Brian Roper est un Acteur Britannique né le 19 aout 1929 à Doncaster (Royaume-uni)
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Brian T. Roper (19 August 1929 – 14 May 1994) was an British-American film and television actor, and, in later years, real estate agent.
^ England and Wales – Civil Registration Indexes: Birth Index, “Births Registered in July, August and September, 1929”, p. 108, General Register Office, London, United Kingdom.
^ Holmstrom (1998), p. 184, column 2.
^ U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Social Security Death Index Master File (SSDI), Washington, D.C.
^ Ragan (1992), 2nd Edition, vol. 2.; no listing in 1st Edition (1976).
Roper played youthful parts during his career due to his young physique, which included his appearance as the animal-loving young boy "Dickon" with a pet fox in The Secret Garden (1949), starring Margaret O'Brien. The Secret Garden was prepared for MGM’s 25th anniversary as a film studio and was heavily promoted in 1949–50. Newspapers would claim his age as 14 at the time. He appeared this age but was actually five years older. Roper was noted for his reddish hair and some freckles.
Born in Doncaster, Roper left England at age 19 on American Overseas Airlines from London on 5 October 1948 via a Constellation plane (number N90922, Flagship Denmark) after his selection for The Secret Garden from more than 100 boys who were tested during a six-month search.
He arrived in Washington, D.C. in the United States on 6 October 1948, en route to MGM-British Studios in Culver City, California (now Sony Pictures Studios) who had paid for his trip. Work on the film began 4 October 1948 and lasted to late November, during a period of excitement regarding the appearance of a predawn bright long-tailed comet (1948 L, aka the Eclipse Comet of 1948) becoming visible. He lived in both Britain and California, depending on shooting locales, and acted for 24 years.
Following his acting career he went briefly into the film industry agency business. Roper married Barbara L. Eaton (aka Barbara L. Stafsudd), in Los Angeles when he was 38 years old, on 30 December 1967. His wife was 13 years younger. Shortly after this marriage, Roper established the Roper School of Real Estate in 1968 in Hayward, California and served as its lecturer and instructor. He would go on to train new salespeople while serving as director of sales training for Red Carpet Realtors in Northern California.
^ Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 12 October 1972, Thursday, p. B-4, advertisement, column 1 (left).
^ Brigham, Ruth. (International News Service Staff Correspondent), New Castle News, New Castle, Pennsylvania, “Brian Excited” in “Around Hollywood”, 6 October 1948, p. 17, column 2, bottom.
^ Johnson, Erskine. Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tennessee, “In Hollywood”, paragraphs 3–4, 24 January 1949, p. 4, column 3. Age is noted as 15.
^ Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897–1957, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. National Archives, Washington, D.C., microfilm roll T715-7663 [roll 7,663 of 8,892 rolls], Air Passenger Manifest – p. 172 (sheet 2 of 2).
^ Brian Roper profile at IMDb.
^ San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California, 10 November 1948, p. 20, columns 1–2. Roper is noted as a new star in an article lamenting insufficient boy actors on the same page, columns 2–3.
^ Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa, Vol. 7, No. 11, 30 November 1948, pp. 94–100.
^ Holmstrom (1998), p. 184, column 3.
^ California Department of Health Services, Center For Health Statistics, California Marriage Index 1960–1985, Sacramento, California, microfiche (of computer printout), p. 7077, line 12 – Roper/Eaton; p. 24263, line 7 – Roper/Stafsudd.
^ The Modesto Bee, Advertisement, 30 June 1968, p. A-11, lower left corner.
^ Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, 13 May 1973, Sunday, p. 11-C, picture of Roper in extreme upper left corner entitled “Training Director”.
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