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Eugene Roche (I) (1928–2004)

Adept at both comedy and drama, character player Eugene Roche (sometimes billed as Gene Roche) had an extensive four-decade career. Born in Depression-era Boston the son of a Navy man, the moon-faced, intent-looking Roche started on radio at age 15 displaying his knack for character voices, both men and women. He enlisted in the U.S. Army ... See full bio »


(age 75) in Encino, California, USA

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 2004 7th Heaven (TV Series)
John's Dad
- The Prodigal Father (2004) ... John's Dad
 2003 American Dreams (TV Series)
Dr. Light
- And Promises to Keep (2003) ... Dr. Light
 2003 The Division (TV Series)
Confessional Priest
- Extreme Action Figures (2003) ... Confessional Priest
 2003 The Guardian (TV Series)
Judge Alan
- Sensitive Jackals (2003) ... Judge Alan
 2002 Dancing at the Harvest Moon (TV Movie)
Gil Finnigan
 2001 The Chronicle (TV Series)
Arnie Campbell
- Only the Young Die Good (2001) ... Arnie Campbell
 2001 The Trouble with Normal (TV Series)
- Help Yourself (2001) ... Bernie
 2000 For Your Love (TV Series)
Mel's Boss
- The Adulterer Who Came to Dinner (2000) ... Mel's Boss
 2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
- The Question (2000) ... Mayor
 1999 Family Law (TV Series)
Judge Theodore Foley
- The Fourth Trimester (1999) ... Judge Theodore Foley
 1999 The Woman Chaser
Used Car Dealer
 1999 The Chimp Channel (TV Series)
Murray Price (voice)
 1998 Brother's Keeper (TV Series)
- Since You Came Here (1998) ... Snappy
 1998 Four Corners (TV Series)
 1997 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (TV Series)
Grandpa Murdock
- Honey, We've Been Swallowed by Grandpa (1997) ... Grandpa Murdock
 1995-1996 Dave's World (TV Series)
Eric Jr.
- Stress (1996) ... Eric Jr.
- Catch of the Day (1995) ... Eric Jr.
 1996 Promised Land (TV Series)
Brian Drake
- The Magic Gate (1996) ... Brian Drake
 1996 Star Trek: Voyager (TV Series)
Jor Brel
- Remember (1996) ... Jor Brel
 1996 Executive Decision
Admiral Lewis
 1994 Madman of the People (TV Series)
 1994 A Friend to Die For (TV Movie)
 1994 Daddy's Girls (TV Series)
- Pilot (1994)
 1994 Roswell (TV Movie)
James Forrestal
 1994 When a Man Loves a Woman
 1994 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
- Wasted Lives (1994)
 1994 Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (TV Series)
Additional Voices (voice)
 1993 All-New Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
- Dennis the Genius (1993) ... (voice)
- Wish You Weren't Here (1993) ... (voice)
- Moms Helper/Battle of the Bonding (1993) ... (voice)
- Pig Out/Yankee Doodle Dennis (1993) ... (voice)
- Navy Destroyer (1993) ... (voice)
 1993 A Case for Murder (TV Movie)
Alan Nugent
 1991 The Last Halloween (TV Short)
 1986-1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Lt. Jack Boyle / Franklin Mayberry / Lt. Aloyius Jarvis / ...
- Bite the Big Apple (1991) ... Lt. Jack Boyle
- Something Borrowed, Someone Blue (1989) ... Franklin Mayberry
- Deadpan (1988) ... Lt. Aloyius Jarvis
- Deadline for Murder (1986) ... Billy Simms
 1991 The Sitter (TV Movie)
 1991 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
- The Priest Killer Mystery (1991) ... MacElroy (as Eugene H. Roche)
 1990/II Eternity
Ridley / Governor
 1989 An Eight Is Enough Wedding (TV Movie)
Osborne Fulbright
 1986-1987 Hotel (TV Series)
Phil Kroger / John Lucas
- Prized Possessions (1987) ... Phil Kroger
- Double Jeopardy (1986) ... John Lucas
 1987 Mr. President (TV Series)
 1987 Take Five (TV Series)
Max Davis
 1987 Stingray (TV Series)
Capt. Tim Greenwood
- Playback (1987) ... Capt. Tim Greenwood
 1986 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Michael Clancy
- Another Kind of War, Another Kind of Peace (1986) ... Michael Clancy
 1986 Stranded (TV Movie)
