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Larry Roberts (September 28, 1926 – July 17, 1992) was an American actor, voice actor and comedian who was most active in the 1950s. Although he was well known for his roles in the 1950s TV series Lights, Camera, Action!, Roberts is probably best known for his role of playing the voice of Tramp in the 1955 movie Lady and the Tramp.[1] Roberts was little known for other roles, although he did play some minor uncredited roles in Bandstand Revue and Ace High-Hits. Roberts, though inactive in his later years, would continue to play movie roles until his later years. He died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 65.

Larry Roberts
Born
Lawrence Saltzman

(1926-09-28)September 28, 1926
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
DiedJuly 17, 1992(1992-07-17) (aged 65)
New York City, New York, United States
Cause of deathAIDS-related causes
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian
Years active1950–1955
Known forOriginal voice of Tramp in Disney's Lady and the Tramp (1955)

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Larry Roberts was born Lawrence Saltzman on September 28, 1926. He was the only child of Robert E. and Mabel (Haber) Saltzman. He was a native of Cleveland, Ohio. After his parents divorced, his father moved to Los Angeles. During World War II, Roberts served with General Patton's Third Army in France, Germany and Austria. After his military service, Roberts went to L.A. on vacation, but stayed there to help organize the Circle Theatre. He performed with this group under the name Larry Salters, appearing in 1947 in the company's debut production of "Ethan Frome" as Jotham Powell. Roberts went on to appear in five of the company's first six productions. He appeared in the "Time of Your Life" playing the aspiring "hoofer" Harry, a role originated on Broadway by Gene Kelly.

In 1949, Roberts went on to create and become part owner of the Players Ring, another prominent Hollywood theatre group of the day. At some point in his onstage career, he was discovered for the role of Tramp in Lady and the Tramp when a Disney story-man saw him performing.[1]

Korean War and main careerEdit

Roberts was actively involved in providing entertainment for the troops in the Korean War; he frequently participated in USO tours to entertain troops, who liked his funny acting.

Roberts was a popular guest on many variety shows in the early days of television including "Lights, Camera, Action," "Bandstand Revue," "The All-Star Revue" and several of the Pinky Lee television shows. He also did a stint in Las Vegas as a stand-up comic. His singing voice was captured on several recordings he made during the fifties with Neely Plumb and his Orchestra on the "Ace-Hi Hits" label. Among his recordings for Ace-Hi were "April in Portugal", "Big Mamou", "Tell Me a Story", and "Wild Horses". In 1955 he did his most famous role, providing the voice of Tramp in the movie Lady and the Tramp.[1]

Later years and deathEdit

Roberts retired from show business in the mid to late fifties and returned to Cleveland where he re-assumed the last name Salters and went into the ladies' clothing business. He first worked for Bobbie Brooks, Inc., a company founded by his uncle, Maurice Saltzman. He then moved to New York City and was a designer for Russ Togs, another ladies' clothing manufacturer. Larry also seems to have lived for a time in the Pompano Beach, Florida area.

Roberts died of AIDS-related causes on July 17, 1992, at his home in New York City. Roberts was 65 years old.[1]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1950 Lights, Camera, Action! Unknown Role TV Series, 1 episode
1955 Lady and the Tramp Tramp Voice
1955 Damon Runyon Theater TV Series, 1 episode, (final appearance)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Larry Roberts". IMDb. Retrieved June 7, 2014.

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