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Wayne Rogers

Highest Rated:   100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Lowest Rated:   26% Jamesy Boy (2014)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
67% Pocket Money
  • Stretch Russell
1999
45% 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
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
No Score Yet Odds Against Tomorrow
  • Soldier in Bar
1959

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