ROGER THORPE played by: Michael Zaslow (1971-1974,1975-1980,1989-1997,2004)
Roger Thorpe comes to Springfield in the summer of 1971, he works for Stanley Norris, gets to know his family (wife Leslie Bauer Norris, son Freddie Bauer, and Stanley's teen daughter Holly) and Roger wants to get ahead in Stanley's company, the cold fish replies "Date my daughter, youll get ahead" and then something goes wrong, a rage in Roger has him threatening to kill Stanley, then he tries to get it on with Janet Mason, Ed Bauer's girlfriend, and actually its implied he tried to rape her, and then Roger simply toys with Pam, a girl who works at the Metro, a club Roger would own in a couple of years, and Roger causes Holly's confusions by telling the girl Ed doesn't love her and moved on with Janet, Holly is hit by a car, Roger feels so bad, he simply leaves Springfield for like 8 months to go to Texas... In Early 1975, Roger is back, claiming to Barbara Norris & his father Adam hes a changed man, they do not believe him, Roger settles down and marries Peggy Fletcher and toys with adopting her son Billy, whos taken with Roger, Peggy catches Roger in lie after lie and Roger's gambling puts mother/son in a hostage situation, and catches him with nurse Rita Stapleton, she files for divorce and takes Billy and leaves Springfield forever... Roger learns hes the father of baby Christina Blake Bauer, and he blackmails Ed about his past, bullies Holly to let him see the girl, Roger dates Hillary Bauer (much to the anger of Ed and Mike, who wish their sister would see Roger for the slime he is, she saw it when he lied to her about not knowing Dean Blackford, who then ran Roger down with his car, in a murder attempt) and Roger bribed Diane Ballard and Alan Spaulding to help him get Chrissy from Holly & Ed, Roger rapes Rita, Roger fakes Andy Norris's identity to get some Holly's info, he stalks Bert-Sara-Barbara and Ed, he plots to kill Ed, Roger then rapes Holly and she shoots him "dead" and Roger ends up alive, engaged to marry Renee DuBois, a plastic surgeon whos gonna alter his face, Renee calls Mike Bauer to tell him its Roger who shes gonna marry, Roger chases Renee and she falls to her death down a stairwell, and then Rita is terrorized in a Carnival Hall Of Mirrors by Roger, dressed as a clown, he kidnaps her to a cabin, Ed & Mike save her, Roger kidnaps Holly in Santo Domingo and he falls off a cliff in a fight with ED!!!! Roger Thorpe "dies" on April 1, 1980 (interesting on April Fools Day).... Roger Returns!!!! A masked man helps Alexandra Spaulding and Fletcher Reade after a plane crash, the man moves his avocado mask after Alexandra badmouths Blake's father (who is Roger Thorpe), the mask is removed and a smiling Roger looks on...Roger toys with Fletcher & Alex about getting off the island, Alan suspects Blake is Christina and that Roger is her father, he is right...Roger is shot by Alan, Roger manipulates Holly-Ed-Maureen Bauer-Reva & Josh-Blake-Ross when he returns to Springfield...Roger's many misdeeds are killing an old man during a fire, revealing he killed for his country, terrorizing Jenna Bradshaw, gaslighting Dinah Marler, marrying Amanda Spaulding and Alexandra Spaulding for their money, and viciously throwing Vanessa Chamberlain over the couch and punching her out, and trying to drive Henry Chamberlain to commit suicide, tying Alan up in a wheelchair and exposing his misdeeds, faking a heart attack to get Hart Jessup and Dinah apart, sending his son Sebastian Thorpe to finish his schemes to Holly and Blake in Springfield, a tribute to Michael Zaslow showed never before scenes in 2004... Michael Zaslow, a true talent, rest in peace always....
ROGER THORPE'S FAMOUS FALL OFF THE CLIFF (APRIL 1, 1980)