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Doris Roberts


Doris Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s. A versatile player with an inescapably "mom-like" presence, she was adept at playing sympathetic roles but made her most memorable mark as hard-boiled dames, gossips, and nags who were often ... See full bio »
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 Old Soldiers (pre-production)
Gracie McBee
 2015 The Manager (Short) (post-production)
Madame
 2014 JOB's Daughter (post-production)
Ruth Morrison
 2014 The Secret of Joy (Short) (post-production)
Woman of the Flowers / Grandma
 2015 Zizi and Honeyboy (Short) (completed)
Zizi
 2014 The Birthday Boys (TV Series)
Mrs. Steenburg
- Freshy's (2014) ... Mrs. Steenburg
 2014 Microwave (Short)
Baba
 2013-2014 Melissa & Joey (TV Series)
Sofia
- More Than Roommates (2014) ... Sofia
 2014 The 4 to 9ers: The Day Crew (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Doyle
- Episode #1.4 (2014) ... Mrs. Doyle
- Episode #1.3 (2014) ... Mrs. Doyle
- Episode #1.2 (2014) ... Mrs. Doyle
 2014 The Little Rascals Save the Day (Video)
Grandma
 2014 Touched (TV Movie)
Norma
 2013 Major Crimes (TV Series)
Vera Walker
- There's No Place Like Home (2013) ... Vera Walker
 2013 Just Another Man's Story (Short)
Connie
 2012 The 4 to 9ers (TV Movie)
Mrs. Doyle
 2012 Counter Culture (TV Movie)
Aunt Lee
 2012 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Doris Hammond
- Lost My Power (2012) ... Doris Hammond
 2012 Margarine Wars
Grandma Betty Johansson
 2011 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
Lydia
- Dancing Queens (2011) ... Lydia
 2010-2011 The Middle (TV Series)
Ms. Rinsky
- Back to Summer (2011) ... Ms. Rinsky
- The Math Class (2011) ... Ms. Rinsky
- Back to School (2010) ... Ms. Rinsky
 2011 Special Agent Oso (TV Series)
Lena's Grandma
- Lost and Get Found/A View to the Truth (2011) ... Lena's Grandma (voice)
 2010 Miracle in Manhattan (TV Movie)
Mrs. Miracle
 2010 Another Harvest Moon
Alice
 2009 Mrs. Miracle (TV Movie)
Mrs. Merkle
 2009 Play the Game
Rose Sherman
 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Virginia Harrington
- Privilege (2007) ... Virginia Harrington
 2006 Me, Eloise (TV Series)
- Eloise Goes to School (2006) ... (voice)
 2006 The Truth and Nothing But the Truth (Short)
Grandmother
 2006 Our House (TV Movie)
Ruth
 2004 Raising Waylon (TV Special)
Great Aunt Marie
 2003 A Time to Remember (TV Movie)
Maggie Calhoun
 2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
Peggy Roberts
 2003 Lizzie McGuire (TV Series)
Grandma Ruth
- Grand Ole' Grandma (2003) ... Grandma Ruth
 2002 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Rose
- The Bells of St. Peters (2002) ... Rose
 2001 The Sons of Mistletoe (TV Movie)
Margie
 2001 All Over the Guy
Esther
 2001 Full Circle
Sylvia
 2000 One True Love (TV Movie)
Lillian
 2000 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Cow #1
- Critical Masai (2000) ... Cow #1 (voice)
 1999 A Fish in the Bathtub
Frieda
 1999 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Marie Barone
- Rayny Day (1999) ... Marie Barone
 1998 My Giant
Rose Kaminski
 1997 A Thousand Men and a Baby (TV Movie)
Sister Philomena
 1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Eunice / Doris
- Watch the Watch/She Likes Me? (1997) ... Eunice / Doris (voice)
 1996 High Society (TV Series)
Hazel
- Touching Up Your Roots (1996) ... Hazel
 1995 The Grass Harp
Mrs. Richards
 1995 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Betsy Meadows
- Who Killed Cock-a-Doodle Dooley? (1995) ... Betsy Meadows
 1995 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Elaine Portugal
- The Big Bingo Bamboozle (1995) ... Elaine Portugal
 1994 Taffy
 1994 Step by Step (TV Series)
Aunt Edna
- I'll Be Home for Christmas (1994) ... Aunt Edna
 1990-1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Mrs. Leah Colfax / Helen Owens
- The Murder Channel (1994) ... Mrs. Leah Colfax
