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Joe Roberts

"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.


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Born:
Feb 2, 1871 In Albany, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
24
First Appeared:
In the movie One Week 1920-08-29
Latest Project:
Movie Crush 2001-08-19
Known For
Poster of Day Dreams
Poster of The High Sign
Poster of The Scarecrow
Poster of One Week

Joe Roberts Movies Filmography

Movie
Crush
Brendan 2001-08-19
Movie
Madame Bovary
Justin 2000-06-02
Movie
Cider with Rosie
Laurie Lee 1998-12-26
Movie
Shakespeare in Love
John Webster 1998-01-29
Movie
Our Hospitality
Joseph Canfield 1923-11-19
Movie
Three Ages
The Girl's Father 1923-09-24
Movie
The Love Nest
Captain of the Whaler 1923-03-01
Movie
My Wife's Relations
Brother 1922-05-15
Movie
The Paleface
The Indian Chief 1922-01-01
Movie
Cops
Police Chief / Chef de police 1922-03-15
Movie
The Blacksmith
Blacksmith 1922-07-21
Movie
The Frozen North
The Driver 1922-08-28
Movie
The Electric House
Millionaire 1922-10-01
Movie
Day Dreams
The Mayor 1922-11-27
Movie
The Play House
Actor-Stage Manager (uncredited) 1921-10-26
Movie
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Buzz Saw Brannigan (uncredited) 1921-09-15
Movie
The Goat
Police Chief 1921-05-15
Movie
The High Sign
Leader of Buzzards 1921-04-18
Movie
Hard Luck
Lizard Lip Luke 1921-03-14
Movie
The Haunted House
Bank Cashier 1921-02-21
Movie
Neighbors
Her Father (uncredited) 1920-12-12
Movie
The Scarecrow
Farmhand (uncredited) 1920-11-07
Movie
Convict 13
Prisoner / Prisonnier 1920-10-27
Movie
One Week
Piano Mover (uncredited) 1920-08-29