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Robert Burns

Highest Rated:   100% Sons of the Desert (1933)
Lowest Rated:   4% The Covenant (2006)
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Together with his older brother Fred Burns, Robert Burns (aka Bob Burns and Robert E. Burns) became one of the busiest bit players/stunt performers in B-Western history, easily recognizable by his trademark mustache and straightforward demeanor. Burns entered films in the 1910s, when he starred in a series of two-reelers from Vitagraph. He was still starring in two-reelers by 1920 but now for small-scale independent producers, and sometimes in the early 1920s, a low-budget concern attempted to turn him into a feature Western star as well. With character actor Horace B. Carpenter handling the directional chores and brunette Dorothy Donald playing the leading ladies, the Burns Westerns never sold as a series but were distributed by various minor organizations throughout the decade. Just Traveling (released 1927) has survived and proves Burns to be a very acceptable Western hero who may even have made the bigtime had he been given half the chance. But the Burns series was too low-budget and disappeared in the glut of low-budget Westerns released in the mid-1920s. Even busier in sound films and often cast along with brother Fred and son Forrest, Burns continued to appear in B-Westerns and serials -- literally hundreds of them -- often cast as stage drivers, townsmen, deputies, members of the posse, or non-speaking henchmen. He should of course not be confused with silent-screen comic Bobby Burns (1878-1966) or Paramount rustic Bob "Bazooka" Burns (1890-1956).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Producer
2007
4% The Covenant
  • Mr. Pennyworth
$23.3M 2006
43% The Whole Nine Yards
  • Mr. Tourette
$57.3M 2000
No Score Yet Voices from a Locked Room
  • Organist
1995
30% Men at Work
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Ride Tenderfoot Ride
  • Deputy
1940
No Score Yet Three Men From Texas
  • Rancher
1940
No Score Yet Trouble in Sundown
  • Sheriff Crawford
1939
No Score Yet Feud of the Range
  • Dad Wilson
1939
No Score Yet Galloping Dynamite
  • Sheriff
1937
No Score Yet The Singing Vagabond
  • Buffalo
1935
100% Sons of the Desert
  • Sons of the Desert Coterie
1933
No Score Yet Gun Law
  • Marshal Jim Hawkins
1933
No Score Yet Pardon Us
  • Prone Dental Patient
1931
No Score Yet Hard Hombre
  • Ranch Hand (uncredited)
1931

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Producer
  • 2008

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