Roger Mobley

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Roger Mobley
Born Roger Lance Mobley
(1949-01-16) January 16, 1949 (age 67)
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA
Residence Little Rock, Arkansas (2016)
Alma mater Whittier Christian High School in La Habra, California
Occupation Child actor (1958-1967)
Green Beret (1968-1970)
Police officer
Spouse(s) Sharie Barclay Mobley (m. 1968)

Matthew Jason Mobley
Rebekah M. Justice

Elizabeth Rumbaugh
Parent(s) Arthur Lance and Charlene V. Mobley
Website Facebook

Roger Lance Mobley (born January 16, 1949, in Evansville, Indiana) was a busy child actor in the 1950s and 1960s who made more than one hundred television appearances and co-starred in nine feature films in a nine-year career.[1] He joined the Green Berets (46th Special Forces Company) during the Vietnam War and was subsequently a police officer in Beaumont, Texas.[1]


Mobley is one of eight children of Arthur Lance Mobley (April 1, 1922 – August 24, 2002) and Charlene V. Mobley (July 23, 1924 – November 23, 2012). Lance Mobley, as the father was known, was born in Centralia in southern Illinois, and a retired pipefitter at the time of his death in a hospital in Beaumont, Texas. He and Charlene married in 1939, when he was seventeen, and she was fifteen.[2] The couple moved from Indiana in the early 1950s to Pecos in Reeves County in West Texas before they headed in 1957 to Whittier, near Los Angeles, California.

Charlene Mobley was born in rural Oil City north of Shreveport in Caddo Parish in northwestern Louisiana. For many years she was a real estate agent in Beaumont and then Vidor, Texas. For most of her life, she was a lay preacher in various churches in the communities in which the Mobleys resided. The senior Mobleys are interred in Vidor at Restlawn Cemetery.[3]

As of 2012, Roger Mobley had six living siblings, Joe Mobley and wife Patty of Sun City, California; Chuck Mobley and wife Betty Ann of Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Sandra Cook and husband Lee of Port Bolivar, Texas; Renée Mobley Timpeiro of Wichita, Kansas; Lynda Gaye Courtney of Vidor, Texas, and Tami Robichau of Conroe, Texas. Another sister, Linda Rae Mobley, is deceased.[3]


Mobley (pronounced "Mob'-ly" in real life but "Mobe'-ly" as a performer at the behest of studio executives who disliked like the way the former sounds)[4] sang with his older brother and sister in The Little Mobley Trio in Texas where the family then lived. After moving to California when Mobley was six or seven, the trio appeared on the Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour with disappointing results. However, they were spotted by Lola Moore, then the preeminent agent for child actors, who expressed an interest in Roger and arranged his audition for the part of eight-year-old Homer "Packy" Lambert in the NBC Saturday morning western television series, Fury, starring Peter Graves, Bobby Diamond, and William Fawcett. He appeared in thirty-eight episodes of the series.[5] Many of Mobley’s subsequent myriad television guest appearances were also in westerns, but he was capable of playing against type, such as his 1963 role of the troubled youngster Joby Paxton in the episode "Somehow It Gets to Be Tomorrow" of CBS's Route 66.[6]

In 1964, after having been impressed with Mobley's performance as Gustav in Emil and the Detectives, Walt Disney signed him to the title role in the highly acclaimed and Emmy-nominated "Adventures of Gallegher" serials for his Wonderful World of Color. Gallegher is an amateur sleuth newspaper reporter, a character created by the author Richard Harding Davis.[1] Contrary to popular rumor, it is Mobley's name that Walt Disney wrote on his very last memo.[7]

After nine years and appearances in 118 television programs or feature films, Mobley's career was interrupted at the age of eighteen by military service. Mobley was quoted, accordingly: "Uncle Walt [Disney] had plans for me, but so did Uncle Sam, and Uncle Sam won."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Mobley graduated from Whittier Christian High School in La Habra in Orange County, California, at which he played football. On June 7, 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Sharie Barclay, whom he had met in the eighth grade. The Mobleys have three children: Rebekah Mobley Justice, Elizabeth Mobley, and Matthew Jason Mobley (born 1972), formerly a first lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan.

