In Memorium: Robert Sterling

Robert Sterling had a wide and varied career. He played Topper George Kerby in the 1950’s TV series Topper, was in Showboat and even made a Blondie movie (Blondie Meets the Boss 1939). I am most familiar with him through his turn as Capt. Lee Crane (lucky dude got to smooch on Barbara Eden) in the 1961 movie “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”
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That’s him next to Walter Pidgeon…
Mr. Sterling passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

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6 Responses

  1. Well, Robert Sterling, the young whippersnapper, played the part of George Kerby, one of the high-living ghosts. The part of Cosmo Topper was played by Leo G. Carroll (no relation) the role he also played in the movies.

  2. You are correct…

  3. I believe Cosmo Topper was played by Roland Young in the three Topper movies.
    Leo G. Carroll was probably best remembered for his role as Alexander Waverly, the head of the New York bureau of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement from the 1960s show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

  4. Robert Sterling played George Kerby in the TV series. Leo Carroll played Cosmo Topper in the TV series (he was also in Tarantula), while the role was played by Roland Young in the Movies…according to the IMDB. I do not know what I was thinking when I wrote that, especially since I have two of the movies – normally I research my posts somewhat better than that…Sorry for the confusion!

  5. Imagine smoking on a submarine. Was that allowed at the time? Or was it poor research?

  6. I think the sub was supposed to be so supery-dupery, terrifically advanced that smoking wasn’t an issue. I’m just disappointed the shark wasn’t named Darwin…

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