George Mathews
(Robish)
 Looking at George Mathews, one would suspect him to be a
prize fighter, wrestler or at least a football player. He is one
thespian who is never suspected or recognized as being an
actor until he is back of the foolights. Further belying his
appearance are the facts that his favorite hobby is the
gentle, quiet game of chess in which he is so skilled that he
has been invited to tournaments all over the world. He is also
interested in languages, a taste which suggests
contemplative study not usually indulged in by such an
athletic type as Mr. Mathews. As he puts it, he has "played
'Robish' or his twin brother in all the crime shows that crowd
the video programs." In motion pictures a director with
offbeat tast cast him as a Catholic priest in "Sally and St.
Ann." Mr. Mathews began his theatrical career playing the
American policeman in an otherwise all Italian cast, but since
then the roles he has played--with few exceptions--have
been characters on the other side of the law. Born in
Manhattan and schooled in Brooklyn, he has performed all
over the United States as well as in London. In that city he
acted the Captain in the Tyrone Power company of "Mister
Roberts." Other appearances were in "Barefoot In Athens"
with Barry Jones, "Beggars' Opera" at Brandeis University,
"The Silver Whistle" with Jose Ferrer, "Antigone" with
Katharine Cornell, "A Streetcar Named Desire," not to
mention some recent ones. Early in his career Mr. Mathews
acted in "Escape This Night," the well remembered
"Processional," "Eve of St. Mark," and several short plays by
Eugene O'Neill. Like most talented actors, he has also taken
part in several of the important summer stock ventures and
is constantly in demand for crime shows seen on the
television screens. As his colleagues will testify, George
Mathews may be tough on stage and screen, but in real life
he is one of the most amiable and gentle persons in the
profession.
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