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Roberts Blossom (1924–2011)


Roberts Blossom was a marvelously quirky, talented, and versatile character actor who was especially adept at portraying cantankerous old oddballs. Born in 1924 in New Haven, Connecticutt, Blossom graduated from the prestigious Asheville School in 1941 and attended Harvard. Roberts initially planned on being a therapist, but eventually changed his... See full bio »

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Known For

Escape from Alcatraz
Escape from Alcatraz Chester 'Doc' Dalton
(1979)
Home Alone
Home Alone Old Man Marley
(1990)
Christine
Christine George LeBay
(1983)

Filmography

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 1999 Balloon Farm (TV Movie)
Weasel Mayfield
 1997 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
William Kronk
- Hope Against Hope (1997) ... William Kronk
 1995 The Quick and the Dead
Doc Wallace
 1993 The American Clock (TV Movie)
Old Wayne Taylor
 1993 Murder in the Heartland (TV Mini-Series)
Gus Meyer
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Gus Meyer
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Gus Meyer
 1992 Crossroads (TV Series)
Oscar Poland
- Pilot (1992) ... Oscar Poland
 1992 The Habitation of Dragons (TV Movie)
Mr. Charlie
 1992 Northern Exposure (TV Series)
Ned
- Cicely (1992) ... Ned
 1991 Death Falls
Hals Johnson
 1991 Doc Hollywood
Judge Evans
 1990 Home Alone
Old Man Marley
 1989 Always
Dave
 1989 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Dr. Harris Pendleton
- Tear Down the Walls (1989) ... Dr. Harris Pendleton
 1988 The Last Temptation of Christ
Aged Master
 1985-1987 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Mordecai Hawkline (segment "Song of the Younger World") / Man (segment "The Burning Man")
- Song of the Younger World/The Girl I Married (1987) ... Mordecai Hawkline (segment "Song of the Younger World")
- Act Break/The Burning Man/Dealer's Choice (1985) ... Man (segment "The Burning Man")
 1987 Stingray (TV Series)
Uncle Pat 'The Cat' Morel
- Bring Me the Hand That Hit Me (1987) ... Uncle Pat 'The Cat' Morel
 1987 At Mother's Request (TV Mini-Series)
Doug Steele
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Doug Steele
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Doug Steele
 1987 Candy Mountain
Archie
 1986 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Oscar Peabody
- Tip on a Sure Thing (1986) ... Oscar Peabody
 1986 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Inquisitor
- Heretic (1986) ... Inquisitor
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Lawrence Everette
- Witness for the Execution (1986) ... Lawrence Everette
 1985 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Opa Clyde Globe
- Ghost Train (1985) ... Opa Clyde Globe
 1985 Vision Quest
Grandpa
 1985 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. McClellan
- Noon Wine (1985) ... Mr. McClellan
 1984 Airwolf (TV Series)
Old man with Dog
- Random Target (1984) ... Old man with Dog (uncredited)
 1984 Flashpoint
Amarillo
 1983 Reuben, Reuben
Frank Spofford
 1983 Christine
George LeBay
 1982 Johnny Belinda (TV Movie)
John McAdam
 1982 The Wall (TV Movie)
Kuchaski
 1981 Family Reunion (TV Movie)
Phil King
 1980 Resurrection
John Harper
 1980 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Mr. LeGrand
- The Gold Bug (1980) ... Mr. LeGrand
 1979 Escape from Alcatraz
Chester 'Doc' Dalton
 1978 Mourning Becomes Electra (TV Mini-Series)
Seth
 1977 Citizens Band
Papa Thermodyne
 1976 The Adams Chronicles (TV Mini-Series)
Visitor to minister adams in london
- Chapter IV: John Adams, Minister to Great Britain (1976) ... Visitor to minister adams in london (uncredited)
 1975 Beacon Hill (TV Series)
D.W. Griffith
- The Test (1975) ... D.W. Griffith
 1974 The Great Gatsby
Mr. Gatz
 1974 The Great Masquerade
Sherwood Gates
 1972 Please Stand By
Judge Nott
 1972 Great Performances (TV Series)
Judge / Preacher
- The Rimers of Eldritch (1972) ... Judge / Preacher
 1972 Slaughterhouse-Five
Wild Bob Cody
 1971 The Hospital
Guernsey
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Thomas Riggs
- Go Between (1964) ... Thomas Riggs
 1964 Brenner (TV Series)
Reader
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Bert Ordway (1976-1977) / Sven Petersen (1977-1978)
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Schizophrenic
- Ann Costigan: A Duel on a Field of White (1962) ... Schizophrenic
 1961 The Sin of Jesus (Short)
 1959-1961 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Gustav
- The Prisoner of Zenda (1961) ... Gustav
- Billy Budd (1959)
 1960 John Brown's Raid (TV Movie)
Stevens
 1959 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
Simon Stimson
- Our Town (1959) ... Simon Stimson
 1959 Echo of an Era (Short)
 1958 Naked City (TV Series)
Quint Butcher / Brissen
- Violent Circle (1958) ... Brissen (uncredited)
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Stage Play: The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Articles | See more »

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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As of the early 1990s Blossom has released some of his dramatic poems on video. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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