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Roy Roberts (born Roy Barnes Jones, March 19, 1906 – May 28, 1975) was an American character actor. Over his more than 40-year career, he appeared in more than nine hundred productions on stage and screen.

Born in Dade City in Pasco County, near Tampa, Florida, Roberts began his acting career on the stage, first appearing on Broadway in May 1931 before making his motion picture debut in Gold Bricks, a 1936 two-reel comedy short released by 20th Century-Fox. He appeared in numerous films in secondary parts and returned to perform on Broadway in such productions as Twentieth Century, My Sister Eileen, and Carnival in Flanders until he began making guest appearances on television series. After appearing on Gale Storm's My Little Margie in 1956, he became part of several television series for which he is best remembered. In a show that was the precursor to The Love Boat, Roberts played the ship's captain for four years in Storm's next hit, Oh! Susanna, which aired on CBS and ABC from 1956 to 1960. He guest-starred in scores of series, including the western-themed crime drama, Sheriff of Cochise, the western series, My Friend Flicka, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (as Texas cattle baron Shanghai Pierce[1]), and The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, and Brian Keith's Cold War drama, Crusader. Roberts appeared on four episodes of the CBS legal drama, Perry Mason, including the role of murderer Arthur Janeel in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Malicious Mariner."

During the middle 1960s, Roberts was one of the most recognizable faces on television, and had recurring roles concurrently on a number of popular programs, including:

Bank president Mr. Cheever on CBS's The Lucy Show

John Cushing, president of the rival Merchants Bank on CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies

Railroad president Norman Curtis on CBS's Petticoat Junction

Darrin's father Frank Stephens on ABC's Bewitched, alternating with actor Robert F. Simon depending upon availability.

Banker Harry Bodkin on CBS's Gunsmoke

Dr. Reynolds, twice on The Road West

Neighbor Bruce MacDermott on ABC's Our Man Higgins

Preston "Press" Wasco and Kelly on the NBC western, Laredo

"Doc" on John Payne's The Restless Gun in the 1957 episode "Trail to Sunset"

Banker George Bristol on NBC's Bonanza

Admiral Rogers on McHale's Navy (in some episodes, his first name is given as "John" and in others his name is given as "Bruce").

The Governor in a season two episode of Green Acres, "One of Our Assemblymen is Missing". CLR

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Roy Roberts (born Roy Barnes Jones, March 19, 1906 – May 28, 1975) was an American character actor. Over his more than 40-year career, he appeared in more than nine hundred productions on stage and screen.

Born in Dade City in Pasco County, near Tampa, Florida, Roberts began his acting career on the stage, first appearing on Broadway in May 1931 before making his motion picture debut in Gold Bricks, a 1936 two-reel comedy short released by 20th Century-Fox. He appeared in numerous films in secondary parts and returned to perform on Broadway in such productions as Twentieth Century, My Sister Eileen, and Carnival in Flanders until he began making guest appearances on television series. After appearing on Gale Storm's My Little Margie in 1956, he became part of several television series for which he is best remembered. In a show that was the precursor to The Love Boat, Roberts played the ship's captain for four years in Storm's next hit, Oh! Susanna, which aired on CBS and ABC from 1956 to 1960. He guest-starred in scores of series, including the western-themed crime drama, Sheriff of Cochise, the western series, My Friend Flicka, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (as Texas cattle baron Shanghai Pierce[1]), and The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, and Brian Keith's Cold War drama, Crusader. Roberts appeared on four episodes of the CBS legal drama, Perry Mason, including the role of murderer Arthur Janeel in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Malicious Mariner."

During the middle 1960s, Roberts was one of the most recognizable faces on television, and had recurring roles concurrently on a number of popular programs, including:

Bank president Mr. Cheever on CBS's The Lucy Show

John Cushing, president of the rival Merchants Bank on CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies

Railroad president Norman Curtis on CBS's Petticoat Junction

Darrin's father Frank Stephens on ABC's Bewitched, alternating with actor Robert F. Simon depending upon availability.

Banker Harry Bodkin on CBS's Gunsmoke

Dr. Reynolds, twice on The Road West

Neighbor Bruce MacDermott on ABC's Our Man Higgins

Preston "Press" Wasco and Kelly on the NBC western, Laredo

"Doc" on John Payne's The Restless Gun in the 1957 episode "Trail to Sunset"

Banker George Bristol on NBC's Bonanza

Admiral Rogers on McHale's Navy (in some episodes, his first name is given as "John" and in others his name is given as "Bruce").

