Roberta Maxwell

Roberta Maxwell

Highest Rated: 95% Dead Man Walking (1995)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jun 17, 1942

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Though best known for her award-winning performances on the stage, Canadian actress Roberta Maxwell made scores of film and television appearances in her career. Her TV debut came in 1955, when she served as host on "Junior Magazine," a variety program aimed at teenagers. She went on to become the youngest apprentice at the lauded Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. It was here that her theatrical career took off, with roles in a variety of Shakespeare productions. When not on stage, she was often acting in a television or film production. In 1983, these paths collided when the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's production of "As You Like It" was captured for Canadian television, and Maxwell's performance in the cross-dressing lead role of Rosalind was seen by the entire nation. This led to Maxwell fronting her own television show, "Air Waves," a dramedy in which she played a widowed radio host. The series lasted two seasons, after which Maxwell returned to the theater. In the 1990s, Maxwell drew notice stateside with supporting roles in two Oscar-winning dramas about social issues. First, she played a judge in Jonathan Demme's "Philadelphia," the 1993 film that tackled the subject of prejudice against AIDS patients. In 1995, Maxwell was cast as the mother of a death row inmate in Tim Robbins' "Dead Man Walking," a movie about capital punishment. Since then, Maxwell has continued to balance work in theater, film, and television, working in both Canada and the United States.

Highest rated movies

Dead Man Walking
Brokeback Mountain
Last Night
Percy Vs Goliath
Rich Kids
Hungry Hearts
Psycho III




75% 75% Percy Vs Goliath Louise Schmeiser (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet 17% The Inherited Alice (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unearthing Mary Hart (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet What We Have Rosemary (Character) - 2014
63% 55% Hungry Hearts Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 31% Vinegar Hill Ellen's Mother (Character) - 2005
87% 82% Brokeback Mountain Jack's Mother (Character) $83.0M 2005
No Score Yet 54% Riding the Bus With My Sister Valerie (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 86% Gracie's Choice Judge (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scar Tissue Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 56% What Makes a Family Claire (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 0% Full Disclosure Sarah Archer (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 67% The Dinosaur Hunter Adult Julia (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Water Damage Dr. Winfrey (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow Lake Unknown (Character) - 1999
84% 85% Last Night Mrs. Wheeler (Character) $493.5K 1998
8% 50% The Postman Irene March (Character) $17.6M 1997
0% 84% Fall Joan Alterman (Character) $12.0K 1997
No Score Yet 74% When Innocence Is Lost Cynthia Adams (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet We the Jury Lydia Bosco (Character) - 1996
95% 86% Dead Man Walking Lucille Poncelet (Character) $37.1M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingsgate Unknown (Character) - 1989
61% 29% Psycho III Tracy (Character) $11.7M 1986
63% 39% Popeye Nana Oyl (Character) - 1980
67% 43% Rich Kids Barbara Peterfreund (Character) - 1979


No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater Talk Guest 2014
No Score Yet 81% Rookie Blue Marie D'Abramo (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitchhiker Unknown (Character) 1989