Thursday, July 21, 2011

Roberts Blossom R.I.P.

Character actor Roberts Blossom passed on 8 July 2011 at the age of 87.

Roberts Blossom was born on 25 March 1924 in New Haven, Connecticut. Much of his childhood was spent in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina. He went to Harvard for a year before he was inducted into the United States Army during World War II. Following the war he started acting in local, Cleveland theatres.

Mr. Blossom would make his debut on Broadway in the play The Infernal Machine. He made his television debut the same year in an episode of Naked City. From the late Fifties into the Sixties he appeared in such shows as The Art Carney Show The DuPont Show of the Month, Brenner,  and The Defenders. he appeared in the short film The Sin of Jesus (1961).  On Broadway he appeared in the plays A Cook for Mr. GeneralThe Ballad of Sad Cafe, The Physicists, and  Operation Sidewinder.

In the Seventies Roberts Blossom appeared in the movies The Hospital (1971), The Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope (1972), Slaughterhouse Five (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974), Handle with Care (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), and Resurrection (1980).  On television he was a regular on Another World and appeared in the mini-series Mourning Becomes Electra. He guest starred on Beacon Hill.

In the Eighties Mr. Blossom appeared in such movies as Christine (1983), Reuben, Reuben (1983), Flashpoint (1984), Vision Quest (1985), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Always (1989), and Home Alone (1990). He guest starred on the shows Amazing Stories, Moonlighting, Tales From the Darkside, The Equaliser, and The Twilight Zone. In the Nineties he appeared in the films Doc Hollywood (1991), and The Quick and the Dead (1995). He guest starred on the shows Northern Exposure, Crossroads, and Chicago Hope.

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