Adam Roarke

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Roarke was born Richard Jordan Gerler in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a street gang member during his youth. His father was a vaudeville comedian and his mother was a chorine, showgirl. Richie, as he was affectionately called by friends, began his acting career under the name Jordan Grant; however, when he signed on with Universal Studios in 1957, he was told that he needed to change the name, because the studios already had one Mr. Grant (Cary Grant, that is) under contract. Roarke appeared in a number of television series during the late 50s and early 60s, including the role of Communications Officer Garrison in the original Star Trek pilot. He appeared in a string of AIP biker pictures along with Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, and Bruce Dern in the late 1960s, beginning with Hells Angels on Wheels (1967), and culminating with The Losers (subsequently retitled Nam's Angels) in 1970. In 1974, Roarke appeared in the financially-successful car chase film Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, with Fonda and Susan George, a role which showcased his range of acting skill despite the level of the material. His "breakout role" came in 1980 when he portrayed Raymond Bailey, a self-important leading man whose stunt double was played by Steve Railsback in The Stunt Man. Peter O’Toole befriended Roarke during filming, and the two became drinking buddies. Unfortunately, Roarke was unable to keep up with O’Toole, and was hospitalized with delirium ...

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

Two lovers, driving their Dodge Charger, are ruthlessly chased by the police after robbing a grocery store.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hough
CAST:  Peter Fonda  •  Susan George  •  Adam Roarke  •  Kenneth Tobey

Two lovers, driving their Dodge Charger, are ruthlessly chased by the police after robbing a grocery store.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hough
CAST:  Peter Fonda  •  Susan George  •  Adam Roarke  •  Kenneth Tobey

El Dorado (1966)

Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Robert Mitchum  •  James Caan  •  Charlene Holt

Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Robert Mitchum  •  James Caan  •  Charlene Holt

The Stunt Man (1980)

While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The mixture of real danger and fantasy of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Steve Railsback  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Allen Garfield

While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The mixture of real danger and fantasy of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Steve Railsback  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Allen Garfield

The Losers (1970)

Some bikers are hired by the CIA during the Vietnam War to rescue a captured agent from the clutches of the Red Chinese army. After a round of drinking, fighting, and whoring around, the cycle gang, led by Big Bill Smith, fix up their Yamahas with machine guns, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Starrett
CAST:  William Smith  •  Bernie Hamilton  •  Adam Roarke  •  Houston Savage

Some bikers are hired by the CIA during the Vietnam War to rescue a captured agent from the clutches of the Red Chinese army. After a round of drinking, fighting, and whoring around, the cycle gang, led by Big Bill Smith, fix up their Yamahas with machine guns, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Starrett
CAST:  William Smith  •  Bernie Hamilton  •  Adam Roarke  •  Houston Savage

Psych-Out (1968)

Jenny, a deaf runaway who has just arrived in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to find her long-lost brother, a mysterious bearded sculptor known around town as The Seeker. She falls in with a psychedelic band, Mumblin' Jim, whose members include Stoney, Ben ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Susan Strasberg  •  Dean Stockwell  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Bruce Dern

Jenny, a deaf runaway who has just arrived in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to find her long-lost brother, a mysterious bearded sculptor known around town as The Seeker. She falls in with a psychedelic band, Mumblin' Jim, whose members include Stoney, Ben ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Susan Strasberg  •  Dean Stockwell  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Bruce Dern

Hells Angels on Wheels (1967)

At first gas station attendant Poet is happy when the rockers gang “Hell’s Angels” finally accepts him. But he’s shocked when he learns how brutal they are – not even murder is a taboo to them. He gets himself in trouble when the leader’s girlfriend falls in love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Adam Roarke  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Sabrina Scharf  •  Jana Taylor

At first gas station attendant Poet is happy when the rockers gang “Hell’s Angels” finally accepts him. But he’s shocked when he learns how brutal they are – not even murder is a taboo to them. He gets himself in trouble when the leader’s girlfriend falls in love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Adam Roarke  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Sabrina Scharf  •  Jana Taylor

13 West Street (1962)

Walt Sherill (Alan Ladd) is attacked and beat down by a group of juvenile delinquents on his way home from work one night. The boys who attacked him are not previously known by the police and are therefore hard to track down. As Sherill starts getting impatient he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Leacock
CAST:  Alan Ladd  •  Rod Steiger  •  Michael Callan  •  Dolores Dorn

