- Roger Smith (actor)
name = Roger Smith
imagesize = 180px
birthname = Roger LaVerne Smith
birthdate = birth date and age|1932|12|18
South Gate, California, USA
occupation = Actor, screenwriter
Ann-Margret(1967-present) Victoria Shaw(1956-1965)
Roger LaVerne Smith (born
December 18, 1932) is an American television and film actorand scriptwriter.
A debonair and handsome leading man in his youth, Smith was born in
South Gate, California, the son of Dallas and Leone Smith. When he was six, his parents enrolled him into a stage school; there he took singing, dancing and elocution lessons. He was educated at the University of Arizonaat Tucson on a football scholarship. He won several amateur talent prizes as a singer and guitarist.
Smith served with the Naval Reserve in
Hawaii. After a chance meeting with the actor James Cagney, he was encouraged to try a career in Hollywood. Cagney had also encouraged other young actors, including Don Dubbins, for whom he found roles in two 1956films.
Smith signed with
Columbia Picturesin 1957and made several films, then moved to Warner Bros.in 1959. His signature television role was as Jeff Spencer, a private detectivein the firm headed by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.Like some other detective shows of the period, this show's title was its address: " 77 Sunset Strip". Smith appeared in seventy-four episodes of the series but left the program in 1962because of a blood clotin his brain. His health continued to decline for some time, and he was forced to retire from acting after Myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease, was diagnosed in 1965. His condition went into remission in 1985. Following his retirement from performing, he has managed his wife Ann-Margret's career and produced her popular Las Vegas stage shows.
Smith appeared on "
This is Your Life" when host Ralph Edwardsdevoted an episode to Ann-Margret. In addition to the appearances credited below, Smith has appeared as himself on several game shows.
Smith married twice. His first wife was
Australian-born actress Victoria Shaw, and together had three children: daughter Tracey (b. 1957), son Jordan (b. 1958), and son Dallas (b. 1961). They divorced in 1965. He is currently married to Swedish-born actress Ann-Margretsince 8 May 1967.
Original Amateur Hour( 1948)...as a singerand guitaristwith Ted Mack
Damon Runyon Theater: "Hot Oil" (1956) .... Richard
Celebrity Playhouse: "Faith" (1956)
Ford Theatre: "Stand by to Dive" (1956) .... Skee Langford
Ford Theatre: "A Past Remembered" (1956) .... Jug Jensen
Ford Theatre: "Never Lend Money to a Woman" (1956) .... Carter
Sheriff of Cochise:" "The Kidnapper" (1957) .... Jim
West Point:" "M-24" (1957)
The George Sanders Mystery Theater: "Round Trip" (1957)
Father Knows Best" (1957-1958) .... Doyle Hobbs
Wagon Train:" "The Daniel Barrister Story" (1958) .... Dr. Peter Culver
Sugarfoot:" "Yampa Crossing" (1958) .... Gene Blair
77 Sunset Strip" (1958-1963) .... Jeff Spencer
Hawaiian Eye:" "I Wed Three Wives" (1960) .... Jeff Spencer
Surfside 6:" "Love Song for a Deadly Redhead" (1962) .... Jeff Spencer
Kraft Suspense Theatre: "Knight's Gambit" (1964) .... Anthony Griswold Knight
* "Mister Roberts" (1965 Series) .... Lt. Douglas Roberts
* "Hullabaloo" (1966)
Man of a Thousand Faces" (1957) .... Creighton Chaney at 21
Operation Mad Ball" (1957) .... Cpl. Berryman
No Time to Be Young" (1957) .... Bob Miller
Crash Landing" (1958) .... John Smithback
Auntie Mame" (1958) .... Patrick Dennis -older
Never Steal Anything Small" (1959) .... Dan Cabot
For Those Who Think Young" (1964) (uncredited) .... Detective
Rogues' Gallery" (1968) .... Richard Rogue
Sette uomini e un cervello" (1968) .... Un giocatore
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