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Theodore Roberts

Highest Rated:   83% The Ten Commandments (1923)
Lowest Rated:   83% The Ten Commandments (1923)
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Birthplace:   San Francisco, California, USA
Towering, patriarchal American actor Theodore Roberts was already nearing 50 when he left the stage to appear as Simon Legree in a 1910 film version of Uncle Tom's Cabin. In deference to his age, experience and imposing screen presence, Roberts was dubbed "the grand duke of Hollywood" by his coworkers. Despite this veneration, Roberts was friendly and down-to-earth, always available to help younger actors through difficult scenes, and willing to work long hours to bring a picture in on time. With 1914's The Call of the North, Roberts began his long association with Cecil B. DeMille, appearing in 23 of the director's silent films. He landed the role of Moses in the 1923 version of The Ten Commandments, though he refused to let the character's historical significance go to his head; it is reported that Roberts had a hole cut in his crepe beard to accomodate his ever-present cigar. In 1928, Roberts was among the first silent actors to successfully weather the talking-picture ordeal; his bell-like tones recorded beautifully for his talkie debut, Pathe's Noisy Neighbors. The film would be released posthumously in 1929; Theodore Roberts died of uremic poisoning in December of 1928.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Ned McCobb's Daughter
  • Ned McCobb
1928
83% The Ten Commandments
  • Moses
1923
No Score Yet Exit the Vamp
  • Old Man Shipley
1921
No Score Yet The Affairs of Anatol
  • Gordon Bronson
1921
No Score Yet Miss Lulu Bett
  • Dwight Deacon
1921
No Score Yet Something to Think About
  • Luke Anderson
1920
No Score Yet Suds
  • Actor
1920
No Score Yet Don't Change Your Husband
  • The Bishop
1919
No Score Yet Male and Female
  • Lord Loam
1919
No Score Yet Hawthorne of the USA
  • Sen. Ballard
1919
No Score Yet The Roaring Road
  • J. D. Ward
1919
No Score Yet Old Wives for New
  • Berkeley
1918
No Score Yet The Little Princess
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet The Immigrant
  • J.J. Walton
1917
No Score Yet Joan the Woman
  • Cauchon
1916

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