Sidney Blackmer


Actor
Sidney Blackmer

About

Also Known As
Sidney Blackmer Jr.
Birth Place
Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Born
July 13, 1895
Died
October 05, 1973
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Prolific, distinguished character player from the stage who began his film career in 1914. A matinee idol in the 1920s, Blackmer portrayed Teddy Roosevelt more than a dozen times on film and stage and later specialized in unctuous heavies; he is probably best known as the suave devil-worshipper Roman Castevet in "Rosemary's Baby" (1968)....

Family & Companions

Lenore Ulric
Wife
Actor. Married in 1928; separated in October 1932; divorced in September 1933.
Suzanne Kaaren
Wife
Actor. Married from June 13, 1942 until his death.

Biography

Prolific, distinguished character player from the stage who began his film career in 1914. A matinee idol in the 1920s, Blackmer portrayed Teddy Roosevelt more than a dozen times on film and stage and later specialized in unctuous heavies; he is probably best known as the suave devil-worshipper Roman Castevet in "Rosemary's Baby" (1968).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Game Change (2012)
Lincoln (2012)
Revenge Is My Destiny (1971)
Gregory Mann
Do You Take This Stranger? (1971)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Roman Castevet
A Covenant With Death (1967)
Colonel Oates
Joy in the Morning (1965)
Dean James Darwent
How To Murder Your Wife (1965)
Judge Blackstone
Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)
Professor Brent
High Society (1956)
Seth Lord
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Austin Spencer
Accused of Murder (1956)
Frank Hobart
The View from Pompey's Head (1955)
Garvin Wales
Johnny Dark (1954)
James Fielding
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Humphrey Agnew
The San Francisco Story (1952)
Andrew Cain
Washington Story (1952)
Philip Emery
People Will Talk (1951)
Arthur Higgins
Saturday's Hero (1951)
T. C. McCabe
Farewell to Yesterday (1950)
Narrator
My Girl Tisa (1948)
Theodore Roosevelt
A Song Is Born (1948)
Adams
Duel in the Sun (1947)
The Lover
Wilson (1945)
Josephus Daniels
The Lady and the Monster (1944)
Eugene Fulton
Buffalo Bill (1944)
Theodore Roosevelt
Broadway Rhythm (1944)
Press agent
Murder in Times Square (1943)
Gregory Nevins
In Old Oklahoma (1943)
Teddy Roosevelt
I Escaped From the Gestapo (1943)
Bergen
Quiet Please Murder (1943)
Martin Cleaver
Nazi Agent (1942)
Arnold Milbar [also known as Frederick Williams]
Always in My Heart (1942)
Philip Ames
Gallant Lady (1942)
Steve Carey
The Panther's Claw (1942)
Thatcher Colt
Sabotage Squad (1942)
[Dr.] Carlysle Harrison
Obliging Young Lady (1942)
Attorney
Angels with Broken Wings (1941)
Guy Barton
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (1941)
Anthony Rhodes
Rookies on Parade (1941)
Augustus Moody
The Feminine Touch (1941)
Freddie Bond
The Great Swindle (1941)
Dave Lennox
Love Crazy (1941)
George Renny
Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)
John Stevens
