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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 March 1924New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Date of Death 8 July 2011Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameRoberts Scott Blossom
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 mind and decided to become an actor instead. He made his film debut in the bizarre and little seen independent feature "The Sin of Jesus" (1961). It wasn't until he was in his late forties and early fifties that Blossom really hit his stride acting in motion pictures. Roberts gave a truly remarkable and unforgettable performance as demented middle-aged backwoods lunatic Ezra Cobb in the creepy horror cult favorite "Deranged" (1974). Other memorable film roles include an ill-fated elderly patient in "The Hospital" (1971), a sickly soldier in "Slaughterhouse Five" (1972), Paul Le Mat's ornery father in "Citizen's Band" (1977), a farmer who saw Bigfoot once in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), a venerable old felon in "Escape from Alcatraz" (1979), a kindly next door neighbor in "Home Alone" (1990), and a grumpy small town judge in "Doc Hollywood" (1991). Blossom did guest spots on such TV shows as "Northern Exposure," "The Twilight Zone," "The Equalizer," "Moonlighting," "Amazing Stories," and "Naked City." Moreover, Blossom was also a poet (he released some of his dramatic poems on video) and a playwright who won four Obies and a Show Business Award. After retiring from acting, Roberts settled in Berkeley, California and wrote poetry. He died at age 87 in Santa Monica, California on July 8, 2011.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Spouse (2)

Beverly Carol Schmidt (1966 - 1970) (divorced) (2 children)
Marylin Sally Orshan (? - 18 February 1982) (her death)

Trivia (10)

As of the early 1990s Blossom has released some of his dramatic poems on video.
Was named a "Distinguished Performance" for his appearance in "A Village Wooing" a the first Obie Awards for the 1955-1956 season. The Obies are presented in recognition for achievement in the Off-Broadway theater.
Was also a poet and a playwright.
Has a daughter, Debbie, and a son, Michael.
After one year at Harvard, he left to serve with army in Europe in World War II.
According to one published report, in the 1940s, Blossom was sent to an Army mental ward when he claimed conscientious objector status.
He and his first wife, dancer/choreographer Beverly Schmidt, both participated in the Filmstage theater movement of the 1950s and '60s, which involved the simultaneous presentation of live actors with film and/or slides.
Graduated from the prestigious Asheville School in North Carolina, 1941.
He is the recipient of four Obies (the Off-Broadway acting awards) and a Show Business Award.
Retired, living in Berkeley, writing poetry. [April 2003]

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