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Roberts Blossom


Born - 25 March 1924, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Died - 8 July 2011

Tall, bony-featured, lankly dark-haired, slightly threatening and latterly grizzled character actor, a specialist at grouchy and sometimes dangerous loners. A considerable poet in his spare time, Bartholomew Roberts Blossom became a busy TV actor some time before his film debut, as Jesus, opposite then-unknowns Julie Bovasso and Telly Savalas, in the offbeat The Sin of Jesus (1961). A full-time film career didn't follow, however, until he had reached middle-age: The Hospital (1971), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), Deranged (1973), The Great Gatsby (1974), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Resurrection (1980), Christine (1983), Flashpoint (1984), Vision Quest (1985), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Always (1989), Home Alone (1990, as Old Man Marley), Doc Hollywood (1991) and The Quick and the Dead (1995). That proved to be his last theatrical feature, although he did make the TV movie Balloon Farm, appropriately cast as a character called Weasel, in 1999.