Trained at the Chekhov Theater School, British actor Paul Rogers entered films on a small-time basis in 1932. Rogers' "real" career began when he made his London stage debut in 1938. Following World War II service in the Royal Navy, Rogers established himself as a versatile Shakespearean actor, playing everything from Hamlet to Bottom. A frequent visitor to Broadway, he won a Tony award in 1967 for his performance in The Homecoming. His film roles include William Pitt in Beau Brummel (1954), Irish journalist Frank Harris in Trial of Oscar Wilde (1960) and Lt. Ratcliffe in Billy Budd. In 1987, Paul Rogers starred on the British TV series Portherhouse Blue.