Wayne Rogers

Wayne Rogers

actor, producer, writer

Wayne Rogers was born on Apr 07, 1933 in USA. Wayne Rogers's big-screen debut came with Law of the Plainsman - Season 1 directed by Paul Landres in 1959, strarring Deputy Billy Lordan / Frank Anderson. Wayne Rogers is known for The Gig directed by Frank D. Gilroy, Wayne Rogers stars as Marty Flynn and Cleavon Little as Marshall Wilson. Wayne Rogers has got 1 awards and 2 nominations so far. The most recent award Wayne Rogers achieved is Walk of Fame. The upcoming new movie Wayne Rogers plays is The Goodbye Bird which will be released on Apr 02, 2004.

Tough around the edges and with a handsome durability, Alabama-bred Wayne Rogers was born in Birmingham on April 7, 1933. He graduated from Princeton with a history degree in 1954 and joined the Navy before giving acting a thought. During his military service, however, he became associated with theater by happenstance and decided to give it a try after his discharge.Studying with renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner and dancer Martha Graham at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Rogers toiled for years in off-Broadway and regional plays ("Bus Stop", "No Time for Sergeants") and had a short stint on the daytime soap The Edge of Night (1956) before making a minor dent in films, including small roles in Le coup de l'escalier (1959), Les compagnons de la gloire (1965) and Luke la main froide (1967). Rogers finally hit co-star status opposite Robert Bray in the short-lived TV western series Stagecoach West (1960) and co-produced and wrote the script for the cult sci-fi cheapie Astro-Zombies (1968) in-between.It wasn't until 1972, when the 39-year-old actor nabbed the role of "Trapper John," a Korean War surgeon, in the classic comedy series M.A.S.H. (1972), that he found elusive stardom. Alongside Alan Alda's "Hawkeye Pierce", the TV show was a huge hit and the two enjoyed equal success at the beginning. Slowly, however, Wayne's character started getting the short end of the stick as the wry, sardonic, highly appealing Alda became a resounding audience favorite. Frustrated at turning second-banana to Alda, he quit the series (his character was discharged) after three seasons amid a contractual dispute. Mike Farrell replaced him in the cohort role of "B.J. Hunnicut" and the show enjoyed several more award-winning seasonsTV movies came Wayne's way throughout the late '70s and a couple more comedy series, including House Calls (1979), in which Wayne received a Golden Globe nomination, but nothing would equal the success he found during the M.A.S.H. (1972) years. Sporadic filming in Once in Paris... (1978), Adorables Faussaires (1981), The Gig (1985) and L'heure du crime (1987) also failed to raise his standard, nor did his starring work in the TV movies He's Fired, She's Hired (1984), The Lady from Yesterday (1985), Un type formidable (1986), American Harvest (1987), Drop-Out Mother (1988), Panique en plein ciel (1990).Broaching the millennium, Rogers was lesser seen, but found some featured roles in such films as Les fantômes du passé (1996), Love Lies Bleeding (1999), Danger à domicile (2001) and Three Days of Rain (2002). He would be last glimpsed in the Hollywood-themed comedy Nobody Knows Anything! (2003) in which he also served as producer. Wayne found renewed respect as a businessman and investor in later years, managing the affairs of such stars as Peter Falk and James Caan, among others. He died on New Year's Eve of 2015 of complications from pneumonia. He was 82.

  • Birthday

    Apr 07, 1933
  • Place of Birth

    Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Known For


1 wins & 2 nominations

Walk of Fame
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame

Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows