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Roger Radcliffe (or Roger Dearly in the original book, live-action version and TV series) is a character from Disney's 1961 animated feature film, One Hundred and One Dalmatians and its sequel. He is the husband of Anita and owner, best friend, and "pet" to Pongo.


Roger is Anita Radcliffe's husband and a songwriter. At the beginning of the original film, Roger is a bachelor songwriter, who lives in a small bachelor flat with Pongo. He works from home, usually not quitting work until after 5:00, and is described by Pongo as being married to his work. As a songwriter, he is very creative, and can easily write lyrics when given proper inspiration. However, it is only at Pongo's insistence that Roger meets Anita, as Roger would have stayed a bachelor forever according to Pongo.

After his marriage, he is shown to be a kind man who cares for his family, including his pets. Roger is not afraid to stand up against Cruella when his family is involved. A scene near the end of the film shows that he is good at mental math, as he is able to tally up the number of Dalmatians fairly easily.

Roger is based on the character of Mr. Dearly from the original book The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. In the book, Mr. Dearly plays a similar role to Roger but is a financial wizard rather than a songwriter.


One Hundred and One Dalmatians

At the beginning of the film, Roger is seen working on a song. Pongo, having grown bored with their bachelor lives, conspires to set his pet up with a girl. After seeing Anita and Perdita, Pongo decides they would be perfect, as they were both beautiful. Pongo sets the clock ahead so that Roger believes that it is time for their walk. Roger is then forcefully dragged along as Pongo attempts to get Roger and Anita to meet. Eventually, Roger and Anita end up in the pond of the park, entangled by the leashes of their dogs. Roger attempts to apologize to the upset Anita, and blaming Pongo for making her wet, but the two end up laughing. A time skip shows that Roger and Anita fall in love and marry, and the two settle in a small house near the park with Pongo, Perdita, and Nanny.

Cruella De Vil! Cruella De Vil! If she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will!
―Roger sassing Cruella in song

Sometime later, Roger is writing a new song but has only managed to get the melody written. He gains inspiration for lyrics after hearing the name of Cruella De Vil, Anita's former classmate. While Anita visits with her "friend," Roger writes a mocking song, relating the name to many frightening images. Three weeks later, Perdita is preparing to give birth to puppies. Roger is shown to be just as nervous as Pongo during the process, such that he jumps when Pongo licks his hand. He is initially overjoyed at the prospect of 15 puppies but saddens after hearing that one died. However, Roger is able to revive the puppy by rubbing it. When Cruella returns, intent on buying all the puppies, she mocks Roger’s song, which annoys him greatly. Roger nervously but defiantly stands up firm to her, informing Cruella with finality that they will not sell the puppies for any price. Refusing to take no for an answer, Cruella is angered to the point that she storms off, threatening to get even. However, both Anita and Nanny calls him a hero for standing up to the devil woman.

One night, Roger and Anita take Pongo and Perdita out for a walk in the park. While they are gone, the puppies are stolen by Jasper and Horace Badun, hired hands working for Cruella. Roger is shown to be saddened by the theft. He is among those that believe Cruella is guilty of being involved in the theft, but neither he nor the police are able to connect her to the crime. When asked by Anita about what they will do now, he just stays silent, and they rapidly lose hope of finding the puppies.

That same night, while on their usual walk in Primrose Hill, Roger becomes annoyed at Pongo's constant barking and forcefully drags him home, unaware that Pongo was actually passing the message of the puppies' theft through the Twilight Barking Chain. It is possible that Roger punishes Pongo inside the house for disturbing the whole neighborhood, but Pongo’s message is already spread across London as the Great Dane named Danny receives the message in Hampstead, along with Scottie and eventually with the help of other city and country dogs, the message reaches their friend Towser who then sends it to the Colonel.

Like Anita and Nanny, Roger is not seen again until the end of the film, around Christmastime, wondering why Pongo and Perdita ran away (unknown to him, they went to rescue the puppies). After hearing his Cruella song on the radio, he turns it off. Anita reveals that the song became Roger's first big hit, and brought in more money than they could dream of. When a group of "Labradors" come bursting into the home, Roger is confused, but he quickly realizes that they are actually Pongo, Perdita, and the puppies. Roger soon realizes that there are more than 15 puppies, and as Anita and Nanny find puppies, he adds up the totals to reveal that there are 101 Dalmatians altogether. Together with Anita, he decides to use the royalties from his songwriting to buy a country home big enough to keep all the puppies.

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

Roger in 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure.

