British classical actor Paul Rogers, who won a 1967 Best Actor Tony Award for Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, died in London on October 6, according to The New York Times. He was 96.
After serving in the Royal Navy in World War II, Rogers worked his way through the plays of Shakespeare as a member of the Old Vic company, first in Bristol and later in London. He made his Broadway debut in 1956 in four plays staged in repertory: Romeo and Juliet (as Mercutio), Richard II (as John of Gaunt), Troilus and Cressida (as Pandarus) and the title role in Macbeth.
In addition to his Tony for playing the vicious father Max in The Homecoming, Rogers received a 1963 featured actor Tony nomination for Peter Ustinov’s play Photo Finish. He netted a Drama Desk Award nomination for his final Broadway appearance, as the elderly actor “Sir” opposite Tom Courtenay, in Ronald Harwoood’s 1981 backstage drama The Dresser.