Converse-Roberts, William

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Born in Needham, MA. Education: Attended Fordham University and State University of New York at Stony Brook; studied drama at Yale University.

Career: Actor and director.

Awards, Honors: Obie Award, Village Voice, 1989, for Love's Labor's Lost.


Stage Appearances:

Lycaste, "The Forced Marriage," Lelie, "Sganarelle," and member of ensemble, "A Dumb Show," all in Sganarelle: An Evening of Moliere Farces, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Understudy for the role of Stephen Hurt, Sorrows of Stephen, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York City, 1979–1980.

Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Bryan, The Chisholm Trail Went through Here, Manhattan Theatre Club In–the–Works, Upstage Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Romeo and Juliet, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Dallas, TX, 1981.

As You Like It, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, 1981.

John, Monday after the Miracle, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Eugene, Lumiere, Ark Theatre Company, Ark Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Don Kane, Buried Inside Extra, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1983.

Henry David Thoreau and George Armstrong Custer, Romance Language, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1984.

The Common Pursuit, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1984.

Frank Gardner, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Willie, Walk the Dog, Willie, Production Company, New York City, 1985.

Paul, Big Time: Scenes from a Service Economy, American Theatre Exchange, Joyce Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Berowne, Love's Labor's Lost, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public/Newman Theatre, 1989.

Captain and Macduff, Macbeth, Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall, New York City, 1989.

Adolf, Creditors, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1992–1993.

Film Appearances:

Horace Robedaux, 1918, Cinecom International, 1985.

Horace Robedaux, On Valentine's Day (also known as Story of a Marriage), Cinecom International, 1986.

Horace Robedaux, Courtship, 1987.

Daniel Claymore, Just off the Coast, Angelika Films, 1992.

Dr. Wick Sachs, Kiss the Girls, Paramount, 1997.

Murphy, Crazy in Alabama, 1999.

Mr. Hammond, Drive Me Crazy, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1999.

Charles Wheeler, Bandits, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Duke Cheever, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1979.

Blue, Another World, 1981–1982.

Fred C. Dodd, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, NBC, 1987–1988, then Lifetime, 1989–1991.

District Attorney Arthur Gold, Reasonable Doubts, NBC, 1991.

Dr. Gus Cardoni, The Client, 1995–1996.

Hal Gray, Dangerous Minds, 1996–1997.

Matthew O'Brien, Any Day Now, Lifetime, 1998–2002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Grant Russo, House of Frankenstein 1997, NBC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Stephen Hopkins, Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure, CBS, 1979.

Max, Stone Pillow, CBS, 1985.

John Watson, Confessions: Two Faces of Evil, NBC, 1994.

Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (also known as Serving in Silence), NBC, 1995.

Dr. Donald Payne, Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (also known as Almost Golden), Lifetime, 1995.

District attorney Brooke Akins, Deadly Family Secrets, NBC, 1995.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Artist, Private Sessions, NBC, 1985.

Dr. Gus Cardoni, The Client, 1995.

Hal Gray, Dangerous Minds, 1996.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Quiet on the Set! Behind the Scenes at "Molly Dodd" (documentary), Lifetime, 1990.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Harry, Miranda's father, "The Fig Tree," Wonderworks, PBS, 1987.

Will Rattigan, "Suspicion of Innocence," The Equalizer, CBS, 1987.

Steve Altman, "The Kingdom of Mercy," Crime Story, NBC, 1987.

Steve Altman, "The Battle of Las Vegas," Crime Story, NBC, 1987.

Steve Altman, "The Survivor," Crime Story, NBC, 1987.

Clay Roberts, "The Heart of the Matter," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987.

John Kelly, "The Making of a Martyr," The Equalizer, CBS, 1989.

Wayne Lafferty, "Justice Swerved," L.A. Law, 1990.

Bingo, "Devoted Husband, Loving Father," Sisters, 1991.

Doug MacGruder, "The Lady Vanishes," The Commish, 1994.

Ivan Brock, "The Bela Lugosi Blues," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1995.

Justin Haynes, "Home Care," Murder, She Wrote, 1995.

"Allergic to Golf," One West Waikiki, 1996.

Michael Forbes, "Trench Work," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

Ethan Foster, "By Reason of Insanity," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 2000.

"The Jackal," The District, CBS, 2000.

Attorney Michael Forbes, "Gideon's Crossover," The Practice, ABC, 2001.

Lincoln Cole, "Jackson," Kate Brasher, CBS, 2001.

O'Malley's former attorney Michael Forbes, "Eat and Run," The Practice, ABC, 2002.

Gabriel Tam, "Safe," Firefly, Fox, 2002.

C. Conway Plummer, "Had," Robbery Homicide Division, 2002.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Here's a Shot in the Dark," The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Lifetime, 1989.