Dale Robertson Biography

Dale Robertson was an American actor remembered for his role in the TV series ‘The Iron Horse.’ Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

Quick Facts

Birthday: July 14, 1923

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Died At Age: 89

Sun Sign: Cancer

Also Known As: Dayle Lymoine Robertson

Born in: Harrah, Oklahoma

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Susan Dee Robbins, Frederica Jacqueline Wilson (1951–1956), Lula Mae Maxey (1959–1977), Mary Murphy (1956–1957)

father: Melvin Robertson

mother: Vervel Robertson

children: Rebel Lee, Rochelle Robertson

Died on: February 27, 2013

Cause of Death: Cancer

U.S. State: Oklahoma

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Dale Robertson, born as Dayle Lymoine Robertson, was an American actor best remembered for his role in the TV series ‘The Iron Horse,’ in which he played Ben Calhoun. From 1968 to 1970, he served as the fourth and final host of the series ‘Death Valley Days’. Born in Harrah, Oklahoma, Dale Robertson attended Oklahoma Military Academy where he fought as a professional boxer. After serving in Europe and North Africa during the World War II, he began acting while still on duty in the U.S. military. While stationed in California, he had his photograph taken which was later displayed in the photo shop’s window. His attractive picture eventually attracted movie scouts and that paved his way to Hollywood. He was the recipient of the 1985 Golden Boot Award. Robertson had been married four times in his life and had one child from his first wife. He died in February 2013 from pneumonia and lung cancer, at the age of 89.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Dale Robertson made his movie debut with an uncredited role in the 1948 film ‘The Boy with Green Hair’. He soon got featured roles alongside Randolph Scott in ‘Fighting Man of the Plains’ and ‘The Cariboo Trail’.
  • He eventually signed to 20th Century Fox and appeared in their first project, a western titled ‘Two Flags West,’ which released in 1951.
  • In 1951, he had leading roles in ‘Take Care of My Little Girl’ where he featured as Jeanne Crain's love interest as well as in ‘Golden Girl’, a movie loosely based on the life of popular entertainer Lotta Crabtree.
  • Robertson next co-starred in the western ‘Return of the Texan’ with Joanne Dru. During this time, he also did the films ‘The Outcasts of Poker Flat’ and ‘Lydia Bailey’.
  • In 1953, he played Betty Grable's love interest in the western ‘The Farmer Takes a Wife’ and also featured in ‘City of Bad Men'.
  • The actor was cast in the western ‘Sitting Bull’ (1954), a fictionalised flick which depicted the war between the American forces and Sitting Bull, resulting in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
  • He next starred in the adventure film ‘Top of the World’ alongside Evelyn Keyes, Nancy Gates, Frank Lovejoy, Paul Fix, Peter Hansen and Robert Arthur.
  • From 1957 to 1961, Robertson played the role of Jim Hardie, a roving investigator in the series ‘Tales of Wells Fargo’. During this time, he also made a guest appearance in NBC's ‘The Ford Show.’
  • He joined the main cast of the series ‘Law of the Lawless’ in 1964. During 1965 and 1966, he appeared in two movies ‘The Man from Button Willow’ and ‘The One Eyed Soldiers’.
  • He started hosting the anthology series ‘Death Valley Days’ in 1968. In the 1970s, the actor portrayed FBI agent Melvin Purvis in two TV films, namely, ‘Melvin Purvis: G-Man’ and ‘The Kansas City Massacre’.
  • In 1981, he featured as Walter Lankershim in the first season of the soap opera ‘Dynasty’. Two years later, Robertson appeared in a television pilot titled ‘Big John’.
  • He played the titular role in the crime drama ‘J.J. Starbuck’ in 1987. In December 1993 and January 1994, he made appearances in two episodes of the series ‘Harts of the West’.
Major Works
  • In 1966, Dale Robertson began playing Ben Calhoun in the TV series ‘The Iron Horse,’ in which his character goes from being a gambler to a railroad baron after winning a railroad line in a poker game. The series pilot was later released as the movie ‘Scalplock.’
Family & Personal Life
  • Dale Robertson was married four times. His first marriage was to Frederica Jacqueline Wilson in 1951. The couple had a daughter named Rochelle and separated in 1956.
  • His second marriage to Mary Murphy was annulled within a year. From 1959 to 1977, the actor was married to his third wife Lula Mae Maxey.
  • In 1980, he married his fourth wife Susan Dee Robbins and they stayed together on his ranch in Oklahoma until his death.
  • On February 27, 2013, Robertson died at a hospital from lung cancer and pneumonia. He was 89 years old.

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