About Roger Smith
Roger LaVerne Smith (December 18, 1932 – June 4, 2017) was an American television and film actor, producer, and screenwriter. He starred in the television detective series ’77 Sunset Strip’, of which Smith made an appearance in 74 episodes, and in the comedy series ‘Mister Roberts’. He pursued his acting career after a chance-meeting with well-renown actor, James Cagney, in which Cagney gave him encouragement.
Smith signed with Columbia Pictures in 1957 and made several films, then moved to Warner Bros. in 1958. On April 16, 1958, Smith appeared with Charles Bickford in “The Daniel Barrister Story” on NBC’s ‘Wagon Train’. His greatest film exposure was the role of the adult Patrick Dennis in ‘Auntie Mame’, with Rosalind Russell. He then starred as Lt. Douglas Roberts in ‘Mister Roberts’, a comedy-drama series on NBC-TV.
He produced two films with Allan Carr, ‘The First Time’ and ‘C.C. and Company’, which he also wrote. Following his retirement from performing due to illness, Roger Smith managed his wife’s career and produced her popular Las Vegas stage shows. Learn More…