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DiedJuly 8, 2011, Santa Monica, California, United States
SpouseBeverly Schmidt Blossom, Marilyn Orshan
FactGraduated from the prestigious Asheville School in North Carolina, 1941.

Roberts Blossom was an American actor, writer, and director. He was born on July 27, 1924, in Santa Monica, California, to parents who were both actors. Blossom’s early education took place at the Hollywood Professional School and the Pasadena Playhouse. His first professional acting job was in a production of Our Town in 1942. From there, he went on to have a successful career in film, television, and theater.

Some of his most notable roles were in the films The Last Picture Show (1971), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Blossom also wrote and directed the film The Death of a Salesman (1985).

He passed away on October 31, 2011, at the age of 87.

General Info

Full NameRoberts Blossom
DiedJuly 8, 2011, Santa Monica, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Poet, Playwright
EducationHawken School, Asheville School, Harvard University


SpouseBeverly Schmidt Blossom, Marilyn Orshan
ChildrenDebbie Blossom, Michael Blossom
ParentsJohn Blossom


AwardsObie Award for Performance, Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor
MoviesHome Alone, Escape from Alcatraz, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Christine, Deranged, The Quick and the Dead, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Great Gatsby, Doc Hollywood, Always, Slaughterhouse-Five, Resurrection, Vision Quest, The Hospital, Balloon Farm, Flashpoint, Handle with Care, Candy ...
TV ShowsMurder in the Heartland

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1Retired, living in Berkeley, writing poetry. [April 2003]
2He is the recipient of four Obies (the Off-Broadway acting awards) and a Show Business Award.
3Graduated from the prestigious Asheville School in North Carolina, 1941.
4He and his first wife, dancer/choreographer Beverly Schmidt, both participated in the Filmstage theater movement of the 1950s and '60s, which involved the simultaneous presentation of live actors with film and/or slides.
5According to one published report, in the 1940s, Blossom was sent to an Army mental ward when he claimed conscientious objector status.
6After one year at Harvard, he left to serve with army in Europe in World War II.
7Has a daughter, Debbie, and a son, Michael.
8Was also a poet and a playwright.
9Was named a "Distinguished Performance" for his appearance in "A Village Wooing" a the first Obie Awards for the 1955-1956 season. The Obies are presented in recognition for achievement in the Off-Broadway theater.
10As of the early 1990s Blossom has released some of his dramatic poems on video.




Balloon Farm1999TV MovieWeasel Mayfield
Chicago Hope1997TV SeriesWilliam Kronk
The Quick and the Dead1995Doc Wallace
The American Clock1993TV MovieOld Wayne Taylor
Murder in the Heartland1993TV Mini-SeriesGus Meyer
Crossroads1992TV SeriesOscar Poland
The Habitation of Dragons1992TV MovieMr. Charlie
Northern Exposure1992TV SeriesNed
Death Falls1991Hals Johnson
Doc Hollywood1991Judge Evans
Home Alone1990Old Man Marley
In the Heat of the Night1989TV SeriesDr. Harris Pendleton
The Last Temptation of Christ1988Aged Master
The Twilight Zone1985-1987TV SeriesMordecai Hawkline (segment "Song of the Younger World") / Man (segment "The Burning Man")
Stingray1987TV SeriesUncle Pat 'The Cat' Morel
At Mother's Request1987TV Mini-SeriesDoug Steele
Candy Mountain1987Archie
The Equalizer1986TV SeriesOscar Peabody
Tales from the Darkside1986TV SeriesInquisitor
Moonlighting1986TV SeriesLawrence Everette
Amazing Stories1985TV SeriesOpa Globe
Vision Quest1985Grandpa
American Playhouse1985TV SeriesMr. McClellan
Airwolf1984TV SeriesOld man with Dog
Reuben, Reuben1983Frank Spofford
Christine1983George LeBay
Johnny Belinda1982TV MovieJohn McAdam
The Wall1982TV MovieKuchaski
Family Reunion1981TV MoviePhil King
Resurrection1980John Harper
ABC Weekend Specials1980TV SeriesMr. LeGrand
Escape from Alcatraz1979Chester 'Doc' Dalton
Mourning Becomes Electra1978TV Mini-SeriesSeth
Close Encounters of the Third Kind1977Farmer
Handle with Care1977Papa Thermodyne
The Adams Chronicles1976TV Mini-SeriesVisitor to minister adams in london
Beacon Hill1975TV SeriesD.W. Griffith
The Great Gatsby1974Mr. Gatz
Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile1974Ezra Cobb
The Great Masquerade1974Sherwood Gates
The Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope1972ShortGov. Phips
Please Stand By1972Judge Nott
Great Performances1972TV SeriesJudge / Preacher
Slaughterhouse-Five1972Wild Bob Cody
The Hospital1971Guernsey
The Defenders1964TV SeriesThomas Riggs
Brenner1964TV SeriesReader
Another World1964TV SeriesBert Ordway (1976-1977) / Sven Petersen (1977-1978)
The Eleventh Hour1962TV SeriesSchizophrenic
The Sin of Jesus1961Short
The DuPont Show of the Month1959-1961TV SeriesGustav
John Brown's Raid1960TV MovieStevens
The Robert Herridge Theater1960TV Series
Art Carney Special1959TV SeriesSimon Stimson
Echo of an Era1959Short
Naked City1958TV SeriesQuint Butcher / Brissen


Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV Series in memory of - 1 episode


Full Blossom: The Life of Poet/Actor Roberts Blossom2000DocumentaryHimself
Camera Three1959TV SeriesHimself - Reader

Archive Footage

No Small Parts2015TV Series documentaryHimself
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute


Won Awards

1978SoapySoapy AwardsFavorite VillainAnother World (1964)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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