Rodger Corser

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Rodger Corser
Rodger Corser.jpg
Born Rodger Corser
28 February 1973
Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Renae Berry (2007–present)
Children Zipporah Mary Corser (2002)
Budd Frederick Corser (2010)
Cilla June Corser (2012)

Rodger Corser (born 28 February 1973) is an Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Owen in the Nine Network crime mini-series Underbelly, based on the Melbourne gangland killings, and Senior Sergeant Lawson Blake in the Network Ten police drama series Rush.

Early life[edit]

Rodger graduated from Deakin University in 1996 with an Honours B.A in Media Studies.[1]

He was lead vocalist in a band called "Tender Prey" in the early 1990s. They played their majority of gigs at the Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster, Victoria, Australia.[citation needed]

He was lead vocalist in a band called "Stone The Crowes". They played "Rolling Stones" and "The Black Crowes" covers as well as many original songs. Their most memorable gig was an amazing set at a private party in Commercial Road, Ferntree Gully in 1994. They released "Perfect Face" on a Nu-Music CD in the mid 90s.

Rodger was also the lead vocalist in a 4-piece cover band called "Sideshow Bob" that played around a few Melbourne pubs during the mid-late 90s (1995-1996) – namely at places like the Royal Hotel in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.


His breakthrough role came in 1998, when he was cast in the leading role (from a field of 6,000) in Rent the musical. Corser portrayed the role of 'Roger', a HIV-positive musician. The show was a box office hit over its Sydney and Melbourne seasons and launched Rodger into a successful career in television. His other theatre credits include Leader of the Pack and Below. In 2009 he took to the stage in the theatre production Secret Bridesmaids' Business.[1]

He portrayed photographer Adam Logan in the Australian television series Last Man Standing and Dr Hugh Sullivan in Home and Away from 2006–2007. He played Detective Senior Constable George Newhouse in the final four episodes of Water Rats in 2001.

Corser played Peter Johnson in the Australian drama series McLeod's Daughters from 2001–2004. He played the lead role of Alex in the Australian movie "Let Me Not" in 2005. Corser has appeared in numerous television commercials, most notably for car maker Hyundai.

In 2008 Corser was cast as Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Owen in the Nine Network crime mini-series Underbelly, based on the Melbourne Gangland Killings.

From 2008-2010 Corser starred as Lawson Blake in the Australian police drama Rush, which follows the lives of members of the prestigious Tactical Response team (TR), which is based on the real life Victoria Police Critical Incident Response Team, a highly mobile unit that fills the operational gap between general duties police and the SWAT-like Special Operations Group.

Corser narrated the first series of Network Ten's factual TV series Recruits, which shows the people in training to become police officers in the New South Wales Police Force and people who have only just started out on the beat. In 2010, Corser started work on Spirited, a new television series on the W channel on Foxtel.

In 2013, Corser starred, alongside Rachel Griffiths, in the American television series Camp.

Corser currently (2012-) stars in the Network Ten 1970's period drama Puberty Blues as philanderer Ferris Hennessy, abusive husband to Yvonne, and father to series protagonist, Gary.

Personal life[edit]

In 2007 Corser married Renae Berry. Berry battled cancer but the couple were pleased to learn at Christmas 2009 that they were expecting their first child.[2] On August 18, 2010, the pair welcomed a son named Budd and a daughter Cilla June Corser on 2012.[3][4] Corser has a daughter, Zipporah Mary, from his previous relationship with the singer Christine Anu.[4] "Zippy" lives with Corser and the rest of his family.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b[dead link]
  2. ^ Byrne, Fiona (28 October 2007). "Campbell's album swings". Sunday Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rodger Corser: The baby we thought we'd never have!". Woman's Day. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Rush star Rodger Corser and Renae Berry expecting first child together". Herald Sun. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 

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