The Governor in a season two episode of Green Acres, "One of Our Assemblymen is Missing". CLR

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Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 86

Birthday 1906-03-19

Day of Death 1975-05-28

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1975 The Strongest Man in the World as Mr. Roberts
1974 Chinatown as Mayor Bagby
1971 The Million Dollar Duck as The Judge (uncredited)
1967 Hotel as Bailey
1966 That Girl (1 episode)
1965 Those Calloways as E.J. Fletcher
1964 The Addams Family (1 episode)
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as Policeman Outside Irwin & Ray's Garage
1962 Kid Galahad as Jerry Bathgate
1962 McHale's Navy (108 episodes)
1962 The Chapman Report as Alan Roby
1962 The Underwater City as Tim Graham
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (1 episode)
1960 My Three Sons (1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1956 Massacre at Sand Creek as Colonel Collery
1956 The King and Four Queens as Sheriff Tom Larrabee
1956 The White Squaw as Edward Purvis, Indian Agent
1956 Yaqui Drums as Matt Quigg
1956 The Boss as Tim Brady
1956 The Gale Storm Show (126 episodes)
1956 The First Texan as Col. Sam Sherman
1956 Backlash as Maj. Carson
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1955 The Last Command as Dr. Summerfield
1955 I Cover the Underworld as District Attorney
1955 Stranger on Horseback as Sam Kettering
1955 Big House, U.S.A. as Chief Ranger Will Erickson
1954 They Rode West as Sgt. Creever
1954 Dawn at Socorro as Doc Jameson
1954 The Outlaw Stallion as Hagen
1954 The Strike as Chaplain Walker
1954 Wyoming Renegades as Sheriff McVey
1953 Tumbleweed as Nick Buckley
1953 Sea of Lost Ships as Captain of the 'Eagle'
1953 Second Chance as Charley Malloy
1953 The Lone Hand as Mr. Skaggs
1953 The Glory Brigade as Sgt. Chuck Anderson
1953 House of Wax as Matthew Burke
1953 San Antone as John Chisum
1953 The Man Behind The Gun as Sen. Mark Sheldon
1952 Battles of Chief Pontiac as Maj. Gladwin
1952 Cripple Creek as Marshal John Tetheroe
1952 Skirts Ahoy! as Capt. Graymont
1952 Hoodlum Empire as Police Chief
1952 The Big Trees as Judge Crenshaw
1952 The Cimarron Kid as Pat Roberts
1952 Stars and Stripes Forever as Maj. George Porter Houston
1951 The Man with a Cloak as Policeman
1951 The Tanks Are Coming as Major General
1951 Fighting Coast Guard as Captain Gibbs
1951 Santa Fe as Cole Sanders
1951 The Enforcer as Capt. Frank Nelson
1950 Stage to Tucson as Jim Maroon
1950 The Killer That Stalked New York as Mayor of New York
1950 The Second Face as Allan Wesson
1950 Wyoming Mail as Charles De Haven
1950 Sierra as Sheriff Knudsen
1950 The Palomino as Ben Lane
1950 Borderline as Harvey Gumbin
1950 Chain Lightning as Maj. Gen. Hewitt
1949 The Reckless Moment as Nagel
1949 A Kiss for Corliss as Uncle George
1949 Chicago Deadline as Jerry Cavanaugh
1949 Chicken Every Sunday as Harry Bowers
1949 Bodyhold as Charlie Webster
1948 Force of Evil as Ben Tucker
1948 He Walked by Night as Police Captain Breen
1948 No Minor Vices as Mr. Felton
1948 Fury at Furnace Creek as Al Shanks
1947 Captain from Castile as Capt. Alvarado
1947 Gentleman's Agreement as Mr. Calkins (uncredited)
1947 Nightmare Alley as McGraw - Final Carnival Owner (uncredited)
1947 The Foxes of Harrow as Tom Warren
1947 The Brasher Doubloon as Lt. Breez
1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim as Mr. Foster
1946 My Darling Clementine as Mayor
1946 Smoky as Jeff Nix
1946 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog as 'Mitch' Mitchell
1946 Strange Triangle as Harry Matthews
1946 Behind Green Lights as Max Calvert
1945 Within These Walls as Martin 'Marty' Deutsch
1945 The Caribbean Mystery as Capt. Van den Bark
1945 Circumstantial Evidence as Marty Hannon
1944 The Fighting Sullivans as Father Francis
1943 Guadalcanal Diary as Capt. Jame Cross

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