Walt Sherill (Alan Ladd) is attacked and beat down by a group of juvenile delinquents on his way home from work one night. The boys who attacked him are not previously known by the police and are therefore hard to track down. As Sherill starts getting impatient he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Leacock
CAST:  Alan Ladd  •  Rod Steiger  •  Michael Callan  •  Dolores Dorn

Play It as It Lays (1972)

Burned-out B-movie actress Maria, depressed and frustrated with her loveless marriage to an ambitious film director, Carter Lang, who would rather work on his career than on his relationship with her, numbs herself with drugs and sex with strangers. Only her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Perry
CAST:  Tuesday Weld  •  Anthony Perkins  •  Adam Roarke  •  Tammy Grimes

Burned-out B-movie actress Maria, depressed and frustrated with her loveless marriage to an ambitious film director, Carter Lang, who would rather work on his career than on his relationship with her, numbs herself with drugs and sex with strangers. Only her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Perry
CAST:  Tuesday Weld  •  Anthony Perkins  •  Adam Roarke  •  Tammy Grimes

The Savage Seven (1968)

Biker gang leader Kisum (Adam Roarke) loves waitress Marcia Little Hawk (Joanna Frank). Her brother Johnnie Little Hawk (Robert Walker, Jr.), the leader of a group of American Indians disapproves. At various times these two groups are adversaries and allies. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Robert Walker Jr.  •  Joanna Frank  •  John Garwood  •  Larry Bishop

Biker gang leader Kisum (Adam Roarke) loves waitress Marcia Little Hawk (Joanna Frank). Her brother Johnnie Little Hawk (Robert Walker, Jr.), the leader of a group of American Indians disapproves. At various times these two groups are adversaries and allies. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rush
CAST:  Robert Walker Jr.  •  Joanna Frank  •  John Garwood  •  Larry Bishop

Trespasses (1986)

A couple of drifters (Adam Roarke and Lou Diamond Phillips) molest Sharon (Mary Pillot). Franklin (Robert Kuhn) scares them away, but loses his son who is stabbed by one of the drifters. Franklin and Sharon commence a relationship to the chagrin of her husband (Van ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Roarke  •  Loren Bivens
CAST:  Robert Kuhn  •  Van Brooks  •  Mary Pillot  •  Adam Roarke

A couple of drifters (Adam Roarke and Lou Diamond Phillips) molest Sharon (Mary Pillot). Franklin (Robert Kuhn) scares them away, but loses his son who is stabbed by one of the drifters. Franklin and Sharon commence a relationship to the chagrin of her husband (Van ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Roarke  •  Loren Bivens
CAST:  Robert Kuhn  •  Van Brooks  •  Mary Pillot  •  Adam Roarke

A Bullet for Pretty Boy (1970)

A biography of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, a gangster who started his career at a young age after seeking revenge for his father's murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Buchanan
CAST:  Fabian  •  Jocelyn Lane  •  Astrid Warner  •  Adam Roarke

A biography of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, a gangster who started his career at a young age after seeking revenge for his father's murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Buchanan
CAST:  Fabian  •  Jocelyn Lane  •  Astrid Warner  •  Adam Roarke

Dangerous Touch (1994)

An erotic thriller about a promiscuous radio sex therapist who is dragged into blackmail by a young hustler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lou Diamond Phillips
CAST:  Kate Vernon  •  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Berlinda Tolbert  •  Robert Prentiss

An erotic thriller about a promiscuous radio sex therapist who is dragged into blackmail by a young hustler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lou Diamond Phillips
CAST:  Kate Vernon  •  Lou Diamond Phillips  •  Berlinda Tolbert  •  Robert Prentiss

The Four Deuces (1976)

This is a tongue-in-cheek crime melodrama that became a 'Late Late Show' fixture in the 1980s, according to the DVD sleeve, Jack Palance plays Vic Morono, a high-ranking Prohibition-era mobster with a weakness for women who is waging an ongoing war with rival ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William H. Bushnell
CAST:  Jack Palance  •  Carol Lynley  •  Warren Berlinger  •  Adam Roarke

