Robert Symonds

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Robert Symonds
Born(1926-12-01)December 1, 1926
DiedAugust 23, 2007(2007-08-23) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Robert Symonds (December 1, 1926 – August 23, 2007) was an American actor. He was the associate director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center from 1965 through 1972.


His stage credits with the Lincoln Center include productions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Miser, Twelfth Night, and A Streetcar Named Desire. His motion picture credits include The Exorcist (as Dr. Taney), Gray Lady Down, The Ice Pirates, Crimewave, Still Frame, Rumpelstiltskin, Mandroid, Primary Colors and Catch Me If You Can.

On television, Symonds played Benjamin Franklin in the 1976 PBS mini-series The Adams Chronicles and the recurring role of Dr. Jonas Edwards on Dynasty from 1982 to 1987, and guest-starred on many series, including The Rockford Files, M*A*S*H, Benson, Cheers, Quincy, M.E., Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (as a Bajoran in the episode "Accession"), ER, Alias, and Cold Case (his last role in the episode "Static") and as Robert E. Lee in the 1982 miniseries The Blue and the Grey. In the early 1970s, Symonds created the role of psycho stalker Will Watts on the CBS soap opera Where the Heart Is. He also starred in an episode of Cheers called " Take My Shirt...Please".

Personal life[edit]

Symonds was born in Bristow, Oklahoma, the son of Nellie (née Barry) and Walter Stout Symonds.[1] He was married to actress Priscilla Pointer from 1980 until his death and was the step-father of actress Amy Irving and her siblings, David and Katie. He was the father of Vicki Morrison, Barry Symonds, and Becca Wooldridge.

He died on the morning of August 23, 2007, aged 80, from complications of prostate cancer.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Exorcist Dr. Taney
1975 Linda Lovelace for President Uncle Sam
1978 Gray Lady Down Secretary of Navy
1978 Shame, Shame on the Bixby Boys Pa Bixby
1979 ...And Justice for All Judge Burns
1982 Superstition Pike
1984 The Ice Pirates Lanky Nibs
1985 Crimewave Guard #1
1987 Rumpelstiltskin Victor
1989 C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. Proctor
1993 Mandroid Karl Zimmer
1998 Primary Colors Bart Nilson
1999 Inferno Henry Howard
2002 Catch Me If You Can Mr. Rosen


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