- Shear Madness (1990) ... Helen Owens
 1994 A Time to Heal (TV Movie)
Maddy
 1993 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Shenker
- Pilot (1993) ... Mrs. Shenker
 1993 The Night We Never Met
Lion's Den Nosy Neighbor
 1993 The Boys (TV Series)
Doris Greenblatt
- The Wicker Moosehead (1993) ... Doris Greenblatt
- Ninety-Five in the Shade (1993) ... Doris Greenblatt
- The Writing Class (1993) ... Doris Greenblatt
- Strike One, You're Out (1993) ... Doris Greenblatt
- Ladies' Night (1993) ... Doris Greenblatt
 1992 Used People
Aunt Lonnie
 1991 The Family Man (TV Series)
 1991 Sunday Dinner (TV Series)
Delores
- My Dinner with Jack and Delores (1991) ... Delores
 1991 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mimi Finkelstein (segment "Yiddish")
- The Sunset Gang (1991) ... Mimi Finkelstein (segment "Yiddish")
 1991 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Aunt Retha
- The Last Temptation of Laverne (1991) ... Aunt Retha
 1990 A Mom for Christmas (TV Movie)
Philomena
 1990 Blind Faith (TV Movie)
Tessie McBride
 1989 Simple Justice
Anna DiLorenzo
 1989 Full House (TV Series)
Claire Tanner
 1989 Perfect Strangers (TV Series)
Mrs. Bailey
- Maid to Order (1989) ... Mrs. Bailey
 1983-1988 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Ida Kankel / Helen Freitas
- School Daze (1988) ... Ida Kankel
- Jane Doe #37 (1983) ... Helen Freitas
 1987 The Fig Tree (TV Movie)
Great Aunt Eliza
 1987 You Are the Jury (TV Series)
Michele Loring
- The State of Oregon vs. Stanley Manning (1987) ... Michele Loring
 1987 Number One with a Bullet
Mrs. Barzak
 1986 Mr. Belvedere (TV Series)
Judge Westphall
- Deportation: Part 2 (1986) ... Judge Westphall
 1986 Alvin Goes Back to School (TV Movie)
Doris
 1985 A Letter to Three Wives (TV Movie)
Sadie Finney
 1985 California Girls (TV Movie)
Mrs. Bowzer
 1984 Me & Mrs. C. (TV Movie)
Ethel Connelly
 1983 Another Woman's Child (TV Movie)
Myrna
 1983 Romance Theatre (TV Series)
Maggie
- Love in the Present Tense: Part 5 (1983) ... Maggie
- Love in the Present Tense: Part 4 (1983) ... Maggie
- Love in the Present Tense: Part 3 (1983) ... Maggie
- Love in the Present Tense: Part 2 (1983) ... Maggie
- Love in the Present Tense: Part 1 (1983) ... Maggie
 1982 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Cora
- Cora and Arnie (1982) ... Cora
 1981-1982 Alice (TV Series)
Mona Spivak
- Alice's Turkey of a Thanksgiving (1982) ... Mona Spivak
- Alice's Big Four-Oh! (1981) ... Mona Spivak
 1981-1982 Maggie (TV Series)
Loretta
- Maggie the Poet (1982) ... Loretta
- Mark's Shrink (1982) ... Loretta
- Alienation of Affection (1982) ... Loretta
- Marriage Encounter (1982) ... Loretta
- Bruce's Birthday Party (1981) ... Loretta
 1979-1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Madame Clooney / Marjorie Gibbs
- Delphine/The Unkillable (1981) ... Madame Clooney
- Goose for the Gander/The Stuntman (1979) ... Marjorie Gibbs
 1977-1980 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Harriet Brauer / Louise Kaufmann
- Agent Orange (1980) ... Harriet Brauer
- Wojo's Girl: Part 2 (1979) ... Harriet Brauer (credit only)
- Wojo's Girl: Part 1 (1979) ... Harriet Brauer
- The Sighting (1978) ... Harriet Brauer
- Sex Surrogate (1977) ... Louise Kaufmann
 1980 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
Liz
- Tell 'Em Boomer Sent You (1980) ... Liz
 1979-1980 Angie (TV Series)
Theresa Falco
- Angie and the Doctor (1980) ... Theresa Falco
- Angie and Joyce Go to Jail (1980) ... Theresa Falco
- Friends in Need (1980) ... Theresa Falco
- The Kid Down the Block (1980) ... Theresa Falco
 1979 The Rose
Mrs. Foster
 1979 Jennifer: A Woman's Story (TV Movie)
Kay
 1978 Once in Paris...
Brady's ex-Wife
 1978 Soap (TV Series)
Flo Flotsky
- Episode #2.5 (1978) ... Flo Flotsky
- Episode #2.3 (1978) ... Flo Flotsky
- Episode #2.1 (1978) ... Flo Flotsky
- Episode #1.23 (1978) ... Flo Flotsky
 1978 Rabbit Test
