Roger Clinton, Jr.

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Roger Clinton, Jr.
Born(1956-07-25) July 25, 1956 (age 58)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupationactor, musician
Spouse(s)Molly D'Ann Martin
ChildrenMacy Clinton
Tyler Cassidy Clinton
ParentsRoger Clinton, Sr.
Virginia Clinton Kelley
RelativesBill Clinton (half-brother)
Chelsea Clinton (half-niece)
 
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Roger Clinton, Jr.
Born(1956-07-25) July 25, 1956 (age 58)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupationactor, musician
Spouse(s)Molly D'Ann Martin
ChildrenMacy Clinton
Tyler Cassidy Clinton
ParentsRoger Clinton, Sr.
Virginia Clinton Kelley
RelativesBill Clinton (half-brother)
Chelsea Clinton (half-niece)

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

Personal life[edit]

Roger Jr. is the only child of car salesman Roger Clinton, Sr. and nurse Virginia Dell Cassidy.[1] 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.[2] From a brief relationship with Martha Spivey, he has a daughter named Macy (born c. 1991).[3] He became a musician and formed a rock band, which Bill Clinton described as talented in his autobiography. Roger Jr. married Molly D'Ann Martin on March 26, 1994. Their son Tyler Cassidy Clinton was born on May 12, 1994.[4]

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 Blues Brothers: The Animated Series.

Music career[edit]

Clinton developed his singing career under the direction of Arkansas' music impresario and manager Butch Stone. He gained professional experience by singing warm-ups for the studio audiences for the tapings of the sitcom, Designing Women as well as working as a lounge singer.[citation needed] As a result of a deal struck by Stone and music-industry attorney Stann Findelle, Clinton was initially contracted to Atlantic Records in 1992. His first album, Nothing Good Comes Easy, was released in September 1993 on the Pyramid/Atlantic/Rhino label. In December of 1999, Clinton and his band paid a visit to Pyongyang, performing alongside North and South Korean musical acts.[5]

Conviction and pardon[edit]

During his brother's presidential campaign and subsequent administration, Clinton was given the codename "Headache" by the Secret Service due to his controversial behavior.[6] In 2001, before his brother left office, Clinton was granted a presidential pardon for a 1985 cocaine possession conviction for which he had served a year in prison. The pardon allowed for the conviction to be expunged from his criminal record.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maraniss, David (1994-01-07). "The Woman Who Shaped the President". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  2. ^ Clinton, Bill, My Life, 2004
  3. ^ Kavanagh, Tom (April 29, 2014). "Macy Clinton, Hillary and Bill's Niece, on Food Stamps". Politics Daily. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Warshaw, Shirley Anne (2009). The Clinton Years. Infobase Publishing. 
  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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