|Born||September 20, 1954|
|Died|| August 22, 2010 55) (aged|
|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.
Frederick Robert Williamson, also known as The Hammer, is an American actor and former professional American football defensive back who played mainly in the American Football League during the 1960s. Williamson is perhaps best known for his film career; starring as Tommy Gibbs in the 1973 crime drama film Black Caesar and its sequel Hell Up in Harlem. Williamson also had other notable roles in other 1970s blaxploitation films such as; Hammer (1972), That Man Bolt (1973) and Three the Hard Way (1974).
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.
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.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.
Ball State University, commonly referred to as Ball State or BSU, is a public coeducational research university in Muncie, Indiana, United States, with two satellite facilities in Fishers and Indianapolis. On July 25, 1917, the Ball brothers, industrialists and founders of the Ball Corporation, acquired the foreclosed Indiana Normal Institute for $35,100 and gave the school and surrounding land to the State of Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly accepted the donation in the spring of 1918, with an initial 235 students enrolling at the Indiana State Normal School – Eastern Division on June 17, 1918.
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including "Ain't That Peculiar", "How Sweet It Is ", and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", and duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Diana Ross, and Tammi Terrell. He earned the titles "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul".
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".
In the mid 1980s, he had a video out called Karate & Self Defense, released through Best Film & Video Corporation.
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.He produced and directed Caged Women II about a woman who encounters, drugs, molestation and torture. Rogers played Detective Nate Penna in the film. His films include Forgive Me Father which came out in the early 2000s. 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 ) goes after the people who killed his brother. 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.
Variety Film Reviews is the 24-volume hardcover reprint of feature film reviews by the weekly entertainment tabloid-size magazine Variety from 1907 to 1996. Film reviews continued to be published in the weekly magazine after the reprints were discontinued.
Jean-Pierre Melville was a French filmmaker.
He died in Indianapolis on 22 August 2010.
|One Way Out||Det. Joe Weeks||Paul Kyriazi||1986|
|Two Wrongs Make a Right||Fletcher Quinn||Robert Brown||1987||screen story and screenplay by Ivan Rogers|
|Slow Burn||Murphy||John Eyres||1989|
|Ballbuster||Roosevelt Prophet||Eddie Beverly Jr.||1989|
|The Runner||Lewis T. Holden||Chris Jones||1992|
|Striking Point||Capt. Matthews||Thomas H. Fenton||1995|
|Karate Raider||Edwards||Ronald L. Marchini, Charlie Ordonez||1995|
|Caged Women II||Det. Nate Penna||Ivan Rogers||1996||Screenplay by Ivan Rogers|
|Laserhawk||Col. Lewis Teagarden USAF||Jean Pellerin||1997|
|Forgive Me Father||Father Virgil Garrett||Ivan Rogers||2001|
|Down 'n Dirty||Bartender||Fred Williamson||2001|
|The Payback Man||Jesse Cole||Ivan Rogers||2010||Story by Ivan Rogers|
|Karate and Self-Defense||Writer, producer||1985|
|One Way Out||Producer, screen story and screenplay||1986|
|Two Wrongs Make a Right||Producer, screen story and screenplay||1987|
|Caged Women II||Director, producer, screenplay & story||1996|
|Forgive Me Father||Director, producer||2001|
|The Payback Man||Director, producer, story||2010|
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