From Gainesville to Hollywood

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

GAINESVILLE, Tex. -- He has worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and he lives right here in Texoma. This morning we introduce you to Rodger Boyce, a Gainesville native making it big.

"It was all a great accident."

Whether it was a mistake or not, Rodger Boyce just happened to be at the right place the right time.

"I had a few friends involved with community theater. They came by and said, ‘Come on Rodger, they’re doing a new show.’”

And some twenty years ago, Rodger hopped in the car for a ride that would change his life. A stop at the Pocket Theater in Gainesville to watch a show turned into him being in the show.

"So the director said, ‘You, sir, in the back, do you mind coming up here so we have enough to read the scene?’"

A few hours later, Rodger Boyce walked out with an alter ego.

"To make a long story short, I had lead in the play. Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Guess which one I played!"

From the little stage to the big screen, Rodger has done it all. In fact, you may have seen his face a few times. Rodger had roles in features films like Where The Heart Is, Necessary Roughness and A Perfect World.

But his most famous and recent big screen feature was filmed in the lone star state. The Joel and Ethan Coen film No Country For Old Men is the tale of violence and mayhem that ensue after a hunter stumbles upon dead bodies, a stash of heroin, and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande.

In the movie, based on the Pulitzer Prize novel written by Cormac McCarthey, Rodger plays El Paso Sheriff Roscoe Giddens.

"One of the most famous lines I get to deliver, and you see it in almost every review, they quote this dialogue. I say, "You know I never thought I’d see the day I’d see children walking the streets of our Texas towns with green hair and bones in their noses.""

Though Rodger’s role is brief in the movie, he says playing along side Tommy Lee Jones makes up for it.

"He’s a great guy. He's a great guy. Awful reputation. Terrible reputation. But it's part of the role Tommy Lee Jones plays. Because Tommy Lee is really a shy guy, he puts on a hard show persona to keep people distant."

This is not the first time Jones and Boyce have acted on the big screen together. In fact, this was their third movie together.

While it is hard having to hang out with the big stars from Jennifer Garner to Matt Damon to, of course, the Coen Brothers, Rodger says he lives quite the normal life. Married with three children and three grandchildren, Rodger is assistant to the president at the North Texas Central College in Gainesville.

"I came here in 1976, been here ever since. I love this college It's a wonderful institution."

That is where you will find Rodger every day, living a “normal” live.

For more on Rodger's acting career, check his IMDB bio here.


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