Sidney Blackmer

Sidney Blackmer


Sidney Blackmer
Film: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Born July 13, 1895 in Salisbury, NC
Died Oct. 6, 1973 in New York, NY

Sidney Blackmer was a film, theater and television actor known for his many portrayals of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and as the devil-worshiping neighbor in Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968).

Blackmer began his career on the stage and made his film debut during the early talkies, including “Kismet” (1930) and the gangster classic “Little Caesar” (1931). He appeared alongside superstar Shirley Temple in “The Little Colonel” (1935) and “Heidi” (1937) and portrayed Theodore Roosevelt in a number of films, including “This Is My Affair” (1937), “The Monroe Doctrine” (1939) and the Academy Award-winning short “Teddy the Rough Rider” (1940).

Blackmer won a KCFCC award for “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968) in 1969. He also won the 1950 Tony for Best Actor for his role opposite Shirley Booth in the play “Come Back Little Sheba.”

He died Oct. 6, 1973, at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

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