Tony Roberts (actor)
Roberts (right), with Squire Fridell and Julie Cobb, 1977.
|Born||David Anthony Roberts
October 22, 1939
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Lyons (1969-1975; divorced; 1 child)|
Roberts was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Norma (née Finkelstein), an animator, and CBS radio announcer Ken Roberts. His family is Jewish. He had a sister, Nancy, and is the cousin of late actor Everett Sloane. Roberts attended Northwestern University and made his Broadway debut in 1962, with a role in the play Something About a Soldier.
Roberts is best known for his collaborations with Woody Allen. In Annie Hall, he portrayed Alvy Singer's best friend Rob. Other Allen films and/or plays in which he has appeared include both the Broadway and film versions of Play It Again, Sam (directed by Herbert Ross), Radio Days, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, and Woody Allen's segment for The Concert for New York City.
Roberts memorably portrayed the badgering Deputy Mayor Warren LaSalle in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. He also appeared in the Sidney Lumet films Serpico and Just Tell Me What You Want. Roberts was in the 1983 horror film Amityville 3-D portraying the lead character of John Baxter, the unconvinced owner of the infamous possessed house.
Roberts' Broadway credits include Barefoot in the Park; How Now, Dow Jones; Murder at the Howard Johnson's; Promises, Promises; Sugar (the musical version of the movie Some Like It Hot); The Sisters Rosensweig; They're Playing Our Song; Victor/Victoria; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; and Cabaret. In May 2007, Roberts returned to Broadway in the roller-disco rock musical Xanadu.
Television and radio
- The Longest Week (2012)
- Twelve and Holding (2005)
- My Best Friend's Wife (2001)
- The Concert for New York City: "Sounds from a Town I Love" (2001)
- Dead Broke (1998)
- Apologies to Bunuel (1996)
- Switch (1991)
- Popcorn (1991)
- Fist Fighter (1989)
- 18 Again! (1988)
- Radio Days (1987)
- Seize the Day (1986)
- Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
- Key Exchange (1985)
- Amityville 3-D (1983)
- A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
- Stardust Memories (1980)
- Just Tell Me What You Want (1980)
- Annie Hall (1977)
- Le Sauvage (1975)
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
- Serpico (1973)
- Play It Again, Sam (1972)
- Star Spangled Girl (1971)
- The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
- "Tony Roberts, Star File: Broadway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- Shapiro, T. Rees (2009-06-28). "Golden-Throated Announcer Introduced Soap Operas". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- "‘Death rattle of the world – with laughs’". Thevillager.com. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- Movie Reviews, Showtimes and Trailers - Movies - New York Times[dead link]
- Tony Roberts at the Internet Movie Database
- Tony Roberts at the Internet Broadway Database
- Tony Roberts at Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Tony Roberts - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org
- Tony Roberts article in The New York Observer