Biography and 15 best films of the great actor ..Roy Rogers

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Biography Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers was an American actor and singer best known as the “King of the Cowboys” for his heroic roles in musical Westerns. His sidekick palomino, Trigger, and dog, Bullet often appeared with him.

Roy Rogers was an American actor and singer born on November 5, 1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Known as the “King of the Cowboys” for starring in musical Westerns, he appealed to fans for his good-guy hero image. They also loved his sidekick palomino, Trigger, and dog, Bullet. Rogers appeared on TV, radio, records and film from the 1930s-1950s. Film highlights included Under Western Stars (1938), King of the Cowboys (1943), Sunset in El Dorado (1945), My Pal Trigger (1946) and The Golden Stallion (1949). Rogers died on July 6, 1998, from congestive heart failure.

In 1944, Rogers appeared in his first film with actress Dale Evans. The Cowboy and the Señorita sparked an irresistible on-screen chemistry between the two, and Evans quickly gained the nickname “Queen of the Cowgirls,” to match the moniker of her on-and-off-screen sweetheart. Between the years of 1944 and 1951, they appeared in nearly 30 films together. Particularly in the mid-to-late 1940s, the duo appeared in a string of back-to-back productions, among them The Cowboy and the Señorita (1944), The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944), Utah (1945) and Apache Rose (1947).

From 1951-1957, Rogers starred in his own popular television series, The Roy Rogers Show, which also featured Evans. The song “Happy Trails,” written by Evans, was the show’s theme song. Following a revamping, the show aired again as The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show in 1962.

In 1967, Rogers and Evans established the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in their hometown of Apple Valley and then moved it to nearby Victorville, California in 1976. The museum featured Trigger, whom Rogers had preserved when the horse died that same year at the age of 33. In 2003, the museum relocated to Branson, Mo, but has since closed.

Throughout his life, Rogers was known as much for his kindness as for his movie roles. For instance, he appreciated his fans so much that he attempted to respond personally to every piece of mail he received, despite the fact that his film studio refused to pay for postage, and the cost came out of his own pocket. In 1988, for his achievement in the country music industry and in recognition of his inspiration to generations of country musicians, Rogers was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. In addition to numerous awards and accolades, he has four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in recognition of his achievements in radio, music, film, and television.

In 1933, Rogers, still known as Leonard Slye, married Lucile Acolese, but the marriage didn’t last. Back in the saddle, in 1936 Rogers married Arline Wilkins, who died after giving birth to their only son, Roy Jr., in 1946. The couple also had two daughters, Cheryl (adopted) and Linda Lou. Rogers married Dale Evans on New Year’s Eve in 1947. Together they had a daughter, Robin—born with a heart defect and Down syndrome—who died just days before her second birthday in 1952. In the 1950s, Rogers and Evans adopted four more children, known familiarly as Dodie, Sandy, Marion Swift and Debbie Lee. The Rogers family was struck with tragedy when, in 1964, Debbie died in a church bus accident, and again, in 1965, when Sandy choked to death while serving in the Army.

A little more than six months after celebrating the 50th anniversary of his marriage to Evans, Rogers died in Victorville, California, on July 6, 1998, of congestive heart failure.

15.Robin Hood of the Pecos

Roy Rogers, George “Gabby” Hayes

Released: 1941

Directed by: Joseph Kane

Robin Hood of the Pecos is a 1941 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring..

14.Out California Way

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

Released: 1946

Directed by: John Farrow, Lesley Selander

Out California Way is a 1946 American Trucolor film starring Monte Hale and Roy Rogers..

13.The Far Frontier

Roy Rogers, Andy Devine

Released: 1948

Directed by: William Witney

The Far Frontier is a 1948 American film western starring Roy Rogers..

12.Alias Jesse James

Bob Hope, Bing Crosby

Released: 1959

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod

Alias Jesse James is a 1959 American Western comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Bob Hope and Rhonda Fleming. Based on a story by Robert St. Aubrey and Bert..

11.The Man from Oklahoma

Roy Rogers

Released: 1945

Directed by: Frank McDonald

The Man from Oklahoma is a 1945 American film starring Roy Rogers..

10.Susanna Pass

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

Released: 1949

Directed by: William Witney

Susanna Pass is a 1949 American film starring Roy Rogers..

9.Trail of Robin Hood

Roy Rogers, William Farnum

Released: 1950

Directed by: William Witney

Trail of Robin Hood is a 1950 American Trucolor film starring Roy Rogers and filmed in the San Bernardino Mountains and Big Bear Lake California. It is notable for featuring a large cast of..

8.The Yellow Rose of Texas

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

Released: 1944

Directed by: Joseph Kane

The Yellow Rose of Texas is a 1944 film directed by Joseph Kane..

7.Eyes of Texas

Roy Rogers, Andy Devine

Released: 1948

Directed by: William Witney

Eyes of Texas is a 1948 American film directed by William Witney..

6.Trigger, Jr.

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

Released: 1950

Directed by: William Witney

Trigger, Jr. is a 1950 American film starring Roy Rogers..

5.Rainbow Over Texas

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

Released: 1946

Directed by: Frank McDonald

Rainbow Over Texas is a film from 1946 in which Roy Rogers plays himself as a famous cowboy-singer returning to Texas. The self-portrayal of Roy Rogers as a more glamorous..

4.In Old Caliente

Roy Rogers, George “Gabby” Hayes

Released: 1939

Directed by: Joseph Kane

In Old Caliente is a 1939 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Roy..

3.Down Dakota Way

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

Released: 1949

Directed by: William Witney

Down Dakota Way is a 1949 American film starring Roy Rogers..

2.My Pal Trigger

Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

Released: 1946

Directed by: Frank McDonald

My Pal Trigger is a 1946 American western musical film directed by Frank McDonald. The screenplay by Jack Townley and John K. Butler was based upon a story by Paul Gangelin. The….

1.Melody Time

Mel Blanc, Roy Rogers

Released: 1948

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

Melody Time, a 1948 film, is the 10th theatrically released animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on May 27, 1948. Made up of several..
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