Roy Roberts

Roy Roberts

Highest Rated: 100% Hotel (1967)

Lowest Rated: 69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

Birthday: Mar 19, 1906

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, USA

Tall, silver-maned character actor Roy Roberts began his film career as a 20th Century-Fox contractee in 1943. Nearly always cast in roles of well-tailored authority, Roberts was most effective when conveying smug villainy. As a hotel desk clerk in Gentleman's Agreement (1947), he suavely but smarmily refused to allow Jews to check into his establishment; nineteen years later, Roberts was back behind the desk and up to his old tricks, patronizingly barring a black couple from signing the register in Hotel (1966). As the forties drew to a close, Roberts figured into two of the key film noirs of the era; he was the carnival owner who opined that down-at-heels Tyrone Power had sunk so low because "he reached too high" at the end of Nightmare Alley (1947), while in 1948's He Walked By Night, Roberts enjoyed one of his few sympathetic roles as a psycho-hunting plainclothesman. And in the 3-D classic House of Wax, Roberts played the crooked business partner of Vincent Price, whose impulsive decision to burn down Price's wax museum has horrible consequences. With the role of bombastic Captain Huxley on the popular Gale Storm TV series Oh, Susanna (1956-1960), Gordon inaugurated his dignified-foil period. He later played long-suffering executive types on The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and The Lucy Show. Roy Roberts last appeared on screen as the mayor in Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World Mr. Roberts 1975
No Score Yet The Outfit Caswell 1974
99% Chinatown Mayor Bagby 1974
No Score Yet Some Kind of a Nut 1st Vice-President 1969
100% Hotel Bailey 1967
No Score Yet I'll Take Sweden Captain 1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways E.J. Fletcher 1965
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Policeman Outside Garage 1963
No Score Yet The Chapman Report Alan Roby 1962
No Score Yet The Underwater City Tim Graham 1962
No Score Yet The King and Four Queens Sheriff Larrabee 1956
No Score Yet The First Texan Sherman 1956
No Score Yet Backlash Maj. Carson 1956
No Score Yet The Last Command Dr. Sutherland 1955
No Score Yet Big House, U.S.A. Chief Ranger Erickson 1955
No Score Yet Wyoming Renegades Sheriff McVey 1955
No Score Yet They Rode West Sgt. Creever 1954
No Score Yet Dawn at Socorro Doc Jameson 1954
No Score Yet The Outlaw Stallion Hagen 1954
No Score Yet Tumbleweed Nick Buckley 1953
No Score Yet Second Chance Charley Malloy 1953
95% House of Wax Burke 1953
No Score Yet The Man Behind the Gun Mark Sheldon 1953
No Score Yet The Glory Brigade Sgt. Chuck Anderson 1953
No Score Yet Stars and Stripes Forever Maj. Houston 1952
No Score Yet The Battles of Chief Pontiac Maj. Gladwin 1952
No Score Yet Skirts Ahoy! Capt. Graymont 1952
No Score Yet The Man with a Cloak Policeman 1952
No Score Yet One Minute to Zero Gen. Thomas 1952
No Score Yet Cripple Creek Marshall Tetheroe 1952
No Score Yet The Big Trees Judge Crenshaw 1952
No Score Yet The Cimarron Kid Pat Roberts 1952
No Score Yet Hoodlum Empire Chief Tayls 1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy Johnson 1951
No Score Yet I Was a Communist for the FBI Father Novac 1951
No Score Yet Santa Fe Cole Sanders 1951
88% The Enforcer Capt. Frank Nelson 1951
No Score Yet The Killer That Stalked New York Mayor 1950
No Score Yet Wyoming Mail Charles DeHaven 1950
No Score Yet Sierra Sheriff Knudson 1950
No Score Yet The Palomino (Hills of the Brave) Ben Lane 1950
No Score Yet Borderline Harvey Gumbin 1950
No Score Yet Chain Lightning Gen. Hewitt 1950
No Score Yet Almost a Bride Uncle George 1949
No Score Yet Chicago Deadline Jerry Cavanaugh 1949
No Score Yet Miss Grant Takes Richmond Foreman 1949
No Score Yet Chicken Every Sunday Harry Bowers 1949
No Score Yet The Reckless Moment Nagle 1949
100% Force of Evil Ben Tucker 1948
86% He Walked by Night Capt. Breen 1948
88% Joan of Arc Wandamme 1948
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek Al Shanks 1948
100% Daisy Kenyon Dan's Attorney 1947
78% Gentleman's Agreement Mr. Calkins 1947
No Score Yet The Brasher Doubloon Police Lt. Breeze 1947
100% Nightmare Alley McGraw 1947
No Score Yet The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Mr. Foster 1947
No Score Yet Captain from Castile Capt. Alvarado 1947
No Score Yet The Foxes of Harrow Tom Warren 1947
100% My Darling Clementine Mayor 1946
No Score Yet Smoky Jeff 1946
No Score Yet Strange Triangle (Strange Alibi) Harry Matthews 1946
No Score Yet Behind Green Lights Max Calvert 1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour) Capt Rampey 1946
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano Col. Middleton 1945
89% Wilson Ike Hoover 1944
No Score Yet Tampico Crawford 1944
100% The Fighting Sullivans Fr. Francis 1944
No Score Yet Guadalcanal Diary Capt. Cross 1943


No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Baskin Mr. Botkin Dobie Bodkin Mr. Bodkin Mr. Dobie Botkin 1972
No Score Yet Bewitched
Stephens Frank Stephens Frank 1970
No Score Yet Green Acres
Governor 1969
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
John Cushing Cushing Judge 1967
No Score Yet Bonanza
Bristol Fillmore 1967
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Harvey Skeen W.L. Picard Janeel Henry Thomas 1965
83% The Munsters
Mr. Morgan 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
Cooper 1963
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
J. Howard Jackson 1962
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Mr. Boland Henry 1962


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