Robert Walker

Robert Walker The brilliant young actor, who starred as the psychopath Bruno in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 classic “Strangers on a Train,” was filming Leo McCarey’s strident anti-Communist drama “My Son John” when he suddenly died on Aug. 28, 1951, at the age 32, after he received a sedative injection from his psychiatrist and then went into respiratory failure. Parts of “My Son John,” which was released in 1952, were rewritten. McCarey also consulted with Hitchcock — with the master of suspense ultimately giving McCarey some footage of Walker from “Strangers” to fill in some blanks. McCarey had someone dub in Walker’s final words in his film. Pictured: Marion Lorne and Robert Walker in "Strangers on a Train."
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