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Tony Award-Winning Shakespearean Actor Paul Rogers Dies at 96

Rogers is best known for his Tony Award-winning performance in the original production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming.

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Paul Rogers
Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers, a Tony Award-winning English actor of film, stage, and television, died in London on October 6 at the age of 96.

Rogers made his film debut in 1932 after training at the Michael Chekhov Theatre Studio at Dartington Hall. He spent much of his early career with the Old Vic company, performing in a number of Shakespearean works including Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2), The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, A Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Othello, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew.

He later traveled with the company to Broadway for a three-month period in 1956, performing four plays in repertory at the Winter Garden Theatre: King Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Troilus and Cressida. Rogers went on to earn a Tony nomination for his 1963 role in Peter Ustinov's Photo Finish, and in 1967, he won a Tony Award for his leading performance in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. He made his last Broadway appearance in 1981 in a production of Ronald Harwood's The Dresser.

In addition to his work onstage, Rogers made frequent appearances on British television and has a number of film credits including Beau Brummell, Svengali, Our Man in Havana, Billy Budd, The Shoes of the Fisherman, and Three Into Two Won't Go.

Rogers had two children with his first wife, Muriel Jocelyn Maire Wynne, and two additional children with his second wife, Rosalind Boxall. He remained married to Boxall until her death in 2004.

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