Doris Roberts

Actor
Doris Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s. A versatile player with an inescapably "mom-like" presence ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1930 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (119)

Margarine Wars 2014 (Movie)

Grandma Betty (Actor)

Melissa & Joey 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Birthday Boys 2014 (Tv Show)

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Major Crimes 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Little Rascals Save The Day 2013 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2012 (Tv Show)

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Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection 2012 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Another Harvest Moon 2011 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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Grey's Anatomy 2011 (Tv Show)

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Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Middle 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Aliens in the Attic 2009 (Movie)

Nana Rose Pearson (Actor)

Play the Game 2009 (Movie)

Rose Larrabee (Actor)

The Gene Simmons Roast 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2007 (Tv Show)

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TV's Funniest Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Celebrity Autobiography: In their Own Words 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Grandma's Boy 2006 (Movie)

Grandma Lilly (Actor)

Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 (Movie)

Rose Fielder (Actor)

Our House 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Video Game Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Everybody Loves Raymond 1996 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

A Time to Remember 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Hollywood Unites: An E! News Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Sons of Mistletoe 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Touched By an Angel 2002 (Tv Show)

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All Over the Guy 2001 (Movie)

Esther (Actor)

Miss USA 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 9th Annual Movieguide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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A Fish in the Bathtub 1999 (Movie)

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Burke's Law 1988 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Empty Nest 1988 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Full House 1988 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups III 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Step by Step 1988 - 1990, 1992 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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TV Moms at Home 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The John Larroquette Show 1988 - 1990, 1992 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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The King of Queens 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Walker, Texas Ranger 1988 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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A Thousand Men and a Baby 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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My Giant 1998 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

High Society 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Richards (Actor)

Perfect Strangers 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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The Boys 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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The Night We Never Met 1993 (Movie)

Neighbor (Actor)

Used People 1992 (Movie)

Aunt Lonnie (Actor)

The Sunset Gang 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Blind Faith 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Honeymoon Academy 1990 (Movie)

Mrs Nelson (Actor)

Ladies on Sweet Street 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

Francis (Actor)

The Gregory Harrison Show 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Simple Justice 1988 (Movie)

Anna DiLorenzo (Actor)

The Fig Tree 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Alvin Goes Back To School 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Number One With a Bullet 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Berzak (Actor)

Remington Steele 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

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You Are the Jury 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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A Letter to Three Wives 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Alice 1976 - 1985 (TV Show)

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California Girls 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Me and Mrs. C. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Maggie 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Angie 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Soap 1977 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The Diary of Anne Frank 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff 1979 (Movie)

Rene (Actor)

The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Once in Paris 1978 (Movie)

Lars Brady's Ex-Wife (Actor)

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Carpenter (Actor)

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

Rose's Mother (Actor)

The Storyteller 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Bell, Book and Candle 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Oath: 33 Hours in the Life of God 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Hester Street 1975 (Movie)

Kavarsky (Actor)

The Lily Tomlin Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 1974 (Movie)

Mayor's Wife (Actor)

The Trouble With People 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Heartbreak Kid 1972 (Movie)

Mrs. Cantrow (Actor)

Little Murders 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Chamberlain (Actor)

A New Leaf 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Traggert (Actor)

The Honeymoon Killers 1970 (Movie)

Bunny (Actor)

A Lovely Way to Die 1968 (Movie)

Feeney (Actor)

No Way to Treat a Lady 1968 (Movie)

Sylvia Poppie (Actor)

Something Wild 1960 (Movie)

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16th Annual Genesis Awards (TV Show)

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A Mom For Christmas (TV Show)

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A Time to Heal (TV Show)

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Another Woman's Child (TV Show)

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Dream On (TV Show)

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In Trouble (TV Show)

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It Happened One Christmas (TV Show)

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Jennifer: A Woman's Story (TV Show)

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One True Love (TV Show)

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Ordinary Heroes (TV Show)

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Raising Waylon (TV Show)

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Ruby and Oswald (TV Show)

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Biography

Doris Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s. A versatile player with an inescapably "mom-like" presence, she was adept at playing sympathetic roles but made her most memorable mark as hard-boiled dames, gossips, and nags who were often too savvy of the ways of the world to be fooled by anyone. Roberts built up some face recognition with regular appearances in the sitcoms "Mary Hartman Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) and "Angie" (ABC, 1979-1980) but truly came into her own as a widely known comedienne in 1995 when she was cast as the meddling, strong-willed family matriarch on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005). The show became of the best-loved sitcoms in history, and Roberts earned seven Emmy nominations and four wins for her colorful characterization. Well past the common age of retirement and well past the show's celebrated end, Roberts maintained a reputation as one of the big and small screen's most iconic mothers, and she continued to be a welcome sight as a television guest star and film player.

