Thursday, May 20, 2010

RIP Earl Robie

Earl Robie, child actor of 1950s, dies in Bellingham

Earl H. Settlemyer, a child actor in movies and television during the 1950s who later went into banking, died Friday, May 14, at his home in Sudden Valley. He was 63.

Settlemyer, who went by "Earl Robie" as an actor, retired to Whatcom County in 2005 with his sister, Louise Settlemyer Lott.

Born in Michigan and raised in Southern California, he began appearing on stage, the screen and in ads at age 4. His credits include "My Cousin Rachel," a 1952 film starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton, and appearances in several TV series, including "Letter to Loretta," hosted by Loretta Young, "Death Valley Days" and "Lassie."

He stopped performing at age 15, earned a college degree in economics and went into banking. In Whatcom County, he was active in Rotary and served on boards and committees for local colleges and universities.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at Moles' Bayview Chapel, 2465 Lakeway Drive. A celebration of life will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 24, at Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Road.

Memorials may be made to the Earl Settlemyer Trust at Western Washington University Foundation.

ROBIE, Earl (Earl Harry Settlemyer)
Born: 8/29/1946, Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 5/14/2010, Sudden Valley, Washington, U.S.A.

Earl Robie's westerns - actor:
Santa Fe Passage - 1955 (kid on train)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1958 (Charlie)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) - 1959 (Little Jim)

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