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Daniel Randall James Roebuck (born March 4, 1963) is an American character actor of television, film, and theatre. His best known roles include Deputy Marshal Robert Biggs in The Fugitive and its spinoff film U.S. Marshals, Jay Leno in The Late Shift, and Dr. Leslie Arzt in Lost, as well as numerous Rob Zombie and Don Coscarelli films.
Roebuck in 2007 at Star Wars Celebration IV
|Born||Daniel Randall James Roebuck
March 4, 1963
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Education||Bethlehem Catholic High School|
|Occupation||Actor, writer, producer|
m. Leslie Roebuck (1983 - 1987) (divorced) m. Kelly Roebuck (1994 - 2013; 2 children)(divorced)m. Tammy Roebuck (2015 - present)
Life and careerEdit
He appeared in his first film role in 1985, the lead in Cavegirl. From 1992 to 1995, he played Andy Griffith's assistant lawyer and penultimate private investigator, Cliff Lewis, on the television drama Matlock, and he also had a recurring role opposite Don Johnson's character as the corrupt officer, Insp. Rick Bettina in Nash Bridges. He has appeared in numerous other guest roles in television programs and in many feature films including Bryan Loves You, River's Edge, and Dudes. He also played the role of US Marshal Bob Biggs in The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals. He played the part of Mr. Banks in the film Agent Cody Banks and its sequel. He has also appeared as the FBI Agent Weine in Final Destination.
One of Roebuck's more memorable roles was as Jay Leno in the HBO made-for-TV film The Late Shift. Leno has often commented positively on Roebuck's performance whenever a guest brings up the film on the show. In 2002, he played a hearse driver in the comedy horror film Bubba Ho-Tep, then acted in the 2006 production Red Riding Hood. This Randal Kleiser directed HD motion picture was shot primarily with live-on-demand 3D virtual set technology.
From 2005 until 2010, he had a recurring role in the television drama Lost, appearing as Dr. Arzt in nine episodes. He played Morris Green in Rob Zombie's film, The Devil's Rejects. He has been a writer and producer for the Monsterama series, appearing in some of the episodes. Roebuck also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Quints, as well as the Nickelodeon original film, Shredderman Rules. In Sonny with a Chance, he played Mr. Condor. He guest starred in Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. In 2009, Roebuck guest starred in the fan-produced web series Star Trek: The Continuing Mission.
He has guest starred on an episode of Dark Blue and Bones. He is the voice of Morris Green in Rob Zombie's animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and starred in the film, A Fork in the Road.
Roebuck portrayed Dave Karofsky's father in the TV series Glee. He appeared in Furt (episode 8, Season 2; aired November 23, 2010) and Born This Way (episode 18, Season 2; aired April 26, 2011). He also made a brief cameo appearance in season 3, episode 14, On My Way. 
He played the role of Jim Nichol in the movie, That's What I Am - released April 2011.
In October 2012, he played B.J. in AMC's The Walking Dead Cold Storage webisodes. He is set to star as Pastor Victor in the Rob Zombie film 31. In November, 2015 he played Arnold Walker in The Man in the High Castle adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick. His role, Arnold Walker, is the father of the leading character. He appeared in five of ten episodes in the first season, distributed through Amazon.com.
