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Other names  S.A. Blackmer
Role  Actor
Name  Sidney Blackmer
Years active  1914–1971
Occupation  Actor

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Full Name  Sidney Alderman Blackmer
Born  July 13, 1895 (1895-07-13) Salisbury, North Carolina, U.S.
Awards  North Carolina Award, Fine Arts
Died  October 6, 1973, New York City, New York, United States
Spouse  Suzanne Kaaren (m. 1943–1973), Lenore Ulric (m. 1928–1939)
Children  Jonathan Blackmer, Brewster Blackmer
Parents  Walter Steele Blackmer, Clara Deroulhac
Movies  Rosemary's Baby, High Society, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Little Caesar, People Will Talk
Similar People  Suzanne Kaaren, Charles Walters, Louis Calhern, Darryl F Zanuck, Richard Quine

Sidney Alderman Blackmer (July 13, 1895 – October 6, 1973) was an American actor.


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Blackmer was born and raised in Salisbury, North Carolina, the son of Clara Deroulhac (née Alderman) and Walter Steele Blackmer. He started off in an insurance and financial business but gave up on it. While working as a builder's laborer on a new building, he saw a Pearl White serial being filmed and immediately decided to go into acting. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Blackmer went to New York, hoping to act on the stage. While in the city, he took jobs and extra work at various film studios at the then motion picture capital, Fort Lee, New Jersey, including a bit part in the highly popular serial, The Perils of Pauline (1914).

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He made his Broadway debut in 1917, but his career was interrupted by service in the U.S. military in World War I. After the war, he returned to the theatre and, in 1929, returned to motion pictures and went on to be a major character actor in more than 120 films.

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He won the 1950 Tony Award for Best Actor (Drama) for his role in the Broadway play, Come Back, Little Sheba, co-starring with Shirley Booth.


In film, Blackmer is remembered for his more than a dozen portrayals of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and for his memorable role as "Roman Castevet" in the Academy Award-winning 1968 Roman Polanski film about urban New York witches, Rosemary's Baby, in which he played an overly solicitous neighbor.

In 1919, Blackmer played a major role in the strike that led to the formation of Actors' Equity Association.

A humanitarian, Blackmer served as the national vice president of the United States Muscular Dystrophy Association. He also helped start up the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1972, he was honored with the North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts category. It is the State of North Carolina's highest civilian award. On his death in 1973, Blackmer was interred in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Salisbury, North Carolina.

Personal life

Blackmer was married to actress Lenore Ulric from 1928–1939. His second wife was Suzanne Kaaren to whom he was married from 1943 to his death in 1973. He and Kaaren had two sons. They lived in the family home in Salisbury, North Carolina.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Sidney Blackmer has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1625 Vine Street.


Blackmer also appeared in television roles, such as "The Premature Burial" episode of TV series Thriller, 1961. Among his most notable roles was the character of Presidential candidate William Lyons Selby in the Outer Limits episode "The Hundred Days of the Dragon".


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