Paul Roebling; Stage, Film Actor

Paul Roebling, a stage, film and television actor whose voice was heard in many roles on the PBS documentary “The Civil War,” has died. He was 60.

Roebling died July 27 while vacationing on a Navajo Indian reservation in northern Arizona, according to his son, Kristian. The cause of death is under investigation, his son said.

A native of Philadelphia, Roebling was the great-great-grandson of John A. Roebling, who designed the Brooklyn Bridge, and the great-grandson of Washington A. Roebling, the chief engineer for the bridge.

The actor, who also produced films and directed plays, attended Columbia University and studied acting at Herbert Berghof Studio in New York.


He made his stage debut at 12 as a newsboy in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s play “The Vegetable” in Princeton, N.J.

Roebling appeared on Broadway in “The Dark Is Light Enough” and “The Lark” and off-Broadway in “This Side of Paradise,” for which he won an Obie in 1962.

He had the role of Christopher Flanders in the first Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Any More” in 1963.

Roebling’s films included “Prince of the City” and “Blue Thunder.”


For television, he acted in productions of “Mrs. Miniver,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Carolina Skeletons” as well as “The Civil War.”

Roebling also directed his wife, actress Olga Bellin, in the play “Zelda.”

His wife died in 1987. Roebling is survived by their son.