Percy Rodriguez

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This article is about the Canadian actor. For the footballer, see Percy Rodriguez (Australian rules footballer).
Percy Rodriguez
Percy Rodriguez 1968
Rodriguez as Dr. Harry Miles in Peyton Place, 1968.
Born Percy Rodrigues
(1918-06-13)June 13, 1918
Montreal, Canada
Died September 6, 2007(2007-09-06) (aged 89)
Indio, California
Occupation Actor

Percy Rodriguez (June 13, 1918 – September 6, 2007) was a Canadian actor who appeared in many television shows and films from the 1950s to the 1980s. Born in the Saint-Henri neighborhood in Montreal, his birth surname was "Rodrigues," but after it was misspelled in a Broadway program early in his career, "Rodriguez" became his de facto stage name and most of his acting credits are under that spelling. He was of Afro-Portuguese heritage.

Life and career[edit]

Rodriguez began his acting career in the 1930s, appearing in stage plays and television series in his native country. He eventually moved to New York City, where he made his Broadway theatre debut in Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic in 1960. Appearing next in The Actors Studio Theatre production of James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie [1] (and, shortly thereafter, in an abbreviated television adaptation on CBS),[2] Rodriguez subsequently became a life member of the Studio.[3]

He first gained widespread notice in 1968 for his role as neurosurgeon Dr. Harry Miles in the primetime soap opera Peyton Place.[4] Rodriguez managed to avoid the stereotypical roles typically given to black actors at the time. His deep, authoritative voice and articulate speaking manner helped Rodriguez to be cast usually as intelligent authority figures. He also narrated numerous movie trailers and documentaries throughout his career. He retired from acting in 1987 but continued to do voiceovers. He spoke of his narration of the trailer for Jaws in the documentary The Shark is Still Working. This was his final public appearance.

Rodriguez died of kidney failure at his Indio, California home.

Selected television work[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

Selected trailers[edit]


  1. ^ Glover, William: "'Blues for Mister Charlie' Premiered". The New London Day. April 25, 1964.
  2. ^ Marsters, Jack: "Dial Turns". July 20, 1964
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 279. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  4. ^ "A Doctor's Role for Negro Actor". Los Angeles Times. 1968-08-08. 

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