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Adam Roarke

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Roarke was born Richard Jordan Gerler in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a street gang member during his youth. His father was a vaudeville comedian and his mother was a chorine, showgirl. Richie, as he was affectionately called by friends, began his acting career under the name Jordan Grant; however, when he signed on with Universal Studios in 1957, he was told that he needed to change the name, because the studios already had one Mr. Grant (Cary Grant, that is) under contract. Roarke appeared in a number of television series during the late 50s and early 60s, including the role of Communications Officer Garrison in the original Star Trek pilot. He appeared in a string of AIP biker pictures along with Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, and Bruce Dern in the late 1960s, beginning with Hells Angels on Wheels (1967), and culminating with The Losers (subsequently retitled Nam's Angels) in 1970. In 1974, Roarke appeared in the financially-successful car chase film Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, with Fonda and Susan George, a role which showcased his range of acting skill despite the level of the material. His "breakout role" came in 1980 when he portrayed Raymond Bailey, a self-important leading man whose stunt double was played by Steve Railsback in The Stunt Man. Peter O’Toole befriended Roarke during filming, and the two became drinking buddies. Unfortunately, Roarke was unable to keep up with O’Toole, and was hospitalized with delirium tremens before shooting was concluded. Word spread around Hollywood quickly, and Roarke had difficulty finding work as a result. However, an offer to work on a low-budget independent film brought him to Austin, Texas in 1982. At the time, Texas had a burgeoning movie industry—billing itself as the "Third Coast"—but lacked any real opportunities for aspiring film actors to learn their craft from industry veterans. Recognizing this need, Roarke opened the "Film Actors Lab" in the Dallas Communications Complex at the Studios in Las Colinas. "Graduates" of his program include Darryl Cox, Benton Jennings, Lar Park Lincoln and Lou Diamond Phillips. In 1989, Roarke married Carla DeLane, and they had one child together. A child from Roarke’s previous marriage, Jordan Gerler, was also an actor, appearing in Rolling Tunder in 1987. Roarke died in Euless, Texas of an apparent heart attack. Description above from the Wikipedia article Adam Roarke, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Aug 8, 1937 In Brooklyn, New York
Movie/TV Credits:
31
First Appeared:
In the movie 13 West Street 1962-02-23
Latest Project:
Movie Dangerous Touch 1994-01-01
Known For
Poster of The Losers
Poster of Medical Center
Poster of Star Trek
Poster of The Virginian
Filmography
Movie Dangerous Touch Robert Turner 1994-01-01
Movie Trespasses Unknown 1986-07-05
Movie The Beach Girls Carl Purdue 1982-03-26
Movie The Stunt Man Raymond Bailey 1980-06-27
Movie Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell Howard Hawks 1978-01-01
Series The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown 1977-01-30
Series CHiPs Ray Evans 1977-09-15
Movie The Four Deuces Russ Timmons - the Reporter 1976-12-17
Movie How Come Nobody's on Our Side? Unknown 1974-11-08
Movie Dirty Mary Crazy Larry Deke Sommers 1974-05-17
Movie This Is a Hijack Mike Christie 1973-06-01
Movie Frogs Clint Crockett 1972-03-10
Movie Play It as It Lays Carter Lang 1972-10-19
Movie A Bullet for Pretty Boy Preacher 1970-07-15
Movie The Losers Duke 1970-06-08
Movie Hell's Belles Tampa 1969-04-29
Series Medical Center Unknown 1969-09-24
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Movie Psych-Out Ben 1968-03-06
Movie The Savage Seven Kisum 1968-05-01
Movie Hells Angels on Wheels Buddy 1967-06-01
Movie Women of the Prehistoric Planet Sgt. Harris 1966-04-14
Series Star Trek C.P.O. Garrison (archive footage) 1966-09-08
Movie Cyborg 2087 Deputy Dan 1966-10-01
Movie El Dorado Matt MacDonald 1966-12-17
Series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Cantrell 1964-09-22
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Movie 13 West Street Unknown 1962-02-23
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20