Tony Roberts

Actor
This tall, curly-haired son of longtime CBS radio announcer Ken Roberts debuted on Broadway in "Something About a Soldier" (1962). Twice-nominated for Tony Awards, Tony Roberts has had notable collaborations with Neil ... Read more »
Born: 10/21/1939 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

The Longest Week 2014 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Law & Order 1991 - 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

12 and Holding 2006 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Death of a Dynasty 2005 (Movie)

Town Car Driver (Actor)

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Married to the Kellys 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robert Redford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Victor/Victoria 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Bob Thornton 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Garry Marshall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Diane Keaton 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jon Bon Jovi 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1992, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paul Newman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Grownups 2000 (Movie)

Mr Epstein (Actor)

My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

1998 Goodwill Games 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Day in the Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Broke 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Surprise! 1996 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Popcorn 1991 (Movie)

Mr Davis (Actor)

Switch 1991 (Movie)

Arnold Friedkin (Actor)

The Time Guardian 1989 (Movie)

Committee Member (Actor)

18 Again 1988 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

The Thorns 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

"Silver Dollar" Emcee (Actor)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

Mickey's Ex-Partner (Actor)

Key Exchange 1985 (Movie)

David Slattery (Actor)

The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lucie Arnaz Show 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Four Seasons 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy 1982 (Movie)

Maxwell (Actor)

Amityville 3-D 1982 (Movie)

John Baxter (Actor)

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

Mike Berger (Actor)

Stardust Memories 1980 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Opening Night 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rosetti and Ryan 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Annie Hall 1977 (Movie)

Rob (Actor)

Le Sauvage 1974 (Movie)

Alex Fox (Actor)

Serpico 1974 (Movie)

Bob Blair (Actor)

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

Warren LaSalle (Actor)

Let's Celebrate 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Play It Again, Sam 1972 (Movie)

Dick (Actor)

$1,000,000 Duck 1970 (Movie)

Fred Hines (Actor)

Star Spangled Girl 1970 (Movie)

Andy Hobart (Actor)

A Different Affair (TV Show)

Actor

A Question of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

If Things Were Different (TV Show)

Actor

Not in My Family (TV Show)

Actor

Our Sons (TV Show)

Actor

Packin' It In (TV Show)

Actor

Provocation (Movie)

(Actor)

Seize the Day (TV Show)

Actor

Snafu (TV Show)

Actor

The Beach Girls and the Monster (Movie)

Brad (Actor)

The Girls in the Office (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Voice

The Way They Were (TV Show)

Actor
Art Department (2)

Lorca and the Outlaws 1987 (Movie)

(Conceptual Illustrator)

The Nine Ages of Nakedness 1968 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Casting (1)

Keaton's Cop 1990 (Movie)

(Casting)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Surfers 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Photography
Other (3)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

Biography

This tall, curly-haired son of longtime CBS radio announcer Ken Roberts debuted on Broadway in "Something About a Soldier" (1962). Twice-nominated for Tony Awards, Tony Roberts has had notable collaborations with Neil Simon (appearing in three Broadway productions, a film and a national tour) and Woody Allen (two plays and six films). Although Roberts' stage credits have outnumbered his film appearances, he is perhaps best recalled for his work with Allen. He reprised his stage success as the businessman and best friend whose wife (Diane Keaton) Allen covets in "Play It Again, Sam" (1972). Roberts' command of upwardly mobile mannerisms and affectations made him the perfect WASP foil to Allen's nebbish persona as evidenced by the best-friend roles he played in such films as "Annie Hall" (1977), "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" (1982) and "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986).