Roger reappears in the sequel, still as a songwriter, alongside still being mentioned in Pongo's narration as his pet, and is also ready to move out of their London flat to a new farm. He is first shown packing up for their move to their new country home when seeing the spots from numerous puppies inspires him to write a new song Seeing Spots. Anita asks if he is packing or playing, and they dancing together as he sings.

The next day, moving day, he is packing up the puppies and the dogs into the trunk of the moving van, believing that they have all the puppies. (Unknown to them, Patch was left behind, his barks not heard through the window). Upon arriving to their new home, Cherry Tree Farm, Roger brings his piano into the farmhouse, asking Anita and Nanny where will the music go. The piano falls from the floor into the basement, startling them.

Later on, he's in his music room alongside Pongo and the puppies when in the laundry, a newspaper is shown, showing that they left Patch in London. Roger, Anita, Pongo, and Perdita go to find him, leaving Nanny behind to care for the puppies. At the end of the film, Roger reunites with the puppies (as they had been stolen by Jasper and Horace) after finding them in London. During the film credits, Roger is mentioned in the Music Times newspaper, stating that he had hit gold, winning an award for his song, Seeing Spots.

101 Dalmatians: The Series

Roger appears in the series along with Anita and Nanny. This version of Roger is a combination of the musician version from the animated movie and his game-developer version from the live-action film, as he is shown working in both professions. He's also depicted with brown hair instead of blond. He is always aware of Cruella's evil schemes to get him to give up the farm.

101 Dalmatian Street

Roger and Anita's Wedding Photo seen in "London We Have a Problem".

Since it is set sixty years after the original film, Roger doesn't make a physical appearance throughout the series, and it is unknown what happened to him since the original.

However, some of Roger's clothing can be seen in numerous episodes. In the episode "London, We Have a Problem", both he and Anita can be seen on their Wedding Photo alongside their wedding partners, Pongo and Perdita, when Doug grabs a vial containing a sample of Cruella's hair.

Other appearances

Roger made a small cameo appearance as a New York citizen at the beginning of the 1988 Disney animated movie, Oliver & Company. He and Anita also made a few appearances in the animated series House of Mouse, in crowd shots.

In the series finale of At Home With Olaf, a short clip of One Hundred and One Dalmatians featuring Roger appears during a montage of heartwarming moments from Disney films playing in Olaf's song "I Am With You".

Live-action appearances

101 Dalmatians

Roger in the live-action remake.

In the live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians, Roger's last name is changed to "Dearly" (which was his last name in the original book), and he is the human protagonist. Here, he is an American citizen, but he lives in a British flat with Pongo. Instead of a musician, he is a video game designer and tests how good the game is through his greatest friend/boss's son Herbert.

Roger's a bachelor, and he can't afford a vehicle but uses his bicycle as transportation. He lives in a one-room apartment home with Pongo, who has a mind like a human but cannot speak English. The news breaks out that one of the rare Siberian tigers was stolen from the zoo and nobody has seen any trace of it.

Roger first meets Anita by accident. When Pongo sees Anita's Dalmatian, Perdita, he falls in love instantly. When Roger prepares to go back home, Pongo runs so fast after Perdita, dragging Roger dangerously through the streets on his bike. While Roger screams in fear, Pongo's actions cause car pile-ups on the roads and eventually the leash snaps apart, causing Roger to crash his bike into a lake. A furious, injured Roger follows Pongo without a shoe and on his wrecked bike. However, he confuses Perdita to be Pongo and leashes Perdita, but is in return struck by Anita's purse full of bricks, causing his body to fully be injured. Eventually, they clear up the misunderstanding (and Roger takes the opportunity to remark that thanks to Anita, he "now got the complete set of bodily injuries"). But as they prepare to part, Perdita drags Anita just as Pongo did to Roger hinting their love. Eventually, both dogs and Anita and Roger marry and move to a small house near the park while hiring Anita's childhood nanny as a maid.

One day, Anita's boss, Cruella De Vil, visits them to introduce herself to Roger. Initially, Roger is pleased to meet her, but Roger's respect for Cruella slowly drains out into anger and frustration when Cruella spends the visit mocking Anita for starting a family, boasting about her wealth, her sarcastic sense of humor, and mocking Roger's career as a video game maker. Cruella learns that Perdita is giving birth to puppies in a few months and vows to come back.