Relationships

Bob Roberts

Step-Father

Michael Cannata

Husband
Divorced first husband in 1962

Michael Cannata

Son
Born c. 1957 father, Michael Cannata works as his mother's manager

William Goyen

Husband
Married from 1963 until his death from leukemia in 1983

Larry Meltzer

Father
Left the family when Roberts was a child

Ann Meltzer

Mother
Divorced from Roberts' father and later remarried Bob Roberts

EDUCATION

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied under Sanford Meisner

Actors Studio

New York , New York
Studied under Lee Strasberg

New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Appeared in the comedy "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection"

2010

Reprised titular role in Hallmark Channel sequel "Call Me Mrs. Miracle"

2010

Reunited with "Raymond" co-star Patricia Heaton with a recurring guest starring role on Heaton's ABC sitcom "The Middle"

2010

Cast in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s hit off-Broadway comedy "Love, Loss and What I Wore"

2009

Starred in the title role in the Hallmark Channel movie "Mrs. Miracle"

2006

Played the ex-wife of Garry Marshall in the indie comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins"; directed by Marshall's son Scott

2003

Appeared in the comedy feature "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" opposite David Spade

2001

Cast as a tart-tongued receptionist at an AIDS testing center in "All Over the Guy"

1996

Played Marie Romano, the title character's mother, on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS); received Emmy (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004) and SAG (2004, 2005) nominations for Best Supporting Actress

1995

Appeared in the film "The Grass Harp"

1993

Recurring role as mother to Denny Dillon's Toby on the HBO series "Dream On"

1993

Featured on the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Boys"

1992

Acted in the feature "Used People

1991

Earned fourth career Emmy nomination for a supporting role in the PBS production of "The Sunset Gang" (aired on "American Playhouse")

1989

Picked up an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on the ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers"

1983

Cast as the efficient secretary Mildred Krebs on "Remington Steele" (NBC); garnered an Emmy nomination in 1985

1982

Had a memorable guest appearance as a bag lady appearing opposite James Coco on NBC's "St. Elsewhere"

1981

Co-starred on the ABC sitcom "Maggie"

1980

Teamed with James Coco as Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan in the NBC remake of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1979

Cast as the title character's meddling mother on the ABC sitcom "Angie"

1979

Had small role as Bette Midler's mother in "The Rose"

1977

Played Martin Balsam's wife in the award-winning TV-movie "The Storyteller" (NBC)

1976

Portrayed Dorelda Doremus on the syndicated spoof of soap operas "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"

1975

Garnered attention for her stage performance in Terrence McNally's "Bad Habits"

1974

Acted opposite Walter Matthau in "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"

1972

Re-teamed with May for a supporting role in "The Heartbreak Kid"; scripted by Neil Simon

1970

Appeared in Elaine May's comedy "A New Leaf"

1968

Co-starred in Neil Simon's Broadway production of "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" with James Coco and Linda Lavin

1968

Acted in "No Way to Treat a Lady"

1961

Made feature film debut in "Something Wild"

1955

Made her stage acting debut in "The Time of Your Life"

1952

Made TV acting debut in "Jane Eyre" on CBS' "Studio One"

Made a popular series of commercials for Glade air freshener

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources listed 1925 as Roberts' birth year. When she won her second Emmy in 2001, though, she claimed that it was her 71st birthday, which meant she was born in 1930.

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Roberts penned a book of life lessons titled Are You Hungry, Dear?, which sold to St. Martin's Press in June 2002.

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"I've never been an ingenue. I have this deep voice and fat, chubby hands. I'm a character actress." – Roberts quoted in People magazine, June 5, 2000

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