Blackmer was born and raised in Salisbury, North Carolina, the son of Clara Deroulhac (née Alderman) and Walter Steele Blackmer. He started off in an insurance and financial business but gave up on it. While working as a builder's laborer on a new building, he saw a Pearl White serial being filmed and immediately decided to go into acting. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Blackmer went to New York, hoping to act on the stage. While in the city, he took jobs and extra work at various film studios at the then motion picture capital, Fort Lee, New Jersey, including a bit part in the highly popular serial The Perils of Pauline (1914), his film debut.He made his Broadway debut in 1917, but his career was interrupted by service in the U.S. military in World War I. After the war, he returned to the theatre. In 1919, Blackmer played a major role in the strike that led to the formation of Actors' Equity Association.In 1929 he returned to motion pictures and went on to be a major character actor in more than 120 films. He won the 1950 Tony Award for Best Actor (Drama) for his role in the Broadway play Come Back, Little Sheba, co-starring with Shirley Booth.In film, Blackmer is remembered for his more than a dozen portrayals of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and for his memorable role as Roman Castevet in the Academy Award-winning 1968 Roman Polanski film about urban New York witches, Rosemary's Baby, in which he played an overly solicitous neighbor. A humanitarian, Blackmer served as the national vice president of the United States Muscular Dystrophy Association. He also helped start up the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1972, he was honored with the North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts category. It is the State of North Carolina's highest civilian award. On his death in 1973, Blackmer was interred in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Salisbury, North Carolina.
Blackmer was married to actress Lenore Ulric from 1928 to 1939. His second wife was Suzanne Kaaren to whom he was married from 1943 to his death in 1973. He and Kaaren had two sons. They lived in the family home in Salisbury, North Carolina. For his contributions to the film industry, Blackmer has a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1625 Vine Street.
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March On, America!
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The Panther's Claw
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Always in My Heart
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The Feminine Touch
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Rookies on Parade
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Angels with Broken Wings
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Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime
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Third Finger, Left Hand
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Teddy the Rough Rider
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Dance, Girl, Dance
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Within the Law
A wrongly convicted woman studies law and seeks her revenge.
The Monroe Doctrine
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Fast and Loose
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Helen Twelvetrees stars in this romantic drama.
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Law of the Pampas
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It's a Wonderful World
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Hotel for Women
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Speed to Burn
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While New York Sleeps
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After committing a murder, Kay assumes a new identity and boards a ship. But, Kay is unaware that Sam, a skirt chasing detective, is following her and must outwit him to escape imprisonment.
Down on the Farm
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Straight, Place and Show
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In Old Chicago
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Wife, Doctor and Nurse
Social butterfly marries Park Avenue doctor and learns that his nurse is in love with him.
A Doctor's Diary
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This Is My Affair
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A beautiful girl on a passenger ship is suspected of murder.
The Women Men Marry
A newsman (George Murphy) with a no-good wife (Claire Dodd) exposes a religious racket with a newswoman (Josephine Hutchinson) who loves him.
John Meade's Woman
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The Last Gangster
A crime boss goes searching for his ex-wife and son after a ten-year prison stint. His old gang has other plans though, and use the child to try and make him disclose the location of the loot he hid b...
Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with her grumpy paternal grandfather, who is also an orphan. She brings her grandfather back into mountain society through her sweet ways. The grandfather ...
Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo
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Thank You, Mr. Moto
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Early to Bed
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The House of Secrets
Two men go into an old mansion and become involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers, and sinister medical experiments.
Heart of the West
Problems come in the form of one of Hopalong Cassidy's neighbors, but the matter is settled when Hoppy gets rid of the troublemaker.
Behind the Green Lights
A police detective's (Norman Foster) lawyer girlfriend (Judith Allen) works for a crooked criminal lawyer (Sidney Blackmer).
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The Girl Who Came Back
A counterfeiter gives up her life of crime and goes straight. She gets a job in a bank, but the members of her former gang hear about it and try to blackmail her into helping them rob the bank.
An insurance investigator tracks down an arson ring involved in insurance fraud.
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The Little Colonel
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Great God Gold
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Shadows of the Orient
A classic "B" featurette about "smugglin' in Chinamen for $300 a load"
Down to Their Last Yacht
Left only with their yacht after going broke in the Great Depression, a high-society family sets sail for the South Seas. Screwball comedy, with songs.
The President Vanishes
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This Man Is Mine
The seemingly happy relationship between Tony and Jim is threatened when his manipulative, drama-queen ex-wife visits.
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The Count of Monte Cristo
After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to revenge himself on them.
From Hell to Heaven
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A massive earthquake strikes the United States, which destroys the West Coast and unleashes a massive flood that threatens to destroy the East Coast as well.
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The Lady Who Dared
A blackmailer falls in love with his female victim.
It's a Wise Child
In this comedy, a conservative family becomes alarmed when they begin believing their daughter is pregnant.
A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?
The Bad Man
Film version of a play about a Mexican bandit.
Sweethearts and Wives
An aristocrat tries to prevent her sister's divorce by attempting to recover a diamond necklace, which is being used as incriminating evidence against her.
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Hajj, a rascally beggar on the periphery of the court of Baghdad, schemes to marry his daughter to royalty and to win the heart of the queen of the castle himself. This film is believed lost.
A Most Immoral Lady
Laura Sergeant (Leatrice Joy), together with her husband, Humphrey Sergeant (Sidney Blackmer) operates a scam scheme to extort money from millionaires through blackmail and victimization until she mis...
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