Roger Smith, best known for his role as private detective Jeff Spencer in 77 Sunset Strip was a versatile actor. In his lifetime he appeared in number of movies and television serials. His role in the comedy series "Mr. Roberts," was well admired by audiences. He also appeared in movies including "Man of a Thousand Faces," "No Time to Be Young" and "Auntie Mame."
Smith, a native of California, from early childhood was interested in acting and singing. He won several amateur talent prizes as a singer and guitarist. After completing his education from the University of Arizona, he for a brief period served the Naval Reserve. Interested in making career in acting, Smith began looking for suitable roles to play. His efforts bore fruit as he got roles in many TV series and films of late 1950s. Smith starred in movies like Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), No Time to Be Young (1957), Operation Mad Ball (1957), Crash Landing (1958), Auntie Mame (1958) and Rogues' Gallery (1968). On television, he featured in Father Knows Best, Wagon Train and Sugarfoot. His most popular character was in the television detective series 77 Sunset Strip. In this he appeared as a private detective Jeff Spencer. Smith was married twice, first to Australian-born actress Victoria Shaw and then to Ann-Margret. Suffering from Parkinson's disease, he passed away on June 4.
Children: Tracey, Jordan and Dallas
(FOLLOWER OF Mr. ROGER SMITH)
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