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Roberts, Tony 1939- (Anthony Roberts)

Roberts, Tony 1939- (Anthony Roberts)


Full name, David Anthony Roberts; born October 22, 1939, in New York, NY; son of Kenneth (a television announcer) and Norma (an animator) Roberts; married Jennifer Lyons, December 14, 1969 (divorced, 1975); children: Nichole. Education: Northwestern University, B.S., drama, 1961; studied acting with Alvina Krause.


Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; Paradigm, 360 N. Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Actor and director. Military service: U.S. Army, 1962.


Actors' Equity Association (member of governing council, 1968-74), Screen Actors Guild (member of board of directors, 1990—).

Awards, Honors:

Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actor in a musical, 1968, for How Now, Dow Jones; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best supporting or featured actor in a drama, 1969, for Play It Again, Sam; London Critics Poll Award, best actor in a musical, 1970, for Promises, Promises.


Stage Appearances; As Anthony Roberts:

(Broadway debut) Air cadet, Something about a Soldier, Ambassador Theatre, 1962.

Richard Gluck, Take Her, She's Mine, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Max Bummidge, The Last Analysis, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1964.

Charlie, Never Too Late, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1964.

The Cradle Will Rock, Theatre Four, New York City, 1964.

Paul Bratter, Barefoot in the Park, Biltmore Theatre, 1965.

Axel Magee, Don't Drink the Water, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Charley Matson, How Now, Dow Jones, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Dick Christie, Play It Again, Sam, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1969.

(London debut) Chuck Baxter, Promises, Promises, Prince of Wales Theatre, 1969.

Chuck Baxter, Promises, Promises, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Serenading Louie, Academy Festival Theatre, Lake Forest, IL, 1978.

Hamm, Endgame, Irish Repertory Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Danny, Zeus, Xanadu, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 2007.

Appeared in Let 'em Eat Cake, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA; and Time Framed, off-Broadway production.

Major Tours; As Anthony Roberts:

Buddy, Come Blow Your Horn, U.S. cities, 1962.

Chuck Baxter, Promises, Promises, U.S. cities, 1970-71.

Stage Appearances; As Tony Roberts::

Joe/Josephine, Sugar, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Antonio, The Tempest, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1973.

Richard, Darkroom, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1973.

Geoffrey, Absurd Person Singular, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, then Music Box Theatre, New York City, both 1974.

Title role, Hamlet, Otterbein University Theatre, Westerville, OH, 1976.

Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 1978.

Mitchell Lavell, Murder at the Howard Johnson's, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Todd, Losing Time, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1979.

Vernon Gersch, They're Playing Our Song, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Brian "Sonny" Levine, The Good Parts, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1982.

George, Doubles, Second Stage Theatre, then Ritz Theatre, both New York City, 1985.

The Sea Gull, Saratoga Performance Arts Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1985.

Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1986.

Luther Billis, South Pacific, New York City Opera, State Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Jerome Robbins's Broadway, Imperial Theatre, 1989-90.

Jeff, Brigadoon, New York City Opera, State Theatre, 1991.

The Fourth Wall, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1992.

Dr. Dorn, The Sea Gull, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1992-93.

Ben Weeks, The Normal Heart (staged reading), Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Four Dogs and a Bone, City Center Theatre, New York City, then Manhattan Theatre Club, both 1993.

Carroll Todd, Victor/Victoria, Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, Madison Square Garden Theatre, New York City, 1999.

Ira, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Ethyl Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Also appeared in Love Letters and The Sisters Rosensweig.

Major Tours; As Tony Roberts:

Jerome Robbins's Broadway, U.S. cities, 1990-91.

Stage Director:

One of the All-Time Greats, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 1992.

Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Fred Hines, The $1,000,000 Duck, Buena Vista, 1971.

Andy Hobart, Star Spangled Girl, Paramount, 1971.

Dick Christie, Play It Again, Sam (also known as Aspirins for Three), Paramount, 1972.

Bob Blair, Serpico, Paramount, 1973.

Warren LaSalle, The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three (also known as Pelham 1-2-3 and El tomar de Pelham uno dos tres), United Artists, 1974.

Alex Fox, Le sauvage (also known as The Savage, Il mio uomo e un selvaggio, and Lovers Like Us), Gaumont, 1975.

Rob, Annie Hall, United Artists, 1977.

Opening Night, Miracle/Faces Distribution, 1977.

Mike Berger, Just Tell Me What You Want, Warner Bros., 1980.

Tony, Stardust Memories, United Artists, 1980.

Dr. Maxwell Jordan, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Warner Bros., 1982.

John Baxter, Amityville 3-D (also known as Amityville III: The Demon), Orion, 1983.

David Slattery, Key Exchange, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.

(Uncredited) Norman, Mickey's ex-partner, Hannah and Her Sisters, Orion, 1986.

Bernie Pell, Seize the Day, 1986.

Committee member, The Time Guardian, 1987.

"Silver Dollar" emcee, Radio Days, Orion, 1987.

Arnold Watson, 18 Again!, New World, 1988.

Fist Fighter (also known as A puno libro, A puno limpio, and Peleador a puno libro), 1988.

Narrator, Painting the Town: The Illusionistic Murals of Richard Haas, 1990.

Keaton's Cop, 1990.

Arnold Friedkin, Switch, Warner Bros., 1991.

Mr. Davis, Popcorn, Studio Three Film Corp., 1991.

Carol Todd (Toddy), Victor/Victoria, Image Entertainment, 1995.

