Fay Roope

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Fay Roope
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Fay Roope in Viva Zapata (1952)
Born Winfield Harding Roope
October 20, 1893
Allston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died (1961-09-13)September 13, 1961 (aged 67)
Port Jefferson, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1922–1961

Fay Roope (born Winfield Harding Roope; October 20, 1893 – September 13, 1961) was a Harvard graduate and a character actor who appeared in American theater in New York City from the 1920s through 1950, and in American film and television from 1949 through 1961.

Early life[edit]

Winfield Harding Roope was born October 20, 1893 in Allston, Massachusetts, near Boston, the only son of George Winfield Roope and Lucie Mattie Jacobs, a wealthy couple listed in Newton's Blue Book.[1] He "prepared" at Stone School for Boys, a Boston boarding school, and attended Harvard University from 1912 to 1916. During his time there, he appeared in varied dramatic and musical roles in school productions.[2] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the university in 1916.[3]

Acting career[edit]

He began acting professionally on stage in New York City in the early 1920s, and continued to do so for almost thirty years, appearing both off and on Broadway.[4] He moved into film around 1950. He did do some television in the early 1950s, but did most of his television work in dramas during the last five years of his life, from 1955 on.

Broadway career[edit]

His first appearance on the Broadway stage was in the musical revue One Helluva Night, on June 4, 1924.[5] From September 5, 1924 through September 12, 1925, he played Lieutenant Aldrich in the drama What Price Glory?.[5] From March 30, 1949 through April 9, 1949, he played Colonel Jared Rumley in the comedy The Biggest Thief in Town. His last appearance on Broadway was in the first Broadway production of The Madwoman of Chaillot, June 13–25, 1950.[5]

Film career[edit]

Fay Roope portrayed generals, admirals and colonels, in such movies as From Here To Eternity, Rock Hudson's Seminole, the Gary Cooper comedy You're in the Navy Now, and the original version of the science-fiction classic film The Day the Earth Stood Still. He played Mexican president, Porfirio Díaz in the movie Viva Zapata.[citation needed]

Film roles[edit]

  • Callaway Went Thataway (1951) playing Tom Lorrison
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) (uncredited) playing Major General
  • The Frogmen (1951) (uncredited) playing Adm. Dakers
  • You're in the Navy Now (1951) (uncredited) playing Carrier Admiral
  • Assignment: Paris (1952) (uncredited) playing American Ambassador
  • Washington Story (1952) playing Caswell
  • The Brigand (1952) playing Mons. De Laforce
  • Young Man with Ideas (1952) playing Kyle Thornhill
  • Carbine Williams (1952) playing Ed - District Attorney
  • Deadline - U.S.A. (1952) (uncredited) playing Surrogate Court Judge
  • My Six Convicts (1952) playing Warden George Potter
  • Viva Zapata! (1952) playing President Porfirio Díaz
  • Indian Uprising (1952) (uncredited) playing Maj. Gen. George Crook
  • Man of Conflict (1953) playing Ed Jenks
  • A Lion Is in the Streets (1953) (uncredited) playing Governor Charles Snowden
  • Clipped Wings (1953) playing Col. Davenport
  • From Here to Eternity (1953) (uncredited) playing Gen. Slater
  • The Charge at Feather River (1953) playing Lt. Col. Kilrain
  • The System (1953) playing Roger Stuart
  • Seminole (1953) playing Col. Zachary Taylor
  • All Ashore (1953) playing Commodore Stanton
  • Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1953) (uncredited) playing Colonel Thomas B. Richards
  • The Clown (1953) playing Doctor Strauss
  • The Atomic Kid (1954) playing Gen. Lawlor
  • The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) (uncredited) playing City Editor
  • Naked Alibi (1954) playing Commissioner F.J. O'Day
  • The Black Dakotas (1954) playing John Lawrence
  • Living It Up (1954) playing Man
  • The Lone Gun (1954) playing Mayor Booth
  • Alaska Seas (1954) playing Captain Walt Davis
  • Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955) playing Fulton Andrews
  • The Rack (1956) playing Col. Dudley Smith
  • The Proud Ones (1956) playing Markham
  • The True Story of Jesse James (1957) (uncredited) playing Tom Trope
  • The FBI Story (1959) playing Dwight McCutcheon

Television career[edit]

Faye Roope played judges in Raymond Burr's Perry Mason TV series, had a continuing role as Mr. Botkin in the long-lasting western Gunsmoke, and appeared as an older man of authority in many TV Western's of the 1950s. He played the old-west hanging judge in the classic 1960 Twilight Zone time-travel episode Execution, and appeared in many of the classic drama anthology shows of American television's Golden Age.

