After college, the aspiring lawyer’s path changed yet again.
He served as an infantryman in World War II before pursuing a job in publicity, eventually heading a successful agency called Rollman and Munger Advertising.
There, he graduated from Hollywood High School and acted in a television series that was never picked up, Grace said.
Putting aside his acting dreams, Munger set his sights on a career in law, attending Los Angeles City College and Pepperdine University before graduating from USC, where he founded Students for America, a student-led, conservative political group that rallied behind Republican candidates.
During his college years, Munger earned his stripes as a national debate champion and first-class chess player—often playing more than one opponent at a time.
“He claimed that he could be blindfolded and play, but I never saw anything like that,” Grace said of her husband, who wrote speeches for Barry Goldwater, the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 1964.
“I told him, ‘I want to be a wife and mother,’” said Grace, who sang in a Christian rock group at the time. At 38, the bachelor proposed after just two weeks of dating.
“He wanted me to look at houses with him in the Hollywood Hills,” Grace said.“He said, ‘I thought the whole thing over, and I think we should be married.’ Two and a half months later, we were.” In their 43-year union, the couple had four children: Robert, Melodee (Harmon), Joy (Weirick) and Mark. “It was a wild ride.” Lucky in love and in business, Munger, through his agency, helped promote a film called “The Hiding Place” in 1975.The mastermind behind the 1976 horror film “The Omen,” longtime Conejo Valley resident Bob Munger wasn’t shy about the movie’s intent.“He wanted to scare the hell out of people,” said Grace Munger, his wife of 43 years.“He wanted people to know what the Bible said about the Antichrist.” “The Omen,” starring Gregory Peck and considered by many to be a cult classic, is just part of the legacy Bob Munger left behind when he died last month at the age of 81.A successful entrepreneur, devout Christian and passionate politico, Munger died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills on Oct. After finding success as a child actor in Indianapolis, Munger moved to Hollywood in the 1940s with his mother, Helen Munger.