Al Horwits, Director of Publicity
09 April 1959
Robert KNAPP, who plays the male lead in Columbia's "Chisera", is a rare commodity for an actor in Hollywood. He was born here, has lived here all his life, and began his career here as well.
The 6-foot 1-inch Scotch-Irish-American started life on his father's orange grove in Covina, attended schools there and completed one year of college at Glendale. But he had always wanted to be connected with the motion picture industry in some capacity or another, so he quit school when he was 17 and went to work for Warner Bros. as a messenger. While there, he became a member of Irving Asher's unit and when he entered the service, spent two years with the same unit in Ceylon making training films. When he was discharged, he returned to Warner Bros. where he worked for a time in publicity and then became a second assistant director.
His career as an actor began when he was spotted at the Biltmore Theater by an agent while playing opposite Mary BOLAND and Charles RUGGLES in "One Fine Day".
Robert's first film role came in 1949 when he appeared with Rory CALHOUN and Peter GRAVES in "Rogue River". Since then, he has starred in "Mesa of Lost Women","Rawhide Trail", "Scandal, Inc.","Revolt at Fort Laramie", and others.
Robert is married to Marilyn REMILLARD and the young couple live in the San Fernando Valley in a low rambling home which they have furnished in French Provincial. Bob is very
proud of the badminton court in the back which he built himself.
He has traveled extensively throughout the Far East, South Pacific, Australia and the United States, but he and his wife are still planning their first trip to Europe.
Robert excels in sports of almost all kinds, but lists swimming and football as his two most proficient sports.
He is a prolific reader and is considered rather long-haired in his musical tastes. When there is an opera company here, Robert attends almost every performance.
As an avocation, Robert and his wife do sculpturing.
Robert's father is the president of the Aurbaugh Department Store in Lansing, Michigan, and his brother, Roland KNAPP, is a buyer there. It is not likely, however, that Robert will ever become a part of that world.
He says,"as long as there's celluloid, I want to be on it or at least around it."
Judging by past performances, it would seem that his wishes will be granted.