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Sidney Blackmer
Born July 13, 1895(1895-07-13)
Salisbury, North Carolina, U.S.
Died October 6, 1973 (aged 78)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other name(s) S.A. Blackmer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1914–1971
Spouse(s) Lenore Ulric (1928-1939)
Suzanne Kaaren (1943-1973) (his death)

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

Blackmer was born and raised in Salisbury, North Carolina. As a young man in his late teens, he went to New York hoping to act on the stage. While in the city, he took jobs 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).

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. He won the 1950 Tony Award for Best Actor (Drama) for his role in the Broadway play, Come Back, Little Sheba.

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

A humanitarian, Blackmer served as the national vice president of the United States Muscular Dystrophy Association. 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 passing 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.

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

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