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Also Known As: Richard Jordan Gerler, Adam Gerler Died: April 27, 1996
Born: August 8, 1937 Cause of Death: Heart attack
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, acting teacher

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Adam Roarke is an actor and director best known for his work in '60s biker films like "Hells Angels on Wheels" and TV shows like "Star Trek." He spent much of his youth in local gangs and turned to acting as a way to get off the streets. His first role came in 1963 on the popular Western TV series "The Virginian," and he soon landed small parts on shows like "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and "Arrest and Trial." His breakout role as a tough Hells Angel leader in the outlaw film "Hells Angels on Wheels" led to work in the psychedelic thriller "Psych-Out" and the 1970 biker revenge film "Hell's Belles." Roarke, who had established himself as a rebel actor in the vein of James Dean, next appeared opposite Peter Fonda in the 1974 cult car chase film "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry." His role as Deke, an auto mechanic caught up in a supermarket heist, garnered critical and commercial notice. He appeared on shows like "CHiPS" and "The Six Million Dollar Man" before landing a major role opposite Peter O'Toole in the 1980 romantic action comedy "The Stunt Man." Their friendship, founded on drinking, landed Roarke in the hospital and led him to seek independent film work. In 1982 Roarke moved to Austin, Texas, and...

Adam Roarke is an actor and director best known for his work in '60s biker films like "Hells Angels on Wheels" and TV shows like "Star Trek." He spent much of his youth in local gangs and turned to acting as a way to get off the streets. His first role came in 1963 on the popular Western TV series "The Virginian," and he soon landed small parts on shows like "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and "Arrest and Trial." His breakout role as a tough Hells Angel leader in the outlaw film "Hells Angels on Wheels" led to work in the psychedelic thriller "Psych-Out" and the 1970 biker revenge film "Hell's Belles." Roarke, who had established himself as a rebel actor in the vein of James Dean, next appeared opposite Peter Fonda in the 1974 cult car chase film "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry." His role as Deke, an auto mechanic caught up in a supermarket heist, garnered critical and commercial notice. He appeared on shows like "CHiPS" and "The Six Million Dollar Man" before landing a major role opposite Peter O'Toole in the 1980 romantic action comedy "The Stunt Man." Their friendship, founded on drinking, landed Roarke in the hospital and led him to seek independent film work. In 1982 Roarke moved to Austin, Texas, and founded the Film Actors Lab, where he mentored students like Lou Diamond Phillips.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Trespasses (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dangerous Touch (1994)
2.
 Sioux City (1994) Blake Goldman
4.
 Trespasses (1987) Drifter
5.
 Beach Girls (1982) Uncle Carl
6.
 Stunt Man, The (1980) Raymond Bailey
8.
 Four Deuces, The (1976)
9.
 Keegans, The (1976) Larry Keegan
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wife:
Carla Roarke. Survived him.

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sister:
Jackie Spurlock. Survived him.
sister:
Gloria Koch. Survived him.
brother:
Don Gerler. Survived him.
daughter:
Abigail Roarke. Survived him.
son:
Jordan Roarke. Survived him.
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