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Stephen Roberts

Actor Stephen Roberts, who started his career with Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater and subsequently enjoyed a long career in films and TV, died Oct. 26 of cancer at the Motion Picture & Televsion Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 82.

Roberts, who performed in a bevy of plays at the Mercury Theater including “Native Son,” “Julius Caesar” and “Danton’s Death,” later came to Hollywood to portray President Roosevelt in a stage production of “Sunrise at Campobello.”

He subsequently played FDR in two films and the 1979 network miniseries, “Ike: The War Years.”

Additional TV credits include “Gunsmoke,” “Cheyenne,” “Perry Mason,” “Green Acres,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Brothers Karamazov” and “The Virginian.” He also had a recurring role on the network series “Mr. Novak” (1963-65).

Roberts’ film career included roles in “The Song of Bernadette,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Joan of Arc,” “A Miss in a Mess,” “At War With the Army,” “The Harlem Globetrotters” and “The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell.”

He is survived by his wife, Mary, and a daughter.

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