Mrs. Carpenter
 1978 Ruby and Oswald (TV Movie)
Eva
 1977 The Storyteller (TV Movie)
Marion Davidoff
 1977 Blansky's Beauties (TV Series)
Francie
- Nancy Meets Francie (1977) ... Francie
 1976 Blood Bath
Mrs. Lambert
 1976 Rhoda (TV Series)
Sylvia Levy
- Meet the Levys (1976) ... Sylvia Levy
 1976 Family (TV Series)
Etta
- Home Movie (1976) ... Etta
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Mrs. Strauss
- The Thrill Killers: Part 2 (1976) ... Mrs. Strauss
- The Thrill Killers: Part 1 (1976) ... Mrs. Strauss
 1976 Bell, Book and Candle (TV Movie)
Aunt Enid
 1976 33 Hours in the Life of God (TV Movie)
Paula Handy
 1976 Your Place or Mine? (TV Movie)
 1976 Viva Valdez (TV Series)
Gladys
- The Nurse's Pipes (1976) ... Gladys
 1976 All in the Family (TV Series)
Marge
- Edith's Night Out (1976) ... Marge
 1976 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series)
Dorelda Doremus
- Episode #1.40 (1976) ... Dorelda Doremus (credit only)
- Episode #1.38 (1976) ... Dorelda Doremus (uncredited)
- Episode #1.37 (1976) ... Dorelda Doremus (uncredited)
 1975 Baretta (TV Series)
Mrs. Asher
- Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth (1975) ... Mrs. Asher
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Gladys Callahan
- Two Against Death (1975) ... Gladys Callahan
 1975 Joe and Sons (TV Series)
The Widow
- A Real Lady (1975) ... The Widow
 1975 Fay (TV Series)
Ms. Aragon
- Not with My Husband You Don't (1975) ... Ms. Aragon
 1975 The Lily Tomlin Special (TV Movie)
Various
 1975 Hester Street
Mrs. Kavarsky
 1975 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Helen Farrell
- Phyllis Whips Inflation (1975) ... Helen Farrell
 1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Jessie - the Mayor's Wife
 1972 The Heartbreak Kid
Mrs. Cantrow
 1972 Look Homeward, Angel (TV Movie)
Mrs. "Fatty" Pert
 1971 Such Good Friends
Mrs. Gold
 1971 Little Murders
Mrs. Chamberlain
 1969 The Honeymoon Killers
Bunny
 1969 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Shimmy
- Shadow Game (1969) ... Shimmy
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die
Feeney
 1968 No Way to Treat a Lady
Sylvia Poppie
 1967 Divorce American Style
Hypnotic Subject (uncredited)
 1967 Barefoot in the Park
Hotel Maid (uncredited)
 1964-1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Ann Hawley / Helen Wyroski
- The Patient Nurse (1965) ... Ann Hawley
- Next Stop, Valhalla (1964) ... Helen Wyroski
 1962-1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Marjorie Hill / Minna Fraylock
- Claire Chevel Died in Boston (1964) ... Minna Fraylock
- Madman: Part 2 (1962) ... Marjorie Hill
- Madman: Part 1 (1962) ... Marjorie Hill
 1962-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Miss Tresant
- Color Schemes Like Never Before (1963) ... (uncredited)
 1961 Something Wild
Mary Ann's Co-Worker
 1961 'Way Out (TV Series)
Edna Potter
- Side Show (1961) ... Edna Potter
 1954 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
Minnah
- Rider Number Six ... Minnah
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Woman
- A Time of Innocence (1952) ... Woman
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
Operator
- Act of God Nonwithstanding (1951) ... Operator
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Appeared in a program called "Midday". Guests also included Ilka Chase. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

5' 1" (1.55 m)
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Personal Quote:

By the time you're 40, the kids are grown, out of the house or on their way out, and you have your whole life again. See more »

Trivia:

Played Charles Grodin's mother in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), although she is only 5 years older than he is. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently plays motherly roles See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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