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Joe Roberts

Actor | * 02/02/1871 († 52, 10/28/1923) | Albany, New York (United States of America (USA))
Joseph Henry Roberts (February 2, 1871 – October 28, 1923) was an American comic actor who appeared in 16 of Buster Keaton's 19 silent short films of the 1920s. "Big Joe" Roberts, as he was known in vaudeville, toured the country with his first wife, Lillian Stuart Roberts, as part of a rowdy act known as Roberts, Hays, and Roberts. Their signature routine was "The Cowboy, the Swell and the Lady." At this time, the first decade of the twentieth century, Buster Keaton's father, Joe Keaton, had a summer Actors' Colony for vaudevillians between Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake in Michigan, where Roberts got to know the Keaton family. When Buster's apprenticeship with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle came to an end and Keaton began making his own short films in 1920, he asked Roberts to join him. The hefty 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) Roberts, usually playing a menacing heavy or authority figure, made an amusing contrast next to thin, 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Keaton. Roberts played "Roaring Bill" Rivers in 1922's The Primitive Lover starring Keaton's sister-in-law Constance Talmadge and silent film actor Harrison Ford. He also played a drill master in the Clyde Cook comedy ()
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"Big Joe" Roberts, as he was known in vaudeville, toured the country with his first wife, Lillian Stuart Roberts as part of a rowdy act known as Roberts, Hays, and Roberts. Their signature routine was called "The Cowboy, the Swell and the Lady." At this time, in the first decade of the twentieth century, Buster Keaton's father, Joe Keaton, had started a summer Actors' Colony for vaudevillians between Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake in Michigan. Roberts became acquainted with the Keaton family as a member of this community.When Buster Keaton's film apprenticeship years with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle came to an end, and Keaton began making his own shorts in 1920, he asked Roberts to join him. Roberts' hefty 6'3" frame, usually playing a menacing heavy or authority figure, made a striking and amusing contrast to the thin, 5'6" Keaton.IMDB shows that Roberts made only two films without Keaton. He played the role of "Roaring Bill" Rivers in 1922's The Primitive Lover starring Constance Talmadge—Keaton's sister-in-law—and the silent film actor Harrison Ford; and a drill master in the Clyde Cook comedy The Misfit,[4] released in March 1924, after Roberts' death.When Keaton began making feature films in 1923, he apparently intended to continue working with Roberts. Roberts had roles in Keaton's Three Ages and Our Hospitality (both 1923). During the filming of the second feature, Roberts had a stroke but insisted on returning to the set to finish the film. After completion, Roberts suffered another stroke and died shortly afterwards.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Romance / Love | Drama

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Movies with Joe Roberts as Actor(22)

as The Drill Master1924 The Misfit
as Captain of the Whaler1923 The Love Nest
as The Girl's Father1923 Three Ages
as Joseph Canfield1923 Our Hospitality
as The Driver1922 The Frozen North
as Blacksmith1922 The Blacksmith
as The Indian Chief1922 The Paleface
as Millionaire1922 The Electric House
as Police Chief / Chef de police1922 Cops
as 'Roaring' Bill Rivers1922 The Primitive Lover
as Brother1922 My Wife's Relations
as The Mayor1922 Day Dreams
as Leader of Buzzards1921 The High Sign
as Buzz Saw Brannigan (uncredited)1921 Little Lord Fauntleroy
as Actor-Stage Manager (uncredited)1921 The Play House
as Police Chief1921 The Goat
as Bank Cashier1921 The Haunted House
as Lizard Lip Luke1921 Hard Luck
as Her Father1920 Neighbors
as Piano Mover1920 One Week
as Prisoner / Prisonnier1920 Convict 13
as Farmhand1920 The Scarecrow

Full Name: Joe Roberts
Born: Thursday, 02/02 1871 (February) in Albany, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Sunday, 10/28 1923 (October) in Los Angeles (aged: 52)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Other names for Joe Roberts (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Joe Roberts (Schauspieler)"
Joe Roberts frequently works together with these people:
Buster Keaton (62x, Actor)
Edward F. Cline (39x, Crew)
Joseph M. Schenck (22x, Crew)
Elgin Lessley (17x, Crew)
Virginia Fox (10x, Actress)
Joe Keaton (7x, Actor)
Robert Israel (7x, Crew)
Fred Gabourie (5x, Crew)
Sybil Seely (4x, Actress)
D.C. Cardinali (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:317457, Added: 08/13/2018, Last updated: 01/27/2023