House Peters, Jr.

Robert House Peters, Jr. (January 12, 1916 – October 1, 2008) was an American character actor most noted for his roles in 1950s B movies and westerns. He is perhaps best remembered as the face and body of Mr. Clean in the Procter and Gamble cleaning product commercials of the era.

Peters was born in New Rochelle, New York to actors Robert House Peters, Sr., and Mae King. In a career that spanned 1935-1967, he appeared in many films, primarily as the "heavy," or villain. He appeared in television series including Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone and Lassie.

From the late 1950s into the 1960s, Peters Jr. played Mr. Clean in television commercials for the product.

Peters was married to Lucy Peters from 1946 until his death; they had three children. He died of pneumonia at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles, California.


Year Film Role Other notes
1936 Flash Gordon Shark Man Chapters 3-4
1949 Batman and Robin Henchman Earl Chapter 7-15
1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still MP captain Uncredited
1952 Red Planet Mars Dr. Boulting Uncredited
1953 Port Sinister Jim Garry Alternative title: Beast of Paradise Isle
1954 Target Earth Technician
1957 Black Patch Holman
1964 Rio Conchos Major Johnson
1965 The Great Sioux Massacre Reporter
Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Gene Autry Show Various roles 3 episodes
1950-1957 The Lone Ranger Various roles 12 episodes
1951-1953 The Range Rider Various roles 6 episodes
1954-1956 Annie Oakley Various roles 4 episodes
1955 The Adventures of Champion Ote Bledsoe 1 episode
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Dave Bennett 4 episodes
You are There Bruce Greeves 1 episodes
1957 The Gray Ghost Hollingshead 1 episode
1958 Broken Arrow Captain Rowan 1 episode
1959 Buckskin Pat Devlin 1 episode
1961 Lawman Joe Poole 1 episode
1962 77 Sunset Strip Sheriff Goodson 1 episode
1956-1966 Lassie Sheriff Jim Billings 12 episodes


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