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Robert Casper
Robert Casper
Credits
Role Bonano Pisano
Biographical Information
Full Name Robert Michael Casper
Birthdate October 7, 1924
Birthplace Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Death Date March 7, 2020 (age 95)
Death Place El Paso, Texas, United States

Robert Casper played Bonano Pisano, architect of the leaning tower of Pisa, in the eighth season episode, "Samantha's Not So Leaning Tower of Pisa" (1971).

Biography[]

Robert Michael Casper (Bob) was an American actor. He was born on October 7, 1924 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Casper sought his dreams at a young age and left home for the stage after high school. He joined the Claretree Major Traveling Children's theatre. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1942. He served in China-India-Burma. After he was discharged, he studied at the Goodman Theatre School in Chicago. He ventured to New York to perform on stage - acting, dancing and singing. He worked as a waiter at many of New York's finest restaurants in between roles on stage.

When television became popular in Hollywood, Casper hired an agent and went to work. He worked up and down the West Coast from California to Washington and sometimes Canada.

In the late 1950s, he settled in North Hollywood and appeared in several early anthology television series. He had a featured part in just a couple of cinematic motion pictures: Studs Lonigan (1960) (as a short-lived friend of the titular protagonist) and The Right Approach (1961) (as an aspiring set designer, Horace Wetheridge Tobey III). Otherwise, Casper's career was confined entirely to the small screen. In addition to several television commercials, he made appearances in a steady dose of popular prime time fare like Perry Mason (1957), Batman (1966), Mannix (1967), Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) and Simon & Simon (1981), playing teachers, professors, lawyers, maitre d's, etcetera. He also enjoyed recurring roles in Room 222 (1969) and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976) (as a cyptozoologist).

Casper retired from acting in 1990. He considered himself an intellectual; and was a collector of fine books and an avid reader.

He passed away in El Paso, Texas, on March 7, 2020. He was 95.

Sources[]

  • Robert Casper on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on July 12, 2021, edited.
  • Robert Michael Casper obituary, El Paso Times via Legacy.com, March 14-15, 2020. Retrieved on July 12, 2021, edited.
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