They had a son named Jonathan Christopher age 70.
(4 January 1951 - 1959) (divorced) (1 child)
son, Jonathan Christopher Roberts (b. October 1951, d. 1989)
in 1951 to Vera Mowry — a professor of theater history at Washington State University and subsequently Hunter College as well as professor emerita of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at City University of New York — with whom he had his only child (Jonathan Christopher "Chris" Roberts, b. October 1951). Pernell and his first wife later divorced. Chris Roberts, who lived variously in California and New York, attended Franconia College and died in a motorcycle accident in 1989 at age 38, sometimes reported as age 37.