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Roy Brocksmith

Highest Rated:   93% Arachnophobia (1990)
Lowest Rated:   6% Lightning Jack (1994)
Birthplace:   Quincy, Illinois, USA
Roy Brocksmith began his career on the bar at Hap Kuhl's Tavern in his native Quincy, Illinois, at the age of three. As a boy soprano, he performed in churches, schools, and appeared regularly on local radio and television programs. At 16, he taught at the local children's theater. Two years later he married his high-school girlfriend.He left Quincy, touring the US for two years in the Oberammergau Passion Play of Richmond, Virginia. He returned and attended Hannibal LaGrange Junior College, Culver-Stockton College, and graduated from Quincy University in 1970. During this time, he directed for the community theater, Pragressive Playhouse, and founded the Great River Theater Workshop. As a director, he was taken to New York by a Ukrainian anesthesiologist in 1969, where he was joined by his wife and son, Blake (born 8/5/66).For one year he was a librarian at the Lilliam Morgan Hetrick Medical Library at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan and was on the board of the American Association of Midwives. This regular job ended when he received his AEA union card-playing opposite John Carradine in "The Stingiest Man in Town," a musical based on Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" and narrated by then-Mayor John Lindsay at New York's Town Hall.On the legit stage, he made his Broadway debut--and the cover of the New York Times Magazine (11/9/75)--in "The Leaf People for Joseph Papp. He also appeared in Herr Tartüff with Mildred Dunnock in "Stages" with Jack Warden and sang "Mack the Knife" in Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht's award-winning "Threepenny Opera" as the Ballad Singer in Papp's Lincoln Center revival (Original cast album and "Broadway Magic of the Seventies" CDs, both on Columbia/CBS Records), and as the King of France in "The Three Musketeers." Off-Broadway shows included "Polly," "The Beggar's Opera," "Dr. Salavy's Magic Theater," and "In the Jungle of Cities" with Al Pacino. He starred in the Broadway-bound "Swing" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. At the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he appeared in "Arms and the Man (as Petkoff), William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (as Touchstone), Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" (as Professor Willard), and Molière's "Don Juan" (as Sganarelle). This last garnered him the Kudos Award from the Minneapolis critics and the production was brought to the Delacourt Theater in New York by Joseph Papp, and he received international praise. His work with Papp and directors Richard Foreman Liviu Cuilei, Stuart Ostrow, Tom O'Horgan, Andrei Serban, Alan Schneider, and John Cassavetes, to name just a few, made Brocksmith a solid part of America's most innovative and provocative theater.He was first to direct Foreman and Silverman's "Africanis Instructus" for Lyn Austin's Lennox Arts Center, and his adaptation of Feydeau's "A Flea in Her Ear" was presented under his direction at Baltimore's Center Stage. His unusual staging of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" gave the Alaska Repertory Theater a major box-office and critical hit and was chosen out of 100 entries to be presented at the Joyce Theater in New York that season. He also appeared as Thurio in the national tour of John Guare's musical version of "Two Gentelmen of Verona," and he made his California debut starring opposite Gena Rowlands.In 1987 he formed the California Cottage Theater with partner Michael Liscio, joining a long and formidable list of American actor-managers. As Producing Director he presented only new works: "A Cold Day in Hell" by January Quackenbush, Brocksmith's own "Box Prelude OPUS #1," "Matinee" by Hal Corley, "The One Less Traveled" by Cary Pepper, "A Necessary End" by Joe Rubinoff, "Ripe Conditions" by Claudia Allen, and "Letters from Queens" by Brocksmith. The Cottage was unique because it was the only professional theater heater in the country under AEA jurisdiction for presentations in a private home. By its closing on February 17, 1996, over 8,000 people had attended performances. It was hailed as "Suburbia's Rialto" (Wall Street Journal), "The epicenter of quirky folk" (L.A. Weekly), "Pick of the Week" (L.A.Times), and "Critic's Choice" (Drama Logue). Calling himself a theater craftsman, it was Brocksmith's belief that "good theater is not a matter of money and place as it is a matter of imagination, craft and guts." The concept of the California Cottage Theater, a professional theater for free, was, to him, theater in its most essential form.Brocksmith also appeared on several episodes of "3-2-1 Contact" (1980) in its "Bloodhound Gang" segment and on an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987). Sadly, he died of kidney failure on December 16, 2001

Highest Rated Movies



39% Psycho
  • Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)
25% Kull the Conqueror
  • Tu
No Score Yet White Dwarf
  • Guv'ner Twist
No Score Yet Almost Dead
  • Kuranda
41% The Road to Wellville
  • Poultney Dab
No Score Yet It Runs in the Family
  • Mr. Winchell
6% Lightning Jack
  • Junction City Tailor
60% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Board Member
No Score Yet Nickel & Dime
  • Sammy Thornton
57% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
  • Deputy James
93% Arachnophobia
  • Irv Kendall
82% Total Recall
  • Dr. Edgemar
$119M 1990
No Score Yet Martians Go Home
  • Mr. Kornheiser
30% Tango & Cash
  • Fed. Agent Davis
85% The War of the Roses
  • Mr. Fisk
33% Relentless
  • Coroner
69% Scrooged
  • Mike the Mailman
44% Big Business
  • Dr. Parker
35% Who's That Girl?
  • Crystal Salesman
No Score Yet Storie di Ordinaria Follia (Tales of Ordinary Madness)
  • Bartender
75% Wolfen
  • Fat Jogger
68% Stardust Memories
  • Dick Lobel
75% King of the Gypsies
  • Frinkuleschti
No Score Yet The Squeeze (The Rip-Off)
  • Warehouse Owner
No Score Yet Killer Fish
  • Ollie


61% Ally McBeal
  • Judge Raymond Norway
  • 2000
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
  • Huber
  • 1997
No Score Yet Babylon 5
  • Brother Alwyn Macomber
  • 1997
  • 1994
82% Picket Fences
  • Oslo Michael Oslo
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
91% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Razak
  • 1995
No Score Yet Coach
  • Judge
  • 1993
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • Floyd
  • 1993
89% Seinfeld
  • Earl
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
  • Guest
  • William
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
  • Weird Mr. Lemkur
  • 1991
No Score Yet Night Court
  • Dr. Wiggle
  • 1989
91% Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Kolrami
  • 1989
No Score Yet Webster
  • Bob
  • 1988

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