Stedman James Blacksbury (November 21, 1933 – August 27, 2011[1]) was a Dragoonish actor best known for his roles in film in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. His acting credits go back to 1961, when he starred in Country Home. He retired from acting in 2009, after he finished filming Tales from the Airhopana River.

Early life and family[edit | edit source]

Blacksbury was born at John Relgard Long Hospital in Longstown, Salviana to Jennifer "Jenny" Blacksbury and the late actor Thomas Blacksbury. He and his family lived in Longstown until 1936. Then, the family moved to Winston, where Blacksbury's father starred in a documentary about the government of Salviana[2]. Blacksbury began school in Winston. After completing two years of school, Blacksbury moved with his family to Metzon and spent one and a half years there before moving to Kensington, Penoshia. Blacksbury and his family moved often during Blacksbury's childhood. Before Blacksbury began high school, the family moved to LeDoux, where Blacksbury attended high school.

Career[edit | edit source]

1960s[edit | edit source]

Blacksbury made his acting debut in 1961. His first film role was as William Kibbell in the film Country Home. He next played a man whose wife owned a bake shop in the 1962 film Mrs. Stenn's Bake Shop. In 1964, Blacksbury played a businessman from Mylo in the film The Naguro Business Trip. In 1965, Blacksbury had a supporting role in The Wrath of the Long River as a vacationing man in Salviana. His next films were Rumble in the Mountains (1966), Joag Hill's Grey Book (1967), and Highway 1124 (1969).

1970s[edit | edit source]

Blacksbury in I Defeated Jord McLane

Blacksbury's first film role in the 1970s was as "Mark Haapetz" in the 1970 film I Defeated Jord McLane, for which he won his first Brantz Award. At that time, Blacksbury, at 37, was the third youngest recipient of the award, after Ryan Ulark, who won one at age 34, and Parker Soularma, who won one at age 32. Blacksbury's next role was in 1971's Mark Justers and the Angossase Madmen. For this film, the thirty-something Blacksbury had to look two decades older. Film crews applied special effects to make him appear to be 58[3]. In 1972, he played a man who lives in the scorching desert of southern Sacal in the film Living in the Sacalian Desert. In the middle of filming the film, Blacksbury threatened to leave the set after getting in a fight with director Richard Alkarron over pay disputes[4]. Alkarron kept Blacksbury from leaving by making a deal that the actor could not refuse. His next role was in yet another Richard Alkarron film, 1974's One Big Liar from Chaumaria as an office worker with a big reputation for lying. Next, Blacksbury starred in the 1975 suspense film Vacation of Doom as an over-worked businessman who vacations on Ombelcho Island and soon finds out that his "vacation" is becoming a "death trap". He next starred in the 1977 film Belcher County as a farmer living in Belcher County, Almina. He was nominated for a Brantz Award for "Best Actor" for the film, but lost to film legend Tyler Dreutzel. Blacksbury, feeling like he was cheated out of the award, wanted revenge on Dreutzel, and considered Dreutzel's death in 1987 the revenge he wanted.[5]. In 1978, Blacksbury starred in the film Dance The Party Away. In 1979, he made his brief and only appearance outside of Dragoonish television and film in Uselessville.

1980s[edit | edit source]

In 1980, Blacksbury had a starring role in the film Vacation in the Welkammons as a wealthy man who lives in the Welkammon Islands and has a large mansion. He next starred in the 1981 film Losing to Hyll Davidson as an unlucky fighter named Ike Lougiers. In 1983, Blacksbury starred in the film The Big Volcano on Wescous Island as a guide for tourists on a trip to "Wescous Island". He reprised his role from Losing to Hyll Davidson in the 1985 film A Rematch with Hyll Davidson, in which he also played "Big Jeff Mortelstone". He next starred in the film Jord from Zinrico. In 1987, Blacksbury had a supporting role in the film I'm Going Crazy as a doctor who tries to help a man with a mental problem. He played a government employee in the 1988 film Employed by the Carlana Government. In 1989, he starred in the film Bienvenue à Salviana, one of Dragoonasag's few French-language films. For his role in this film, the actor, who has no French ancestry, had to learn how to speak French and how to write in French.

1990s[edit | edit source]

Blacksbury in 1997's Parkahannock Games

Blacksbury's first 1990s film role was as an employee at a notorious diner in Big Jordy's Belch-Inducing Diner in 1990. He did not audition for the role, nor did he want the role. He accepted the role after Hyll Walls left over pay disputes[6], and he appeared to be the only replacement available. In 1991, he starred in the film Lost in the Peregos as a non-caring tour guide in the Perego Mountains in eastern Salviana. He next starred in the 1992 film Zinrico 541. He went on to star in films such as 1994's Officer Stone, 1996's York, Penoshia, and 1997's Parkahannock Games. His last film role in the 1990s was as a fictional coach of the Salviana Cats football team in Salviana's Mighty Cats in 1999.