Steve, Surprise! (also known as Apologies to Bunuel), 1996.

Walter, Dead Broke, 1999.

Mr. Epstein, Grownups (also known as Grownups the Movie), Bridge and Tunnel Productions, 2001.

Bitter Jester, Panacea, 2003.

Town car driver, Death of a Dynasty, 2003.

Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (also known as Broadway, Broadway: The Golden Age and Broadway: The Movie), Capri, 2003.

Doctor, Twelve and Holding, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Jay, a Get2Gether, Urban Works, 2005.

Mr. Barnes, Well Fed and Comfortable, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Lieutenant Jim Finn, The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, NBC, 1976.

Mike Holden, The Girls in the Office, ABC, 1979.

Michael Boden, If Things Were Different, CBS, 1980.

Marlowe, A Question of Honor, CBS, 1982.

Charlie Baumgarten, Packin' It In, CBS, 1983.

Dr. Jeffrey Newman, A Different Affair, CBS, 1987.

Harry, Our Sons (also known as Too Little, Too Late), 1992.

Not in My Family (also known as Shattering the Silence), 1993.

Jesse Livermore, The American Clock (also known as Arthur Miller's "The American Clock"), 1993.

Toby Joplin, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester, NBC, 1995.

Carol Todd (Toddy), Victor/Victoria, 1995.

Man on a bench, Sounds from a Town I Love, 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lee Pollock, The Edge of Night, CBS, 1963-67.

Joseph Rosetti, Rosetti and Ryan, NBC, 1977.

Ted Bolen, The Four Seasons, CBS, 1984.

Jim Gordon, The Lucie Arnaz Show, CBS, 1985.

Sloan Thorn, The Thorns, ABC, 1988.

The Carol Burnett Show, 1991.

Narrator, Bravo Profiles, 1994.

B. Smith with Style, 1999.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Sergeant Mike Conroy, Snafu, NBC, 1976.

Joseph Rosetti, Rosetti and Ryan: Men Who Love Women, NBC, 1977.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Let's Celebrate, ABC, 1972.

The Way They Were, syndicated, 1981.

Night of 100 Stars II, 1985.

Bernie Pell, "Seize the Day," Great Performances, PBS, 1986.

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway, PBS, 1995.

Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud, PBS, 1996.

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, 1997.

Voice of George Wellers, The Trial of Adolf Eichmann, PBS, 1997.

Reporter, 1998 Goodwill Games, 1998.

As a female, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, PBS, 1999.

Narrator, Billy Bob Thornton, Bravo, 2000.

Narrator, Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds, PBS, 2001.

Narrator, Paul Newman, Bravo, 2001.

Narrator, Jon Bon Jovi, Bravo, 2001.

Intimate Portrait: Diane Keaton, Lifetime, 2001.

Narrator, Garry Marshall, Bravo, 2001.

Narrator, Robert Redford, Bravo, 2002.

Television Appearances; Award Presentations:

Performer, The 22nd Annual Tony Awards, NBC, 1968.

Presenter, The 34th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1980.

Performer, The 35th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1981.

Presenter and performer, The 38th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1984.

Presenter and performer, The 39th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1985.

Presenter, The 48th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1994.

Performer, The 55th Annual Tony Awards, CBS and PBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"The Objector," The Defenders, CBS, 1965.

"Charlie Has All the Luck," Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1965.

"Where Are You At?" The Storefront Lawyers, CBS, 1970.

"Love and the Hotel Caper," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971.

Dr. Levine, "The Messiah on Mott Street," Night Gallery, NBC, 1971.

Fred Hines, "The Million Dollar Duck: Parts 1 & 2," Disneyland, 1974.

The $10,000 Pyramid, 1974.

Hollywood Squares, 1977.

Philip Bainbridge, "Philip's Game," McMillan and Wife, NBC, 1977.

"Double Wedding/The Ventriloquists/Julie Falls Hard," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Jack Chenault, "The Wedding: Carol and Doug's Story/Peter and Alicia's Story/Julie's Story/Buddy and Portia's Story: Parts 1 & 2)," The Love Boat, ABC, 1979.

"Forget Me Not," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1983.

(As Tony Roberts) Thad Holcolmbe, "Tricks," Finders of Lost Loves, ABC, 1985.

Brian Fox, "Wins and Losses," Hotel, ABC, 1985.

Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1985.

Guy Palmer, "The Critic," Matlock, 1991.

Pollard, "Aria," Law & Order, NBC, 1991.

Devon ‘Sonny’ Lane, "Ever After," Murder, She Wrote, 1992.

Nicholas Bennett, "Second Opinion," Law & Order, NBC, 1994.

Guy Palmer, "The Murder Game," Matlock, ABC, 1994.

Paul Redfield, "Divorce," Law & Order, NBC, 1998.

Hollywood Squares, CBS/syndicated, 1998.

Narrator, The Day in the Life, 1998.

"My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies," Great Performances, 1999.

Biological father, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC, 2000-2001.

Comic Groove, 2002.

Martin Wagner, "Kansas v. Tom's Parents," Married to the Kellys, 2004.

"Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of the Tony Awards," Great Performances, PBS, 2005.


Taped Readings:

God (radio play), National Radio Theatre of Chicago, 1978.

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor, HighBridge, 1990.

Miracle at Midway, HighBridge, 1990.

Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History, HighBridge, 1990.

December 7, 1941, HighBridge, 1991.

Target Tokyo, HighBridge, 1991.

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