Indeed, Cruella returns when the puppies are born. Before she arrives, one puppy nearly dies from an unmentioned infant issue, but Roger uses a CPR method to save its life and names the puppy "Lucky." When Cruella returns, she's insane with her obsession for furs. She immediately offers to purchase the puppies when learning that the spots will form in a few weeks. However, Roger angrily refuses to sell them no matter what, even if she offers them any amount of money. Anita tries to keep her relationship with Cruella by claiming that they do not mean immediately, but she ultimately gains the courage to stand up against Cruella and agree that they are not for sale. A furious Cruella leaves, firing Anita from her fur factory and vowing revenge.

A few months later, the puppies finally get their spots. While Roger and Anita go on a walk with Pongo and Perdita, two bandits named Horace and Jasper break into the house, restrain Nanny, and lock her in a closet. The bandits then steal the puppies and drive off. Roger and Anita figure out what happened when they return (when they hear the Pensioner's bulldog barking angrily at Horace and Jasper and is the witness), realizing the puppies were unprotected and call the Metropolitan Police. Unlike the 1961 movie, however, Roger and Anita do not suspect Cruella immediately, and Anita does not refuse to investigate Cruella for their relationship.

The next morning, Pongo and Perdita flee the house in the eyes of Roger and Anita when a message from the other dogs informs them where the puppies are. This time, Roger and Anita are unable to stop them and are now worried about their two Dalmatians. They also ask the police to set up a police chase for Pongo and Perdita.

After 3 days, Anita and Roger finally figure out who the mastermind of the dognapping is through Anita's quick thinking. Anita reveals to Roger and the Metropolitan Police that when she worked for Cruella as a fur coat designer, she made a design of a Dalmatian coat for fun and that Cruella has stolen the puppies hoping to kill them and make a spotted fur coat out of them. The Dearlys go to Cruella's London residence with the police where they connect Cruella both to the dognapping and to other unsolved animal-related crimes, such as the missing Siberian tiger from the London Zoo. The two sadly hug, regretting going out for a walk with Pongo and Perdita instead of staying home to keep an eye on the puppies. The constable in charge tells Anita that her suspicions were justified and that Cruella is in Suffolk. He assures them that he's also already alerted the Suffolk Constabulary to find her and the puppies.

Not long afterward, the police find the 99 Dalmatian puppies, Pongo and Perdita in a village in the outskirts of London. They also manage to find and arrest Cruella, and her henchmen Jasper, Horace, and Skinner. Roger and Anita decide to adopt all the 84 puppies, leaving them with a total of 101 Dalmatians. When Roger reads the paper and hears that the criminals have been convicted of the crimes, including their puppies' thefts, he gets inspired and makes a new video game of Dalmatian puppies fleeing from Cruella, who is the antagonist/boss of the game. The game is a worldwide success, and Roger is now a billionaire and father to a baby girl. Roger uses his money to buy a giant mansion and barn on the outskirts of London.


Roger appears in the movie played by Kayvan Novak making the character Iranian-British. He is the Baroness' personal and clumsy lawyer who is berated by her in the first half of the film. She mentions that he has a side job as a piano player in a bar. When Cruella's schemes become too much, the Baroness angrily fires Roger. Cruella explains in narration that he always blamed her for this. At the end of the movie, Roger receives a gift from Cruella in the form of a Dalmatian puppy named Pongo; possibly intended as an apology for getting him fired. Inspired by her name, he proceeds to write and perform her famous song.


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  • In the novel, the surname of the Dalmatians' humans is "Dearly", but was changed to Radcliffe for the animated film; most likely because Disney has a number of families in previous films with similar names, such as the Darlings from Peter Pan and Jim Dear from Lady and the Tramp. Their surnames return to being Dearly in the live-action films and 101 Dalmatians: The Series.
  • In the first animated film, Roger shares the same speaking voice actor with Grimsby in The Little Mermaid, known as Ben Wright, but his singing voice is done by Bill Lee of the Mellomen.
  • Both of Roger's original voice actors participated in the movie version of The Sound of Music with Wright portraying Herr Zeller (meaning "Mr. Zeller" in German) and Lee dubbing over Christopher Plummer's singing as Captain Von Trapp.
  • Hugh Grant was considered to play Roger for the live-action remake of the film before Jeff Daniels was cast as Roger instead.
  • In both the 1996 live-action film and 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Roger is shown to be a fan of baseball, with his favorite team being the Biddleburg Bivels in Dalmatian Vacation, while a Los Angeles Dodgers cap can seen in his office in the live-action film.
  • In the animated films, Roger is a habitual smoker, regularly seen smoking a pipe in addition to his home at the start of the film being littered with used cigarettes. This trait was removed in the live-action film and animated series due to censorship, though Lucky and Anita do mention that Roger did smoke a pipe in the animated series, and was able to quit with the aid of a self-help tape.
  • He and Anita told Cruella in the 1996 remake that the puppies weren't for sale. However, they seemed to have later changed their minds since it is implied in 102 Dalmatians that they did sell Dipstick to Chloe Simon.
  • Unlike most of the franchise, Roger has grown a beard in Cruella.
  • According to Disneystrology, his birthday is May 27.