Murder Among Friends (1941)
Mr. Wheeler
Down Mexico Way (1941)
Ellery Gibson
The Officer and the Lady (1941)
Blake Standish, also known as Dr. Madison
I Want a Divorce (1940)
Erskine Brandon
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
Hughie Wheeler
Maryland (1940)
Spencer Danfield
Framed (1940)
Tony Bowman
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Puss in Boots
Elsa Maxwell's Hotel for Women (1939)
McNeil
Fast and Loose (1939)
"Lucky" Nolan
Within the Law (1939)
George Demarest
It's a Wonderful World (1939)
Al Mallon
While New York Sleeps (1939)
Ralph Simmons
Trapped in the Sky (1939)
Jules Mann
Unmarried (1939)
Cash Enright
Law of the Pampas (1939)
[Ralph] Merritt
Convict's Code (1939)
Gregory Warren
In Old Chicago (1938)
General Phil Sheridan
Suez (1938)
Marquis Du Brey
Sharpshooters (1938)
Baron Orloff
Orphans of the Street (1938)
Parker
Speed to Burn (1938)
[W. R.] Hastings
Straight Place and Show (1938)
Braddock
Trade Winds (1938)
Thomas Bruhm II
Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1938)
Victor Karnoff
Down on the Farm (1938)
Political boss
This Is My Affair (1937)
President Theodore Roosevelt
Heidi (1937)
Sesemann
The Last Gangster (1937)
Editor
John Meade's Woman (1937)
Rodney Bentley
A Doctor's Diary (1937)
Dr. Anson Ludlow
Girl Overboard (1937)
Alex LeMaire
Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)
Herr [Eric] Koerger
Michael O'Halloran (1937)
Jim Minturn
Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937)
Dr. Therberg
The Fire Trap (1937)
Cedric McIntyre
Women Men Marry (1937)
Walter Wiley
Shadows of the Orient (1937)
King Moss
Florida Special (1936)
Jack Macklyn
Woman Trap (1936)
[Riley] Ferguson
Early to Bed (1936)
Rex Daniels
The President's Mystery (1936)
George Sartos
Missing Girls (1936)
Dan Collins
Heart of the West (1936)
John Trumbull
The House of Secrets (1936)
Tom Starr
The President Vanishes (1935)
D. L. Voorman
Streamline Express (1935)
Gilbert Landon
Smart Girl (1935)
Harry Courtland
The Little Colonel (1935)
Swazey
A Notorious Gentleman (1935)
Clayton Bradford
False Pretenses (1935)
Kenneth Alden
The Girl Who Came Back (1935)
Bill Rhodes
Great God Gold (1935)
"Lucky" John Hart
Forced Landing (1935)
Tony Bernardi
Behind the Green Lights (1935)
Raymond Cortell
Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)
Lee Lother
This Man Is Mine (1934)
Mort Holmes
Down to Their Last Yacht (1934)
Barry Forbes
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
[Count Fernande de] Mondego
From Hell to Heaven (1933)
Cuff Billings
Deluge (1933)
Martin [Webster]
Cocktail Hour (1933)
[William] Lawton
Goodbye Love (1933)
Chester Hamilton
The Wrecker (1933)
Tom Cummings
It's a Wise Child (1931)
Steve
The Lady Who Dared (1931)
Charles Townsend
Woman Hungry (1931)
Geoffrey Bland
Little Caesar (1931)
Big Boy
The Bad Man (1930)
Morgan Pell
Mother's Cry (1930)
Gerald Hart
Strictly Modern (1930)
Heath Desmond
Sweethearts and Wives (1930)
Anthony Peel
Kismet (1930)
Wazir Mansur
The Love Racket (1929)
Fred Masters
A Most Immoral Lady (1929)
Humphrey Sargeant

