Paul Rogers
Paul Rogers (left) and Keith Baxter in the Broadway production of Sleuth (1971)
Born(1917-03-22)22 March 1917
Died6 October 2013(2013-10-06) (aged 96)
London, England
Years active1932–1997
Muriel Jocelyn Maire Wynne
(m. 1939; div. 1955)
Rosalind Mary Boxall
(m. 1955; died 2004)

Paul Rogers (22 March 1917 – 6 October 2013) was an English actor of film, stage and television.[1] He was the first winner of the BAFTA TV Award Best Actor in 1955 and won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play 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 during World War II, 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.[2]

Later career

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), Three Into Two Won't Go (1969), The Looking Glass War (1970), The Homecoming (1973) and Oscar and Lucinda (1997).

He also appeared frequently on television, in productions such as Romeo and Juliet on Producers' Showcase and Public Eye.

Personal life

Paul Rogers was married to Muriel Jocelyn Maire Wynne, by whom he had two children. His second marriage was to Rosalind Boxall, by whom he also had two children. He and Rosalind remained married until her death in 2004. He died in London in 2013, aged 96.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ The Independent obituary for Paul Rogers; accessed 10 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Paul Rogers, Shakespearean Actor and Tony Winner, Dies at 96". The New York Times. 14 October 2013.