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Films: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (video/soundtrack) • 101 Dalmatians (video/soundtrack) • 102 Dalmatians (video/soundtrack) • 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (video) • Cruella (video/soundtrack/score) • Cruella 2

Television series: 101 Dalmatians: The Series101 Dalmatian Street
Video Games: Animated StoryBook: 101 DalmatiansMath Antics with Disney's 101 DalmatiansDisney Hotshots: Disney's 101 Dalmatians101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue102 Dalmatians: Activity Center101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureKingdom Hearts
Books: Disney Princess BeginningsHello, Cruel HeartBe Careful What You Wish Fur

Disney Parks
Club VillainSorcerers of the Magic KingdomMidship Detective Agency

Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The MagicThe Golden MickeysVillains Tonight!
Parades: Disney Cinema Parade
Firework: MomentousWonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyFrightfully Fun ParadeHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsLet's Get WickedMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeScream and Shout Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out! Chapter 2

One Hundred and One Dalmatians: PongoPerditaRoger RadcliffeAnita RadcliffeNannyCruella De VilJasper and HoraceDalmatian PuppiesLuckyPatchRollyPennyFrecklesPepperDannyScottieTowserLucyCaptainSergeant TibbsColonelThunderboltDirty DawsonPrissyCocoCollieThe CowsLabrador

101 Dalmatians: The Series: CadpigSpotMoochTripodScorchLieutenant PugMayor Ed PigDumplingCorneliaSwamp RatCydneStevenPersian PeteVendella De VilGo-GoBlazeCave PupRebeccaThe VandercreamsAmber DearlyP.H. De VilCecil B. De VilIvy De VilMalevola De VilJudge Dimsdale De Vil
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: Lil' LightningLars
101 Dalmatians: HerbertAlonzoMr. SkinnerJewelDipstickFidgetTwo-ToneWhizzerKipper
101 Dalmatian Street: DylanDollyDawkinsDougDelilahTriple-DDanteD.J.DeepakDieselDorothyDa VinciDelgadoDizzy & Dee DeeDimitri TrioPortia PoodleFergus FoxHanselRoxySnowballClarissaPearlHunter De VilSpikeConstantin SidBig FeeSpencer Sausage DogSummerChipsArabellaPrunellaBessieApolloCuddlesDoctor DaveGodfreyHugoStanislav
Video game characters: Patches
102 Dalmatians: Chloe SimonKevin ShepherdJean-Pierre Le PeltDottieLittle DipperDominoOddballFluffyDroolerChompDiggerWaddlesworthEwan
Cruella: Baroness Von HellmanBuddyWinkArtieJohnCatherine MillerThe Baroness' DalmatiansGerald

