Secondary Character Saturday: Mr. Roat (Wait Until Dark)


Who: Mr. Roat

From: Wait Until Dark

Directed by: Terence Young, Written by: Frederick Knott, Robert Carrington and Jane-Howard Carrington

When: 1967

PROS: He’s a hipster, sociopath who wears sunglasses all the time. He’s played brilliantly by Alan Arkin, so there’s a certain coolness to his absolute evil. Besides that… not so much in the Pro category

CONS: He’s an amoral killer who threatens to burn Audrey Hepburn to death. No body messes with my girl Audrey.

Why I chose Roat: I specifically am referencing Alan Arkin’s movie portrayal of Roat, Harry Roat, Jr. and Mr. Roat, Sr.  in Wait Until Dark because he is absolutely wonderful in the role. He’s both funny and terrifying at the same time. And he’s really, really, really wicked.


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Freelance writer and graphic designer in Northern Baltimore County. As a writer I enjoy both fiction and non fiction (travel and local interest stories.) Most recently my non fiction writing has been featured in Mason-Dixon ARRIVE Magazine. As a graphic designer I focus on cover designs and have done a number of designs for books and magazines. Recently I've entered the e-book cover field. I also enjoy working with community organizations and churches to bring their communications to a higher standard. As an advocate for the ARTS, one of my biggest passions is helping young people find a voice in all the performing arts. To that end it has been my honor to give one on one lessons to middle and high school students in graphic design and music. View all posts by ritalovestowrite

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