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Arnold Roberts can't bear Fozzie in The Muppet Movie

Arnold Roberts (1922-1986[1]) was an actor who appeared in The Muppet Movie as a cowboy at the El Sleezo Cafe. Wearing a noose around his neck, implying the character has evaded hanging or lynching, Roberts' cowboy starts Fozzie's act off with a bang (literally, via pistol shot) and is one of the first three patrons to rush the stage.

Roberts worked primarily as an extra, often appearing in background roles (townspeople, barflies) on TV Westerns such as The Virginian, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke. He was also used by Universal Studios as announcer/emcee for the Western-themed stunt portion of their studio tour.[2]

Roberts was a recurring townsperson on Little House on the Prairie, culminating in a credited speaking role as a minister in the seventh season opener "A New Beginning." He also had credited parts in Riptide, the X-rated movie Love Me Like I Do (1970, as a police chief), and the 1987 TV movie Timestalkers (his final role, as an Old West auctioneer).

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  1. ↑ Screen Actor 1986 edition. Obituaries.
  2. ↑ P.TM. (Pacific Telephone Magazine). January/February 1966. p. 232