101 Dalmatians: The Series

ABC Episodes: "Home is Where the Bark Is" • "He Followed Me Home" • "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em" • "Howl Noon" • "Easy on the Lies" • "Two for the Show" • "An Officer and a Gentledog" • "Bad to the Bone" • "Southern Fried Cruella" • "Swine Song" • "Watch for Falling Idols" • "The High Price of Fame" • "The Great Cat Invasion" • "No Train, No Gain" • "Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure" • "Wild Chick Chase" • "The Dogs of DeVil" • "Dog's Best Friend" • "A Christmas Cruella" • "Out to Launch" • "Prophet and Loss"
Syndicated Episodes: "You Slipped a Disk" • "Chow About That?" • "Tic Track Toe" • "Lucky All Star" • "Shake, Rattle, and Woof" • "Cadpig Behind Bars" • "Leisure Lawsuit" • "Purred It Through the Grapevine" • "Our Own Digs" • "Goose Pimples (Goose Pamples)" • "Two Faces of Anita" • "The Fungus Among Us" • "Market Mayhem" • "Lucky to be Alone" • "Four Stories Up" • "It's a Swamp Thing" • "Roll Out the Pork Barrel" • "Alive N' Chicken" • "Prima Doggy" • "You Say It's Your Birthday" • "Oozy Does It" • "Barnboozled" • "Citizen Canine" • "Full Metal Pullet" • "Dough the Right Thing" • "Frisky Business" • "Cadet of the Month" • "Valentine Daze" • "Close But No Cigar" • "Invasion of the Doggy Snatchers" • "Smoke Detectors" • "Lobster Tale" • "Double Dog Dare" • "Mooove It On Over" • "Shipwrecked" • "Mall Pups" • "Shrewzle Watch" • "The Life You Save" • "Spots and Shots" • "On the Lamb" • "Treasure of Swamp Island" • "Lord of the Termites" • "Fountain of Youth" • "Walk a Mile in My Tracks" • "Cruella World" • "Hail to the Chief" • "Food for Thought" • "The Maltese Chicken" • "Film Fatale" • "My Fair Chicken" • "Snow Bounders" • "Gnaw or Never" • "Poison Ivy" • "Twelve Angry Pups" • "The Good-bye Chick" • "Robo-Rolly" • "Splishing and Splashing" • "Virtual Lucky" • "Cupid Pups" • "The Artist Formerly Known as Spot" • "The Nose Knows" • "K is for Kibble" • "Humanitarian of the Year" • "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium" • "Hog-Tied" • "Coup DeVil" • "Every Little Crooked Nanny" • "Cone Head" • "Channels" • "Un-Lucky" • "The Making of..." • "Best of Show" • "Walk on the Wild Side" • "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move" • "DeVil-Age Elder" • "Jurassic Bark" • "My Fair Moochie" • "Dog Food Day Afternoon" • "Spot's Fairy God-Chicken" • "Good Neighbor Cruella" • "Animal House Party" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part I - Road Warriors" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part II - Cross-Country Calamity" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part III - Dearly Beloved"
101 Dalmatian Street
Shorts: "Merry Pups" • "Muddy Pups" • "Prank Pups" • "Ransom Pups" • "Target Pups" • "Yoga Pups" • "Jurassic Pups" "Space Pups" • "Disco Pups" • "Diva Pups"
Season One: "Dog's Best Friend" • "Boom Night" • "Power to the Puppies" • "Who The Dog Do You Think You Are?" • "Walkies on the Wild Side" • "May Contain Nuts" • "Winter Funderland" • "Snow Day" • "Perfect Match" • "All Fired Up" • "Poetry Scam" • "Crushed Out" • "Girls' Day Out" • "The Woof Factor" • "The Nose Job" • "My Fair Dolly" • "Flea-Mageddon" • "A Right Royal Rumble" • "Dal-Martians" • "A Date with Destiny... Dallas and Déjà Vu" • The Wow of MiaowFear WindowThe Dog HouseA Summer to RememberLong Tongue DayDoggy Da VinciLondon, We Have a ProblemIt's My PartyFox in the Dog HouseFetchDon't Push Your LuckThe Curse of the FerrydogThe Walls Are AliveDiamond DogsRide AlongPoodlewolfThe Longest NightBalancing ActDawkins Strikes BackPoodlefall!Dotty DancingYappily Ever AfterD-FactorPuppy DreamsDante's InfernoBetter the De Vil You KnowThe De Vil Wears Puppies

LondonRegents ParkHell HallDinsfordDearly FarmGruteley CountyCherry Tree FarmHouse of DeVil101 Dalmatian Street2nd Time AroundLiberty LondonSmith & WollenskyHouse of Baroness
Films: Cruella De VilKanine KrunchiesDalmatian PlantationPlayful MelodyI See SpotsTry AgainYou're the OneDigga Digga DogSo Fabulous, So FierceWho's Sorry Now?Perhaps, Perhaps, PerhapsLivin' ThingCall Me CruellaThese Boots Are Made for Walkin'

Animated Storybook: I Love FurPuppies, Oh, PuppiesTwilight BarkUp the StairCover Yourselves with Soot
Television series: 1-0-1Dalmatian VacationSurf PuppiesI Got My Pups with MeIt's a Dog's LifeIn the HouseDolly's RapDogs are Out for Summer SunIt's a PrankWe're Sending You Love
Deleted: Don't Buy a Parrot from a SailorMarch of the One Hundred and OneCheerio, Good-Bye, Toodle-oo, Hip Hip!One Hundred and OneThe Creation of Cruella De Vil

See also
Cruella's carJasper and Horace's truckThe Thunderbolt Adventure HourWhat's My Crime?The Disney AfternoonHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeThe Further Adventures of Thunderbolt