Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
Patrick Renna to Christy Carlson Romano
Paul Rogers Biography (1917-)
Born March 22, 1917, in Plympton, England; son of Edwin and Dulcie Myrtle (Collier) Rogers; married Jocelyn Wynne (divorced, 1955); married Rosalind Boxall, 1955; children: Two sons (first marriage); two daughters (second marriage). Addresses: HOME-- Nine Hillside Gardens, Highgate, London N6, England. AGENT-- c/o London Management, 235-241 Regent Street, London W1, England.
Favorite roles: Iago in Othello, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lord Claverton in The Elder Statesman, Andrew Wyke in Sleuth, and Falstaff.
- Birth Details
- March 22, 1917
- Plympton, England
- STAGE DEBUT--Charles Dickens, Bird's-Eye View of Valour, Scala Theatre, 1938.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--John of Gaunt, Richard II, Old Vic Company, Winter GardenTheatre, 1956.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Jonathan Kail and the shepherd, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1947.
- Sir Anthony Absolute, The Rivals, Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet, Bottom,A Midsummer Night's Dream, Esdras, Winterset, and Lord Porteous, The Circle, all Bristol Old Vic Company, Bristol, U.K., 1948.
- Don Armado and Dull, Love's Labour's Lost, First Player and Osric, Hamlet, Schaaf, A Month in the Country, and La Fleche, The Miser, all Old Vic Company, New Theatre, London, 1949-50.
- Malvolio, Twelfth Night, Dr. Caius and Trouble-All, Bartholomew Fair, Aegisthus, Electra, and Revunov-Karaulov, The Wedding, all Old Vic Company, 1950-51.
- Iago, Othello, Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and William Villon, TheOther Heart, all Old Vic Company, 1951-52.
- Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, title role, Henry VIII, and first knight, Murder in the Cathedral, all Old Vic Company, 1952-53.
- Sir Claude Mulhammer, The Confidential Clerk, Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, then Lyric Theatre, London, both 1953.
- title role, Macbeth, Edinburgh Festival, then Old Vic Company, both 1954.
- Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, Touchstone, As You Like It, Sir JohnFalstaff, Henry IV, Parts I and II, and Don Adriano de Armado, Love's Labour's Lost, all Old Vic Company, 1954-55.
- Sir John Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Leontes, The Winter's Tale, title role, Macbeth, Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, and John of Gaunt, RichardII, all Old Vic Company, 1955-56.
- Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, title role, Macbeth, and Pandarus, Troilus and Cressida, all Old Vic Company, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- title role, King Lear, Old Vic Company, London, 1958.
- Lord Claverton, The Elder Statesman, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, then Cambridge Theatre, 1958.
- Cecil Fox, Mr. Fox of Venice, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1959.
- Johnny Condell, One More River, Duke of York's Theatre, then WestminsterTheatre, both London, 1959.
- Richard Medway, A Shred of Evidence, Duchess Theatre, London, 1960.
- Nickles, JB, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1961.
- Reginald Kinsale, then Sam Old, Photo Finish, Saville Theatre, London, 1962, then as Reginald Kinsale, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1963.
- Sorin, The Seagull, and Oscar Portman, Season of Goodwill, both Queen's Theatre, London, 1964.
- Max, The Homecoming, Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Aldwych Theatre, London, then Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, U.K., both 1965, later Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1967.
- Apemantus, Timon of Athens, RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1965.
- the Mayor, The Government Inspector, RSC, Aldwych Theatre, 1966.
- Falstaff, Henry IV, Parts I and II, RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1966.
- Adam Trask, Here's Where I Belong, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1968.
- Sam Nash, "Visitor from Mamaroneck," Jesse Kiplinger, "Visitor from Hollywood," and Roy Hubley, "Visitor from Forest Hills," in Plaza Suite, Lyric Theatre, London, 1969.
- Charles Murray, The Happy Apple, Apollo Theatre, London, 1970; andrew Wyke, Sleuth, St. Martin's Theatre, London, 1970, then Music Box Theatre, 1971.