Friendship with Andy GriffithEdit
As a young, unfamiliar actor and a staunch Andy Griffith fan (since birth), Daniel Roebuck met the legendary Andy Griffith, on the last episode of the 1st season of Matlock, in which he played one of the young doctors whom he'd been complaining from Matlock, about his belly ache. 2 more seasons later, early on, in the 3rd season, he would later fill in for Nancy Stafford, for a recurring role, as a lawyer's aide, in a 2-pt. episode where he alongside Matlock, who both represented the British Ambassador, who was accused for the murder of his lover's husband, while in New York City. In the same season, at the end of the year, his character flew from New York City to Atlanta, to this time, represent a local mobster who was accused of killing a priest. Then, at the end of the 6th year, he also played a prosecutor in a 2-pt. episode. The following year, he got the call from Fred Silverman, Dean Hargrove and Griffith, himself (who was promoted into becoming executive producer, at the beginning of the sixth season), had finally hired Roebuck, who was then all grown up, to play Cliff Lewis on the ABC series, when the show moved to Wilmington, North Carolina from Los Angeles, California. Roebuck said in a 1992 interview with The Morning Call, about his friendship with Griffith: "Hi, Dan, it's Andy. I just wanted to tell you how television works ..." He added: "This great actor was taking me under his wing to tell me what was happening, reaffirming that it wasn't my work." When Dan was in California, at the time of his employment, there, he later said casually "went down to visit the set one day and say 'Hi.' Andy had a funny twinkle in his eye and said, 'I've been trying to get you on the show for the longest time.' That's when I found out the show would be moving to ABC." He then said: "Andy must have known that day, but nobody told me until it was a done deal. It was probably for the best that I didn't know." He also added about his TV lawyer: "He's always championed me. I don't know how else to say it. He's always been on my side. Andy is the executive producer. He even does some rewriting, which is good because he has a real sense of the show." He also said of his own mission: "I was brought here to move the show from being so grounded in mystery to being more open to comedy. In one of the shows we've shot so far there's no murder at all. It's very humorous. Andy has always wanted to move away from mystery to the more personal stories, though there are still going to be predominantly mysteries." As far as the relationship of his TV lawyer/daughter team, he commented: "don't agree on everything. He's kind of forced to take me on as an employee as a debt to my father (played by Warren Frost, "Twin Peaks'" Dr. Hayward). Ben Matlock had dated my father's sister and then kind of left her at the altar to become a lawyer. My father had feuded with Ben for years and Andy (Ben) is kind of compelled to hire me. It's an employer-employee relationship. He's a reluctant employer at that." The last thing he said as far as his friendship with Griffith: "I think comedy is my thing," said Roebuck. "He's said very nice things about that, which always makes me afraid that the next time I won't be funny." In the last of the 3 seasons of the show, Roebuck had a wonderful on- and off-screen chemistry with Griffith, and was even proud of his acting mentor's career. He also said in an interview with A&E Biography: Andy Griffith about the music that was brought to Matlock, on which Andy had played music for the show, among everything else that he did. After the show was canceled, Roebuck continued to stay close to Griffith, until his acting mentor's death on July 3, 2012. Upon Griffith death, Roebuck stated: "Andy Griffith was one of the single most talented people I have ever worked with," He wrote. "Those three years spent with him, in North Carolina while filming Matlock, were some of the best of my life. God has blessed all of us with the laughter He shared with His creation through this amazing performer. Now it's our heart felt prayer that God continue to bless Andy and his family. The laughter will live on." Then, 4 years after he lost his TV lawyer, Roebuck also said in a 2016 interview of Halloween Daily News, when he was an unfamiliar actor, he couldn't become a name, until Andy Griffith wanted to finally hire him, for ABC: "Look, here’s the thing, I was on Matlock for three years because I was on Matlock one time and the one time I was on it, I did something to Andy Griffith that shocked him so much and that he appreciated so much that he told them that day, ‘I want this guy on my television show’. And they tried for years. I came on as other characters. They did a pilot for me as another character to come on the show and the network wouldn’t have it. Then when Andy Griffith got control of the show, he made sure they hired me, because he remembered that six years later."
