Roper played youthful parts during his career due to his young physique, which included his appearance as the animal-loving young boy "Dickon" with a pet fox in The Secret Garden (1949), starring Margaret O'Brien. The Secret Garden was prepared for MGM’s 25th anniversary as a film studio and was heavily promoted in 1949–50. Newspapers would claim his age as 14 at the time. He appeared this age but was actually five years older. Roper was noted for his reddish hair and some freckles.
Following his acting career he went briefly into the film industry agency business. Roper married Barbara L. Eaton (aka Barbara L. Stafsudd), in Los Angeles when he was 38 years old, on 30 December 1967. His wife was 13 years younger. Shortly after this marriage, Roper established the Roper School of Real Estate in 1968 in Hayward, California and served as its lecturer and instructor. He would go on to train new salespeople while serving as director of sales training for Red Carpet Realtors in Northern California.
^“Brian T. Roper” appears in the England and Wales Birth Index. It appears as such on the air flight manifest reference. The middle initial “T” appears on the Marriage Index reference and also appears in his name in his Modesto Bee advertisement reference, and again in the SSDI entry. All other references use the name without the middle initial.
^Roper is a common surname around this time period in this area of Great Britain, including on the very same England and Wales register. One should note the typed transcription of his age as “19”, which agrees with the Birth Index, on the airflight manifest reference. Birth date in Holmstrom (1998) was erroneously listed as 9 August 1933, the day with a typographical error and the year based on the age of 14 which appeared in the press at his time of flying over to the United States. The Ragan (1992) birth date is listed in error as 19 August 1933, having picked up the year from the Holmstrom (1998) reference.
^Also known as Flagship Copenhagen and Flagship Oslo.
^Flight passenger manifest uses plane number "NC90922".
^Flight passenger manifest: 3rd passenger on list from top. Note name as “ROPER, Brian”, age as “19”, and address info under name as “c/o MGM Brit.Studios, Culver City” [sic], and occupation as “Actor.” Also note second listed passenger as “FLYNN, Mona Valery” with address info as “c/o MGM Studios, Culver City, CAL.” [sic], and occupation as “Artist Manager”.
^Ragan (1992), 2nd Edition, vol. 2.; no listing in 1st Edition (1976).
^Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 12 October 1972, Thursday, p. B-4, advertisement, column 1 (left).
^ abBrigham, Ruth. (International News Service Staff Correspondent), New Castle News, New Castle, Pennsylvania, “Brian Excited” in “Around Hollywood”, 6 October 1948, p. 17, column 2, bottom.
^Johnson, Erskine. Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tennessee, “In Hollywood”, paragraphs 3–4, 24 January 1949, p. 4, column 3. Age is noted as 15.
^ abPassenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897–1957, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. National Archives, Washington, D.C., microfilm roll T715-7663 [roll 7,663 of 8,892 rolls], Air Passenger Manifest – p. 172 (sheet 2 of 2).
^California Department of Health Services, Center For Health Statistics, California Marriage Index 1960–1985, Sacramento, California, microfiche (of computer printout), p. 7077, line 12 – Roper/Eaton; p. 24263, line 7 – Roper/Stafsudd.
^The Modesto Bee, Advertisement, 30 June 1968, p. A-11, lower left corner.
^Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, 13 May 1973, Sunday, p. 11-C, picture of Roper in extreme upper left corner entitled “Training Director”.
^Hopper, Hedda. Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine, “Looking At Hollywood”, January 15, 1949, p. 9.
Holmstrom, John (1998), The Moving Picture Boy – An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, 2nd Revised Edition, Michael Russell (Publishing) Ltd., Wilby Hall, Wilby, Norwich, England, Great Britain; ISBN 0-85955-178-4 (ISBN 978-0-85955-178-6), hardcover. 1st Edition 1996.