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    Address 1709 Vine Street

    Ceremony date 02/08/1960

Robert Sterling
New Castle,
University of Pittsburgh
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Robert Sterling

Robert Sterling, born William Sterling Hart was an American film and television actor.

The son of baseball player and umpire Bill Hart, he was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a clothing salesman before pursuing an acting career.

After signing with Columbia Pictures in 1939, he changed his name to Robert Sterling to avoid confusion with silent western star William S. Hart.

In 1941, Sterling went to MGM. He worked steadily as a supporting player for several years. After serving in World War II as an Army Air Force flight instructor, he returned to Hollywood, but by the end of the decade, his film career had faltered. He did, however, play the non-singing role of Steve Baker, opposite Ava Gardner as Julie, in the hit MGM 1951 film version of Show Boat.