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ROBERT LEE RUTH


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ROBERT LEE RUTH Obituary
JANUARY 1, 1936 - DECEMBER 29, 2018 Robert Lee Ruth, aged 82, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 in Torrance, California from complications of pneumonia. He was born on January 1, 1936 in Rock Island, Moline, IL. He grew up on the South side of Chicago, but as a young boy became a life long, die-hard, Chicago Cubs fan. He achieved his lifelong dream of seeing the Cubs win the World Series in 2016! He remained in the Chicago area until 1969 when he received his 1st Hollywood film-acting role in the movie, "They Shoot Horses Don't They?" and moved his young family to Manhattan Beach, CA to pursue his dream of an acting career in TV and films in Hollywood. In his youth he was a Golden Glove boxer, and a shrimp boat fisherman. He entered the Marine Corp at the age of 17. He became a demolitions expert and is a veteran of the Korean War. He was an accomplished actor of stage, TV and film who trained at Goodman Theatre, Art Institute of Chicago. Stage Credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Trial of A. Lincoln. Film credits include: Goldstein, Mickey One, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, Dog pound Shuffle, Swashbuckler, Mob Boss, Fatal Skies, The Sleeping Car, For Keeps, White Mama, Studs Lonigan, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Catch me if you Can. Many voice overs including: Rocky (boxing announcer) and A Bugs Life (A Cockroach). TV Credits include: Veronica Clare (season regular-Lifetme), Route 66, Mission Impossible, The Magician, Mannix, Green Acres, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, and The Mighty Carson Art Players (The Tonight Show, 65 episodes). Dad instilled in us the importance of love and family. He also gave us his passion for books and reading and self-education, which will be passed on for generations to come! He is survived by his son, Monty (Mary Bowen); daughter Regan Tuisaula (Dano); son, Adam (Jamie Davis); grandchildren, Ashleigh Present and Bridget Ruth; and by his ex-wife, Ann Ruth. Preceded in death by his loving sister, Jean Holley. A memorial in his honor will be held at a later date that has yet to be chosen. Good Night, Sweet Prince, and flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest. Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 12, 2019
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