Relationships

Nicole Roberts

Daughter

Pamela Jordan

Companion
appeared together in "Follies" in New Jersey in 1998

Jenny Lyons

Wife
married on December 14, 1969 divorced in 1975

Kenneth Roberts

Father
radio credits included "The Milton Berle Program", "This is Nora Drake", "The Shadow" and "Joyce Jordan: Girl Intern"

Norma Roberts

Mother

Everett Sloane

Cousin

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1961
studied acting with Alvina Krause

High School of Music and Art

New York , New York 1957

Milestones

2006

Cast in Michael Cuesta's sophomore feature "Twelve and Holding"

1999

Starred as Scrooge in the annual holiday production of "A Christmas Carol" in NYC

1996

Starred opposite Julie Andrews in the Broadway production of "Victor/Victoria"; also marked second association with director Blake Edwards

1993

Acted in Off-Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley's "Four Dogs and a Bone"

1992

Off-Broadway directing debut, "One of the All-Time Greats" by Charles Grodin

1991

Supported Julie Andrews in the ABC TV-movie "Our Sons"

1991

First association with Blake Edwards, the feature "Switch"

1990

Replaced Jason Alexander in the musical "Jerome Robbins' Broadway"

1987

Starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom "The Thorns", produced by Mike Nichols

1987

Cast as 'Silver Dollar' emcee in Allen's "Radio Days"

1986

Acted role of Mortimer Brewster in Broadway revival of "Arsenic and Old Lace"

1986

Appeared in fifth Allen movie, "Hannah and Her Sisters"

1985

Co-starred opposite Lucie Arnaz in "The Lucie Arnaz Show" (CBS)

1984

Was regular member of the ensemble cast of "The Four Seasons", a CBS comedy/drama based on the hit film

1982

Portrayed Dr Maxwell Jordan in Allen's "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy"

1980

Continued association with Allen as Tony in "Stardust Memories"

1979

Worked with Simon again on Broadway, "They're Playing Our Song"; succeeded Robert Klein

1977

Co-starred in the short-lived NBC law drama "Rosetti & Ryan"

1977

Appeared in Allen's Oscar-winning "Annie Hall"

1973

Played Bob Blair in "Serpico"

1972

Appeared on Broadway in "Sugar", a musical based on the Billy Wilder classic "Some Like It Hot"; played role originated by Tony Curtis in the film

1972

First acted alongside Woody Allen in "Play It Again, Sam"; reprised stage role

1970

Starred opposite Sandy Duncan in the film version of Neil Simon's "The Star Spangled Girl"

1970

Reprised role in "Promises, Promises" in Broadway production; role originated by Jerry Orbach

1970

First major feature role, "$1,000,000 Duck"

1968

Portrayed Dick Christie in Allen's "Play It Again, Sam" on Broadway; earned second Tony nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play

1968

London stage debut as Chuck Baxter in the musical "Promises, Promises" (book by Neil Simon); won London Critcs Poll Award as Best Actor in a Musical

1968

Received first Tony nomination for his leading role in the musical "How Now, Dow Jones"

1966

First association with Woody Allen, playing Axel Magee in "Don't Drink the Water" on Broadway

1965

Film acting debut in bit role in "Beach Girls and the Monster"

1965

Played regular featured role on the daytime drama "The Edge of Night"

1964

Cast as newlywed Paul Bratter in "Barefoot in the Park", first of three Broadway projects by Neil Simon; role originated by Robert Redford

1962

Had role in the national touring company of Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn"

1962

Broadway debut in "Something About a Soldier"

Bonus Trivia

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"I had a lot of friends in the theater, but Tony wouldn't let me contact any of them. He wanted to make it by himself. I did, however--and he doesn't know this--write a letter to my friend Dore Schary, who was producing a play called 'Something About a Soldier'. I said that if a young man named Roberts comes to see you, he's my son and I'd appreciate it if you would be gentle. Well, the very day I put the letter in the mail, Tony came home and said, "Dad, I got a part in a new play called 'Something About a Soldier'. Since then, it seems like he's never been out of work." --Roberts' father Ken Roberts quoted in Daily News, April 21, 1996.

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"I know he thinks I've never been out of work, but that's not really true. I've had a wonderful, fortunate career, but I went through my unemployment insurance two times, and there have been long stretches when the phone hasn't rung and I've had to go into the hinterlands to do plays."But I never look down on work. I remember doing "The Million Dollar Duck". In my first scene, I was on my hands and knees barking at ducks to get one to lay an egg. I remember thinking, 'My God, I went to college for this? I studied Shakespeare, I've been in 10 Broadway plays, and I'm barking at ducks?' Well, it was a properly humbling experience." --Tony Roberts in Daily News, April 21, 1996.

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