RODGERS, James Edgar|
James Edgar Rodgers (Oct. 25,1934-Dec 16,2013) was born in San Antonio, Texas, of parents, Gladys Duke and James E Rodgers, Sr. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he played football for a short time in the early 1950s.
From a stint in the military, Jim learned and spoke Russian fluently before moving to Hollywood in the early 1960s where he owned the Hollywood Free Press. During that time he also became an actor under the stage name, Roger 'Jim' Gentry, a name that he used the rest of his life. He appeared in many movies and TV shows during the 60s including Combat and Star Trek.
Co-starring with John Carradine in one of that actor's last movies called, 'The Wizard of Mars,' Jim also appeared in movies with Rosie Greer, Ray Milland and many other actors. In later life he liked to show people the SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) card which he received from then SAG president, Ronald Reagan. See more at http://bit.ly/1dL8uQs.
He is preceded in death by most of his family including his son, Lance. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Gentry, who continues to live in Los Angeles. His family & friends invite those who knew him to a memorial service at 10 am on January 4th at St. Philips Anglican Church, 1408 West 9th Street.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2013