Military service[edit]

In 1968, Mobley was drafted into the United States Army. After boot camp at Fort Ord, California. Mobley asked to have his term of service extended so that he could qualify for training in Special Forces. He completed parachute jump training at Fort Benning, Georgia, after having volunteered for the Special Forces training at the John F. Kennedy Center for Special Warfare at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On completion of his training, Mobley was assigned to the 46th Special Forces Company (Airborne), 1st Special Forces Group. He returned to the United States in November 1970, after service in South Vietnam,[4] having been honorably discharged from the Army.[9]

Back in civilian life, Mobley found that he had little savings from his extensive work as a child actor and was unsuccessful in reviving his acting career.[10] He and his bride, Sharie, relocated to Beaumont, Texas, where he joined the police department. He was also a criminal investigator for the cities of Vidor and Jasper, Texas.[11]

Multiple jobs[edit]

Besides law enforcement, Mobley worked many blue collar jobs, including pipefitter, longshoreman; welder; bull rider; lumberjack; milk delivery driver; Federal Express truck driver; prison guard; and lifeguard. He was a football/basketball coach at a private school in Beaumont. He was employed as a climber/inspector on wind turbine farms around the nation before retiring.[1] As of 2016, he reported working near Little Rock, Arkansas, as a carousal operator at the Little Rock Zoo.[12]

Political and religious beliefs[edit]

According to his autobiographical sketch on his Facebook page, Mobley appears to be a staunch Christian conservative who opposes legalized abortion, same-sex marriage, and divorce. He calls the Bible his favorite book. He is a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.