 1986 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Joe Murphy
- Something's Going on on This Train (1985) ... Joe Murphy
 1984 Oh, God! You Devil
Charlie Gray
 1984 Airwolf (TV Series)
Eddie Donahough / Senator William Dietz
- Firestorm (1984) ... Eddie Donahough
- Shadow of the Hawke (1984) ... Senator William Dietz
 1984 Pigs vs. Freaks (TV Movie)
Police Chief Frank Brockmeyer
 1984 Airwolf (TV Movie)
Senator William Dietz
 1983 Johnny Blue (TV Movie)
Deputy Police Chief 'Mitch' Mitchell
 1983 Baby Makes Five (TV Series)
Chester Clayton
- The Matchmakers (1983) ... Chester Clayton
 1977-1983 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
US Attorney Philip St. Johns / Walter Daniels
- Guilty Until Proven Innocent (1983) ... US Attorney Philip St. Johns
- Main Man (1977) ... Walter Daniels
 1982 The Juggler of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
Father Delany (as Gene Roche)
 1982 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Officer Jerry
- The Chief's Gay Evening (1982) ... Officer Jerry
 1982 Farrell for the People (TV Movie)
Patrick J. Malloy
 1982 No Soap, Radio (TV Series)
The Boss's Head
- Karen Fools Around (1982) ... The Boss's Head
 1982 Taxi (TV Series)
- The Road Not Taken: Part 1 (1982) ... Jack
 1982 Mr. Merlin (TV Series)
 1981 Darkroom (TV Series)
- A Quiet Funeral (1981) ... Charlie
 1981 Miracle on Ice (TV Movie)
Don Craig
 1980 Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (TV Movie)
Gary Gortmaker
 1980/II Alone at Last (TV Movie)
Larry Elliott
 1979 Love for Rent (TV Movie)
 1979 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Business Manager
- Hart to Hart (1979) ... Business Manager
 1979 The Child Stealer (TV Movie)
Lew Beck
 1978 The Winds of Kitty Hawk (TV Movie)
Bishop Milton Wright
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
- Second Stanza (1978) ... Paul
 1978 Kaz (TV Series)
 1978 The New Maverick (TV Movie)
Judge Austin Crupper, President 1st National Bank of Deming Texas
 1978 Corvette Summer
Ed McGrath
 1978 Insight (TV Series)
Father Paul
- Is Anyone Listening? (1978) ... Father Paul
 1978 The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV Movie)
 1977 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? (TV Series)
Lloyd Casty
- Class Dreamers (1977) ... Lloyd Casty
 1977 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Jack Riley
- Hoax (1977) ... Jack Riley
 1977 Corey: For the People (TV Movie)
District Attorney Patrick Shannon
 1977 Kingston: Confidential (TV Series)
Warden Hickok
- The Rage at Hannibal (1977) ... Warden Hickok
 1977 Never Con a Killer (TV Movie)
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
- Never Con a Killer (1977) ... Shroeder
 1977 The Possessed (TV Movie)
Sgt. Taplinger
 1977 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Mini-Series)
Major Jim Langston
- The Nomads (1977) ... Major Jim Langston
 1977 Police Woman (TV Series)
Brian Murphy
- Solitaire (1977) ... Brian Murphy
 1977 The Late Show
Ron Birdwell
 1977 Maude (TV Series)
Albie Doyle
- Arthur's Crisis (1977) ... Albie Doyle
 1976 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Ernie Kilgore
- The Bounty Hunter (1976) ... Ernie Kilgore
 1976 Serpico (TV Series)
John Maloney
- Every Man Must Pay His Dues (1976) ... John Maloney
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Charley Springer
- The Drop (1976) ... Charley Springer
 1976 Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (TV Series)
 1976 Medical Center (TV Series)
 1976 Harry O (TV Series)
Sgt. Helmond
- Victim (1976) ... Sgt. Helmond
 1976 Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence (TV Movie)
Bob Latimer
 1976 Phyllis (TV Series)
Harry Loomis
- The $17,623,419.53 Man (1976) ... Harry Loomis
 1975 The Art of Crime (TV Movie)
Detective Sergeant Harry Isadore
 1975 Bronk (TV Series)
Frank Bossick
- Line of Fire (1975) ... Frank Bossick
