Robert Coote

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1909-02-04

Place of Birth
London, England, UK

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Robert Coote

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Robert Coote (4 February 1909 – 26 November 1982) was an English actor. He played aristocrats or British military types in many films, and created the role of Colonel Hugh Pickering in the long-running original Broadway production of My Fair Lady.

Coote was born in London and educated at Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex. He began his stage career at the age of 16, performing in Britain, South Africa, and Australia before arriving in Hollywood in the late 1930s. He played a succession of pompous British types in supporting roles, including a brief but memorable turn as Sgt. Bertie Higginbotham in Gunga Din (1939). His acting career was interrupted by his service as a squadron leader in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He played Bob Trubshawe in Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death (1946), chosen for the first-ever Royal Film Performance on 1 November 1946, before he returned to Hollywood, where his films included The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Forever Amber (1947), The Three Musketeers (1948), and Orson Welles' Othello (1952).

In 1956, Coote created the role of Colonel Pickering in the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady (1956–62), which he reprised in the musical's 1976–77 Broadway revival. He also originated the role of King Pellinore in the Broadway production of Camelot (1960–63). He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as Timmy St. Clair in the NBC TV series The Rogues (1964–65). In 1966, Coote appeared with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in an episode of The Honeymooners entitled "The Honeymooners in England", broadcast on CBS-TV from Miami.

In his last feature film performance, Coote portrayed one of the critics dispatched by Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood (1973).

His final role was on television, playing orchid nurse Theodore Horstmann in the 1981 NBC-TV series Nero Wolfe, starring William Conrad in the title role. In most film and TV adaptations of Nero Wolfe mysteries, before and since, Horstmann has been a very minor character, but Coote's Horstmann got considerable screen time in the series.

The veteran British character actor died in his sleep at the New York Athletic Club in November 1982, at the age of 73.

Coote was a close friend of actor David Niven, sharing a house with Niven for a time in the late 1930s and living in a flat over Niven's garage for several years after the Second World War.

1978
Filming Othello
7.3
1951
Othello
7.4
1966
The Swinger
7.0
1966
Alice Through the Looking Glass
6.5
1940
You Can't Fool Your Wife
5.0
1968
Kenner
0.0
1936
Rangle River
0.0
1946
A Matter of Life and Death
8.0
1948
Berlin Express
5.9
1958
The Horse's Mouth
7.3
1958
Merry Andrew
6.5
1942
Commandos Strike at Dawn
4.6
1940
Vigil in the Night
7.7
1966
A Man Could Get Killed
4.0
1967
The Cool Ones
4.8
1973
Theatre of Blood
7.0
1968
Prudence and the Pill
6.3
1939
Bad Lands
3.0
1938
Blond Cheat
6.0
1947
The Exile
6.3
1947
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
7.6
1952
The Prisoner of Zenda
6.8
1939
Mr. Moto's Last Warning
5.3
1939
The House of Fear
0.0
1969
Charley's Aunt
0.0
1939
Gunga Din
6.8
1948
The Three Musketeers
6.6
1938
The Girl Downstairs
4.2
1952
Scaramouche
7.2
1951
Soldiers Three
7.0
1947
Lured
6.3
1949
The Red Danube
6.3
1960
The League of Gentlemen
7.5
1952
The Merry Widow
5.3
1937
The Sheik Steps Out
4.0
1939
Nurse Edith Cavell
6.7
1947
Forever Amber
5.8
1937
The Thirteenth Chair
5.8
1955
The Constant Husband
8.4
1963
The V.I.P.s
6.5
1931
Sally in Our Alley
3.5
1933
Loyalties
6.0
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