Ask AP: Robert Walker

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on February 15, 2009

Whatever happened to actor Robert Walker from the movie Strangers on a Train? I heard he died at a young age.

—G.E. Spurgeon, Canby, Ore.

Walker, so chilling as the psychopath in the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, died that same year at the age of 32 after an adverse reaction to a prescription sedative. Hailed as a promising young actor, Walker had a turbulent personal life. He was arrested for drunken driving and hit-and-run, and was committed to a sanatorium after losing himself in the bottle when his wife, actress Jennifer Jones, left him for a Hollywood producer. His impulsive remarriage, to director John Ford’s daughter, Barbara, was annulled after several weeks. His final movie, My Son John, was in production when he died, and several of his scenes had to be completed using a double.