Actor Robert Walker Dies
August, 1951 – Deeply troubled actor Robert Walker died during the making of the film My Son John. Overwhelmed by the destruction of alcoholism after his divorce from Director John Ford’s daughter Barbara, Walker’s life was full of personal turmoil.
Robert Walker was best known for his role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train as the psychopathic playboy Bruno Anthony. His disturbing portrayal of the evil, yet somehow sympathetic, murderer was considered to be his finest role.
Having considered to have put his emotional problems after his divorce behind him, it was believed that his career was accelerating following this highly regarded performance. However, on the 28th of August, Robert Walker was found to be in a disturbingly agitated state by his housekeeper who called his psychiatrist.
Upon his arrival, the psychiatrist administered the drug sodium amytal. Walker, who had been drinking, suffered an acute allergic reaction to the drug. Walker stopped breathing, and all efforts to resuscitate him failed.
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