Mark Roberts (actor)

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Mark Roberts
Mark Roberts.jpg
Born (1921-06-09)June 9, 1921
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Died January 5, 2006(2006-01-05) (aged 84)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Bob Scott
Robert E. Scott
Robert Scott
Years active 1938 - 1994
Spouse(s) Audrey von Clemm (1953-1967) (divorced) (3 children)

Mark Roberts (June 9, 1921 - January 5, 2006) was an American stage, film and television support actor who appeared in over 100 films between 1938 and 1994, according to the Internet Movie Database. Sometimes he was credited as Bob Scott, Robert E. Scott, or Robert Scott. He is survived by his three children.


A native of Denver, Colorado, Roberts made his cinematographical debut in Brother Rat, a 1938 film directed by William Keighley and starred by Ronald Reagan, in which he played an uncredited bit role as Tripod Andrews. After that, he was billed as Robert Scott in three films before obtaining his first and only leading role in the 1944 Columbia serial Black Arrow. He also served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Following discharge, he acted under the name of Mark Roberts.

Roberts appeared (uncredited) in It’s a Wonderful Life, the 1946 classic Frank Capra film, in which he and Carl (Alfalfa) Switzer played Mickey and Freddie Othello, respectively, the two guys who unlocked the gym floor at the high school dance scene, exposing the pool below, where George Bailey (James Stewart) and Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) ended up taking a bath.

Roberts later became a familiar face in selected drama and action television series. He starred as reporter Hildy Johnson in the 1949-1950 syndicated television series The Front Page. In the 1960-1961 season, he joined Stephen Dunne (1918–1977) as fictitious brothers playing private detectives in the syndicated television series, The Brothers Brannagan, which aired thirty-nine episodes. Roberts played Bob Brannagan; Dunne, Mike Brannagan. He made seven guest appearances on Perry Mason, including two 1962 roles as the murder victim: title character Otto Gervaert/Gabe Phillips in "The Case of the Absent Artist," and Tod Richards in "The Case of the Playboy Pugilist."

Roberts made his last screen appearance in the short-lived 1994 sitcom Monty.

Roberts died at the age of eighty-four in Los Angeles, California.

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Partial filmography[edit]

Roberts (to the right of Rita Hayworth) in a trailer for Gilda