Date of Birth : Apr 18th 1956
This accomplished, offbeat actor began appearing in stage productions by the age of 5. After studying at both the London Academy of Dramatic Art and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he made his film debut in King of the Gypsies (1978), and stardom was predicted for him. Roberts turned out to be choosy, however, and was drawn to dark, offbeat characters, such as those in Raggedy Man (1981) and Miss Lonelyhearts (1983).
He got his best opportunities in Star 80 (also 1983), as the psychotic husband of doomed Playmate, Dorothy Stratten, and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), as Mickey Rourke’s screw-up cousin. These showy performances were followed by The Coca-Cola Kid (1985) and Runaway Train (1985), which earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. His choices thereafter were erratic at best, as were his performances.
The darkly handsome Roberts has turned out to be more effective in antihero and villainous parts in recent years-as in Final Analysis (1992). Other credits include Nobody’s Fool (1986), To Heal a Nation (1988 telefilm, as the Vietnam vet who championed a Washington, D.C., memorial), Best of the Best (1989), Rude Awakening (also 1989, a rare comedy performance), Blood Red (1990), The Ambulance (1991), Best of the Best 2 (1993), “Free Fall” (miniseries), Love Is a Gun and The Specialist (all 1994). His superstar sister Julia made an early acting appearance in his starring vehicle Blood Red.