Roger H. Davis, Longtime William Morris Executive, Dead at 92

Natalie Wood, Elvis Presley and Kirk Douglas were among clients of Davis, who chaired agency’s board of directors

Roger H. Davis, who worked at the William Morris Agency for more than three decades, died Sunday in Los Angeles, his family said. He was 92.

Davis served as the chairman of the executive committee of its Board of Directors, as well as the agency’s executive vice-president and assistant secretary.

Among those Davis represented were Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Norman Lear, Warren Beatty and Natale Wood, as well as David Wolper, Elvis Presley, Omar Sharif and Steve McQueen.

Following his retirement from William Morris, he continued as an entertainment industry arbitrator and expert witness, and as chairman of the board of MPTF Corp., the parent corporation of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and Country Hospital. He was also a first vice-president of the Association of Talent Agents, and on the panel of arbitrators of the Directors Guild of America.

He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and active in Big Brothers of America and participated in its annual “Show Biz Bash” for many years. He also served as a member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Davis is survived by his wife, Laura; daughter Shelley Davis Browning, a manager at Magnolia Entertainment; a son Roger Davis Jr. who also worked in the industry; plus seven grandchildren and a pair of great-grandchildren.