Roger Clinton Jr.
|Roger Clinton Jr.|
July 25, 1956|
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Molly D'Ann Martin|
Roger Clinton Sr.|
Virginia Clinton Kelley
Bill Clinton (half-brother)|
Chelsea Clinton (half-niece)
Roger Clinton Jr. (born July 25, 1956) is an American actor and musician. He is the younger half-brother of former United States President Bill Clinton.
Roger Clinton Jr. is the only child of car salesman Roger Clinton Sr. and nurse Virginia Dell Cassidy. As a child, Bill Clinton (then Bill Blythe) often had to protect young Roger from his alcoholic and periodically abusive father. From a brief relationship with Martha Spivey, he has a daughter named Macy (b. 1992). He became a musician and formed a rock band named "Dealer's Choice." Clinton married Molly D'Ann Martin on March 26, 1994. Their son Tyler Cassidy Clinton was born on May 12, 1994.
Clinton has had minor roles in several films, including Bio-Dome and Fred Claus, and guest-starred on a number of television shows, including The Nanny as himself (neighbor), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Cybill. He also provided the voice of his half-brother, President Bill Clinton, in an episode of The Blues Brothers Animated Series.
Clinton developed his singing career under the direction of Arkansas' music impresario and manager Butch Stone. He gained professional experience by singing warm-ups for the studio audiences at tapings of the sitcom Designing Women, as well as by working as a lounge singer. As a result of a deal struck by Stone and music-industry attorney Stann Findelle, Clinton was initially contracted to Atlantic Records in 1992. His first album, Nothing Good Comes Easy, was released in September 1993 on the Pyramid/Atlantic/Rhino label. In December 1999, Clinton and his band paid a visit to Pyongyang, performing alongside North and South Korean musical acts.
Conviction and pardon
During his brother's presidential campaign and subsequent administration, Clinton was given the codename "Headache" by the Secret Service due to his controversial behavior. In January 2001, before his brother left office, Clinton was granted a controversial presidential pardon for a 1985 cocaine possession and drug-trafficking conviction. Roger Clinton Jr. had served time in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in a sting operation authorized by then Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton. The pardon allowed for the conviction to be expunged from his criminal record.
Roger Clinton pleaded guilty in August 2001 to a misdemeanor count of reckless driving after Hermosa Beach, California, city prosecutors agreed to drop two driving-under-the-influence (DUI) charges and one count of disturbing the peace against him. He was sentenced then to two years' probation, ordered not to drive with any alcohol or drugs in his system and to pay about $1,350 in fines and costs.
On June 5, 2016, Roger Clinton was arrested for DUI in the seaside city of Redondo Beach, about 20 miles (32 km) south of downtown Los Angeles, California. Since it had been more than ten years since his first DUI, according to California state law, this arrest was also treated as a first-time DUI. Clinton pleaded no contest to the charge of driving while impaired. The charge of driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher was dismissed. As part of his plea agreement, he was sentenced to three years' probation for the DUI, and two days in jail for refusing a chemical test. He was ordered to pay a $390 fine (which increases to nearly $2,000 when penalty assessments, court fees, and other fines are added) and was also ordered to attend a nine-month alcohol program—the most a first-time offender can get—because his blood alcohol content measured 0.230% and 0.237% in a preliminary alcohol screening. In addition, because his arrest occurred in Los Angeles County, under the terms of Assembly Bill 91, the Department of Motor Vehicles also required that he install an ignition interlock device in all vehicles he owned for a minimum of 5 months.
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