• Born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 12 January 1942
• Former actor, best known for his portrayal of Clayton Thaddeus ‘Thad’ Greenwood in the western series “Gunsmoke”
• Retired from acting and began working as a photographer before retiring from photography as well
• Living in Morro Bay in California, and is active in local politics
• Estimated net worth of $1 million
Who is Roger Ewing and what is he doing now?
Roger Ewing was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 12 January 1942 – his zodiac sign is Capricorn and he holds American nationality. He is a former actor, who is perhaps still best known for his portrayal of Clayton Thaddeus ‘Thad’ Greenwood in the western series “Gunsmoke”, which aired from 1955 to 1975 and which starred James Arness, Milburn Stone and Amanda Blake. The story follows Marshall Matt Dillon living in Dodge City, and the series won 15 awards and was nominated for 24 others, including four Golden Globes – Roger appeared in 30 episodes between 2 October 1965 and 25 September 1967.
There are rumors circulating the internet claiming that Roger has died, as he has been staying away from the media’s attention. After he retired from acting, he began working as a photographer before retiring from photography as well, sometime in the late 2000s – today, Roger is living in Morro Bay in California, and is active in local politics.
Early life and education
Roger was raised in Los Angeles alongside his several brothers and sisters, by their father who was a journalist and their mother who was a nurse. He became interested in acting while attending a local high school, but remained focused on his education.
He was physically very active while attending high school, as he played football for his school’s team, and also practiced baseball and lacrosse.
Upon matriculation in 1960, Roger enrolled at a college from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1964, and then focused on acting.
Career as an actor
He made his debut film appearance (uncredited) in 1964, when he portrayed Jackson in the war comedy film “Ensign Pulver”, written and directed by Joshua Logan and which starred Robert Walker Jr., Burl Ives and Waiter Matthau – the film follows Ensign who ends up on a tropical island with his captain after their ship is destroyed in a storm.
In the same year Roger made his debut TV series appearance, when he guest starred as Marvin Grogan in the episode “The Girl Reporter” of the critically acclaimed comedy family fantasy series “Bewitched” which was created by Sol Saks and starred Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York and Dick Sargent – the series won 13 awards and was nominated for 32 others including four Golden Globes while it aired from 1964 to 1972. Roger appeared as Norman in the episode “Look Who’s a Sailor” of the comedy series “The Baileys of Balboa” while he also guest starred in the episodes “The Christmas Show” and “The Green Couch” of the comedy series “The Bing Crosby Show”.
In 1965, he was invited to play Private Swensholm, one of the lead characters in the adventure war movie “None But the Brave”, which was directed by the famous musician Frank Sinatra who also starred in it – it follows a group of Marines who, after surviving a shipwreck during World War II, end up on an island occupied by a few Japanese soldiers.
Roger went on to appear in the episode “The Calf Women” of the western series “Rawhide”, played Carter Case in the episode “Divorce: Mother-in-Law Style” of the comedy series “The Mothers-In-Law”, and was then cast to play Donald Maxwell in the family western film “Smith!” which starred Glenn Ford, Nancy Olson and Dean Jagger in 1969.
Two of Roger’s final roles before he decided to retire from acting were in the episode “Pioneer Pluck” of the western series “Death Valley Days” in which he played Frank Harris in 1970, and in the comedy movie “Play It As It Lays” which starred Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in 1972.
The movie “Midnight Cowboy”
The director of the drama movie “Midnight Cowboy” – John Schlesinger – wanted to cast Roger in the lead role after the two were introduced by actor, film writer and producer William Inge. John told the film’s producer Jerome Hellman about Roger, but after the two met, Jerome decided that Roger wasn’t the right man for the role, which eventually went to Jon Voight.
“Midnight Cowboy” became a huge hit, as it won 28 awards including three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium – it was also nominated for 16 other awards.
Love life and wife
Roger is quite a secretive man who doesn’t like to share details of his love life with the public, but it is known that he hasn’t married and doesn’t have any kids. He met a girl not long after he quit acting, and the two dated for many years – they were often seen walking hand in hand in the streets of Los Angeles by Roger’s fans. Roger asked her to marry him and they spent several months engaged before splitting ways for unknown reasons.
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After this relationship ended, Roger became more focused on himself and his travels, and hasn’t again been seen with a woman.
As of September 2020, Roger is living a single life in Morro Bay.
Hobbies and other interests
Roger has been interested in reading books since his teenage years, and has read over 1,000 to this day, while his favorites are those based on true events.
He spent much of his life travelling and working as a photographer, while he today prefers to stay at home and be involved in politics.
Roger likes to watch both football and soccer matches on TV and is not interested in watching them live at stadiums.
He is a lover of animals and has had several pet dogs.
Roger has his own favorite actor and actress, who are Elvis Presley and Meryl Streep, and a few of his favorite movies are “Viva Las Vegas”, “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Bridges of Madison County”.
Net worth and height
Roger’s age is 78. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 6ft 4ins (1.93m) and he weighs around 180lbs (81kgs).
As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at around $1 million.