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Robert Ridgely (December 24, 1931–February 8, 1997) was an American actor. His roles for Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network included:

Biography

Robert Ridgely started out as a cabaret entertainer. He began his television acting career in the early 1960s with guest appearances on such TV shows as Surfside 6 (1960), Sea Hunt (1958), and Maverick (1957). Ridgely had a recurring role as Lt. Frank Kimbro on the short-lived World War II TV series The Gallant Men (1962). Robert made his film debut in the 1963 feature FBI Code 98 (1963).

Ridgely was occasionally cast as sleazy charmers such as unctuous hosts and announcers. He appeared in four comedies for Mel Brooks: Blazing Saddles (1974), High Anxiety (1977), Life Stinks (1991), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). Ridgely also was in several pictures for director Jonathan Demme; he's especially memorable (and delightful) as smarmy game show host Wally "Mr. Love" Williams in the wonderful Melvin and Howard (1980). His last film role was Colonel James in Boogie Nights (1997).

In the 1980s, Ridgely appeared in a TV commercial for Hero Growth Food, a dog food formulated for large puppies. He also did voice work for commercials and animated cartoons.

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