Robert Burton (actor)

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Born (1946-11-08) November 8, 1946 (age 76)
Frankfurt, Germany
EducationUniversity of Santa Clara
Alma materBachelor of Arts degree in Economics
Spouse(s)Karen Black (1973)

Robert "Skip" Burton's acting career, he was featured on television shows such as Lassie (1954 TV series), As the World Turns, The Bill Cosby Show, Cannon, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and many others. He is also featured in TV movies and theatrical films and appeared on stage in The House of Blue Leaves with Katherine Helmond Early in Burton's acting career he used his nickname "Skip Burton", then in 1975 he started using "Robert Burton" throughout the rest of his film career.

Following his acting career, Burton moved into Wall Street and then into commercial real estate. Robert Burton is also the author of the book "7 Days to Your Next Job" and creator of The Great Truths website.

Early Life

Robert Burton was born in Frankfurt, Germany just after World War II, an Army brat, on November 8, 1946 to Mary Klotz Burton and Robert Bentley Burton. In 1949, upon his father's completion of his Army assignment, the Burton family returned to the United States, and moved to California that year. Robert was inspired to become an actor because his mother was an actress at the California First Theater in Monterey, California. Robert studied to be a Roman Catholic priest at Ryan Preparatory College in Fresno California for his first three years of high school. He took a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Santa Clara in 1968. During this time, in1966, Robert launched his acting career when he appeared in his first television commercial with Joe DiMaggio, at the Presidio in San Francisco.


In 1973 Robert married actress Karen Black.[1] In 1974 Robert Burton was cast in a lead role in the film Trilogy of Terror.[2] Karen initially declined the lead role, but accepted when Robert was chosen for the lead in one of the film's three segments. Robert's character was a college student who obsessed over his English teacher played by Karen. Their marriage was short-lived, however and by the premiere of "Trilogy of Terror", in March of 1975, the couple had divorced.

Acting Career

Robert Burton's television credits include guest starring and continuing characters on network television series and soap operas. One of the highlights of Burton's television career was his role in the 1971-1972 version of the popular TV series Lassie where he co-starred with Larry Wilcox.

Television Credits

Date Title Role Notes
1970 The Bill Cosby Show Bob Nicholson Episode: "This Mouth Is Rated X"[3][4]
1971 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Brian Frisbee Episode: "The Lonely Weekend" Series star: Bill Bixby
1971-1972 Lassie Ron Holden Co-Starred with Larry Wilcox
1973 Lotsa Luck! Young Man Episode: "The New Stan" Starring Dom DeLuise
1974 Hangup Boy Director: Henry Hathaway
1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Cory Episode: "Calculated Risk". Stars: Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo, Sharon Gless 1975 Cannon Austin Bishop Episode: "To Still The Voice". Cast: William Conrad, Pamela Bellwood, Richard Venture
1977-1978 For Richer, For Poorer Lee Ferguson Multiple Episodes. Also featuring Patricia Barry, Stephen Joyce, Pat Englund[5] [6][7]
1978-1979 The Doctors Mel Harvey Multiple Episodes. Supporting cast: Kathleen Turner
1979-1980 One Life to Live Dr. Peter Janssen #2 and Bob Faulkner Multiple Episodes
1981 Vega$ Mikhail Yanovitch Episode."Seek and Destroy". Also featuring Robert Urich, Bart Braverman. Executive Producer Aaron Spelling
1981-1982 Texas Beau Baker Multiple Episodes
1982 As the World Turns Brian McColl Multiple Episodes[8]
1985 Another World Jeffrey Cartwright Multiple Episodes[9]

Television Movies and Feature Films

Date Title Role Notes
1974 Pray for the Wildcats Michael TV Film. Stars include: Andy Griffith, William Shatner, Robert Reed, Angie Dickenson[10]
1975 Linda Lovelace for President Huck Fish Feature Film. Starring Linda Lovelace. Notable Co-Stars: Micky Dolenz, Chuck McCann, Marty Ingels, Vaughn Meader, Joe E. Ross, Scatman Crothers, Stanley Myron Handelman, Art Metrano. Executive Producer: Arthur Marks[11]
1975 Trilogy of Terror Chad Foster TV Movie. Co-Stars with Karen Black.[12] [13] [14]
1977 Curse of the Black Widow Jeff Wallace TV Movie. Starring Anthony Franciosa, Donna Mills, Patty Duke, June Allyson, Vic Morrow, Sid Caesar, Max Gail, Jeff Corey[15] [16] [17]
1977 Coma Pathology Resident #1 Feature Film. Starring Michael Douglas. Additional Cast includes: Geneviève Bujold, Richard Widmark, Tom Selleck, Rip Torn[18]
1978 Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model? Dale Anderson TV Movie, Starring Barbara Eden, Additional Cast: Joe Mascolo, Richard Basehart
1993 King of the Hill TV Movie. Co-Stars: Jana Bellan, Jim Bohan

After acting career

In the early 1980's Robert moved onto Wall Street, including more than five years at the Wall Street firm L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin. He is currently a Senior Managing Director in the New York City Middle Market Investment Sales Group at Cushman & Wakefield.[19]

Burton's transition from actor to commercial real estate professional provided him with practical knowledge for anyone wanting to develop their own job employment skills and overall work ethic. Robert wrote a guide for his friends based on his own job hunting experiences. He turned the guide into a book titled "7 Days to Your Next Job" Robert honed his work ethics and philosophy of life as reflected in the website, Great Truths.[20]


  1. "Karen Black". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  2. "Trilogy of Terror". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  3. Burton, Robert. "Daily Motion". Daily Motion (Video - See Closing Credits). The Bill Cosby Show.
  4. "The Bill Cosby Show". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  5. "5-78 Soap Opera Digest JOHN GABRIEL-SANDY GABRIEL". Soap Opera World. Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  6. "10-78 Rona Barrett's Daytimers MICHAEL ZASLOW-RON HALE". Soap Opera World. Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  7. Lovers and Friends/For Richer, for Poorer Cast Members List - FamousFix, retrieved 2022-03-20
  8. "Who's Who in Oakdale: Brian McColl | As The World Turns on Soap Central". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  9. "Another World Cast and Crew - Full List of Another World Credits". FanPix.Net. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  10. "Pray For The Wildcats". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  11. "Linda Lovelace For President". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  12. "Trilogy of Terror". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  13. "Trilogy of Terror". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  14. "Television This Week". The New York Times. 1978-11-26. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  15. Curse of the Black Widow (TV Movie 1977) - IMDb, retrieved 2022-03-15
  16. "Skip Burton". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  17. "Curse of the Black Widow". Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  18. Burton, Robert. "Coma - Full Cast and Crew". TV Guide.
  19. "Robert Burton | United States". Cushman & Wakefield. Retrieved 2022-03-12.
  20. Burton, Robert. "Great Truths". Robert Burton. Retrieved 2022-03-12.

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