Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers
Rogers in The Carson City Kid, 1940
Leonard Franklin Slye

(1911-11-05)November 5, 1911
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJuly 6, 1998(1998-07-06) (aged 86)
Resting placeSunset Hills Memorial Park, Apple Valley
34°33′25″N 117°08′35″W / 34.5569916°N 117.1429367°W / 34.5569916; -117.1429367
Other namesLen Slye
  • Singer
  • actor
  • TV host
Years active
  • 1932–1991
  • 1935–1984 (acting)
Political partyRepublican
Grace Arline Wilkins
(m. 1932; died 1946)
(m. 1947)

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye; November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), nicknamed the King of the Cowboys,[1] was an American singer, actor, television host, and rodeo performer.

Following early work under his given name, first as a co-founder of the Sons of the Pioneers and then as an actor, the rebranded Rogers then became one of the most famous and popular Western stars of his era.

He appeared in almost 90 motion pictures, as well as numerous episodes of his self-titled radio program that lasted for nine years. Between 1951 and 1957, he hosted The Roy Rogers Show television series. In many of them, he appeared with his wife, Dale Evans; his Golden Palomino, Trigger; and his German Shepherd, Bullet. Rogers is also best remembered for his signature song "Happy Trails".

His early roles were uncredited parts in films by fellow singing cowboy Gene Autry. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady, Andy Devine, George "Gabby" Hayes, or Smiley Burnette.[2]

Rogers was the only country singer to be inducted twice into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Alongside Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, and Tony Martin, he's the recipient of four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the latter of which was honored with the band mentioned above.

In his later years, he lent his name to the franchise chain of Roy Rogers Restaurants.

  1. ^ "News from California, the nation and world". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ "Smiley Burnette, Movie re Off and Autry and Rogers, Dies at 55. Charlie Pratt of TV 'Petticoat Junction' Played Robles in Nearly 200 Westererns". The New York Times. Associated Press. February 18, 1967.

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