Year Title Role Notes
1958-1960 Fury Homer "Packy" Lambert 38 episodes
1959 Buckskin Noah Wesley Episode: "Mr. Rush's Secretary" (with Jane Darwell)
1959 Bachelor Father Little Leaguer Episode: Bentley Goes to Washington" (with Whit Bissell, Sue Ane Langdon, and Flip Mark)
1959 A Dog's Best Friend Pip Wheeler Film (with Bill Williams and Marcia Henderson)
1959-1963 Wagon Train Multiple roles Eight episodes
1960 Hawaiian Eye Stevie Hughes Episode: "With This Ring" (with Paul Richards and Ruta Lee)
1960 The Runaway Felipe Roberto Film
1960-1961 The Detectives Boy and Paul Two episodes: "A Barrel Full of Monkeys" and "Shuttle"
1961 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre Little Martin Episode: "The Scar" (with Lew Ayres, Mort Mills, Patricia Barry, and Alan Hale, Jr.)
1961 The Donna Reed Show Tony Martin, Jr. Episode: "Tony Martin Visits" (with Tony Martin)
1961 Outlaws Davey Morgan Episode: "Blind Spot" (with Gary Merrill)
1961 National Velvet Bradley Walton, III Episode: "The Riding Mistress" (with Richard Deacon and Beverly Lunsford)
1961 The Silent Call Guy Brancato Film (with Gail Russell and David McLean)
1961 The Loretta Young Show Henry Sands, Jr. Episode: "Not in Our Stars" (with Loretta Young and H. M. Wynant)
1961 Boy Who Caught a Crook Kid Children's film
1961 Gunsmoke Thad Ferrin Episode: "Miss Kitty" (with Frank Sutton, Harold J. Stone, and Dabbs Greer)
1961-1962 87th Precinct Danny and Lane Conners, respectively Episodes: "Lady Killer" and "A Bullet for Katie"
1961 and 1963 Death Valley Days Little Matt Denby and Matt, respectively Episodes: "The Madstone" (with Myron Healey) and "Deadly Decision" (with James Caan)
1961 and 1965 Dr. Kildare Jamie Carroll and Alan Burnside, respecively Episodes: "Hit and Run" and "The Time Buyers"
1962 Straightaway Dale Episode: "A Moment in the Sun" (with Robert Blake)
1962 The Tall Man David Harper Episode: "St. Louis Woman" (with Jan Clayton and Russ Conway)
1962 Alcoa Premiere Lonnie Dunlap "Second Chance" (with Earl Holliman, Andrew Prine, Cliff Robertson, Jacqueline Scott, Roy Barcroft, and Don "Red" Barry)
1962 Frontier Circus Andy Jukes Episode: "Mighty Like Rogue" (with J. Pat O'Malley, Jena Engstrom, and Joby Baker)
1962 The Law and Mr. Jones Tommy Pierce Episode: "The Boy Who Said 'No'" (with Russell Johnson and Eve McVeagh)
1962 Jack the Giant Killer Peter Adventure film
1962 The Virginian Homer Tatum Episode: "Throw a Long Rope" (with fellow guest stars John Anderson, Ted Knight, and Jacqueline Scott)
1962 The Wide Country (series spun off from Alcoa Premiere episode above) Billy-Joe Perry Episode: "Journey Down a Dusty Road" (with Wallace Ford)
1962 Cheyenne Gabe Morse and Billy Zachary Episodes "The Idol" and "Sweet Sam"
1962 Going My Way Miles Corbin Episode: "Ask Me No Questions" (with Kevin McCarthy and Joanne Linville)
1962 Empire Kieran Haskell Episode: "When the Gods Laugh" (with James Gregory)
1962-1963 Our Man Higgins Jamie and Jamie MacDermott, respectively Two episodes: "Golf Partner" and "The Royal and Ancient Game" (both with Roy Roberts)
1963 Inside Danny Baker Danny Baker Television film
1963 Route 66 Joby Paxton Episode: "Somehow It Gets to Be Tomorrow" (with Martin Balsam)
1963 I'm Dickens, He's Fenster Ralph Episode: "Number One Son"
1963 The Dakotas Christopher Deus Episode: "Feud at Snake River"
1963 Dime with a Halo Jose Film
1964 Insight The Urchin Episode: "The Urchin"
1964 Ben Casey Paul Hamilton, Jr. Episode: "Keep Out of Reach of Adults" (with Richard Kiley and Geraldine Brooks)
1964 Destry Toby Brady Episode: "Red Brady's Kid"
1964 Emil and the Detectives Gustav Film
1964-1980 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Multiple roles 17 episodes
1965 The Farmer's Daughter Alan Page Episode: "Follow the Leader"
1967-1968 Dragnet Audie Fulton and Charles L. Vail, respectively Episodes: "The Big Kids" and "The Big Departure"
1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Sentry Film
1980 The Kids Who Knew Too Much Police sergeant Television film


  1. ^ a b c d Roger Mobley biography on, site defunct
  2. ^ "Lance Mobley obituary". The Beaumont Enterprise, August 27, 2002. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Charlene Mobley obituary, Claybar-Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home & Cemetery, Beaumont, Texas, accessed February 22, 2013
  4. ^ a b "Fury and My Friend Flicka". You Tube. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ Feature Players, Vol. 3, Tom and Jim Goldrup, 1997, Ben Lomond, California, p. 204.
  6. ^ "Somehow It Gets to Be Tomorrow on Route 66". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ Walt Disney's last memo on You Tube.
  8. ^ Growing up on the set, Tom & Jim Goldrup, McFarland & Co.,Inc., Jefferson, North Carolina, 2002, p. 212.
  9. ^ Ken Dennis, Interview with Roger Mobley for Classic Images Magazine, 2012
  10. ^ "Roger Mobley biography". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ Growing up on the set, Tom and Jim Goldrup, McFarland & Co., Inc., Jefferson, North Carolina, 2002 p. 213.
  12. ^ Roger Mobley's Facebook page


  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. p. 210-217. ISBN 1476613702. 
  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 288-289.

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