Tony Roberts (actor)

David Anthony "Tony" Roberts (born October 22, 1939) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in six Woody Allen movies — most notably Annie Hall — often cast as Allen's best friend.

Tony Roberts
Roberts (far right), with Squire Fridell and Julie Cobb, 1977
David Anthony Roberts

(1939-10-22) October 22, 1939
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1962–present
Jennifer Lyons
(m. 1969; div. 1975)

Early life

Roberts was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of Norma (née Finkelstein), an animator, and CBS radio announcer Ken Roberts.[1][2] His family is Jewish.[3][4][5] He had a sister, Nancy, and is the cousin of late actor Everett Sloane.[6] Roberts attended The High School of Music & Art[7] and Northwestern University, and made his Broadway debut in 1962, with a role in the play Something About a Soldier.



Roberts is best known for his collaborations with Woody Allen. In Annie Hall, he portrayed Alvy Singer's best friend Rob. Other Allen films and/or plays in which he has appeared include both the Broadway and film versions of Play It Again, Sam (directed by Herbert Ross), Radio Days (in which his father had a voice role), Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, and Woody Allen's segment for The Concert for New York City.

Roberts memorably portrayed the badgering Deputy Mayor Warren LaSalle in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. He also appeared in the Sidney Lumet films Serpico and Just Tell Me What You Want. Roberts was in the 1983 horror film Amityville 3-D portraying John Baxter, the owner of the infamous possessed house.

Roberts was featured in 2014's The Longest Week opposite Jason Bateman.


Roberts' Broadway credits include Barefoot in the Park; How Now, Dow Jones; Murder at the Howard Johnson's; Promises, Promises; Sugar (the musical version of the movie Some Like It Hot); The Sisters Rosensweig; They're Playing Our Song; Victor/Victoria; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Arsenic and Old Lace; and Cabaret. In 1998 Roberts played the role of "Buddy Plummer" in Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. In May 2007, Roberts returned to Broadway in the roller-disco rock musical Xanadu.

Television and radio

On television he has appeared in numerous series such as The Carol Burnett Show, Matlock, and Law & Order. In 1977, he starred in the short-lived series Rosetti and Ryan with Squire Fridell. In 1978 he guest starred on The Love Boat where he and Lauren Tewes' character, cruise ship director Julie McCoy, fell in love but didn't pursue a relationship. (Roberts' character, a widowed father of two girls, eventually married someone else, much to Julie's bitter regret). On radio he was a regular performer on the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. Roberts also provides the narration on many, if not all, of the audio books in the Stone Barrington novels written by Stuart Woods.



  1. "Tony Roberts, Star File: Buzz". 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  2. Shapiro, T. Rees (2009-06-28). "Golden-Throated Announcer Introduced Soap Operas". Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  3. "'Death rattle of the world – with laughs'". Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  4. HighBeam
  6. Movie Reviews, Showtimes and Trailers - Movies - New York Times
  7. "Notable Alumni," Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School website. Accessed Feb. 29, 2016.
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