Don Roberts

born: 13 March 1890
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
United States of America
died: -- March 1966
New York, New York,
United States of America
(age 76)

American actor, of vaudeville and radio, who had a brief Hollywood film career during the mid-late 1930s. He often appeared in Columbia films as well as some of their comedy short subjects, including some early Three Stooges comedies (having a two-line bit role at the beginning of their very first Columbia short, 1934's "Woman Haters"). He also had a brief part in "Citizen Kane" (1941).
He was once married to, and teamed in vaudeville with, Hazel "Sunny" Boyne (herself later a bit player and extra in Hollywood films and TV series, appearing in three episodes of "I Love Lucy"). They had a contentious divorce in 1924, but decided to professionally re-team a year later; the reunion lasted merely one week!
Some vital records give a birth year of 1886; 1890 is supported by the earliest source I can find for him (the 1900 Census), as well as his entry in the usually-trustworthy Social Security Death Index.
Real name: Robert Stuart Eshelman
Height: 5'7½"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Hot Money

Acknowledgements: (1900 Census) (WWI draft reg. card) (1920 Census) (1922 marriage) (1922 marriage) (WWII draft reg. card) (Social Security Death Index) (Variety, 08 Jun 1917) (Variety, 26 Mar 1924) (The Billboard, 03 May 1924) (Variety, 24 Sep 1924) (Variety, 19 Nov 1924) (Variety, 10 Jun 1925) (Variety, 17 Jun 1925) (Variety, 15 Jul 1925) (The Three Stooges Online Filmography)
Jesse Brisson (bio notes; identification in Hot Money)

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