Roy Rogers Overview:

Legendary actor, Roy Rogers, was born Leonard Franklin Slye on Nov 5, 1911 in Cincinnati, OH. Rogers died at the age of 86 on Jul 6, 1998 in Apple Valley, CA and was laid to rest in Sunset Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Apple Valley, CA.


Light-haired American singing cowboy who became for many years the world's number one money-making western star. His medium-budget westerns at Republic were longer (around 75 minutes) than the average and actually burst into color for a while in the late forties. Also a popular recording star. His horse Trigger (1932-1965) was almost as famous. Married (second; first wife died) to Dale Evans, his oft-time leading lady, from 1947. Always signed autographs "Happy Trails." Died from congestive heart failure.

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He was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television, Radio and Motion Pictures. Roy Rogers's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #84 on Apr 21, 1949. In addition, Rogers was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 2010. Rogers was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Roy Rogers Quotes:

[Pat's bloodhounds dig into what appears to be a grave]
Sparrow Biffle: Hey, what's that? Salt?
Roy Rogers: Quicklime!
Sparrow Biffle: What would quicklime be doin' out here?
Roy Rogers: It's usually used to destroy something... Look! A cow's hoof!
Sparrow Biffle: I wonder where the rest of the cow is.
Roy Rogers: I imagine it's attached to the hoof.

Splinters: Gee, if it's Camwell, he's a dangerous guy!
Roy Rogers: I'd say he's a dangerous traitor.

[Toni has fallen heavily]
Roy Rogers: Are you hurt - I hope?

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Once lived next door to actor Val Kilmer (when Val was a child). When Roy moved, the Kilmers later moved into to his old ranch. Then, in 1999, Val led a Trigger lookalike on stage at the 1999 Academy Awards in honor of Roy Rogers.

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 522-525. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

He had two children and 1 adopted daughter with Arlene Wilkins.

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