Roger V. Burton Dies: ‘Baskets’ Actor And Musician Was 90

Roger V. Burton Dies: ‘Baskets’ Actor And Musician Was 90

Actor and musician Roger V. Burton died November 30 at his home in Santa Monica, Deadline has learned. He was 90.

At 11 years old, Burton established himself as a professional musician. He was a jazz trombonist in big bands and studio film soundtracks. After graduating from USC, he played with many musical icons including Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Johnny Ray, The Ink Spots, and many more. He was a regular on Ernst Gold studio recordings for films, as well as The Hoagy Carmichael Show on NBC.

In addition to music, Burton was invited to pursue graduate studies in the field of psychology, and given a full scholarship to Harvard University. Burton became a developmental psychology researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, with a specialty in the development of morality. He would also go on to become a full professor at Suny Buffalo in Moral Development and Childhood Social Development.

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