Ivan Rogers (actor)

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Ivan Rogers
Born September 20, 1954
Died August 22, 2010(2010-08-22) (aged 55)
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, director, producer, musician
Years active 1980s - 2010

Ivan Rogers (1954–2010) was an independent film actor, director and producer. He was also a musician. He appeared to be following in the footsteps of his mentor, fellow Indiana native, Fred Williamson.

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Rogers was born on September 20, 1954. He was one of three boys born to Paul B. Rogers and his wife Ola. His father was a building contractor. [1]

Rogers studied at Ball State University and was in a music program. He left the university to become a professional musician. He worked in various R&B bands and even backed Marvin Gaye. He was also a martial artist and a second dan black belt. A professional kick boxer, he competed in martial arts and kickboxing tournaments in the US and abroad. [2] [3] He was approached by a video disc company executive to make an instructional video which he ended up starring in as well as writing and producing. In his travels he met former Elvis Presley bodyguard Mike Stone who had a degree of success with producing made-for-television movies. On the advice of Stone, Rogers moved to Los Angeles to further his film career. Fred Williamson gave him advice on other aspects of the film business. [4]

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In the mid 1980s, he had a video out called Karate & Self Defense, released through Best Film & Video Corporation. [5]

His 1987 film Two Wrongs Make a Right was directed by Robert Brown. It had a resemblance harking back to the black actioners of the 1970s. According to Variety Film Reviews it also had an abstract tone and a similarity to work by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville. [6] He produced and directed Caged Women II about a woman who encounters, drugs, molestation and torture. Rogers played Detective Nate Penna in the film. [7] [8] His films include Forgive Me Father which came out in the early 2000s. [9] In the film Rogers plays a hit man who has been living as a priest in Canada. Thought to be dead Father Virgil Garrett (played by Rogers [10] ) goes after the people who killed his brother. [11] It premiered at the Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indiana in March 2000. Rogers donated a portion of the premiere takings to Indianapolis Police department. [12] [13]

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He died in Indianapolis on 22 August 2010. [14]

Selected filmography

TitleRoleDirectorYearNotes #
One Way OutDet. Joe Weeks Paul Kyriazi 1986
Two Wrongs Make a RightFletcher QuinnRobert Brown1987screen story and screenplay by Ivan Rogers
Slow Burn Murphy John Eyres 1989
BallbusterRoosevelt ProphetEddie Beverly Jr.1989
The RunnerLewis T. HoldenChris Jones1992
Striking Point Capt. MatthewsThomas H. Fenton1995
Karate RaiderEdwards Ronald L. Marchini, Charlie Ordonez 1995
Caged Women II Det. Nate PennaIvan Rogers1996Screenplay by Ivan Rogers
Laserhawk Col. Lewis Teagarden USAFJean Pellerin1997
Forgive Me Father Father Virgil GarrettIvan Rogers2001
Down 'n Dirty Bartender Fred Williamson 2001
The Payback ManJesse ColeIvan Rogers2010Story by Ivan Rogers
Producer, writer, director
TitleRoleYearNotes #
Karate and Self-DefenseWriter, producer1985
One Way Out Producer, screen story and screenplay1986
Tigershark Screenplay1987
Two Wrongs Make a RightProducer, screen story and screenplay1987
Caged Women IIDirector, producer, screenplay & story1996
Forgive Me Father Director, producer2001
The Payback ManDirector, producer, story2010


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  2. Indianapolis Recorder , January 25, 2002 - Page 5
  3. Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2010, By Harris M. Lentz III - Page 360 Rogers, Ivan
  4. Indianapolis Recorder , January 25, 2002 - Page 5
  5. Billboard Magazine , April 13, 1985 - Page 65 New Releases, HOME VIDEO
  6. Variety Film Reviews , Volume 21 - -
  7. Indianapolis Monthly , Oct 1996 - Page 199 Indiana On Screen
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  10. contactmusic.net - Forgive Me Father
  11. Indianapolis Monthly, January, 1998 - entertainment, BIT PART, One man's voyage through the low-budget film world of Indy auteur Ivan Rogers.
  12. Indianapolis Monthly, Mar 2000 - book Page 33 OUT-OF-THE-HOUSE-EVENTS - EDITED BY LOU HARRY
  13. Indianapolis Monthly, Mar 2000 - Page 46 FILMS
  14. BFI - Ivan Rogers
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