Television Loses Another Character Actor
Roger Perry passed away in his home on Thursday due to prostate cancer. He was 85 years old. Perry made appearances on many television series including Star Trek and a starring role on Harrigan and Son.
Roger Perry’s Varied Career
While he isn’t a household name, Roger Perry made appearances on countless television shows from the 1950s through the ’80s. Following a stint in the U.S. Air Force, Perry was discovered by Lucille Ball and played Ted Jarvis on the show U.S. Marshal. In 1960 he played Jim Harrigan Jr. on the short-lived legal drama Harrigan and Son. Although he never found much success as a star again, Perry continued guest spots during his career. He appeared in everything from Emergency! and The Andy Griffith Show to Love, American Style and The Munsters. Most notably, he played John Christopher, a U.S. Air Force pilot who travels through time on Star Trek.
Although the accomplished actor didn’t have many movie credits to his name, he starred in two horror films for American International Pictures. The first film, Count Yorga, The Vampire found Perry in the role of Dr. James Hayes, the doctor who finds Count Yorga’s dark secret. Of course, he meets an untimely demise at the hands of Yorga’s wives. But the film garnered a sequel titled The Return of Count Yorga, and Perry returned in a different role.
Furthermore, he composed music for the stage musical Make a Promise, Keep A Promise. He also composed the score for a musical version of You Never Can Tell. Yes, Roger Perry was a man of many talents. And while he isn’t an instantly recognizable name, he lived a full, creative life and loved what he did. Later in his life, the actor received a Golden Palm Star on the Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, CA. Perry and his wife, Joyce Bulifant lived in Indian Wells, CA until his passing at the age of 85 to prostate cancer.