Roger Hill, Who Played Cyrus in ‘The Warriors,’ Dies at 65

Roger Hill the Warriors

Roger Hill, who played gang leader Cyrus in Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic “The Warriors,” died Thursday in New York. He was 65.

Hill spent nearly 20 years as an actor, working mostly in theater. He was an early participant in the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop and appeared in Off Broadway and touring productions of Charles Gordone’s “No Place to Be Somebody,” Ed Bullins’ “The Fabulous Miss Marie” and “Hamlet.”

But the role with which he made the biggest impression was the charismatic but doomed gang lord Cyrus in Paramount’s “The Warriors.” He also played Alec Lowndes on ABC’s “One Life to Live” from 1982-85.

In 2005 he filed a lawsuit of $250,000 against Rockstar Games for using his voice and depicting him in the videogame based on “The Warriors.”

Born and raised in New York City, Hill graduated from the City College of New York. In later years, he left acting and spent time working as a part=time librarian and writing poetry.

He is survived by his only son, film editor Chris W. Hill.

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  1. Now we know where “The Rock” got his schtick!!

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  3. jama says:

    the warriors did it!

  4. jama says:

    CAN YOU DIG IIIIIIIIITTTTT?

  5. Eric says:

    Can you DIG IT?!?!

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  7. Tony Rubino says:

    So there’s a joke in this:
    What did one gravedigger say to the other gravedigger when Roger Hill died?
    CAN YOU DIG IT?!?

  8. linda says:

    Warrior’s great movie I have the original movie on vhs

  9. Ralph_Indy says:

    This was a movie that could be enjoyed as entertainment but also used Greek myth as part of its plot and characters. Great stuff!

  10. Lee Walton says:

    This is scary as HELL! I was just talking to my wife about this movie yesterday and even pulled up the trailer on Xbox Video and kept say “Can you dig it!”

  11. Ste says:

    Rip cyrus u were a star

  12. John says:

    Reblogged this on Wonderland1981 – The Wonderland Murders and commented:
    We lost Cyrus.

  13. YYYTR says:

    THEY KILLED CYRUS!!!!

  14. Frank the Tank says:

    Welcome home Roger Hill, thank you for the immoprtal phrase into our cultural lexicon, “can you dig it”!

  15. Robert Brown says:

    What a legacy he had 65 is a young age to die

  16. Brian Ahlgrim says:

    How does one die on a Thursday when today is only Wednesday??

  17. basher1969 says:

    The Warriors is one of THE best films ever a very underrated film by all accounts and Cyrus was a brilliant character well played by Roger his “can you dig it” voice resonates through the speakers every time I watch it. R.I.P sir.

  18. Bruce from the Big Co-ney says:

    I live in Coney Island and was just walking the Bowery today. I enjoy watching the different versions of the movie. RIP Roger

  19. Hingle McCringleberry says:

    His voice was not used in the video game.

  20. Daniel Fuqua says:

    This report was written on Tuesday 2/25, it says he died on Thursday. Did it take 5 days to report this?

  21. David black says:

    Played a great part even though it was a very short one in a cult classic which is not out dated to this day ive watched the warriors over 100 times and so have my children rip roger hill legend

  22. Rygar says:

    Condolences

  23. Moki says:

    Can U dig itttt! Rest in Peace Roger http://vimeo.com/59271647

  24. deckwgf says:

    Reblogged this on Deck WGF and commented:
    Can You Dig IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. deckwgf says:

    Reblogged this on Deck WGF and commented:
    Can You Dig IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. johntshea says:

    Amen. A great performance in a great movie of a great book. I still wonder why the novel’s author Sol Yurick, who died early last year, disliked the movie so much.

    • I have a copy of the book in my bedroom. If you’ve read it then you’d know. The Warriors of the movie aren’t the warriors of the book. In the book they talk about how its almost better to be out at night than be at home with frisky parents. Also how its almost as bad with the youth authority as it is with criminals on the streets. You got more of the feeling that nowhere was safe. So the protagonist of the book turned to his comic that told a 300-like tale of people fighting against all odds to find a place where they felt safe. Not realizing until the end, like Huck Finn or Betty Boop in Minnie the Moocher, that they were ironically free already. And in this dude’s case, instead of going out to the world all he really had to do if he enjoyed reading so much was go back to his bedroom.

      • marty says:

        in your bedroom?, thats why your wife fucks around!

      • johntshea says:

        Interesting, John Lewis Wright. I read the novel several times after seeing the movie when it was first released. I loved both but I prefer the movie’s structure, which is actually more faithful to Xenophon’s ‘ANABASIS’ the acknowledged inspiration for both novel and movie and the subject of the comic within the novel you refer to.

  27. Smooth says:

    RIP Roger, and thanks for your contributions to the industry. One heck of a Warrior.

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