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Roy Roberts

Highest Rated:   100% Hotel (1967)
Lowest Rated:   60% The Cimarron Kid (1952)
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Birthplace:   Tampa, Florida, USA
Tall, silver-maned character actor Roy Roberts began his film career as a 20th Century-Fox contractee in 1943. Nearly always cast in roles of well-tailored authority, Roberts was most effective when conveying smug villainy. As a hotel desk clerk in Gentleman's Agreement (1947), he suavely but smarmily refused to allow Jews to check into his establishment; nineteen years later, Roberts was back behind the desk and up to his old tricks, patronizingly barring a black couple from signing the register in Hotel (1966). As the forties drew to a close, Roberts figured into two of the key film noirs of the era; he was the carnival owner who opined that down-at-heels Tyrone Power had sunk so low because "he reached too high" at the end of Nightmare Alley (1947), while in 1948's He Walked By Night, Roberts enjoyed one of his few sympathetic roles as a psycho-hunting plainclothesman. And in the 3-D classic House of Wax, Roberts played the crooked business partner of Vincent Price, whose impulsive decision to burn down Price's wax museum has horrible consequences. With the role of bombastic Captain Huxley on the popular Gale Storm TV series Oh, Susanna (1956-1960), Gordon inaugurated his dignified-foil period. He later played long-suffering executive types on The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and The Lucy Show. Roy Roberts last appeared on screen as the mayor in Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World
  • Mr. Roberts
1975
No Score Yet The Outfit
  • Caswell
1974
99% Chinatown
  • Mayor Bagby
1974
No Score Yet Some Kind of a Nut
  • 1st Vice-President
1969
100% Hotel
  • Bailey
1967
No Score Yet I'll Take Sweden
  • Captain
1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways
  • E.J. Fletcher
1965
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Policeman Outside Garage
1963
No Score Yet The Chapman Report
  • Alan Roby
1962
No Score Yet The Underwater City
  • Tim Graham
1962
No Score Yet The King and Four Queens
  • Sheriff Larrabee
1956
No Score Yet The First Texan
  • Sherman
1956
No Score Yet Backlash
  • Maj. Carson
1956
No Score Yet The Last Command
  • Dr. Sutherland
1955
No Score Yet Big House, U.S.A.
  • Chief Ranger Erickson
1955
No Score Yet Wyoming Renegades
  • Sheriff McVey
1955
No Score Yet They Rode West
  • Sgt. Creever
1954
No Score Yet Dawn at Socorro
  • Doc Jameson
1954
No Score Yet The Outlaw Stallion
  • Hagen
1954
No Score Yet Tumbleweed
  • Nick Buckley
1953
95% House of Wax
  • Burke
1953
No Score Yet The Man Behind the Gun
  • Mark Sheldon
1953
No Score Yet The Glory Brigade
  • Sgt. Chuck Anderson
1953
No Score Yet Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Maj. Houston
1952
No Score Yet The Battles of Chief Pontiac
  • Maj. Gladwin
1952
No Score Yet Skirts Ahoy!
  • Capt. Graymont
1952
No Score Yet The Man with a Cloak
  • Policeman
1952
No Score Yet One Minute to Zero
  • Gen. Thomas
1952
No Score Yet Cripple Creek
  • Marshall Tetheroe
1952
No Score Yet The Big Trees
  • Judge Crenshaw
1952
60% The Cimarron Kid
  • Pat Roberts
1952
No Score Yet Hoodlum Empire
  • Chief Tayls
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Johnson
1951
No Score Yet I Was a Communist for the FBI
  • Father Novac
1951
No Score Yet Santa Fe
  • Cole Sanders
1951
88% The Enforcer
  • Capt. Frank Nelson
1951
No Score Yet The Killer That Stalked New York
  • Mayor
1950
83% Wyoming Mail
  • Charles DeHaven
1950
No Score Yet Sierra
  • Sheriff Knudson
1950
No Score Yet The Palomino (Hills of the Brave)
  • Ben Lane
1950
No Score Yet Borderline
  • Harvey Gumbin
1950
No Score Yet Chain Lightning
  • Gen. Hewitt
1950
No Score Yet Almost a Bride
  • Uncle George
1949
No Score Yet Chicago Deadline
  • Jerry Cavanaugh
1949
No Score Yet Miss Grant Takes Richmond
  • Foreman
1949
No Score Yet Calamity Jane and Sam Bass
  • Marshal Peak
1949
No Score Yet Chicken Every Sunday
  • Harry Bowers
1949
No Score Yet The Reckless Moment
  • Nagle
1949
100% Force of Evil
  • Ben Tucker
1948
86% He Walked by Night
  • Capt. Breen
1948
88% Joan of Arc
  • Wandamme
1948
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek
  • Al Shanks
1948
100% Daisy Kenyon
  • Dan's Attorney
1947
74% Gentleman's Agreement
  • Mr. Calkins
1947
No Score Yet The Brasher Doubloon
  • Police Lt. Breeze
1947
100% Nightmare Alley
  • McGraw
1947
No Score Yet The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
  • Mr. Foster
1947
No Score Yet Captain from Castile
  • Capt. Alvarado
1947
No Score Yet The Foxes of Harrow
  • Tom Warren
1947
100% My Darling Clementine
  • Mayor
1946
No Score Yet Smoky
  • Jeff
1946
No Score Yet Strange Triangle (Strange Alibi)
  • Harry Matthews
1946
No Score Yet Behind Green Lights
  • Max Calvert
1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour)
  • Capt Rampey
1946
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano
  • Col. Middleton
1945
89% Wilson
  • Ike Hoover
1944
No Score Yet Tampico
  • Crawford
1944
100% The Fighting Sullivans
  • Fr. Francis
1944
No Score Yet Guadalcanal Diary
  • Capt. Cross
1943

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Baskin Mr. Botkin Dobie Bodkin Mr. Bodkin Mr. Dobie Botkin
  • 1972
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
  • Stephens Frank Stephens Frank
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
  • Governor
  • 1969
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
  • John Cushing Cushing Judge
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Bristol Fillmore
  • 1967
  • 1962
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
  • Harvey Skeen W.L. Picard Janeel Henry Thomas
  • 1965
  • 1961
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
  • Mr. Morgan
  • 1964
82% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Cooper
  • 1963
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
  • J. Howard Jackson
  • 1962
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
  • Mr. Boland Henry
  • 1962

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