March 5, 1919|
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||April 24, 2002(aged 83)|
|Occupation||Actor; Roman Catholic priest|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia McQueeney (annulment)|
Robert McQueeney (March 5, 1919 – April 24, 2002) was an American actor, best known for television roles during the 1950s and 1960s. During and after his acting career, he also worked as a golf pro and instructor.
After the annulment of his marriage, he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. For twenty years until his death, he was the spiritual director for the Padre Pio Foundation of America in Cromwell, Connecticut.
A versatile character actor, McQueeney appeared in guest roles on such television series as Bonanza, Lawman, The Alaskans, 77 Sunset Strip, and Gunsmoke. His one shot at a leading role in a series was his portrayal of newspaper reporter Conley Wright on ABC's short-lived World War II series, The Gallant Men (1962-1963).
In 1959, he portrayed the 19th century actor, Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, in the episode "The Man Who Loved Lincoln" on the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston as the fictitious undercover agent Christopher Colt, who in the story line is assigned to protect Booth following a death threat. That year he also played the role of murderer Michael Dwight in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Lost Last Act."
Somewhat coincidentally, considering his one leading role in a television series as a reporter, McQueeney wrote many articles for the Padre Pio Foundation after his ordination. Much of his work is still available on the Internet. Coincidentally, the Padre Pio Foundation is based in Italy, where McQueeney's fictional war correspondent practiced his trade.
He had three children with his former wife, Patricia McQueeney. She was a model and an actress in television commercials who appeared regularly in the 1950s on NBC's The Today Show. She operated a talent agency, McQueeney Management, that for years handled the career of Harrison Ford.
- Ahles, Dick (July 14, 2002). "The View From/Cromwell; Older, Wiser and Seeking a New Walk of Life: the Priesthood". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
- "Hollywood Manager Patricia McQueeney Has Died at the Age of 77". Softpedia. September 12, 2005. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Robert McQueeney at the Internet Movie Database
- Internet Broadway Database page for Robert McQueeney
- Robert McQueeney's writings for the Padre Pio foundation
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