About this actor
Robert Armstrong (November 20, 1890 – April 20, 1973) was an American film actor best remembered for his role as Carl Denham in the 1933 version of King Kong by RKO Pictures. He uttered the famous exit quote, "'Twas beauty killed the beast," at the film's end. Months later, he starred as Carl Denham again in the sequel, Son of Kong, released the same year. In the late 1950s, Armstrong appeared as Sheriff Andy Anderson on Rod Cameron's syndicated western-themed television series, State Trooper. Born in Saginaw, Michigan, he studied to be a lawyer but gave it up to manage his uncle's touring companies. In his spare time he wrote plays which eventually led to his appearance in one of them. He served in WWI and found his uncle had died when he came back home. Armstrong went to London and in 1926 appeared on the stage for a season. In 1928, his screen career started when he appeared in Pathé's The Main Event. Armstrong worked throughout the 1930s and 1940s for many studios. In 1937 he...