- title role, Othello, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, U.K., 1974.
- Les, The Freeway, and Major Henry, Grand Manoeuvres, both National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1974.
- Boss Mangan, Heartbreak House, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre,1975.
- Carnaby Leete, The Marrying of Ann Leete, and Mr. Portland, The Return ofA.J. Raffles, RSC, both Aldwych Theatre, 1975.
- Antipa Zykov, The Zykovs, RSC, Aldwych Theatre, 1976.
- Zauberkonig, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Votore, Volpone, and Henry Huxtable, The Madras House, all National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, London, 1977.
- Jones, Half-Life, National Theatre Company, Cottesloe Theatre, London, 1977.
- Trevelyan, Eclipse, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1978.
- Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, John Tarleton, Misalliance, and Lord Claverton, The Elder Statesman, all Birmingham Repertory Company, Malvern Festival Theatre, Malvern, U.K., 1979.
- waiter, You Never Can Tell, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1979.
- Sir, The Dresser, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1981.
- Also appeared as Harry, Honey, I'm Home, Leatherhead, U.K., 1964; in Roomfor Company, RSC Theatre-Go-Round, Aldwych Theatre, 1968; The Importance ofBeing Earnest and A Kind of Alaska, both National Theatre, 1982; appeared atStratford-on-Avon, 1939; at a concert party at Colchester, U.K., 1939; with Colchester Repertory, 1940, then 1946; and with the Bristol Old Vic Company, Bristol, U.K., 1947.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Iago, Othello, Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and third witch, Macbeth, all South African cities, 1952.
- title role, Hamlet, and Lord Foppington, The Relapse, both Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Drama Company, Austalian cities, 1957.
- title role, Macbeth, and Cauchon, Saint Joan, both Old Vic Company, U.K.cities, 1960.
- Maurice Fisher, The Starving Rich, U.K. cities, 1973.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Fourth knight, Murder in the Cathedral, Classic, 1952.
- William Pitt, Beau Brummell, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954.
- Taffy, Svengali, MGM, 1955.
- Owen, The Beachcomber, United Artists, 1955.
- Frank Harris, The Man with the Green Carnation (also known as The Trialsof Oscar Wilde and The Green Carnation), Kingsley, 1960.
- Hubert Carter, Our Man in Havana, Columbia, 1960.
- Major Spence, Circle of Deception, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961.
- Milne, The Mark, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961.
- Sydney Johnson, No Love for Johnnie, Embassy, 1961.
- Lieutenant Seymour, Billy Budd, United Artists, 1962.
- Governor, The Pot Carriers, Warner Brothers/Pathe, 1962.
- Dr. Eric McKenzie, Stolen Hours, United Artists, 1963.
- Dr. Milton Gillen, The Third Secret, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964.
- Professor Chown, Young and Willing (also known as The Wild and the Willing), Universal, 1964.
- Superintendent Taylor, He Who Rides a Tiger, Sigma III, 1966.
- Hart Jacobs, Walk in the Shadow (also known as Life for Ruth), Continental, 1966.
- Augustinian, The Shoes of the Fisherman, MGM, 1968.
- chief warder, Decline and Fall ... of a Bird Watcher (also known as Decline and Fall), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969.
- Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Eagle, 1969.
- Jack Roberts, Three into Two Won't Go, Universal, 1969.
- Haldane, The Looking Glass War, Columbia, 1970.
- Mr. Waites, I Want What I Want, Cinerama, 1972.
- Max, The Homecoming, American Film Theatre, 1973.
- Altieri, The Abdication, Warner Brothers, 1974.
- James Jarvis, Lost in the Stars, American Film Theatre, 1974.
- single gent and Harry Trent, Mr. Quilp (also known as The Old CuriousityShop), AVCO-Embassy, 1975.
- Hugo, Nothing Lasts Forever, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984.
- Also appeared in The Reckoning, Columbia, 1969.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; PLAYS
- The Three Sisters, The Skin Game, and A Tragedy of Two Ambitions.