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Overview (3)

Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameDaniel James Roebuck
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Having made his feature film debut starring in the teen comedy Cavegirl Daniel Roebuck quickly realized that there was only one direction to travel in his career. Up!

Soon after Cavegirl, Roebuck established himself as one of the industry's youngest character actors with his haunting portrayal as the teenage killer, Samson in The River's Edge.

Daniel Roebuck was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, A fan of movies and television from a very early age he was immediately drawn to the actors and comedians. As his obsession with performing grew his parents unwittingly fomented his future by gifting him with a cardboard TV on his seventh Christmas.

At the age of 10, he started performing in talent shows doing impressions of movie stars he loved. He joined a local circus two years later and made his debut as one of the youngest clowns in the country. Roebuck's clown act eventually segued into a magic act and he performed that throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

It was only a matter of time before Roebuck discovered the theater and from that point he never looked back. Over the next few years while still in Pennsylvania, Roebuck continued to hone his craft, acting in, directing, and even writing over 40 plays. He also began performing stand up comedy.

Now, nearly 30 years later, Roebuck has amassed a substantial resume as an actor, writer and director. He has moved easily between all mediums having continued working on television, in movies and on the stage.

His film credits are myriad, having starred in blockbusters like The Fugitive, US Marshals,and final Destination, as well as popular titles including Agent Cody Banks and it's sequel, That's What I Am, Money Talks, Flash Of Genius and so many more.

Lately, Roebuck has enjoyed working in a number of horror movies - his favorite genre. He has collaborated with filmmaker Rob Zombie on Halloween, Halloween 2, Devil's Rejects, and Lords of Salem (as well as a commercial for AMDRO, the insecticide). He also appeared in Don Coscarelli's cult favorite Bubba Ho Tep as well as the director's Reggie's Tales and John Dies At The End.

Daniel has also been a familiar face on television for nearly 3 decades, he was a regular for three seasons on the evergreen hit drama, Matlock, portraying attorney 'Cliff Lewis," the junior partner of the law firm headed by Andy Griffith's beloved character, 'Ben Matlock.' Interestingly, his landing the role was the fulfillment of a promise made several years earlier with his first appearance on "Matlock" in its inaugural season. At that time, Roebuck was told that Griffith had been so impressed with his work that he would be back as a regular on the show. It took five seasons, two more guest shots as different characters, and a change of networks, but Griffith kept his promise and Roebuck indeed became a series regular.

He portrayed the irascible Rick Bettina on many episodes of Nash Bridges and in the fall of 2003 Daniel returned to series television as Pete Peterson, the gay owner of a local diner in A Minute With Stan Hooper.

As a television guest star, Daniel has played countless characters. Some of his most memorable are a cop who literally turns into a pig on Grimm, a Romulan on Star Trek, Next Generation, a gun toting hostage taker on NYPD Blue, a cranky studio owner on Sonny With A Chance and a grieving father on Glee. He played other memorable roles on New Adventures of Old Christine, NCIS, Ghost Whisperer, CSI, Boston Legal, CSI Miami, Law And Order, Desperate Housewives and Hot in Cleveland.

On the popular show, Lost, Roebuck portrayed the infamous Dr. Leslie Arzt, the aggravating science teacher whose explosive exit in the finale of the first season remains one of television's most surprising and talked about moments.

He has starred in dozens of TV Movies. Perhaps his most famous turn was his critically acclaimed portrayal of Jay Leno in The Late Shift. He stepped into another pair of famous shoes when he played Garry Marshall in Behind The Camera; Mork and Mindy, The Unauthorized Story. Other Movies for television include A Family Lost, A Glimpse Of Hell, Murder At The Presidio, Shredderman Rules, A Borrowed Life, Quints and many others. Daniel's voice over work includes Christmas Is Here Again (a film he also produced),The Haunted World Of El Super Beasto and the groundbreaking video game, L.A. Noire.

The theater remains Roebuck's first love and he has continued that passion in the Los Angeles area. He appeared in the world premiers of Sarcophagus and Crooks. He has also starred in No Time For Sergeants, Here Lies Jeremy Troy, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Man Who Came To Dinner among others. In 2006 Daniel founded THE Saint Francis Stage Company.

