General Hospital’s Tristan Rogers Turns 74 Today – Here Are 11 Things You Might Not Know About Him
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Tristan Rogers is the spy we’ve always loved.
Happy birthday, Tristan Rogers, who turns 74 on June 3! Since 1980, the dashing Australian actor has wowed fans, primarily with his long-running on-and-off iconic role on General Hospital (Robert Scorpio, 1980 – present), though he’s also appeared on The Young and the Restless (Colin Atkinson), The Bay (Lex Martin), Studio City (Doc) and The Bold and the Beautiful (Hunter Jones). Over the years, fans have followed his adventures through virtually every form of law enforcement – he’s been a private detective, a super spy, a police commissioner and a district attorney – but there’s much more to the actor than first meets the eye, as fans know. Here are 11 tidbits about the wonder from Down Under you might not have heard before…
Tristan Rogers’ character has had a long, winding path through General Hospital over the years. A spy with the WSB agency, he shared adventures with Luke and Laura during their heyday, departed in 1992 as “killed with no body found,” returned as a spirit to comfort his daughter Robin 1995 and then popped up, still living in 2006. He’s been on-and-off again ever since – even while appearing on The Young and the Restless.
Outside soaps, he’s done voice-over work in movies like The Rescuers Down Under (1990) and in the video game based on Mad Max, plus in ads for Outback Steakhouse, Foster’s Lager, Reebok and Epson.
Rogers is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and has lived in Palm Springs, California since 1994.
When he was 16 he worked at a friend’s father’s printing shop – but failed terribly. “I could never get that printing press to work,” he shared in a 2014 interview. “About three weeks later we realized that printing was not going to be my profession.” He classed that job as his “worst” ever.
One of his early film jobs in his career was in a movie originally titled Sex Farm – which was later renamed Frustrated Wives. The movie was about “a pair of frustrated housewives who are bored and neglected by their husbands” who “decide to go to a ‘sex clinic’ in the country.”
What’s his favorite General Hospital story of all time? Over the years, Rogers has expressed how much he enjoyed doing the Ice Princess story in 1980, which was a diamond that had been painted black – with untold powers the Cassadines would do anything to obtain. Robert Scorpio showed up for the first time in the story, working with Luke and Laura on the Cassadines’ private island, where they discovered that Mikkos was going to hold the world for ransom using the Ice Princess. (Hey, we said it was powerful.)
In the new millennium, Rogers has worked closely with fellow actor Sean Kanan (General Hospital, A.J. Quartermaine; The Bold and the Beautiful/The Young and the Restless, Deacon Sharpe; Sunset Beach, Jude Cavanagh; The Bay, Kenneth Allen; Studio City, Sam Stevens), on multiple projects, including Studio City and the soap-star-studded film Jack Rio (2008), which also featured soap actors Brian Krause (Another World, Matthew Cory), James Patrick Stuart (All My Children, Will Cortlandt; 90210, Charles Clark; General Hospital, Valentin Cassadine), Nadia Bjorlin (Days of our Lives, Chloe Lane; Venice the Series, Lara Miller; Beacon Hill, Sara Preston) and Matthew Borlenghi (All My Children, Brian Bodine; The Bold and the Beautiful, Ziggy Deadmarsh; Days of our Lives, Anthony Marino).
Rogers has been married twice: to Barbara Meale (1974 – 1984), and Teresa Parkerson (1995 – present). He and Theresa have two children: Sara Jane, born in 1992, and Cale, born in 1996.
On General Hospital, Robert fell for Luke’s lady Holly (Laura was out of the picture by then) – and in real life, the two actors dated for over a year. Swoon!
Rogers is both athletic and mechanically-minded, and has a slew of hobbies related to both: he’s built model cars, he does his own bicycle maintenance, and loves driving race cars. He’s also a runner and rides his bike in the annual Tour de Palm Springs – and loves to fish and skeet shoot.
He calls it “hokey” on Twitter, but Rogers has been participating in a web series during quarantine called Six Blocks Apart, where he speaks with his neighbors in Palm Springs via Zoom. According to the YouTube description, “We hope to bring you laughter, positive energy, advice on where to hang out in Palm Springs, learning experiences to pass on, and some living life silliness while sharing some of our intimate moments.”
Happy birthday to Tristan – our hope is this year is filled with blessings.
Hey folks I’m doing this hokey show on You Tube called “6 blocks Apart”. It’s about everything and nothing and goes out 3 times a week. Hope you can check it out.
— tristanrogers (@tristanrogers) May 6, 2020
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