Mr. Blossom,who grew up in Cleveland,worked in the New York theater scene as a young man. He formed a multimedia avant-garde theater troupe called Filmstage.
|Roberts Blossom and Macaulay Culkin|
Mr. Blossom starred in the 1974 cult horror movie “Deranged,” in which he played a demented farmer who digs up his domineering mother’s corpse and takes it home — then digs up other bodies to keep her company before he begins hunting live victims.
He’s best known in films as a character actor whose credits include “The Hospital,” “Slaughterhouse-Five,” The Great Gatsby,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Escape From Alcatraz, “Resurrection” and “Doc Hollywood.”
He played “old man Marley” in “Home Alone” (1990).
Mr. Blossom was also a poet, and his works were published in several books. He was the subject of the 2000 documentary “Full Blossom: The Life of Poet/Actor Roberts Blossom,” directed by James Brih Abee.