|1986||River's Edge||Samson "John" Tollet|
|1989||Disorganized Crime||Bill Lonigan|
|1992||Eddie Presley||Keystone the Magnificent|
|1993||The Fugitive||Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Biggs|
|1997||Money Talks||Detective Williams|
|1998||U.S. Marshals||Deputy Marshal Bobby Biggs|
|2000||Final Destination||Agent Weine|
|2002||We Were Soldiers||Medevac Commanding Officer|
|Bubba Ho-Tep||Hearse Driver #1||Cameo appearance|
|Hansel and Gretel||Dad|
|2003||Agent Cody Banks||Mr. Banks|
|2004||Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London|
|2008||Flash of Genius||Frank Sertin|
|2009||Dark and Stormy Night||8 O'Clock Faraday|
|The Haunted World of El Superbeasto||Morris Green||Voice-over role|
|Halloween II||Big Lou|
|2011||That's What I Am||Jim Nichol|
|2012||John Dies at the End||Largeman|
|2014||Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever||George|
|2015||Soaked in Bleach||Tom Grant|
|2017||Let There Be Light||Norm|
Prosecutor Mr. Sodowsky
|Episode "The Doctors" (1987)
Episodes: "The Ambassador parts 1-2" (1988)
"The Priest" (1989)
Episodes: "The Assassination parts 1-2" (1992)
Main role 1992-1995
|1991||Lookwell||Cop||Episode: "Pilot" - Uncredited|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Neil Lindhurst||Episode: "The Play's the Thing"|
|1996||Nash Bridges||Inspector Rick Bettina||Recurring role|
|The Late Shift||Jay Leno||Television film|
|Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Herkimer Johnson||Episode "Oedipus Wrecks" (S03E19)|
|The Cold Equations||Mitch||Television film|
|1999||The King of Queens||Jeffrey, the cop||Episode: "Court Date" (S01E17)|
|2002||Mary Christmas||Mac Reeves||Television film|
|2003||Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company||Ted Bergmann|
|Miracle Dogs||Dr. Elliot|
|Monsterama||Mr. Shocker||As producer and writer. Also appeared in some of its episodes.|
|2005||Law & Order||Nathaniel Prentiss||Episode: "New York Minute" (S16E08)|
|Monk||Larry Zwibell||Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk" (S04E05)|
|2005–2010||Lost||Dr. Leslie Arzt||9 episodes|
|2006||NCIS||Matthew Lake||Episode: "Boxed in" (S03E12)|
|2007||Shredderman Rules||Bob Bixby||Television film|
|2008||Bones||George Francis||Episode: "Player Under Pressure" (S03E11)|
|2009–2011||Sonny with a Chance||Mr. Condor||Recurring role|
|2009||Wizards of Waverly Place||Mr. Evans||Episode: "Halloween" (S03E02)|
|Dark Blue||Paul Tivnan||Episode: "Ice" (S01E06)|
|2010||Star Trek: The Continuing Mission||Admiral Rowan||Episode: "We Will Control All That You See And Hear"|
|2010-2012||Glee||Paul Karofsky||3 episodes|
|2011-2015||Grimm||Peter Orson||Episode: "The Three Bad Wolves" (S01E06)
Episode: "Trial by Fire" (S04E13)
|2012||Castle||Joe Silva||Episode: "Swan Song" (S05E07)|
|2015||Transformers: Robots in Disguise||Malodor (voice)||Episode: "Out of Focus"|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||John Donnelly||Episode: "A Wanted (Inhu)man" (S03E03)|
|2016||Criminal Minds||Mike Thompson||Episode: "Hostage"|
|2012||The Walking Dead: Cold Storage||B.J.||Main role (4 episodes)|
|2015–2016||The Man in the High Castle||Arnold Walker||Recurring character (10 episodes)|
|2011||L.A. Noire||Mark Bishop|
|2013||Dead Rising 3||Gary Finkel|
- "www.DanielRoebuck.com". www.danielroebuck.com. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
- Longsdorf, Amy (26 September 2009). "A character of an actor: Bethlehem's Daniel Roebuck has horror in his blood". The Morning Call. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
- Zombie regular Daniel Roebuck (BUBBA HO-TEP, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS)
- Daniel Roebuck Counts to 31 with Rob Zombie
- Warner, Kara (November 17, 2010). "'Glee' Bully 'Keeps The Mas On,' Max Adler Says". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
- Rob Zombie’s 31 Casts Sick-Head and Lucky Leo
- "An Angel In Andy Valley's Dan Roebuck Lands `Matlock' Role With Help Of Griffith". articles.mccall.com. August 23, 1992. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
- "Bethlehem's Daniel Roebuck pays tribute to Andy Griffith". Blogs.mccall.com. July 9, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
- "Daniel Roebuck Talks Monsters and Michael Myers". HalloweenDailyNews.com. February 18, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2018.