Roger Pryor (actor)

Roger Pryor (August 27, 1901 January 31, 1974)[1] was an American film actor.[2]

Roger Pryor
Still with Roger Pryor and Anita Louise in Glamour for Sale (1940)
Born(1901-08-27)August 27, 1901
DiedJanuary 31, 1974(1974-01-31) (aged 72)
Years active1930–1945
Priscilla Mitchell
(m. 1928; div. 1933)

Ann Sothern
(m. 1936; div. 1943)

Early years

The son of bandmaster Arthur Pryor, Roger Pryor was born in New York City, New York.[3] He had a brother, Arthur Pryor Jr., who was also a bandmaster.[4] Pryor attended the Dwight School in New York. While there, he became so interested in performing on stage that "he and the school parted company by mutual consent."[5]


Pryor's debut on stage came in stock theater when he was 18, after which he worked with several repertory theatre companies.[6] His Broadway credits include The Backslapper (1925), The Sea Woman (1925), Paid (1925), Saturday's Children (1927), The Royal Family (1927), See Naples and Die (1929), Apron Strings (1930), Up Pops the Devil (1930), A Modern Virgin (1931), Here Goes the Bride (1931), Blessed Event (1932), There's Always Juliet (1932), and Message for Margaret (1947).[7]


Pryor often had leading roles in B movies in the 1930s and 1940s.[8] He appeared in more than 50 films between 1930 and 1945.


Pryor was host of "a number of prestigious network programs,"[6] including The United States Steel Hour,[9]:345 The Pause That Refreshes,[9]:267, The Coca-Cola Summer Show[9] and The Screen Guild Theater.[10] He starred as Dan McGarry in McGarry and His Mouse[9]:211 and was the producer of Cavalcade of America.[11] He also had his own music program, featuring the Roger Pryor Orchestra.[11]:534

Advertising agency

In 1947, Pryor changed careers, becoming vice president in charge of broadcasting at Foote, Cone and Belding advertising agency.[3]

Family and death

Pryor was married to Priscilla Mitchell, the daughter of vaudeville star Bessie Clayton; they had one daughter before divorcing in 1933.[12][13] He married, secondly, in 1936, actress Ann Sothern;[10] they divorced in 1942.[6][14][15]

Pryor died January 31, 1974, in Puerta Valarta, Mexico.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. Castronova, Frank V., ed. (1998). Almanac of Famous People. Detroit: Gale. p. 1373. ISBN 0-7876-0045-8.
  2. "Roger Pryor profile". New York Times. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  3. DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960, p. 221. McFarland & Company, Inc.; ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2.
  4. "Roger Pryor's Luck". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. August 1, 1931. p. 9. Retrieved May 20, 2016 via
  5. "Pryor's Son". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. March 18, 1932. p. 24. Retrieved May 20, 2016 via
  6. Katz, Ephraim (1979). The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume. Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-50601-2. P. 936.
  7. "Roger Pryor: Roles". Playbill Vault. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  8. Aylesworth, Thomas G. and Bowman, John S. (1987). The World Almanac Who's Who of Film. World Almanac. ISBN 0-88687-308-8. P. 346.
  9. Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 79.
  10. "Sunday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 13 (5): 44. March 1940. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  11. Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 122.
  12. Margie Schultz (March 8, 1990). Ann Sothern: A Bio-Bibliography: A Bio-Bibliography. ABC-CLIO. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-313-36813-4.
  13. Staff. "Miss Bessie Clayton, Retired Ballerina", The New York Times, July 17, 1948, p. 15. Accessed October 25, 2015. "Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Andrew Allison, former wife of Roger Pryor, movie actor and band leader, and a granddaughter, Priscilla Mitchell Pryor, with whom she lived at West Long Branch."
  14. "Ann Sothern never envisioned Oscar nomination". Standard-Speaker. Pennsylvania, Hazleton. Associated Press. April 8, 1988. p. 27. Retrieved May 20, 2016 via
  15. Staff. "My Love Of Old Hollywood: Ann Sothern (1909-2001)". Retrieved February 17, 2016.
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