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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 Tuesday Oct. 26 of cancer at the Motion Picture & Television 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,” which starred Robert Duvall and Lee Remick.

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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