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Rod Lauren
Born Roger Lawrence Strunk
March 20, 1940(1940-03-20)
United States
Died July 11, 2007 (aged 67)
Tracy, California
United States
Other name(s) Rod Strunk
Spouse(s) Nida Blanca

Rod Lauren (March 20, 1940 – July 11, 2007) was an American actor and singer.

As an actor, he worked mostly in television, appearing in single episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. amongst others during the 1960s. Lauren's most notable film is The Crawling Hand (1963) which achieved latter-day notoriety when it was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

As a singer, Lauren is a one-hit wonder who hit #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the song "If I Had a Girl" in 1960 and performed twice on The Ed Sullivan Show that year.

From 1979 to 2001, Lauren, who had since reverted to the use of his given name, Roger Lawrence Strunk, was married to Nida Blanca, a leading Filipino film actress whom Lauren met during the filming of Once Before I Die. After Blanca's body was discovered on November 6, 2001 in the car park inside a San Juan City parking garage (she had been stabbed to death), Lauren soon emerged as a suspect behind the killing.[1][2]

He moved back to the United States and was able to successfully fight extradition to the Philippines to face trial for the murder. Other suspects were later charged.[3][4]

Strunk died on July 11, 2007 after falling from a second-floor balcony of the Tracy Inn in Tracy, California where he had been staying for the previous three days.[5]

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