Robert Lansing

Biography: Born Robert Brown, actor Robert Lansing borrowed his stage name from the capital city of Michigan. Lansing first appeared on Broadway in Stalag 17 (1951); throughout his film career he periodically returned to the New York stage, making his last such appearance in 1991. He made his film bow in 1959 with The 4-D Man, delivering one of the finest performances ever seen in a medium-budget science fiction film. His first TV-series stint was as detective Steve Carella in 87th Precinct (1961). In 1964, he was cast as Brigadier General Frank Savage in 12 O'Clock High. At the beginning of the series' second year, Lansing was written out of the program with startling finality, dying in an air crash in the second season's opening episode. Turning up none the worse for wear in the fall of 1966, Lansing starred in the short-lived espionage series The Man Who Never Was, essaying the dual role of secret agent Peter Murphy and millionaire Mark Wainwright. He then busied himself with film andBorn Robert Brown, actor Robert Lansing borrowed his stage name from the capital city of Michigan. Lansing first appeared on Broadway in Stalag 17 (1951); throughout his film career he periodically returned to the New York stage, making his last such appearance in 1991. He made his film bow in 1959 with The 4-D Man, delivering one of the finest performances ever seen in a medium-budget science fiction film. His first TV-series stint was as detective Steve Carella in 87th Precinct (1961). In 1964, he was cast as Brigadier General Frank Savage in 12 O'Clock High. At the beginning of the series' second year, Lansing was written out of the program with startling finality, dying in an air crash in the second season's opening episode. Turning up none the worse for wear in the fall of 1966, Lansing starred in the short-lived espionage series The Man Who Never Was, essaying the dual role of secret agent Peter Murphy and millionaire Mark Wainwright. He then busied himself with film and stage work, returning to TV as Lt. Jack Curtis in Automan (1983) and as The Control in The Equalizer (1985-89). His last regular TV assignment was as Captain Paul Blaisdell in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1992-1994). In the series' last episode of 1994, Captain Blaisdell was forced to retire; mortally ill with cancer, he died three weeks before the airing of his final episode, which was dedicated to his memory. At one time, Robert Lansing was married to General Hospital star Emily McLaughlin; and from 1991 to 1993, he was president of The Players, a theatrical fraternal organization. Expand

Robert Lansing's Scores

  • TV
Average career score: 61
Highest Metascore: 68 Law & Order: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 53 The Equalizer: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
2 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 8 Sep 15, 1991 Lawrence Jarvis tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 7 Sep 16, 1990 Herb Walsh tbd
68 Law & Order: Season 1 Sep 13, 1990 Chief Of Operations 8.5
tbd The Equalizer: Season 4 Oct 26, 1988 Control / Control / Robert Lansing tbd
tbd Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985): Season 3 Feb 6, 1988 William Howe tbd
tbd The Equalizer: Season 3 Sep 23, 1987 Control / Control / Robert Lansing tbd
tbd The Equalizer: Season 2 Oct 8, 1986 Control / Control / Robert Lansing tbd
tbd Simon and Simon: Season 5 Oct 3, 1985 Sam Penny tbd
53 The Equalizer: Season 1 Sep 18, 1985 Control / Control / Robert Lansing tbd
tbd Automan: Season 1 Dec 15, 1983 Lt. Jack Curtis tbd
tbd Simon and Simon: Season 3 Sep 29, 1983 Actor tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 14 Sep 12, 1972 John Dundee tbd
tbd Gunsmoke: Season 15 Sep 22, 1969 Yancy Tyce tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 11 Sep 14, 1969 Gunny O'Riley tbd
tbd Star Trek: Season 2 Sep 15, 1967 Gary Seven 7.1
tbd Ironside: Season 1 Sep 14, 1967 Fred / Robert Lansing tbd
tbd Gunsmoke: Season 11 Sep 18, 1965 Luke Frazer tbd
tbd The Twilight Zone: Season 5 Sep 27, 1963 Commander Douglas Stansfield / Cdr. Douglas Stansfield 10
tbd Bonanza: Season 2 Sep 10, 1960 Ted Trask tbd