Brian T. Roper
c. 1936 – 1960
ActorReal estate businessman
Barbara L. Eaton (m. 1967)
Los Angeles, California, United States
The Naked Heart, William Comes to Town, The Girl on the Pier, The Rainbow Jacket, Hong Kong Confidential
Margaret O'Brien, Dean Stockwell, Allan Lockheed, Jack Northrop, Marc Allegret
14 May 1994 (aged 64) Antibes, France
Brian T. Roper (19 August 1929 – 14 May 1994) was a British-American film and television actor, and, in later years, real estate agent.
Roper played youthful parts during his career due to his young physique, which included his appearance as the animal-loving young boy "Dickon" with a pet fox in The Secret Garden (1949), starring Margaret O'Brien. The Secret Garden was prepared for MGM's 25th anniversary as a film studio and was heavily promoted in 1949–50. Newspapers at the time claimed his age as 14. He appeared this age but was actually five years older. Roper was noted for his reddish hair and some freckles.
Born in Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, Roper left Britain on 5 October 1948 when he was 19 years old after his selection for The Secret Garden from more than 100 boys who were tested during a six-month search. Work on the film began on 4 October 1948 and was completed in late November. He later lived in both Britain and California, depending on the location of his acting work, and acted for 24 years.
Following his acting career he went briefly into the film industry agency business. Roper married Barbara L. Eaton (aka Barbara L. Stafsudd), in Los Angeles when he was 38 years old, on 30 December 1967. His wife was 13 years younger. Shortly after this marriage, Roper established the Roper School of Real Estate in 1968 in Hayward, California and served as its lecturer and instructor. He would go on to train new salespeople while serving as director of sales training for Red Carpet Realtors in Northern California.
Brian Roper died in Antibes, France at the age of 64.