Robert F. Simon

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Robert F. Simon (December 2, 1908 — November 29, 1992) was an American character actor, often portraying military or authority figure roles. Though his face was recognized by audiences, he was mostly unknown by name. Simon appeared in films and on television between 1950 and 1985, having mastered the genre of westerns, drama, and comedy. Simon had recurring supporting roles on six television series: In addition to his Custer role of General Terry, Simon had other historic roles: Simon was born in Mansfield, Ohio, where he was an all-state high school basketball champion in the 1920s. He played basketball in one-on-one games well into his forties. Before he entered acting, he was a traveling salesman. He initially thought that acting would help him to overcome his natural shyness, but he enjoyed appearing on stage and later film so much that he decided to make a career as an actor. His first professional job was in Marc Blitzstein's No For an Answer in which he displayed his song-and-dance abilities. He was also involved with the Cleveland Playhouse, and Actors Studio, through which he became an understudy to Lee J. Cobb for the lead in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
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