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Robert F. Simon B&W
Robert F. Simon
Role Frank Stephens
Biographical Information
Birthdate December 2, 1908
Birthplace Mansfield, Ohio, United States
Death Date November 29, 1992 (age 83)
Death Place Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, United States

Robert F. Simon originated the role of Darrin's father, Frank Stephens. He shared the role with Roy Roberts.


A prolific character actor of imposing presence, Robert F. Simon drifted into acting via the Cleveland Playhouse, hoping that this would cure his natural propensity for shyness. After training at the Actor's Studio in New York he had a ten year run on Broadway (1942-52) in which he cut his teeth - both as actor and as stage manager - on anything from drama to musical comedy. In a roundabout way, he was even able to fulfill his original career goal of becoming a traveling salesman: as understudy to the great Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman".

Robert started in films in 1950, but over the years came often to be typecast in stereotypical roles of benevolent authoritarianism or grouchy executive stress. At times he drew unkind reviews from the critics. He was considerably better served by the small screen, where, for some thirty-five years, he became a familiar face as generals, police captains, doctors, journalists and attorneys. We may remember him most fondly as George Armstrong Custer's disapproving superior, General Alfred Terry, in "Custer" (1967); as the sympathetic, long-suffering father of Darrin Stephens in Bewitched (1964); or as Maynard M. Mitchell, one of the wackiest of generals ever to have served in the Korean War (or any other war, for that matter), in "M*A*S*H" (1972).

Bewitched Credits[]


Robert F. Simon on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on November 14, 2019.