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Creepy Neighbor from 'Home Alone' -- Dead at 87

7/14/2011 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Roberts Blossom -- best known as the creepy, snow-shoveling neighbor in "Home Alone" who ends up saving the day (spoiler alert) -- died Friday of natural causes in Santa Monica, California.

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Blossom appeared in many films before landing the role of "old man Marley" in "Home Alone" -- including, "Deranged", "The Great Gatsby", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Doc Hollywood".

In addition to his acting career -- Blossom was a World War II Vet and a well-respected poet.

He was 87.

UPDATE: "Home Alone" director Christopher Columbus released a statement on Blossom's passing ... saying, "We have lost one of cinema's truly great character actors."

He adds, "In 'Home Alone,' Roberts was able to convey a sense of threat and menace, then suddenly peel away those layers, and give a performance of emotional complexity and warmth.  He was one of a kind."

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1.

Carl    

Losing the greatest generation day by day. Won't be too many more years before they have all passed on.

1112 days ago
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writenow    

Led a fabulously interesting life. They just don't seem to make them like that anymore.

1112 days ago
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Jon    

See that garbage can full of salt? That's where he keeps his victims. The salt.........turns the bodies........into mummies.

RIP

1112 days ago
4.

Canon    

TMZ is really boring! How about some Chris Brown woman beater stories or li low.

1112 days ago
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Miss Mary    

writenow is right - they don't make them them like that anymore. What a shame . . .

1112 days ago
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Gsharon 710    

"Sweet Rest."

1112 days ago
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dennis in sac    

Just saw him in"Reuben, Reuben" yesterday on showtime. He seemed like a good man and was a good actor.

1112 days ago
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Jimmdog    

Bummer. He is in the best scene in that movie when they are in the church. Love that part.

1112 days ago
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Diane     

Why the hell is all the media forgetting to mention his wonderful part in the third Indiana Jones movie??? The old knight guarding the chalice! "He chose...poorly."

1112 days ago
10.

John    

He died FRIDAY? So this story is a week old and you're still calling it breaking news? WTF TMZ?

1112 days ago
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Tracey    

Well said writenow, well said...

1112 days ago
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The Wraith    

R.I.P. ( thank you for thwarting that awful burglary back in 1990 ) Those "wet bandits" would have terrorized the small suburbs of Chicago if it hadn't been for your brave actions on that cold winter day.

1112 days ago
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TGH    

C'mon TMZ, show some more respect. Why do you have to write "Dead at 87"? Why be so blunt about it, have a bit more class. Even just using the word "Dies" would have been more appropriate in this story.

Home Alone is a true classic though and will be watched for at least another 100 years. That's how prolific it is.

1112 days ago
14.

stu    

u need to take a chill pill & get a life TGH & John.
i remember Roberts has the creepy grounds keeper for Rachel on Another World.

1112 days ago
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jason    

TMZ--

For future reference, you're supposed to place "spoiler alert" *before* the spoiler.

1112 days ago
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