Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Roger Hill Dead at 65

Roger Hill as ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Alec Lowndes.
Actor Roger Hill died Thursday in New York. He was 65.

Hill spent nearly 20 years as an actor, working mostly in theater. He appeared in Off Broadway and touring productions of "No Place to Be Somebody," "The Fabulous Miss Marie" and Hamlet."

He was best known for playing gang leader Cyrus in Walter Hill's 1979 cult classic The Warriors. He also portrayed the character of Lil John in the 1974 film The Education of Sonny Carson. In 2005 he filed a lawsuit of $250,000 against Rockstar Games for using his voice and depicting him in the video game based on The Warriors.

From 1982 to 1985, he played Alec Lowndes on ABC daytime soap opera ONE LIFE TO LIVE. In his storyline, Carla (Ellen Holly) fell in love and nearly married Alec, a football star-turned night club owner.

Born and raised in New York City, Hill graduated from the City College of New York. In later years, he left acting and spent time working as a part-time librarian and writing poetry.

He is survived by his only son, film editor Chris W. Hill.

The ONE LIFE TO LIVE clip below is from January 11, 1984, and includes a Carla and Alec scene starting at 5:33.

1 comment:

  1. That is sad news...my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans. May he find and get the peace in rest he deserved.