Tony Roper (actor)
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19 August 1941
His first major starring role was in Scotch and Wry. He wrote the classic comedy-drama The Steamie in 1988. He achieved even greater fame in Naked Video and in the spin off series Rab C. Nesbitt, in which he played Rab's partner-in-trouble, Jamesie Cotter. He also starred in the short-lived 1999 sitcom All Along the Watchtower. Tony also had a small part as the postman in the longer version of the 1973 cult film The Wicker Man.
In the theatre he played Tom Weals in Miles Tredinnick's farce It's Now or Never! at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch in 1994. Also starred in a host of other stage plays such as'Willie Rough'By Bill Bryden/The Red Runner' By Billy Connolly/ The usual Alyn Aykbournes and shaws and Shakespeare.alongside this he played comic and dame in various no 1 pantomimes. In the 1980s He co founded the charity football team Dukla Pumpherston who are still playing for charity in the year 2013. Roper has also written Paddies, a conceptual sequel to The Steamie set in Glasgow's "Paddies Market", and two novels based on Rikki Fulton's character Rev. I.M. Jolly. He recently(2004-5) co-wrote and starred as Rikki Fulton in Rikki and Me, a play about the comedy actor Rikki Fulton, which is available on DVD, and appeared as Merv in the 2005 Scottish film On a Clear Day. He was made Dhlit by Abertay university in 2008.
Roper hosted the Celtic VHS/DVD "The Treble" in celebration of Celtic's 2000-2001 treble-winning season, and 'Hoops we did it again' in 2001-02, and is a lifelong Celtic fan. In 2008 he wrote and directed the hit play 'The Celts in Seville' which played at the Pavilion Theatre Glasgow in 2005 and again in 2014. His autobiography is published 2014.