Roger Clinton, Jr.

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Roger Clinton, Jr.
Born(1956-07-25) July 25, 1956 (age 57)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupationactor, musician
Known forHalf-brother of Bill Clinton
ChildrenTyler Clinton [1]
ParentsVirginia Clinton Kelley
Roger Clinton, Sr.
Jeff Dwire (stepfather)
RelativesBill Clinton (half-brother)
Chelsea Clinton (niece)
Hillary Rodham Clinton (sister-in-law)
 
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Roger Clinton, Jr.
Born(1956-07-25) July 25, 1956 (age 57)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupationactor, musician
Known forHalf-brother of Bill Clinton
ChildrenTyler Clinton [1]
ParentsVirginia Clinton Kelley
Roger Clinton, Sr.
Jeff Dwire (stepfather)
RelativesBill Clinton (half-brother)
Chelsea Clinton (niece)
Hillary Rodham Clinton (sister-in-law)

Roger Clinton, Jr. (born July 25, 1956) is an American actor, musician, and half-brother of former US President Bill Clinton.

Roger, Jr. was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas,[2] the son of Roger Clinton, Sr. and Virginia Dell Cassidy.[3]

As a child, Bill (whose birth name was William Jefferson Blythe III) often had to protect young Roger from his periodically alcoholic and abusive father.[4] Roger became a musician and formed a rock band, which Bill Clinton described as talented in his autobiography. He was briefly married to Anne Clinton-Griffin in the 1980s. He has been married to Molly Martin since March 26, 1994. They have one child, a son, Tyler Cassidy, born May 12, 1994.

Acting career[edit]

Clinton has had minor roles in several films, including Bio-Dome and Fred Claus, and guest-starred on a number of television shows, including The Nanny as himself (neighbor), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Cybill. He also provided the voice of his brother, President Clinton, in an episode of Blue's Brothers: The Animated Series.

Music career[edit]

Clinton, Jr. developed his singing career under the direction of Arkansas' music impresario Butch Stone (manager, Black Oak Arkansas, Krokus) where he developed his chops singing the warm-ups for the studio audiences for the Designing Women sitcom and playing lounges. Via a deal struck by Stone and rock attorney Stann Findelle, Clinton was initially contracted to Atlantic Records through Danny Goldberg in 1992 on the cusp of the presidential inaugural for his half-brother Bill Clinton. Due to contentiousness that developed with his management during that period, the album Nothing Good Comes Easy was eventually released in September 1993 on the Pyramid/Atlantic/Rhino label. In December of 1999, Clinton and his band paid a notable visit to Pyonyang, where they performed alongside North and South Korean musical acts.[5]

Presidential pardon[edit]

During the campaign and subsequent administration of his half-brother President Bill Clinton, Roger was given the codename "Headache" by the Secret Service due to his knack for landing in trouble.[6] In 2001, Roger was pardoned by President Clinton for a 1985 conviction related to cocaine for which he had served a year in jail. The pardon removed his criminal conviction from records.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill Clinton Speaks at Nephew's Calif. Graduation". Newsmax. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0166935/
  3. ^ Maraniss, David (1994-01-07). "The Woman Who Shaped the President". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  4. ^ Clinton, Bill, My Life, 2004
  5. ^ [1], Interview with Roger Clinton on his Pyongyang visit
  6. ^ Watson, Robert. "Life in the White House: A Social History of the First Family and The President's House". State University of New York Press, 2004, p. 125.
  7. ^ "Clinton pardons: Cast of characters". BBC. February 22, 2001. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 

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