball roles of street evangelist / undertaker / obsessive lawman variety, according to online database All Movie Guide. Among Donners ' film credits are Cool Hand Luke, Vanishing Point, High Plains Drifter and Man Who loves Cat Dancing. His final film, Family Comedy Hoot, was released last month. I guess I like the rest of my fellow character actors, Donner told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 1988. I keep my guns load and go where the action is. On television, he also had a long-running role as Yancy Tucker on Waltons in the 1970s. He appeared in dozens of television series, including Columbo, Incredible Hulk, MacGyver, Fall Guy, Matlock and Falcon Crest. He was a founding member of Harvey Lembecks Comedy-improv group, Crazy Quilt Comedy Company, which counts John Ritter, Penny Marshall and Williams among its alums. An Avid golfer, Donner frequently played in celebrity tournaments and performed stand-up Comedy at various fundraisers. He is survived by his wife, Jill, and two brothers.

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Early life and career

Robert Donner, who made more than 100 TV and film appearances over a 40-year career, died of a heart attack on June 8 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 75. Born in New York City, he grew up in New Jersey, Michigan and Texas and served in the Navy. He began his acting career after neighbor Clint Eastwood encouraged him to try drama, and started with small roles in Rio Bravo and Man Who shoot Liberty Valance. Often cast as sheriff, bad Guy or wild-eyed preacher, he went on to appear in features including Cool Hand Luke, High Plains Drifter and, most recently, Hoot. On TV, he had recurring roles as Exidor in Mork and Mindy and Yancy Tucker in Waltons. He appeared in dozens of series, including Bonanza, Columbo, Big Valley, Incredible Hulk, Six Million Dollar Man, Murder, She write, Fame, MacGyver, Dharma & Greg and Matlock. He was a founding member of Harvey Lembecks Comedy-improv group Crazy Quilt Comedy Company and was active in celebrity golf tournaments. He is survived by his wife Jill and two brothers.

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Selected filmography

Robert Donner was an American television and film actor. Donner was raised in New Jersey and Texas, and after graduating from high school he spent 4 years in the United States Navy. He ended up in the Los Angeles area. Donner's first role was uncredited part in 1959 John Wayne's Western Rio Bravo; he also appeared in sequels, el Dorado and Rio Lobo. He also appeared in Chisum, Undefeated, and Man Who shoots Liberty Valance. His best-know television roles were as ex-convict / informant TJ on Adam-12 and as Exidor on Mork & Mindy. Donner married producer / writer Jill Sherman Donner in 1982. Donner died on June 8 2006 of cardiac arrhythmia, and is survived by his wife Jill and two brothers.

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