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:

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Roy Rogers: Work done by hatcheries like this doesn't just mean restocking lakes and streams, it means that sportsmen and the youth of America will have a chance to get away from crowded cities and their troubles, go fighin', and enjoy the privileges our forefathers had. So, good luck to ya, Doc!

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

[first lines]
Padre: It's always good when you come here and we join our voices together in song. I'm only sorry that trouble brings you here.
Roy Rogers: I'm sorry too, Padre, but I think with the help of my friends over the border here, we'll be able to get this thing straightened out.

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Childhood home was on real estate that later included second base in Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium.

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Once received 78,852 fan letters in a single month.

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