|THE SON ALSO RISES
Robert Montgomery, Jr.
Robert Montgomery, Jr. was born February 15,
1936 in Los Angeles, California to actor Robert
Montgomery and former stage actress Elizabeth
Allen. He was the Montgomeryâ€™s second child,
daughter Elizabeth Montgomery having been born
in 1933. (A first daughter, Martha Bryan, died in
1931, aged fourteen months from meningitis).
Skip, as he was known, was raised in Hollywood
along with his sister Elizabeth. Summers were spent
in the Montgomery farmhouse in Patterson, New
York or in England.
|A portrait of Robert "Skip" Montgomery,
Jr. during his acting career.
|Skip with his older sister Elizabeth,
|A family portrait; Skip with his mother
(center) and sister Elizabeth.
|Skip in a role on television's The
|Robert Montgomery, Jr. and Robert
Montgomery, Sr. on the set of The
In 1939, Skip became the youngest Lifetime Honorary
Member of the Screen Actors Guild, of which his father
was then President.
The Montgomery family suffered a temporary parting
when Robert, Sr. joined the Navy to fight in World War II.
He served from 1940 to 1945 during which time Skipâ
€™s maternal Grandmother, Rebecca, joined the
Montgomery household to help care for the children.
Much loved by both Skip and Elizabeth, Rebecca Allen
was fondly remembered by the siblings for years to
In 1950, the Montgomerys divorced and Skip and
Elizabeth remained in the family home with their mother.
Skip had attended school in Arizona in 1945, and in
1952, was a student at St. Markâ€™s in Southboro,
In 1958, 22-year-old Skip decided to follow in the
footsteps of both his parents and his sister by
beginning an acting career. That same year, Skip also
became a father when his wife, socialite, Deborah
Chase gave birth to a son, Robert Montgomery, III.
The next year, 1959 found Skip with bit parts in the
feature films, â€œSay One For Meâ€� and â€œA
Privateâ€™s Affairâ€� as well as roles on television
including â€œThe Loretta Young Showâ€�.
Unfortunately, Skip missed out on getting to appear
on his fatherâ€™s well-respected television series, â
€œRobert Montgomery Presentsâ€�, having begun
his acting career in 1958, one year after that series
Also in 1959, Skipâ€™s family expanded when a
daughter, Deborah Elizabeth was born to the couple
on July 10.
Skip continued his acting career through 1962 with
roles in both films and television including a small
role in â€œThe Gallant Hoursâ€� (1960), a film his
father both produced and directed, and a starring
role in the sci-fi film, â€œ12 to the Moonâ€� (1960).
In 1962, Skip decided to abandon his acting career
for the financial world, becoming a Wall Street
stockbroker with the well-known firm, Hayden Stone
& Co., where he remained for the next twenty years.
His later life found him living in Tallahassee,
Florida where he became the community liaison for
Florida State Universityâ€™s Graduate Film
Conservatory and established the â€œSleepy Actors
Groupâ€� which provided housing for students
working on thesis film productions. The Group also
established a database listing production related
services and locations.
In 1998, Skip served as executive producer of the
independent film, â€œRosesâ€�.
On February 7, 2000, Skip underwent surgery for lung cancer and was given a
favorable prognosis. However, a few months later on April 28, Skip unexpectedly
passed away at the age of 64, leaving behind a widow, his third wife, Melanie, as
well as his children.