This is a tongue-in-cheek crime melodrama that became a 'Late Late Show' fixture in the 1980s, according to the DVD sleeve, Jack Palance plays Vic Morono, a high-ranking Prohibition-era mobster with a weakness for women who is waging an ongoing war with rival ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William H. Bushnell
CAST:  Jack Palance  •  Carol Lynley  •  Warren Berlinger  •  Adam Roarke

The Beach Girls (1982)

School is out, and three girls head to the beach for vacation. Two of the girls are world-wise party-goers who attempt to loosen up their naive, virginal friend, whose uncle has allowed the girls to stay at his beach house. When the near-sighted, drug smuggling ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Townsend
CAST:  Debra Blee  •  Val Kline  •  Jeana Keough  •  James Daughton

School is out, and three girls head to the beach for vacation. Two of the girls are world-wise party-goers who attempt to loosen up their naive, virginal friend, whose uncle has allowed the girls to stay at his beach house. When the near-sighted, drug smuggling ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Townsend
CAST:  Debra Blee  •  Val Kline  •  Jeana Keough  •  James Daughton

This Is a Hijack (1973)

A man feels obligated to hijack the plane his boss is on after he has gambled himself into overwhelming debt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Pollack
CAST:  Adam Roarke  •  Neville Brand  •  Jay Robinson  •  Lynn Borden

A man feels obligated to hijack the plane his boss is on after he has gambled himself into overwhelming debt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Pollack
CAST:  Adam Roarke  •  Neville Brand  •  Jay Robinson  •  Lynn Borden

Hell's Belles (1969)

When hot-headed Dan out-drives the thoroughly vicious Tony in a motorcycle race and wins a brand new bike, he sets in motion a chain of events that includes one blazing gas station and a disastrous rock slide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maury Dexter
CAST:  Jeremy Slate  •  Adam Roarke  •  Jocelyn Lane  •  Angelique Pettyjohn

When hot-headed Dan out-drives the thoroughly vicious Tony in a motorcycle race and wins a brand new bike, he sets in motion a chain of events that includes one blazing gas station and a disastrous rock slide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maury Dexter
CAST:  Jeremy Slate  •  Adam Roarke  •  Jocelyn Lane  •  Angelique Pettyjohn

Frogs (1972)

Jason Crockett is an aging, grumpy, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday celebration. Pickett Smith is a free-lance photographer who is doing a pollution layout for an ecology magazine. Jason Crockett hates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George McCowan
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Sam Elliott  •  Joan Van Ark  •  Adam Roarke

Jason Crockett is an aging, grumpy, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday celebration. Pickett Smith is a free-lance photographer who is doing a pollution layout for an ecology magazine. Jason Crockett hates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George McCowan
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Sam Elliott  •  Joan Van Ark  •  Adam Roarke

Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell (1978)

Tycoon Howard Hughes and actress Jean Harlow have an affair while making his 1930 "Hell's Angels."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Buchanan
CAST:  Victor Holchak  •  Lindsay Bloom  •  David McLean  •  Royal Dano

Tycoon Howard Hughes and actress Jean Harlow have an affair while making his 1930 "Hell's Angels."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Buchanan
CAST:  Victor Holchak  •  Lindsay Bloom  •  David McLean  •  Royal Dano

Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966)

A space ship crash lands on the third planet of a distant solar system, killing all hands except for a young boy named Tang. The rescue ship arrives some 20 years later. One of the crew, a girl named Linda meets Tang and falls in love with him. They are attacked by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur C. Pierce
CAST:  Wendell Corey  •  Keith Larsen  •  John Agar  •  Merry Anders

A space ship crash lands on the third planet of a distant solar system, killing all hands except for a young boy named Tang. The rescue ship arrives some 20 years later. One of the crew, a girl named Linda meets Tang and falls in love with him. They are attacked by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur C. Pierce
CAST:  Wendell Corey  •  Keith Larsen  •  John Agar  •  Merry Anders

How Come Nobody's on Our Side? (1974)

Two unemployed stuntmen smuggle marijuana out of Mexico. Early embarassing roles by Reiner and Marshall!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Michaels
CAST:  Adam Roarke  •  Larry Bishop  •  Alexandra Hay  •  Rob Reiner

Two unemployed stuntmen smuggle marijuana out of Mexico. Early embarassing roles by Reiner and Marshall!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Michaels
CAST:  Adam Roarke  •  Larry Bishop  •  Alexandra Hay  •  Rob Reiner