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Tony Roberts Biography

Birth Name:
David Anthony Roberts
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Made Broadway debut in 1962's Something About a Soldier
  • Began his long-time association with Neil Simon in the 1962 touring production of Come Blow Your Horn
  • Played a regular featured role on the soap The Edge of Night beginning in 1965
  • Big break came when he went on for Robert Redford's understudy, due to an injury, in Barefoot in the Park; later took over the lead role
  • Working relationship with Woody Allen began in 1966 when he appeared in Allen's Broadway hit Don't Drink the Water; Allen didn't want him because his five auditions were terrible and hired him only after being persuaded to see him in Barefoot in the Park
  • Received back-to-back Tony nominations in 1968-69 for How Now, Dow Jones and Play It Again, Sam
  • Directing debut came in 1992 when he helmed Charles Grodin's Off-Broadway comedy One of the All-Time Greats
  • Served as president of Theatre Authority


  • Nicole Roberts -- Daughter
  • Jennifer Lyons -- Ex-wife
  • Ken Roberts -- Father
  • Norma Finkelstein Roberts -- Mother
  • Nancy Roberts -- Sister