Tony Roberts (actor)

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Tony Roberts
Rosetti Ryan 1977.JPG
Roberts (right), with Squire Fridell and Julie Cobb, 1977.
BornDavid Anthony Roberts
(1939-10-22) October 22, 1939 (age 75)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Years active1962-present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Lyons (1969-1975; divorced; 1 child)
 
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Tony Roberts
Rosetti Ryan 1977.JPG
Roberts (right), with Squire Fridell and Julie Cobb, 1977.
BornDavid Anthony Roberts
(1939-10-22) October 22, 1939 (age 75)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Years active1962-present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Lyons (1969-1975; divorced; 1 child)

David Anthony "Tony" Roberts (born October 22, 1939) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in several Woody Allen movies, usually cast as Allen's best friend.

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Norma (née Finkelstein), an animator, and CBS radio announcer Ken Roberts.[1][2] His family is Jewish.[3][4] He had a sister, Nancy, and is the cousin of late actor Everett Sloane.[5] Roberts attended Northwestern University and made his Broadway debut in 1962, with a role in the play Something About a Soldier.

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Roberts is best known for his collaborations with Woody Allen. In Annie Hall, he portrayed Alvy Singer's best friend Rob. Other Allen films and/or plays in which he has appeared include both the Broadway and film versions of Play It Again, Sam (directed by Herbert Ross), Radio Days, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, and Woody Allen's segment for The Concert for New York City.

Roberts memorably portrayed the badgering Deputy Mayor Warren LaSalle in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. He also appeared in the Sidney Lumet films Serpico and Just Tell Me What You Want. Roberts was in the 1983 horror film Amityville 3-D portraying John Baxter, the owner of the infamous possessed house.

Theater[edit]

Roberts' Broadway credits include Barefoot in the Park; How Now, Dow Jones; Murder at the Howard Johnson's; Promises, Promises; Sugar (the musical version of the movie Some Like It Hot); The Sisters Rosensweig; They're Playing Our Song; Victor/Victoria; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; and Cabaret. In 1998 Roberts played the role of "Buddy Plummer" in Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. In May 2007, Roberts returned to Broadway in the roller-disco rock musical Xanadu.

Television and radio[edit]

On television he has appeared in numerous series such as The Carol Burnett Show, Matlock, and Law & Order. In 1977, he starred in the short-lived series Rosetti and Ryan with Squire Fridell. In 1978 he guest starred on The Love Boat where he and cruise ship director, Julie McCoy, fell in love, but didn't pursue a relationship. On radio he was a regular performer on the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. Roberts also provides the narration on many, if not all, of the audio books in the Stone Barrington novels written by Stuart Woods.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Roberts, Star File: Broadway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  2. ^ Shapiro, T. Rees (2009-06-28). "Golden-Throated Announcer Introduced Soap Operas". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  3. ^ "‘Death rattle of the world – with laughs’". Thevillager.com. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  4. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-2391203.html
  5. ^ Movie Reviews, Showtimes and Trailers - Movies - New York Times[dead link]

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