Dale Robertson Net Worth: Dale Robertson was an American celebrity who had a net worth of $5 million. Before joining the Oklahoma Military College at the age of 17, he got his living as a professional prize fighter. Throughout the the second world war, he fought bravely for the US on the fronts in North Africa and Europe, consequently being honored together with the Bronze and Silver Stars, as well as the Purple Heart. Incredible as it might seem, Robertson entered the world of Hollywood after he was recruited by film scouts who saw a picture he had taken for his mother in a photograph shop window. He was still serving in the South pacific when he first began receiving letters from picture agents. Once the war was over, Robertson chose to stay in California and take his opportunity in the movie industry. Under the sway of Will Rogers Jr., he did not take any acting lessons in order to keep his part untainted. The start of his career marks his appearance on the popular TV #92 in various television weeklies. As for his film credits, they include his turns in 1949’s features Fighting Man of the Strategies and Flamingo Road. After he switched to TV in the 1950s, he starred in such series as Tales of Wells Fargo, Iron Horse and Death Valley Days. Last, he could be seen playing the role of Zeke in Harts of the West in the early 1990s. After he retired in the show biz, Robertson lived on his ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma and moved to the San Diego region last year. The eighty three year old celebrity lost the battle against cancer an pneumonia in February 2013, leaving behind his wife and two children.
Now retired and currently living in Oklahoma [October 2008]
He and his first wife had daughter Rochelle.
Started military service in Fort Sill in Oklahoma before being sent to the horse cavalry at Fort Riley, Kansas, and then to officers' school at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he was commissioned a Second Lieutuenant in the Armed Forces. From there he was sent to the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
During his first year of college, he and some of his friends signed up for military duty after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Attended Classen High School in Oklahoma City. Into his junior year he was declared "ineligible" to play sports because of two professional boxing matches he had previously fought in. As such, he decided to enroll in the Oklahoma Military Academy in the city of Claremore wherein he could participate in sports. Dale went on to be nominated "All Around Athlete" while attending the Academy.
Parents: Melvin and Varval Robertson.
Was a horse rider by age ten and was training polo ponies in his teens.
Wounded twice during WWII while serving in the Army in North Africa and Europe, he was awarded the Bronze and Silver stars and a Purple Heart for his courage.
His resemblance to Clark Gable helped him get into the movies.
Retired after he finished his role as Zeke in the TV series Harts of the West (1993) in order to spend more time at his Yukon, Oklahoma ranch and raise horses. Ill health forced him in recent months to move to the San Diego California area just months before his death of emphysema and pneumonia and he died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.
The old-fashioned Robertson claims to have been "killed off" by the powers-that-be on Dynasty (1981) because he balked at the sexual situations demanded of his character.
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1983.
At the age of 17 he was attending Oklahoma Military College, and boxing in professional prize fights to earn money. Harry Cohn approached him after a fight in Wichita, Kansas and asked him to come out to Hollywood to play the role of Joe Bonaparte in a boxing picture called "Golden Boy." Robertson refused, saying he was in the middle of training 17 polo ponies, and could not leave his family at his age. William Holden eventually was cast in the Golden Boy (1939) role.
Robertson entered the U.S. Army during World War II. After stateside training he served as a tank commander in the 777th Tank Battalion in the North African campaign. He was standing in the hatch when his tank was hit by enemy fire. His tank crew were killed, but he was blown out of the hatch and survived with shrapnel wounds to his lower legs, the scars of which he still bears. Fully recovered, he went on to serve with the 322nd Combat Engineer Battalion during the European campaign. He was wounded a second time, this one in the right knee during a mortar attack. Again he made a complete recovery.
[on the failure of his series Iron Horse (1966)] I liked the show after it got started but I grew to dislike it. The network didn't seem to take an interest in it. It would have been a great series; as it was, it was just a mediocre show. They all had to get their fingers in the pie.
[on why his character was killed off in Dynasty (1981)] They got me to do 15 episodes . . . but that was enough. They kept putting all of this sex and stuff into it and I didn't do it the way they wanted. I never had the ability to keep my big mouth shut.
An actor can change himself to fit a part, whereas a personality has to change the part to fit himself. The personality has to say it his own way.