Behind the camera, Roebuck has produced, written and directed/co-directed a number of documentaries including Halloween: The Happy Haunting of America and it's sequel as well as Goolians, Movieland Memories and a number of documentaries for the Monsterama series.

Daniel has fulfilled nearly every dream of his childhood like appearing in Mad Magazine, becoming a toy and a Halloween mask and having his mug on a few trading cards.

When not performing, Roebuck writes articles about Horror Movies, raises two children, teaches The Audition is the Job Experience and mentors young actors.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jesse Adams

Spouse (3)

Tammy Roebuck (28 December 2015 - present)
Kelly Durst (7 May 1994 - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Leslie Meredith Merkel (1983 - 1987) ( divorced)

Trivia (7)

Bears a slight resemblance to actor Lee Majors II, son of The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) star Lee Majors.
Is a major Universal Monster collector.
Profiled in "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting" by Scott Voisin. [2009]
His idol when he was very young was Andy Griffith.
His acting mentor is the late Andy Griffith.
Since birth, he was a huge fan of The Andy Griffith Show (1960), that starred Andy Griffith. Several years after that show went off the air, he started making guest-appearances on Andy Griffith's Matlock (1986), prior to becoming an unfamiliar actor, before he would replace Clarence Gilyard Jr. in the role, when the series moved from Los Angeles, California to Wilmington, North Carolina, for the show's seventh season.
Is one of the two actors of [Matlock (1986)] not to share a line with [Don Knotts].

Personal Quotes (12)

I'm all about shocking field, and I know it looks like I'm a chubby, overweight, middle-aged guy, but, this is all fake.
[on his Lost (2004) character]: I'm playing Leslie again but maybe I'm a ghost, or maybe [the writers] are just looking at things from a different perspective. I can't really say for sure.
[When he was recasting his role in Halloween (2007)]: I'm in the movie dressed as the Frankenstein monster! So, that was clearly a gift to me because Rob knows I'm such a big Frankenstein fan. I can remember sitting around on the set thinking, Who else gets to do this kind of thing? My life is filled with these kind of dream-come-true kind of moments.
[on being a character actor]: I am an everyman, and to be an everyman, what I look like now is not what people look like in Hollywood. What I look like what people look like in New Jersey, and because of that, people put me in TV shows and in movies because I could be anybody sitting next to you.
[If he was afraid he'd ever be typecasted]: Typecasting has never been a problem in my career. I'm probably opposite, non-typecasting. We can't cast him, we don't know who he is or what he is.
You got to get people to know your name. It's kind of the most important part of the job. Do people know my name? Often times, yes, many times, no. They know I'm that guy. That face looks familiar.
[Who met his friend, while acquiring a love for horror movies] I said to Rob, 'Hey, we need to be buddies because we like the same stuff.'
[on seeing the movie for wrong reasons] The first time Rob showed it to me I said, 'Could I be any fatter?' My perception of myself is that I'm just a tall guy. But Rob Zombie, this skinny vegetarian, sees me as a big-faced, fat behemoth.
I told my mom she could wait for DVD on this one, and then I'd tell her exactly which parts to fast-forward to, because it's a creepy, psychologically complex, ultra-violent movie.
[on Harrison Ford]: My dad got to meet Harrison Ford. At the time, I had a mustache and my dad had a mustache and Harrison just walked right over to my father and said, 'You must be Danny's dad.'
[Who talked about his family acting in the same theater] Skye's mother Helen McCole taught my wife dance at the Pennsylvania Playhouse. I did so many plays there myself. And I've also been directing plays since I was a kid. So the whole project feels like a homecoming for me.
[on Andy Griffith] Andy Griffith was one of the single most talented people I have ever worked with. Those three years spent with him, in North Carolina while filming Matlock, were some of the best of my life. God has blessed all of us with the laughter He shared with His creation through this amazing performer. Now it's our heart felt prayer that God continue to bless Andy and his family. The laughter will live on.

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