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Michael D. Roberts
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Michael Roberts made two guest appearances on the "Quantum Leap" TV series.

Personal Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1947-12-25) December 25, 1947 (age 74)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active: 1974–present
Spouse(s): Pamela Frey (1976–present)
2 children
Character information
Appeared on: Quantum Leap
Episodes appeared in: "The Color of Truth" in Season 1 and "The Leap Between The States" in Season 5
Character played: Willis Tyler/Issac King

Michael D. Roberts (born December 25, 1947) appeared in two episodes of Quantum Leap, appearing in "The Color of Truth" in Season 1 and "The Leap Between The States" in Season 5.


Roberts played the role of "Rooster" in the 1970s television series Baretta. Roberts starred in the short-lived 1980s television series Manimal, appearing in five of the eight episodes which aired, as Tyrone C. Earl. His first television role was a guest appearance on the 1970s television series Good Times. In 1977, he moved to feature films when he played "Deputy Johnson" in Herowork.

Roberts went on to appear in many other TV shows and films. He starred in the final Steve McQueen film The Hunter (1980). Later on, he starred in the 1984 science fiction film The Ice Pirates as Roscoe. In 1988, Roberts played the role of Vern in the hit film Rain Man.[1][2] More recently, he appeared in the 2006 film American Dreamz and the 2008 film Street Kings.

Roberts has made many guest appearances in television shows. In the 1980s TV series Knight Rider, he appeared in the pilot episode "Knight of the Phoenix" as Jackson, one of the two car thieves who end up stealing KITT. His other appearances include Bosom Buddies, Quantum Leap, The Incredible Hulk, Double Trouble, Friends, MacGyver and Seinfeld. Roberts has made appearances in several made-for-TV films.

Personal life[]

Roberts is married to Pamela Frey and has two children.[3]

Roberts is the founder of a non-profit organization called "Right Track", a program to help youth stay away from drugs. In 1985, Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley gave Roberts a proclamation for outstanding contributions to the community and the city.[3]



Year Film Role Notes
1977 Herowork Deputy Johnson
1980 The Hunter Poker Player
1983 Heartbreaker


1984 The Ice Pirates


1986 Manhunter The Runner
1988 Rain Man Vern
1988 Back to Freedom Sammy Samson
1991 The Last Holloween Accountant Television movie
1995 Sleepstalker


The Preacher
1997 Most Wanted


Homeless Man
1999 Hitman's Run FBI Director Dean Harris
1999 Suckers Eddie
2005 Hostage Ridley
2006 American Dreamz Journalist
2008 Street Kings Older Black Man


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Good Times Neck-Bone Episode "The Gang: Part 1"
1975 Lucas Tanner Lonnie Episode "What's Wrong with Bobbie?"
1975–78 Baretta Rooster 27 episodes
1976 Jigsaw John Episode "Eclipse"
1979 The Incredible Hulk D.J. Episode "Like a Brother"
1979 Vega$ Chickie Episode "Demand and Supply"
1979 Quincy, M.E. Police Officer Ed Waters Episode "Dark Angel"
1980 B.J. and The Bear Shades Episode "The 18-Wheel Rip-Off"
1981 Sanford Sam Episode "Cal the Coward"
1981 Bosom Buddies Mr. Norton Episode "Amy's Career"
1981 Jessica Novak Jack Episode "Closeup News"
1982 Knight Rider Jackson Episode "Knight of the Phoenix"


The Fall Guy Jackson Episode "The Reluctant Traveling Companion"
1983 Manimal Tyrone C. Earl Four episodes
1984–85 Double Trouble Mr. Arrechia 15 episodes
1985 Airwolf Glen Carson Episode "Half-Pint"
1986 Crazy Like a Fox Episode "A Fox at the Races"
1987 Cagney & Lacey Eddie Hanks Episode "The City Is Burning"
1987 Night Court Moody Episode "Constitution: Part 2"
1988 227 Lee Wilton Episode "Best Friends"
1988 Hunter Theo White Episode "Dead on Target: Part 1"
1989–91 MacGyver Various roles Two episodes
1989–93 Quantum Leap Willis Tyler/Issac King Two episodes, "The Color of Truth" and "The Leap Between The States"
1990 Agatha Christie: Poirot Tindermans Episode "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. Mr. Alexander Episode "A Kiss Ain't Just a Kiss"
1992 The Commish Franklin Sharpe Episode "True Believers"
1995 Live Shot Episode "What Price Episode?"
1996 Renegade Police Detective Episode "Mr. Success"
1996 Sparks Walter Episode "Goode for the Gander"
1996 Seinfeld Ipswich Episode "The Chicken Roaster"
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Marton Burns Two episodes
1998 Brooklyn South Lieutenant Dandridge Episode "Cinnamon Buns"
1999 Wasteland Lester Episode "Indian Summer"
2000 City of Angels Commander Milton Archer Episode "Assume the Position"
2000 Friends Head Librarian Episode "The One with Ross' Library Book"
2000 The Michael Richards Show Bert Episode "The Nursing Home"
2001 Family Law Morgan Episode "The Quality of Mercy"
2001 Arli$$ Tony Episode "Question of Character"
2003 The District Anderson Henderson Episode "Ella Mae"
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Henry Episode "Free Tippy"
2007 The Loop Hibbert Episode "Crazy Goat"
2009 Make It or Break It Pastor Harold Episode "Sunday, Bloody Sasha, Sunday"


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  2. Lareau, Lise. "Hit film Rain Man turns the spotlight on autism, its causes", The Toronto Star, Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, February 23, 1989, p. L3. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Inspiring Interviews with Rebecca Cressman. Your LDS Neighborhood. Retrieved on 4 Jul 2010.
  4. Maltin, Leonard (2008). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin Group. pp. 591. ISBN 0-452-28978-5. http://books.google.com/books?id=6EgPDierNGUC&lpg=PA652&pg=PA591#v=onepage.
  5. Young, R. G. (2000). The encyclopedia of fantastic film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 298. ISBN 1-55783-269-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=QoJ4jTghUPYC&lpg=PT581&pg=PT305#v=onepage.
  6. Young, R. G. (2000). The encyclopedia of fantastic film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 574. ISBN 1-55783-269-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=QoJ4jTghUPYC&lpg=PT582&pg=PT581#v=onepage.
  7. Willis, John; Monush, Barry (1999). Screen World 1998. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 118. ISBN 1-55783-342-7. http://books.google.com/books?id=a0QhtY4YswQC&pg=PT119&hl=en&ei=DJcyTOybJ8_gnQe_8dH2Aw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDEQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage.

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