An interview with actor Jeremy Roberts
Born in Birmingham, Alabama some forty-four years ago, Jeremy Roberts was
the eldest of four siblings. "My brother and sisters hadn't been born yet,
and life was kind of crazy there in Alabama," said Jeremy. Escaping Alabama
in the middle of the night while only the age of three, Jeremy and his
mother headed toward Hollywood. Jeremy suddenly found himself living in
the place that would play a major role in his future career.
The last days of Jeremy's career in the Marines were spent working on the GPS-22 computer. "We'd practice launching missiles with it. I remember someone jokingly yelling, 'Who has his finger on the button that could destroy the world?' and I shouted back with a laugh, 'I do!'. We were kinda crazy then."
Soon though, Jeremy returned to civilian life. "I did a lot of different jobs," remembered Jeremy. " I drove a truck, waited and bussed tables, and even worked at a golf course that celebrities frequented. I was a bartender on the 19th green and I'd serve guys like John Wayne, George Burns and I even remember Tom Selleck coming in back before he'd made it big. It was a great job," but Jeremy also honed a different type of skill on the side - acting.
"One of my ambitions was to do all of the Shakespeare plays. I studied the language and wanted to know everything there was to know about Elizabethan English. It's like another language," said Jeremy. It wasn't until he Was twenty-five, however, that he got serious about acting and stage work, traveling with the American Conservatory Theater. Years later, he would begin landing roles on television and film. Some fans may remember Jeremy as the assassin "Mister Valtane" in STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY. "I later reprised the role on VOYAGER, which told the early days of the friendship between Tuvok and my character. It was all very cool," an understandable sentiment given how much the actor favored television as a pasttime during the sixties.
"I grew up with the television," said Jeremy. "I'd get home from school watch afternoon tv, downing about a loaf of bread, making toast, while watching tv. Then my mother would feel lonely late at night and wake me up to come in and watch the late movie with her. Movies and television were a major part of my life from early on."
Today, Jeremy contributes to the television habits of his nineties counterparts with appearances on the syndicated XENA and HERCULES series. "It was on the set of XENA that I met Josh [Becker] and where we first discussed my being in RUNNING TIME. I was kind of scared at first with what Josh wanted to do. The whole 'real time' thing was unnerving. But Josh explained that it was no different than doing a play." With that, Mr. Roberts joined the cast of RUNNING TIME.
In the effort to prep himself for "Patrick", the crook who engineers an ill-fated bank heist with fresh-out-of-the-pen Carl (Bruce Campbell), Jeremy went to the history books for inspiration. "I prepared for the role of Patrick by reading material like the Time/Life books on serial killers and about bad guys in general," he explained. "I wanted to understand this guy Patrick and I looked forward to the role. I also looked forward to getting to work with Bruce again. We first met when I played a bad guy on THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY, JR. Bruce was like a brother, we just had a lot of fun during the shoot. The whole experience [on RUNNING TIME] was great, and Josh was the consummate professional, one of the best directors I have ever worked with. The guy really understands comedy, something that he and I share and appreciate."
With RUNNING TIME behind him, Jeremy continues to work steadily. "I Enjoy being a character actor and love getting roles like that of "Patrick" in RUNNING TIME. In fact, I'd like to make a career of playing good Supporting roles in independent films like RUNNING TIME."
As the guy writing this (and what a guy he is! - ed.), I too must say that Jeremy Roberts reminds me of so many good character actors like Bill Paxton and the younger Kurt Russell. Jeremy is a very talented and physical actor who I believe will see great things ahead in his career.
Edited by Jason Pankoke
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