R.I.P. Roger Perry of Harrigan and Son, The Facts of Life, Star Trek and more

By: H&I Staff     Posted: July 16, 2018, 10:24AM

Discovered by Lucille Ball, Roger Perry's acting career took off as soon as he signed with Desilu. Ball had such faith in this young talent that in 1960, he early on landed a leading role, cast as Jim Jr. in the short-lived sitcom Harrigan and Son. He also held his own across from co-star Chuck Connors in the charged dramatic series Arrest & Trial. His versatility as an actor saw him take on dozens of roles on television from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Harrigan and Son

On shows like Star Trek, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, Ironside and Wonder Woman, he delivered, as well as on hit sitcoms like The Andy Griffith ShowThe Bob Newhart Show, The Munsters, and a memorable recurring role on The Facts of Life. Scroll through his scenes below and you'll remember all the hilarity and high drama packed into those wide eyes under his perpetually kempt, combed hair.

Star Trek

The Andy Griffith Show

The Bob Newhart Show

The Facts of Life

Beyond the small screen, Perry appeared in movie and theater productions, and he was also a gifted composer. Barbra Streisand even sang one of his songs, "A Kid Again" in her TV special from 1965, "My Name Is Barbra." Listen to her sing it here.

On Thursday, July 12, Roger Perry passed away at the age of 85.

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