Roger V. Burton dies at 90
Jazz musician and famous actor Roger V. Burton died at his home in Santa Monica aged 90. The artist’s passing was on Friday (Nov. 30) but his family gave the sad news to the world only a few hours ago.
From age 11, Burton was a professional jazz musician, playing with such legends as Peggy Lee, Hoagy Carmichael and Nat ‘King’ Cole. Then he continued to work as a professional musician while getting Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Harvard University.
As an esteemed psychologist, Roger has lectured all over the world. After 25 years as a psychology professor at SUNY, Buffalo, he recently retired to begin working with Five Sisters Productions. He has also appeared as an actor in a number of films, including Trimark’s Chairman of the Board (1998).
Burton also appeared on ‘Baskets,’ ‘The Cool Kids,’ ‘Shameless’ and ‘Fargo.
He toured in the early 1970s with his wife, novelist and screenwriter Gabrielle Burton, as opening speakers for Gloria Steinem, talking about their commitment as parents to defining gender roles and housework more equally.
Burton is survived by his five daughters Charity, Gabrielle, Jennifer, Maria and Ursula. By sons-in-law David, Aniruddh, Graeme, Darin and Steve; sister JoDe; and eight grandchildren.