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 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

Actor Jay Robinson passed away on Sept. 27 from Congestive heart Failure.
Robinson became famous playing Caligula in the films The Robe and Demetrius and the gladiators.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Awww. Thanks for sharing this with us, Joe!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Jay also played Petri on Star Trek in "Elaan of Troyius". Great character actor and voice!

Condolences to family, friends and colleagues.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I really only knew him as the host of Discovery Channel's Beyond Bizarre in the late-90s, which I really enjoyed. He was appropriately creepy in a campy fun way. An excellent host.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   Altamese   (Member)

I really only knew him as the host of Discovery Channel's Beyond Bizarre in the late-90s, which I really enjoyed. He was appropriately creepy in a campy fun way. An excellent host.


I enjoyed him in the Kolchak episode "Chopper," (of course Kolchak always had great guest stars) and a couple of episodes of Barney Miller.

I love the opening sentences of his imdb biography:
Character actor Jay Robinson owned a pair of the narrowest, cruelest-looking eyes in 1950s Hollywood. To compliment them was an evil-looking sneer, crisp and biting diction and a nefarious-sounding cackle.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

I first knew him from that Star Trek episode, but my most vivid memory of him is the Bette Davis episode of This Is Your Life, where it came out that Davis had helped him get film work after he did time in prison for drug charges.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Robinson

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Other Tallguy   (Member)

Dr. Shrinker, RIP.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

For me Robinson was the only bright spot in The Robe. Sitting through two hours of dreck was made almost bearable by his quirky, delightfully mannered, frequently histrionic performance. It didn't seem to quite jell with everyone else's performance, but then everyone else was being boring while he was being interesting, so who cared?

I looked for him often but saw him seldom. Always wondered why he had so few roles. Not that many roles would have suited his style; he was kind of like Jonathan Harris in that regard. Still, charisma like that should have been seen more often.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


Awww !...Really sorry to hear that. Jay's Caligula in "The Robe" is one of my earliest screen memories, and I still love to watch him stealing every scene.

He's the only one who could give Vincent Price a run for his money in the sneer stakes !

God Bless, Jay...and thank you.





He also sneered a lot at Richard Todd in "The Virgin Queen"....



 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Sad. I always enjoyed watching his sneering villainy.
If I hadn't called myself Basil Wrathbone, I'd have been proud to be known as Jay Wrobinson.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 6:23 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

I had to play the part of a King in some adaptation or another when I was a kid, and having seen Jay Robinson on TV in The Robe, I completely stole his schtik for my performance, and lightning
stroke twice, for I too, stole the show. He was awesome.

Everything I had ever learned about acting, up to that point in my life, I learned by watching Jay Robinson (and Laughton).

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

I had to play the part of a King in some adaptation or another when I was a kid, and having seen Jay Robinson on TV in The Robe, I completely stole his schtik for my performance, and lightning
stroke twice, for I too, stole the show. He was awesome.

Everything I had ever learned about acting, up to that point in my life, I learned by watching Jay Robinson (and Laughton).

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 12:19 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Oh my the look on his face when he talked about her royal neck...LOL!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 1:04 AM   
 By:   David Charles   (Member)

It was Jay's portrayal of Caligula that first got me interested in finding out more about the 'real' Caligula. I remember his evil tirade at the end of 'The Robe' (repeated at the opening of 'Demetrius'):
'Then Christians die you shall, go, both of you, into your Kingdom!'

I also enjoy the scene in 'Demetrius' when he is questioning Claudius about Jesus. At one point his dagger scabbard gets knocked out of place and he tries to replace it while carrying on with his lines.

Thank you for entertaining us, Jay, RIP.

David

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Oh my the look on his face when he talked about her royal neck...LOL!


 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I enjoyed him in the Kolchak episode "Chopper,"


"Supernatural aspects of the Reign of Terror? That's inane!"

He had sooo many memorable TV credits and he was always a joy to watch. Several episodes of Mannix and always excellent regardless of the role. Robinson also managed to be a hateful S.O.B. in the opening of the S4 Hawaii Five-O episode "Cloth of Gold." He's murdered before the opening credits!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2013 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

still LOL thanks Sig!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

ONE role (in my experience), seen more than half a century ago and still indelible in memory. That's something for any actor to be proud of. RIP

One can't help compare Robinson's Caligula with the fuller and more rounded portrayal by John Hurt. Of course Hurt had a much better script.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   rbrisbane_1984   (Member)

His Caligula was one of the most fabulous, over-the-top, show-stealing portrayals I've seen in cinema. A great actor, I barely recognized him in Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1992 when he played as Mr. Hawkins for less than 60 seconds and still stole the scene from Keanu Revves. RIP

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Since no one has mentioned it, I got a kick out of his brief turn as "the conscience" in priest's collar in EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX AND WAS AFRAID TO ASK.

He was unique.

 
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