Jay Robinson

Jay Robinson


4/13/1930, New York, NY

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  • Trivia

    • Jay performed with Katherine Hepburn on Broadway in performances of As You Like It in 1950.

    • Jay co-starred with Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen (1955) and Bunny O'Hare (1971).

    • Jay appeared in 2 films featuring Dracula, Train Ride To Hollywood (1975) in which he played the character, and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).

    • Jay received over 10,000 letters a week after his appearance in The Robe (1953).

    • Jay made his Broadway debut in The Shop At Sly Corner on January 18, 1949.

    • Jay appeared as the host of a video about the Chupacabra, the supposed "goat vampire" of Mexico, Adventures Beyond: Chupacabra (1997).

    • Jay was the voice of a rooster in Big Top Pee-Wee (1988).

    • Jay has one son, Jay Paul Robinson, born February 28, 1961.

    • Jay made his stage debut as Henry Aldrich in What a Life at the Hawthorne Inn Playhouse, in East Gloucester, Massachusetts on July 8th, 1946.

    • Jay worked a number of jobs after drug rehab, including animal caretaker, apartment/boarding house manager, fry cook, and a psychiatric hospital worker.

    • Jay trained as a firefighter during his time in prison.

    • Jay's father was one of the founders of the Van Heusen clothing company.

    • Jay first began performing at the age of 11 at the New York city branch of the USO. He and several neighborhood girls sang and danced to the song "Chatanooga Choo Choo."

    • Jay starred in and produced a play based on his own life, Buy Me Blue Ribbons, after his father helped him raise $50,000. The show opened October 17th, 1951, at the Empire Theatre, in New York City. It closed after 13 performances, having received terrible reviews.

    • Jay owned a 14-carat gold-plated Cadillac in 1953, that he had to later sell to pay for drug abuse treatment.

    • Jay was arrested for drug possession on November 13, 1958, and was freed on bond, pending appeal. He sold most of his possessions to pay for the bond and for drug withdrawal treatment, which he completed successfully. In 1960, he received news that the conviction had been reversed, and assumed it was over. However, a date had been set for a new trial, and Jay did not show up for the hearing, as he'd assumed he didn't need to check in with the court after the reversal. Six years later, on May 13, 1966, he was arrested again, as there was a warrant issued for him after not showing up at the hearing, and he was sentenced to prison for 15 months, being released on March 9, 1968 on parole for good behavior.

    • Jay published his autobiography, The Comeback, in 1979.

    • Jay has been married twice, to Pauline Flowers from 1960 until her death in 2002, and to Gloria Casas, from 2004 until now.

    • Jay;s most famous role was as the mad Emperor Caligula, in The Robe (1953) and it's sequel, Demetrius and The Gladiators (1954), both made with co-star Victor Mature.

  • Quotes

  • A true Hollywood legend.

    What can I saw about one of the best performances in the movie 'The Robe', and an even better comedic one in the 1957 version of 'My Man Godfrey' (and he actually sang)? Mr. Robinson's singing of the song, "Lovely" in 'MMG' is still remembered to this very day, and he made it believable at that. One of the 'greats' in a day and time where this is said less and less as time goes on. Jay has a lot to be proud of and his movies have stood the test of time, where as I'm sure most people thoroughly enjoyed the original version of 'My Man Godfrey', Jay, and the rest of the cast made this version a comedy classic, or at least in my opinion they did.moreless