Roger Hill, who had a small but memorable part as Cyrus, the leader of The Riffs, one of the main gangs in Walter Hillâ€™s 1979 cult smash film The Warriors, has died at the age of 65, reports Variety. No cause of death was given.
Hill had a varied career as an actor in off-Broadway productions in the 1970s before he landed the part in The Warriors as that decade came to a close. His character of Cyrus memorably exclaims â€œCan You Dig It?â€ to the spellbound denizens of gangs who have gathered for a meeting in New Yorkâ€™s Central Park, which ends in tragedy and accelerates the picture’s narrative. The line has since become a memorable quote in filmdomâ€™s history and instantly recognizable with the film.
In 2005, Hill made minor headlines when he sued Rockstar Games for a quarter of a million dollars for using his likeness and voice in their video game adaptation of the film.
A New York City native, Hill spent the latter part of his life as a part-time librarian and poet.
Hill is survived by Chris W. Hill, a film editor and Hillâ€™s only son.
RIP Roger Hill
July 31, 1948 – February 20, 2014