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Patrolman Lyle 'Sandy' Beach / Seymore Haywood
- Out of the Frying Pan... (1975) ... Patrolman Lyle 'Sandy' Beach
- Acts of Desperate Men (1975) ... Seymore Haywood
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Sheriff Oscar Eberhart
- The Adventure of the Chinese Dog (1975) ... Sheriff Oscar Eberhart
 1975 Sunshine (TV Series)
- Why Sam's Paid (1975) ... Feldon
 1975 The Law (TV Mini-Series)
- Prior Consent (1975) ... Mincher
- Complaint Amended (1975) ... Mincher
 1975 Crime Club (TV Movie)
Daniel Lawrence
 1975 The Last Survivors (TV Movie)
 1975 Mr. Ricco
George Cronyn
 1975 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Ed Hudson
- A Woman's Work Is with a Gun (1975) ... Ed Hudson
 1974 W
Charles Jasper
 1974 Newman's Law
 1974 Winter Kill (TV Movie)
Mayor Clinton Bickford
 1974 McCloud (TV Series)
- This Must Be the Alamo (1974) ... Rockford
 1974 The Magician (TV Series)
Rev. Wally Snider
- The Illusion of the Deadly Conglomerate (1974) ... Rev. Wally Snider
 1973 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
- The Murderers (1973)
 1973 Egan (TV Movie)
Detective Eddie Egan
 1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Marty Chapman
- Down Two Roads (1972) ... Marty Chapman (as Eugene H. Roche)
 1972 Slaughterhouse-Five
Edgar Derby
 1972 Crawlspace (TV Movie)
Sheriff Emil Birge
 1971 They Might Be Giants
 1970 Cotton Comes to Harlem
Lt. Anderson
 1968 Premiere (TV Series)
- Higher and Higher, Attorneys at Law (1968) ... McElheny
 1967 The Catholic Hour (TV Series)
- Rebirths of Hope (1967) ... Guide
- A Father's Death (1967) ... Guide
 1967 The Happening
First Motorcycle Officer
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
- How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? (1965) ... Henchley (as Gene Roche)
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
- No Comment (1964) ... Baker (as Gene Roche)
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Attorney General Freed
- Die Laughing (1964) ... Attorney General Freed
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Al Troy
- The Name of the Game (1964) ... Al Troy
 1961-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
George / Patient / Assistant D.A. Smith / ...
- Color Schemes Like Never Before (1963) ... George (as Gene Roche)
- Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It (1962) ... Patient (uncredited)
- One of the Most Important Men in the Whole World (1962) ... Assistant D.A. Smith (as Eugene H. Roach)
- The Hot Minerva (1961) ... Police Detective (uncredited)
 1963 Combat! (TV Series)
German soldier
- The Battle of the Roses (1963) ... German soldier (uncredited)
 1962 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- Jenny (1962) ... Banker (uncredited)
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Police Officer
- The Beast Who Walked the Bronx (1962) ... Police Officer (uncredited)
 1961 Splendor in the Grass
Private Detective (uncredited)
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Other Works:

In 1976, a pilot called "Local 306" with Eugene Roche in the lead as Harvey Gordon was not on the networks schedule. Also in the cast were Miriam Byrd Nethery as Mrs. Gordon, Susan Sennett as Helene, Milton Parsons as Hutchings, Roy Stewart as Rocco, Hilly Hicks as Fillmore, Barrie Youngfellow as Darlene and Raymond Singer as ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Eugene H. Roach | Eugene H. Roche | Gene Roche

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Personal Quote:

Persevere, and never allow anything or anyone to deter you from your passion. The world will cheer you one day and dismiss you the next so treat fanfare and failure as twins.


Originally selected to play "Arthur Carlson" on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), but was replaced with Gordon Jump. See more »

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