If you have watched “The Walking Dead”, you are probably familiar with the character Doctor Milton Mamet, the role which opened the doors of Hollywood for actor Dallas Roberts. How much do you really know about this successful man, and are the rumors about him being gay true?
Early Life and Education
Dallas Mark Roberts was born on 10 May 1970, in Houston, Texas USA. Not much is known about his parents, but he was raised in his birth town together with his younger brother, Bryan.
First he attended the local Paul Revere Middle School, and later went to Robert E. Lee High School in Southwest Houston. During his high school days, his family relocated to Sarasota, Florida US, where he matriculated from Sarasota High School in 1988. Later, he enrolled at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, however, while in his sophomore year, he was accepted into the Juilliard School located in New York City, from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in 1994, ans was a member of the famous Drama Division’s Group 23.
While based in New York City, Roberts worked as a theatre actor, appearing in several off-Broadway plays such as “Burn This” next to Catherine Keener and Edward Norton, “Nocturne” directed by Adam Rapp, and in “A Number”, written by Caryl Churchill. For his contribution to “Nocturne”, he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
He was supposed to make his Broadway debut in a remake of “The Glass Menagerie”, written by Tennessee Williams, however, his part was later given to Christian Slater – if he had played in it, he would’ve appeared opposite Sarah Paulson, Josh Lucas and Jessica Lange.
In 1994 Roberts made his TV debut when he was given the guest role of Larry in an episode of the first season of the crime series “New York Undercover”, and in thenext year he appeared in an episode of another TV series, “Law and Order”. However, it wasn’t until 2003 when he portrayed Edison in the movie “The Lucky Ones” that he switched over to acting in feature films. The following year he was in Michael Mayer’s romantic drama film “A Home at the End of the World”, in which he portrayed Jonathan Glover.
In 2005 he appeared in three feature films: “Walk the Line”, “Winter Passing” and “The Notorious Bettie Page”, and the next year he portrayed Dr. Dylan Wallace in the horror film “Sisters”, and appeared in the drama film “Flicka”.
He was also cast as Angus Partridge in the famous TV series, “The L Word”, and was a regular during the show’s third and fourth seasons, and reprised the role for one episode of the sixth season as well.
In 2007 he acted in movies “Joshua”, “Lovely by Surprise” and “3:10 to Yuma” – in which he appeared alongside Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Ben Foster, and in 2009 opposite Kevin Spacey in Jonas Pate’s comedy film, “Shrink”. That same year he starred as Matt in the comedy movie “Ingenious”, and appeared in the sci-fi horror film “Tell Tale”, starring Lena Headey. In 2010 he was in the TV series “Rubicon”, but which was canceled after the first season.
That same year he was cast as Owen Cavanaugh, the gay brother of Alicia Florrick, in the TV series “The Good Wife”, appearing in the 14 episodes of the show.
In 2011, he briefly appeared in an action film, “The Grey”, and the next year co-starred with John Cusack in the mystery thriller “The Factory”.
In 2012, he was cast as Milton Mamet in the world-wide famous horror TV series, “The Walking Dead”, for two seasons, and gained a huge fan base. What’s even more interesting is that even though “The Walking Dead” was inspired by a comic, Milton Mamet was an original character, exclusive to the TV series.
In 2013, he starred as Charlie Crowe in Matthew Arnold’s horror film, “Shadow People”, and later that year appeared in “Dallas Buyers Club”, a movie by Jean-Marc Vallee that won three Oscars, plus a joint nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award in the Outstanding Performance by the Cast in a Motion picture, for his portrayal of David Wayne in this film.
He was also given the recurring role of Eliot Delson in the TV series “Unforgettable”, and was on the show for three seasons. In 2015 and 2016, he portrayed Greg Yates in “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”.
He was cast as Carson Hesby in season three of the TV series “American Crime” in 2017.
He also appeared in movies “Mayhem” and in “My Friend Dahmer”, in which he played the main character’s father. In 2018, he starred in the comedy TV series “Insatiable” as Bob, a beauty pageant coach, remaining in the show until it ended after its second season.
Roberts is a private person who keeps most of his personal life to himself. He is married to Christine Jones, a scenic designer who has designed for many off-Broadway productions, but the exact year of their wedding remains a mystery. The couple has two sons, Ever Reverend Jones and Pilot Jones. There have been several rumors about Roberts’ sexual orientation, especially after his appearance on the TV show “The Good Wife”. However, no, Roberts is not gay.
Some people think that he is the brother or cousin of Julia Roberts, as the two share last names, however, they are not related. Another person that people often connect him with is John Ritter, as the two have facial similarities. For a while Roberts was even incorrectly listed as the son of Ritter and Catherine Roberts on a Wikipedia page! Once again, the answer is no, the two are not related in any way.
Dallas Roberts makes a living out of his acting career. He has made quite a fortune from appearing in several famous films and TV series. Although his exact salary isn’t disclosed, his net worth is estimated at around $2 million.
Roberts is 5ft 10ins (1.79m) tall, and he weighs around 160lbs (73kg). He has an athletic body. His hair is light brown and his eyes are blue.