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Sidney Blackmer

Sidney Blackmer

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1895-07-13 · Deathday: 1973-10-06 (78 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Salisbury, North Carolina, USA

110 Movies · 25 TV shows

Also Known As: Sydney Blackmer · S.A. Blackmer

Biography

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.

Personal Life

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.

Movies & TV shows

1971.

2 Movies

1968.

1 Movie

1967.

1 Movie

1966.

1 TV show

1965.

2 Movies

1964.

2 TV shows

1963.

1 TV show

1961.

4 TV shows

1960.

1 TV show

1959.

1 Movie

1958.

4 TV shows

1957.

1 Movie

1956.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows

1955.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows

1954.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1953.

1 TV show

1952.

2 Movies

1951.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows

1950.

1 TV show

1949.

2 TV shows

1948.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1946.

1 Movie

1944.

4 Movies

1943.

4 Movies

1942.

7 Movies

1941.

8 Movies

1940.

6 Movies

1939.

8 Movies

1938.

7 Movies

1937.

10 Movies

1936.

6 Movies

1935.

10 Movies

1934.

5 Movies

1933.

5 Movies

1931.

4 Movies

1930.

4 Movies

1929.

1 Movie
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