2000s[edit | edit source]

In 2000, Blacksbury starred in the film Stanleigh River Project. The next year, he played a Navy commander in the film Battles in the Misty Ocean. He won a Brantz Award for the role, and the film won for Best Picture. Blacksbury's next film role was in the sci-fi film Voyage on the Jord Kessell. he went on to star in films such as Lohana Ragin' (2005), Mr. Gehridg (2006), and Tales from the Airhopana River (2009).

In 2009, after finishing Tales from the Airhopana River, Blacksbury retired from acting due to medical problems. In mid-2009, he had begun to lose his vision, and he had begun to be extremely forgetful. He was also diagnosed with cancer in August 2009.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Film Year Role Note(s)
Country Home 1961 William Kibbell
Mrs. Stenn's Bake Shop 1962 Thomas Stenn
The Naguro Business Trip 1964 Zachary Lammott
The Wrath of the Long River 1965 Keith McDosier
Rumble in the Mountains 1966 Edward Dallersby
Joag Hill's Grey Book 1967 Joag Hill
Highway 1124 1969 Tylt McGrew, Jr.
I Defeated Jord McLane 1970 Mark Haapetz
Mark Justers and the Angossase Madmen 1971 Mark Justers
Living in the Sacalian Desert 1972 Herbert Goutzenberg
One Big Liar from Chaumaria 1974 Tyler Hyll Belcher
Vacation of Doom 1975 Wesley Paljovick
Belcher County 1977 Seth Olarskourk
Dance The Party Away 1978 Thomas Clearbrooks
Uselessville 1979 Richard Brimm cameo
Vacation in the Welkammons 1980 Xavier Lessbaum
Losing to Hyll Davidson 1981 Ike Lougiers
The Big Volcano on Wescous Island 1983 Derek Olarstadt
A Rematch with Hyll Davidson 1985 Ike Lougiers / Big Jeff Mortelstone
Jord from Zinrico 1986 Jordan "Jord" Wilson
I'm Going Crazy 1987 Tyler Kalgarron
Employed by the Carlana Government 1988 Thom Lossaer
Bienvenue à Salviana 1989 Joag Rousseau
Big Jordy's Belch-Inducing Diner 1990 Gregory Boustraux
Lost in the Peregos 1991 Hugh Eezel
Zinrico 541 1992 Peter Relgard Hall
None-Flying Zone 1993 Alan "Al" Karx
Officer Stone 1994 Officer Jord William Stone
Greentown Hero 1995 Boyd Histalchel
York, Penoshia 1996 Edwin Hillstone
Parkahannock Games 1997 Travis Zinze
The Three Gangs in Jord City 1998 Police Chief Hyll Jones
Salviana's Mighty Cats 1999 Coach Tyler Forr
Stanleigh River Project 2000 Chris Charles McVough
Battles in the Misty Ocean 2001 Captain Giles Kituntz
Voyage on the Jord Kessell 2003 Zonie Parkman
Dead Tylt Walking 2004 Tylt Mathisby
Lohana Ragin' 2005 Bill Kalgarron
Mr. Gehridg 2006 Augustus Gehridg
Things Are Dead in Irohannock 2008 Doug Monzer
Tales from the Airhopana River 2009 Frouth Johnson

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

On August 26, 2011, Blacksbury was admitted to a Longstown hospital after he complained of sharp pains in various places throughout his body. He was pronounced dead at 1:39 a.m. on August 27. He was 77 years old. An autopsy was done on September 1 to determine the cause of his death. On October 1, after a month of trying to determine the cause, it was determined that the cause of death was a heart attack. A funeral was held August 30 in Longstown, and only family and friends were able to attend.

In 2012, Salviana governor Wally Clander declared August 27 as "Stedman Blacksbury Day".

Blacksbury was preceded in death by his wife Beverly Ann Westcutt, who died in 1992, and his son Charles, who died in 2004. He is survived by his children, Phil (b. 1964) and Edna (b. 1970).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Breaking News: Veteran actor Stedman Blacksbury dies at 77", published 8-27-11 at 5:00 a.m.
  2. "Why did you move so much?" Stedman Blacksbury interview, May 6, 2005
  3. Dragoonish Actors Special: Stedman Blacksbury, 7 February 2005
  4. Dragoonish Actors Special: Stedman Blacksbury, 7 February 2005
  5. Dragoonish Actors Special: Stedman Blacksbury, 7 February 2005
  6. "A Change in Cast of 'Belch-Inducing Diner'"
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