Actor. Son of a sea captain and husband of actress Florence Smythe, Roberts was a veteran stage actor, making his first appearance in 1880. He appeared on broadway in a number of plays including "Uncle Tom's Cabin," "The Squaw Man" with George Fawcett, "The Confession" and "The Bird of Paradise" with Lenore Ulric and Virginia Reynolds. Often referred to as the "Grand Duke of Hollywood," he was a regular of the Cecil B. DeMille team and appeared in 23 of DeMille's films, best for his role as Moses in 1923's "The Ten Commandments." A well known and well loved actor, his funeral in Westlake Park was attended by nearly 2,000 people. However, Roberts felt so much bitterness in his heart for his near relatives that he bequeathed his estate to a nephew (a commercial illustrator) in New York. The estate was valued at nearly $20,000, including a yacht, valued around $10,000. Several of Roberts' personal items were left to brothers and friends William and Cecil B. DeMille. Roberts claimed that during the worst times of his life, no one in his family offered a word of sympathy or any help at all. His only request was that he be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Florence Smythe, who passed away three years earlier. Roberts died from uremic poisoning. Actor in 106 films.
Bio by: TLS