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Jay Robinson
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    (April 14, 1930-September 27, 2013)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Appeared in the films ‘The Robe’ (1953), ‘Demetrius and the Gladiators’ (1954), ‘The Virgin Queen’ (1955), ‘The Wild Party’ (1956), ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)’ (1972), ‘Three the Hard Way’ (1974), ‘Shampoo’ (1975), ‘Train Ride to Hollywood’ (1976), ‘The Man with Bogart’s Face’ (1980), ‘The Sword and the Sorcerer’ (1982), ‘Big Top Pee-Wee’ (1988) and ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (1992)
    Portrayed the title role in the ‘Dr. Shrinker’ segments of The Krofft Supershow
    Hosted and narrated the Discovery Channel series ‘Beyond Bizarre’ (1997-2000)
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘The Shop at Sly Corner’ (1949), ‘As You Like It’ (1950) and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (1952)
    He reportedly became difficult to work with after his success in ‘The Robe’ and ‘Demetrius and the Gladiators.’
    He was arrested for narcotics possession (1958).
    His conviction was overturned on appeal, but he wound up serving fifteen months in jail anyway for having missed a court date during his retrial (1967-68).
    He affected a British accent.
    He became interested in acting after finding a scrapbook from his mother’s career as a dancer.
    His over the top performance as Caligula in ‘The Robe’ stole the picture from stars Richard Burton and Jean Simmons.
    After he kicked drug addiction, his friend Bette Davis got him his first movie role in over a decade in ‘Bunny O’Hare.’ (1971)

Credit: C. Fishel

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