Cast (Special)

Howdy (1970)
The Sharpshooter (1958)
Judge Hanovan (Guest)
The Little Foxes (1956)
Benjamin Hubbard

Cast (Short)

Teddy the Rough Rider (1940)
The Monroe Doctrine (1939)
An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (1930)
Himself

Life Events

1914

First film as actor in "The Perils of Pauline"

1917

Stage acting debut

1919

First stage production as star, "39 East"

1950

Starred opposite Shirley Booth in Broadway production of "Come Back, Little Sheba"

1968

Played Roman Castavet in "Rosemary's Baby"

Videos

Movie Clip

Straight Place And Show (1938) - A Horse, Not A Convict! Straight Place And Show (1938) — (Movie Clip) A Horse, Not A Convict!
Fast And Loose (1939) - Do They Play For Keeps Here? Part of the point in the casino scene has to be Roz Russell’s outfit, as Garda Sloane with her book-dealer amateur-sleuth husband Joel (Robert Montgomery) quipping their way into the joint run by Sidney Blackmer as Nolan, Joan Marsh his conspiring moll, in the MGM semi-programmer Fast And Loose, 1939.
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956) - Open, Execution Meant to be chilling opening from director Fritz Lang, writer Garrett (Dana Andrews) and editor Spencer (Sidney Blackmer) witnessing an execution, in Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, 1956.
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956) - You'll Get The Chair Writer Garrett (Dana Andrews) and ex-boss/future father-in-law Spencer (Sidney Blackmer) discussing how to prove capital punishment unjust, in Fritz Lang's Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, 1956.
Feminine Touch, The (1941) - I Adore Difficult Women At a New York literary party, Julie (Rosalind Russell) is turning heads, approached by Sidney Blackmer, Henry Daniell and Van Heflin as publisher and host Morgan, who’s considering a book about jealousy, offered by her ex-professor husband John (Don Ameche), in The Feminine Touch, 1941.
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956) - He Can't Be Dead! Lawyer Wilson (Shepperd Strudwick) brings news to Garrett (Dana Andrews) that the guy helping him pose as a murder suspect has died, fianceè Susan (Joan Fontaine) helping in aftermath, in Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, 1956.
People Will Talk (1951) - Unusual Man Of Science Dr. Praetorius (Cary Grant) and constant companion Shunderson (Finlay Currie), visiting Higgins (Sidney Blackmer), father of student Deborah (Jeanne Crain), keeping her self-inflicted wound secret, Beelzebub is the dog, in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's People Will Talk, 1951.
Trade Winds (1938) - When She Wants A Light From producer Walter Wanger, lots of pace introducing Joan Bennett as socialite and pianist Kaye, going after playboy Sidney Blackmer, who caused the death of her sister, screenplay credits including Dorothy Parker and husband Alan Campbell, Tay Garnett directing, opening Trade Winds, 1938.
How To Murder Your Wife (1965) - Sober As A Judge At the derailed bachelor party for jilted Tobey (Max Showalter), marriage-averse Stanley (Jack Lemmon) encounters Judge Blackstone (Sidney Blackmer) then a girl in a cake (Virna Lisi), his manservant (Terry-Thomas) telepathically connected, in How To Murder Your Wife, 1965.
Women Men Marry (1937) - Possible Morals Charges Introducing Jerry (Cliff Edwards) and newsroom pals Jane (Josephine Hutchinson) and Bill (George Murphy), who visits editor Walter (Sidney Blackmer) about a story, in Women Men Marry, 1937.
Washington Story - Open, Wide-Eyed Patricia Neal (as reporter Alice) meets columnist Nunnally (Philip Ober), with location shooting by John Alton, in the opening to MGM's love letter to Congress, Washington Story, 1952, also staring Van Johnson.

Trailer

Last Gangster, The - (Original Trailer) When a notorious gangster (Edward G. Robinson) gets out of prison, he vows revenge on the wife who left him. Also starring James Stewart.
High Society - (Trailer) High Society, 1956 Original theatrical trailer for High Society, 1956, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm, featuring original songs by Cole Porter.
High Society promotional - (Original Trailer) Ed Sullivan and Bing Crosby introduce a special promotional trailer for the musical comedy.
Rosemary's Baby - (Original Trailer) A young woman (Mia Farrow) fears the baby she's carrying is the son of Satan in Rosemary's Baby (1968), directed by Roman Polanski and based on the bestseller by Ira Levin.
High and the Mighty, The -- (Original Trailer) The passengers and crew of an imperiled airliner reflect on their lives in William Wellman's The High and the Mighty (1954), Starring John Wayne.
Third Finger, Left Hand - (Original Trailer) A man-shy fashion editor (Myrna Loy) pretends to be married, until a suitor claims to be her husband in Third Finger, Left Hand (1940).
Fast and Loose -- (Original Trailer) Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell turn from bookstore owners to detectives after a book collector is murdered in Fast and Loose (1939).
Feminine Touch, The -- (Original Trailer) Humorous poet Ogden Nash co-wrote The Feminine Touch (1941) with Don Ameche as an expert on jealousy who has his theories tested when his publisher goes after his wife.
Within The Law - (Original Trailer) Ruth Hussey is a wrongly convicted woman who studies law and seeks her revenge Within The Law (1939).
Nazi Agent - (Original Trailer) Conrad Veidt has an evil twin and he's a Nazi Agent (1942) in the first feature directed by Jules Dassin.
People Will Talk - (Original Trailer) A controversial doctor (Cary Grant) gets mixed up with an unwed mother in People Will Talk (1951).
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt -- (Original Trailer) Director Fritz Lang's last American movie, Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956), concerns a novelist (Dana Andrews) who frames himself for murder.

Family

William Brewster
Son
Mother, Suzanne Kaaren.
Jonathan Cole Cole
Son
Mother, Suzanne Kaaren.

Companions

Lenore Ulric
Wife
Actor. Married in 1928; separated in October 1932; divorced in September 1933.
Suzanne Kaaren
Wife
Actor. Married from June 13, 1942 until his death.

Bibliography