Did you know that Roy Rogers was born today in 1911? He was one of the most popular Western stars and known as the “King of the Cowboys”. He appeared in the radio and television Roy Rogers Show for about 15 years and in more than 100 films. While he was a very popular actor, most of the money earned by his films went to the production studio. He changed his contract with the studio to give him the right to his name, appearance, and voice. Roy Rogers was then able to earn money from the many items such as toys, action figures, books, comics and restaurants that used his ‘brand’ for marketing.
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Roy Rogers Show was broadcast on radio for 9 years and then on television for another 6 from 1951 to 1957.
Roy Rogers’ original name was Leonard Franklin Slye. The stage name Roy Rogers was created because “Roy” sounded like a name for a cowboy and “Rogers” alluded to Will Rogers.
When he was younger, Leonard Franklin Slye learned how to yodel, so he could communicate with his family across the long distances on their family farm.
Leonard Franklin Slye left high school to help his father earn money working in factories and driving trucks. During the Great Depression, Leonard Slye found work living in labor camps and picking peaches.
Leonard Slye auditioned for a radio show in 1931. He joined a few musical groups including the Rocky Mountaineers, O-Bar-O Cowboys, Pioneer Trio, Sons of the Pioneers, and more.
Roy Rogers often appeared in film with Dale Evans (his wife), Trigger (his horse), and Bullet (his German Shepherd).
Roy Rogers, and his wife Dale Evans were advocates for adoption. They had 4 adopted children.
Only Walt Disney had more items marketed with his name than Roy Rogers.
Roy Rogers has 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Happy Trails” was written by Dale Evans, Roy Rogers’ wife. They performed the song as the theme song for The Roy Rogers Show.