Daniel Roebuck has enjoyed a successful acting career for more than thirty years. He first came to prominence playing Samson “John” Tollet in Tim Hunter’s amazing River’s Edge in 1986. Roebuck then played Cliff Lewis on the old Matlock television series for the next eight years. He memorably played Jay Leno in the HBO movie The Late Shift, detailing the “talk show wars” between Leno and David Letterman after Leno was chosen to host The Tonight Show and Letterman decamped to CBS. Looking at Roebuck’s filmography, it is easy to conclude that he has appeared in guest roles on every television show ever made: Star Trek: The Next Generation, The King of Queens, The Drew Carey Show, The West Wing, Nash Bridges, NYPD Blue, Six Feet Under, ER, Desperate Housewives, Law and Order, NCIS, Weeds, Glee, and I am leaving out dozens more. His most famous recent role was ill-fated biology teacher Leslie Arzt on Lost. Dan Roebuck is the definition of a working actor.
He is also a monster kid—unapologetically a monster kid. He once owned one of the best private collections of horror memorabilia in the world (dubbed “Dr. Shocker’s House of Horror”) until he suddenly decided to auction it all off for charity three years ago. Like Forry Ackerman before him, he let fans tour his little museum for free.
It is one of my great regrets that I never made it to Dr. Shocker’s House of Horror. (Tears)
I own a Dr. Shocker latex mask—it’s the bestiest.