Roy Rogers
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Roy Rogers

Singer and Film Actor
Male
Born Nov 5, 1911

Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye, was an American singer and cowboy actor, one of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Rogers.

CHILDHOOD

1911 Birth Born on November 5, 1911.
1912 Birth Dissatisfied with his job and city life, Andy and his brother Will built a houseboat from salvage lumber, and in July 1912 the Slye family traveled up the Ohio River towards Portsmouth, Ohio. … Read More

TEENAGE

1929 17 Years Old By 1929, after Len's older sister Mary and her husband moved to Lawndale, California, he and his father quit their factory jobs, packed up their 1923 Dodge, and drove the family to California to visit Mary. … Read More
1931 19 Years Old In the spring of 1931, after the construction company went bankrupt, Len traveled to Tulare, California where he found work picking peaches for Del Monte. … Read More

TWENTIES

1935 23 Years Old From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily in Western films, including a large supporting role as a singing cowboy while still billed as "Leonard Slye" in a Gene Autry movie.
1938 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1938, when Autry was demanding more money for his work, Slye was immediately rechristened "Roy Rogers". … Read More
1940 28 Years Old With money from not only Rogers' films but his own public appearances going to Republic Pictures, Rogers brought a clause into a 1940 contract with the studio where he would have the right to his likeness, voice and name for merchandising. … Read More

THIRTIES

1947 35 Years Old …  They married on New Year's Eve in 1947 at the Flying L Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, where they had filmed Home in Oklahoma a few months earlier. … Read More

FIFTIES

1962 50 Years Old Rogers and Evans's famous theme song, "Happy Trails", was written by Evans; they sang it as a duet to sign off their television show. In the fall of 1962, the couple co-hosted a comedy-western-variety program, The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show, aired on ABC. … Read More
1968 56 Years Old In 1968, Rogers licensed his name to the Marriott corporation, which converted its Hot Shoppes locations to Roy Rogers Restaurants, with which Rogers otherwise had no involvement.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1975 63 Years Old Rogers owned a Thoroughbred racehorse named Triggairo, who won 13 career races including the 1975 El Encino Stakes at Santa Anita Park. In 1932 a palomino colt foaled in California was named "Golden Cloud"; when Len acquired him, he renamed him "Trigger". In 1932, Len met an admirer named Lucile Ascolese. Roy and Lucile were married in 1933 by a justice of the peace in Los Angeles; the marriage failed, and the couple divorced in 1936. Len then went on tour with the "O-Bar-O Cowboys" and in June 1933 met Grace Arline Wilkins at a Roswell, New Mexico, radio station. They were married in Roswell, New Mexico, on June 11, 1936, after having corresponded since their first meeting. In 1941, the couple adopted a daughter, Cheryl Darlene. Two years later, Grace gave birth to the couple's daughter Linda Lou, followed by son Roy, Jr. ("Dusty") in 1946.
1976 64 Years Old In 1976, Rogers and Evans were inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and in 1995 he was inducted again as a founding member of the Sons of the Pioneers.
1980 68 Years Old Rogers was also twice elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, first as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers in 1980, and again as a soloist in 1988. … Read More
1983 71 Years Old …  In 1983 he was awarded the Golden Boot Award, and in 1996 he received the Golden Boot Founder's Award.
1998 86 Years Old 1 More Event
When Rogers died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998, he was residing in Apple Valley, California.
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