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Theodore Roberts (I) (1861–1928)

The son of a sea captain, Theodore Roberts was a veteran stage actor, making his first appearance in 1880. Often referred to as the "Grand Duke of Hollywood," Roberts was a regular on the Cecil B. DeMille team and appeared in 23 of DeMille's films. He is best remembered for his role as Moses in DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1923). A well-known ... See full bio »

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Known For

Arizona Canby
Anton the Terrible Anton Kazoff
Grumpy Grumpy
The Ghost Breaker Prince of Aragon


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 1929 Uncle's Visit (Short)
 1929 Noisy Neighbors
Colonel Carstairs
 1928 Ned McCobb's Daughter
Ned McCobb
 1928 The Masks of the Devil
Count Palester
 1926 The Cat's Pajamas
Sally's Father
 1925 Forty Winks
Adam Butterworth
 1925 Locked Doors
Mr. Reid
 1923 Stephen Steps Out
Stephen Harlow Sr.
 1923 To the Ladies
John Kincaid
 1923 The Ten Commandments
Moses - The Lawgiver - Prologue
 1923 Racing Hearts
John Kent
 1923 Prodigal Daughters
J.D. Forbes
 1923 Grumpy
 1922 The Old Homestead
Uncle Joshua Whitcomb
 1922 The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Captain Morgan Pring
 1922 If You Believe It, It's So
Sky Blue
 1922 Our Leading Citizen
Colonel Sam De Mott, politician
 1922 Across the Continent
John Dent
 1922 Saturday Night
Uncle Van
 1921 Miss Lulu Bett
Dwight Deacon
 1921 Hail the Woman
Oliver Beresford
 1921 Exit the Vamp
Old Man Shipley
 1921 The Affairs of Anatol
Gordon Bronson
 1921 Too Much Speed
Pat MacMurran
 1921 Sham
Jeriamiah Buck
 1921 The Love Special
Railroad President Gage
 1921 Forbidden Fruit
James Harrington Mallory
 1920 The Furnace
General Archibald Foulkes-Brent
 1920 Sweet Lavender
Professor Phenyl
 1920 Something to Think About
Luke Anderson
 1920 Excuse My Dust
J.D. Ward
 1920 Judy of Rogues' Harbor
Grandpap Ketchel
 1920 Double Speed
John Ogden
 1920 Suds
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1919/I The Only Way (Short)
 1919 Everywoman
 1919 Male and Female
Lord Loam
 1919 Hawthorne of the U.S.A.
Sen. Ballard
 1919 What Every Woman Learns
Peter Fortesque
 1919 Love Insurance
Spencer Meyrick
 1919 Secret Service
General Harrison Randolph
 1919 You're Fired
Gordon Rogers
 1919 The Woman Thou Gavest Me
Daniel MacNeill
 1919 Fires of Faith
 1919 For Better, for Worse
Hospital Head
 1919 The Roaring Road
J.D. Ward, the Bear
 1919 The Poor Boob
Henry Platt
 1919 The Winning Girl
Major Milligan
 1919 Don't Change Your Husband
The Bishop - Rt. Rev. Thomas Thornby
 1918 The Squaw Man
Big Bill
 1918 Arizona
 1918 Such a Little Pirate
Obadiah Wolf
 1918 The Girl Who Came Back
Michael Hartner, Lois' Father
 1918 The Source
Big John Beaumont
 1918 We Can't Have Everything
The Sultan
 1918 Old Wives for New
Tom Berkeley
 1918 M'Liss
John Benson 'Bummer' Smith
 1918 Wild Youth
Joel Mazarine
 1918 The Hidden Pearls
John Garvin
 1918 A Petticoat Pilot
'Cap'n Shad' Gould
 1917 Nan of Music Mountain
Duke Morgan
 1917 A Little Princess
 1917 The Varmint
A Roman
 1917 What Money Can't Buy
Madison Hale
 1917 The Cost of Hatred
Justus Graves
 1917 The American Consul
Abel Manning
 1916 Joan the Woman
 1916 The Plow Girl
 1916 Unprotected
Rufus Jamison
 1916 The Storm
Prof. Octavius Raydon
 1916 Anton the Terrible
Anton Kazoff
 1916 Common Ground
James Mordant
 1916 The Dream Girl
Jim Dugan
 1916 The Thousand-Dollar Husband
Uncle Sven Johnson
 1916 The Sowers
Boris Dolokhof
 1916 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Judd Tolliver
 1916 Pudd'nhead Wilson
Pudd'nhead Wilson
 1915 Temptation
Otto Mueller
 1915 The Immigrant
J.J. Walton
 1915 The Unknown
Capt. Destinn
 1915 Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo
Mr. Grex, alias of Grand Duke Augustus Peter
 1915 The Case of Becky
 1915 The Marriage of Kitty
Undetermined Role
 1915 The Secret Orchard
 1915 The Fighting Hope
Cornelius Brady
 1915 The Arab
Turkish Governor
 1915 The Wild Goose Chase (Short)
Horatio Brutus Bangs
 1915 Stolen Goods
German surgeon major
 1915 The Woman
The Hononorable Jim Blake
 1915 The Captive
The Burgomaster
 1915 The Unafraid (Short)
Dual Empire Secret Agent
 1915 The Governor's Lady
Senator Strickland
 1915 After Five
Bruno Schwartz
 1915 The Girl of the Golden West
Jack Rance
 1914 The Ghost Breaker
Prince of Aragon
 1914 The Circus Man
Thomas Braddock
 1914 The Man from Home
The Grand Duke Vaseill
 1914 Ready Money
Mike Reardon
 1914 What's His Name
Character Man
 1914 Where the Trail Divides
Colonel William Landor
 1914 The Making of Bobby Burnit (Short)
Sam Stone
 1914 The Call of the North
Galen Albert
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Stage Play: The Right of Way. Written by Eugene Wiley Presbrey. Based on the novel by Sir Gilbert Parker. Scenic Design by Homer Emens and Richard Marston. Wallack's Theatre: 4 Nov 1907- Dec 1907 (closing date unknown/34 performances). Cast: E.Y. Backus, May Buckley, Frank English, Paula Gloy, Averell Harris, Kelso Henderson, J.H. Howland,... See more »

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Father: Martin Rickard Roberts; Mother: Mary Elisabeth Nowlin. See more »


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