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|Known for:||Marcus Welby, M.D., Crossfire, Sitting Pretty|
|Birth name:||Robert George Young|
|Birthday:||22 February 1907, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Height:||6' (1.83 m)|
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TriviaHad 4 daughters with Betty Henderson. He was 17 and she was 14 when they met in high school. Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Graceland section, lot #5905. Originating his "Father Knows Best" (1954) role on radio, he was the only member of the radio cast to transfer his role to TV. He has four daughters: Betty Lou Gleason, Carol Proffitt, Barbara Beebe, and Kathy Young. He has six grandchildren. Sold Sanka coffee on TV for 5 years. In later years, Robert and Elizabeth lived in a house in Westlake Village, California called "The Enchanted Cottage," named after the 1945 film in which he starred with Dorothy McGuire. His patented shyness and painful insecurity turned his social drinking into a chronic alcohol problem during his MGM years that lasted nearly three decades. He recovered with the aid and encouragement of his wife Elizabeth and through spiritual metaphysics (Science of Mind), not to mention Alcoholics Anonymous. He often held AA meetings in his home. Did not renew his MGM contact after filming The Canterville Ghost (1944) and chose to free-lance instead. After a great start in post-war pictures, his film career declined rapidly and he wisely moved to radio in 1949 and eventually TV. Was employed as a bank clerk and a reporter during his fledgling actor days and even found extra work in Keystone Cops movies. Living in Los Angeles by the age of 10, he attended Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, where he met his future wife Elizabeth. It was she who prodded the shy guy into trying acting at the Pasadena Community Playhouse after graduation. Was the fourth of five children born to Thomas and Margaret (Fyfe) Young. His family moved from his native Chicago to Seattle, Washington, when he was less than a year old. Best remembered by the public for his starring roles as Jim Anderson on "Father Knows Best" (1954) and the title character on "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969).