Rest in Peace: Roberts Blossom

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His name may not ring a bell at first, but chances are you’re quite familiar with the work of character actor Roberts Blossom. Sadly, Mr. Blossom passed away last Friday in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 87.

The New York Times posted quite a nice tribute to the quirky actor, excerpts of which follow:

Roberts Blossom was known for playing cantankerous old coots, both comic and sinister, but may be best remembered as the kindly next-door neighbor in the comedy Home Alone. He was an ill-fated patient in the George C. Scott film The Hospital, the delirious Wild Bob Cody in Slaughterhouse-Five, Paul Le Mat’s ornery father in Citizens Band, the farmer who once saw Bigfoot in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the convict who paints the warden’s portrait in Escape From Alcatraz, and the irate judge who sentences Michael J. Fox to community service in the local hospital in Doc Hollywood.

In a rare starring role, he was Ezra Cobb, a crazed farmer who unleashes mayhem, in the cult horror film Deranged. Posters for the film bore the tag line: “Pretty Sally Mae died a very unnatural death … but the worst hasn’t happened to her yet!”

Rest in Peace: Roberts Blossom

His other genre roles included appearances in Christine and the TV series “Amazing Stories,” “Tales from the Darkside,” and “The Twilight Zone” (circa 1985/87).

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincere condolences to Roberts’ friends and family. In his honor take a few moments to watch the following trailer for Full Blossom, the feature documentary on the eccentric life of actor/poet Roberts Blossom directed by James Brih Abee.

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  • DavidFullam

    May he rest in peace.