Wayne Rogers

Highest Rated: 100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Lowest Rated: 26% Jamesy Boy (2014)
Birthday: Apr 7, 1933
Birthplace: Birmingham, AL, USA
The son of a Rhodes Scholar, Wayne Rogers attended Princeton University and acted with the college's Triangle Club players, then forgot all about performing for several years. After navy service, Rogers headed to New York to learn the intricacies of the world of finance. But with aspiring actor Peter Falk as his roommate, it was only a matter of time before Rogers would again yearn for the smell of greasepaint. He took classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse while supporting himself as a busboy and lifeguard. During these lean years, Rogers amazed Falk and his other friends with his uncanny ability to invest his meager earnings into winning propositions. Even after making it as an actor, Rogers continued dispensing wise financial advice to his show-biz buddies, earning the affectionate soubriquet "The Wizard." After Broadway, film, and daytime soap opera experience, Rogers landed his first prime time TV starring role, playing hard-riding Luke Perry on the 1960 series Stagecoach West. During a lull in his acting career in the mid-1960s, Rogers suddenly turned producer, bankrolling a horror quickie called The Astro Zombies, from which he earned back a 2000% profit on a $47,000 investment. In 1972, Rogers was cast as irreverent army surgeon "Trapper John" McIntyre on a new sitcom called M*A*S*H. Three years later, he abruptly stopped showing up on the set. Claiming that the producers had promised him that he'd be the star of M*A*S*H, Rogers was incensed that Alan Alda had emerged as top dog, so he quit the series cold. The producers slapped on a $2.9 million breach of contract suit, whereupon Rogers countersued; these legal volleys went back and forth for over a year before an amenable settlement was ironed out. Like many other M*A*S*H bailouts, Rogers had difficulty finding success as a solo TV performer: of his three subsequent starring series, City of Angels, House Calls and High Risk, only House Calls (1979-82) lasted beyond its first season. Wayne Rogers has had better luck as the star of such made-for-TV movies as Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975), It Happened One Christmas (1977), The Girl Who Spelled Freedom (1986) and American Harvest (1987). The founder of the Wayne Rogers & Company investment firm, the veteran film and television actor was given his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. He died in 2015, at age 82.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
26% Jamesy Boy Producer 2014
40% Three Days of Rain Actor 2005
No Score Yet Miracle Dogs Dr. Marchant 2003
No Score Yet Nobody Knows Anything Actor 2003
43% Ghosts of Mississippi Morris Dees 1996
No Score Yet The Goodbye Bird Ray Whitney 1993
No Score Yet Age-Old Friends Executive Producer 1989
No Score Yet Drop-Out Mother Jack Cromwell 1988
No Score Yet The Killing Time Jake Winslow 1987
No Score Yet The Girl Who Spelled Freedom Actor 1986
No Score Yet The Gig Marty Flynn 1985
No Score Yet The Lady from Yesterday Actor 1985
No Score Yet Chiefs Will 1983
No Score Yet Hot Touch Danny Fairchild 1981
No Score Yet Once in Paris Michael Moore 1979
67% Pocket Money Stretch Russell 1972
No Score Yet WUSA Calvin Minter 1970
No Score Yet The Astro-Zombies Executive Producer Screenwriter 1968
100% Cool Hand Luke Gambler 1967
No Score Yet Chamber of Horrors Sgt. Albertson 1966
60% The Glory Guys Moyan 1965
86% Odds Against Tomorrow Soldier in Bar 1959

TV

CREDIT
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
Himself
  • 1997
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Charlie Garrett
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1987
No Score Yet House Calls
1979-1982
Dr. Charley Michaels Director
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Capt. John `Trapper John' McIntyre
  • 1978
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Bragin
  • 1966
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Stretch Tom Morey Brack
  • 1965
  • 1962
  • 1959
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Kenneth
  • 1962

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