Originally from Illinois, Robert 'Bob' Dowdell's acting career began in New York in an off-Broadway play, The Dybbuk. A succession of plays followed until he started to gain small roles in fifties television theatre shows such as Kraft Theater. In the early sixties, Bob was cast as Cody Bristol in Stoney Burke. This role attracted the attention of producer Irwin Allen who signed him for the very popular role of Lt. Commander Chip Morton in the sixties television series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Bob later returned to the Irwin Allen fold in City Beneath the Sea and in the mid-eighties, Outrage. His most recent appearances have included episodes of War of the Worlds and day-time soap opera, Capitol.