Roles in television episodes[edit]

  • The Philco Television Playhouse
    The Beautiful Bequest (1949)
  • The Ford Television Theatre
    Junior (1952)
  • Mr. & Mrs. North
    Till Death Do Us Part (1952) playing Edward Barry
    House Behind the Wall (1953) playing Richard Burton
  • Fireside Theatre
    Grey Gardens (1953) playing Justin
  • Racket Squad
    The Knockout (1951) playing Clayton Carswell
    The Strange Case of James Doyle (1952) playing Jim Doyle
    Sting of Fate (1953) playing Albert (Husband)
  • The Lone Ranger
    Message to Fort Apache (1954) playing Colonel Gaines
  • City Detective
    The Blonde Orchid (1954) playing Police Commissioner Ralph
  • The Public Defender
    The Case of the Parolee (1954) playing Mr. Marshall
  • Climax!
    A Man of Taste (1955)
  • The Millionaire
    The Jerome Wilson Story (1955) playing Dr. Tom Evans
  • Screen Directors Playhouse
    Want Ad Wedding (1955) playing Reverend Walker
  • Studio 57
    Cubs of the Bear (1954) playing Amos Harlock
    "The Senorita and the Texan" (1955) playing Don Luis
  • Soldiers of Fortune
    The General (1955) playing General DeSaba
  • Celebrity Playhouse
    Tantrum Size 12 (1956)
  • Ford Star Jubilee
    The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956)
  • Broken Arrow
    Indian Medicine (1957) playing Tyoe
  • Tales of Wells Fargo
    The Inscrutable Man (1957) playing Mr. Harper
  • Zane Grey Theater
    The Bitter Land (1957) playing Morgan Batterson
  • Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
    The Lonely Wizard (1957) playing Dr. Elliott
  • The Californians
    The Search for Lucy Manning (1957)
  • Code 3
    The Man with Many Faces (1957) playing Dr. Matthews
  • Panic!
    Child's Play (1957) playing Charlie Jennings
  • Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal
    Dr. Means' Surgery (1955) (as Fay Roupe) playing Chairman
    Love in White Shoes (1957)
  • The Adventures of Jim Bowie
    Bayou Tontine (1957) playing Etienne Broussard
    Curfew Cannon (1958) playing Etienne Rochambeau
  • The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp'
    Frontier Journalism was Fearless (1955) playing Colonel Josh Clanton
    The Frontier Theatre (1956) playing Older Actor
    The Underdog (1958) playing Uncle George Jackson
  • The Court of Last Resort
    The Westover Case (1958) playing Dan Tackberry
  • Dragnet
    The Big Oskar (1958) playing Oskar Hovejg
  • Perry Mason
    The Case of the Gilded Lily (1958) playing Judge Kyle
    The Case of the Hesitant Hostess (1958) playing Judge
  • The Rifleman [6]
    The Brother-in-Law (1958) playing Jeff Stacey
    The Legacy (1959) playing Doc Burrage
    The Spiked Rifle (1959) playing Barton
    Panic (1959) playing Doc Burrage
  • Bonanza
    The Magnificent Adah (1959) playing Castellan
  • Gunsmoke
    "Change of Heart (1959) playing Mr. Botkin
    Murder Warrant (1959) playing Mr. Botkin
    The F.U. (1959) playing Mr. Botkin
  • Have Gun, Will Travel
    Killer's Widow (1958) playing E.J. Randolph
    Alaska (1959) playing Wade
  • Rawhide
    Incident on the Edge of Madness (1959) playing Mayor Haslip
  • Tate
    The Gunfighters (1960) playing Keefer
  • The Chevy Mystery Show
    Fear Is the Parent (1960) playing Dow
  • The Texan
    Desert Passage" (1958) playing Ben Atkins
    The Accuser (1960) playing Mr. Benton
  • The Twilight Zone
    Execution (1960) playing Judge
  • Cheyenne
    Gold, Glory and Custer - Prelude (1960) playing Commissioner Brady
    Gold, Glory and Custer - Requiem (1960) playing Commissioner Brady
  • The Tom Ewell Show
    The Old Magic (1961) playing Dutton

Personal life[edit]

Fay Roope married Marie Teresa Roope. They had two children, Martha and George, and many grandchildren. He died on September 13, 1961, in Port Jefferson, New York, aged 67.


  1. ^ Blue Book of Newton, MA For 1910. Between the Lakes Group LLC. 2006. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-9766342-8-7. 
  2. ^ The Radcliffe News. Radcliffe College. 1914. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Quinquennial catalogue of the Officers and Graduates, Harvard University", Harvard University (1920), p. 503
  4. ^ Faye Roope webpage (falsely showing him as Female) on the Internet Broadway Database website
  5. ^ a b c Profile, IMDb.com; accessed October 5, 2015.
  6. ^ http://www.trend-chaser.com/entertainment/secrets-of-tvs-the-rifleman-more-than-just-guns-and-good-times/74/

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