Paul Rogers (actor)
22 March 1917|
Plympton, Devon, England, UK
|Died||6 October 2013
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Muriel Jocelyn Maire Wynne (19??-1955; divorced); 2 children
Rosalind Mary Boxall (1955–2004; her death); 2 children)
Paul Rogers (22 March 1917 – 6 October 2013) was an English actor of film, stage and television. He was a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1955 and a Tony Award Best Actor winner for The Homecoming in 1967.
Early life and career
Paul Rogers was born in Plympton, Devon, and attended Newton Abbot Grammar School. He later trained at the Michael Chekhov Theatre Studio at Dartington Hall. From 1940 to 1946 he served in the Royal Navy, before returning to acting at the Bristol Old Vic.
He went on to appear in many West End and Broadway productions, and won the Tony for Best Actor for his role in Harold Pinter's play The Homecoming in 1967. He played the role of Sir in the first Broadway production of Ronald Harwood's play The Dresser.
Rogers was a long-serving member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His most notable performances with the Company included Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV parts 1 and 2.
His film appearances include Beau Brummel (1954), Our Man in Havana (1959), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), Billy Budd (1962), The Third Secret (1964), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968), The Looking Glass War (1969), Three Into Two Won't Go (1969), The Homecoming (1973) and Oscar and Lucinda (1997).
Paul Rogers was married to Muriel Jocelyn Maire Wynne, by whom he had two children. He married, secondly, Rosalind Boxall and had two more children. He and Boxall remained married until her death in 2004. He died in London in 2013, aged 96.
- The Beachcomber (1954) - Rev. Owen Jones
- Beau Brummel (1954) - William Pitt
- Svengali (1954) - Taffy
- Our Man in Havana (1959) - Hubert Carter
- The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) - Frank Harris
- A Circle of Deception (1960) - Maj. William Spence
- No Love for Johnnie (1961) - Sydney Johnson
- The Mark (1961) - Roy Milne
- The Pot Carriers (1962) - Governor
- Life for Ruth (1962) - Counsel Hart Jacobs
- The Wild and the Willing (1962) - Prof. George Chown
- Billy Budd (1962) - Philip Seymour - First Lieutenant
- Stolen Hours (1963) - Dr. Eric McKenzie
- The Third Secret (1964) - Dr. Milton Gillen
- He Who Rides a Tiger (1965) - Supt. Taylor
- Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher (1968) - Chief Warder
- The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) - Augustinian
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968) - Bottom
- Three Into Two Won't Go (1969) - Jack Roberts
- The Looking Glass War (1969) - Haldane
- The Reckoning (1970) - John Hazlitt
- I Want What I Want (1972) - Mr. Waites
- The Homecoming (1973) - Max
- Lost in the Stars (1974) - James Jarvis
- The Abdication (1974) - Altieri
- Mister Quilp (1975) - Single Gent / Henry Trent
- Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) - Hugo
- Oscar and Lucinda (1997) - Gambling Steward (Last appearance)
- The Independent obituary for Paul Rogers; accessed 10 October 2013.
- "Paul Rogers, Shakespearean Actor and Tony Winner, Dies at 96". The New York Times. 14 October 2013.