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Jazz musician, actor Roger V. Burton dead

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

Jazz musician, and developmental research psychologist Roger V. is dead. He was 90.

He died on November 30 at his home in Santa Monica, variety.com reported.

began as a professional jazz trombonist at the age of 11, playing in big bands and on studio film soundtracks. Earning himself the nickname "Schoolboy" for doing homework between set breaks, he started college at at the age of 16 and graduated with a BA and BM in music, as well as an MA in Sciences.

His musical history includes playing with Nat Cole, Peggy Lee, Andre Previn, Johnny Ray, Frankie Laine, the Lennie Niehaus Octet, The Ink Spots, the Chuck Cabot Band, and the Dick Pierce Band. He was a regular on Ernst Gold studio recordings for films as well as The Hoagy Carmichael Show on

After taking lessons from friend and jazz legend Charles Mingus, switched to the bass and began playing in smaller combos. However, this would not be Burton's last career change, as he went on to study psychology at after writing a response to a study that claimed musicians were irresponsible. In 1967 he worked with Swiss Jean Piaget, and later with

For the last few decades of his life, Burton changed careers yet again to become a

He played on "The Cool Kids", Zach Galifianakis' on "Baskets" and had roles on "Shameless", "The Clapper", "My Name is Earl", "Fargo," "Super Clyde", "American Body Shop", "Monk", "House", "The George Lopez Show" and "Up All Night".

He also appeared on "American Idol", "Good Morning America" and "The Tonight Show."

Ten years ago, he and his late wife, Gabrielle Burton, climbed to the base camp of at 80 years old, reported variety.com.

Burton is survived by his daughters, Maria, Jennifer, Ursula, Gabrielle, and Charity, his sons-in-law, David Mathieson, Aniruddh Patel, Graeme Boone, Darin Henry, Steve Duron, his sister JoDe Kielhofer, nieces, nephews, and his eight grandchildren.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 11:36 IST
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