Roy Rogers was an American singer, actor, and television host. He appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. His show was broadcast on radio for nine years and then on television from 1951 through 1957. In his later years, he lent his name to the franchise chain of Roy Rogers Restaurants.
About Roy Rogers in brief
Roy Rogers was an American singer, actor, and television host. Known as the \”King of the Cowboys\”, he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. His show was broadcast on radio for nine years and then on television from 1951 through 1957. In his later years, he lent his name to the franchise chain of Roy Rogers Restaurants. Roy was born Leonard Slye, the son of Mattie and Andrew \”Andy\” Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio. His early roles were uncredited parts in films by fellow cowboy singing star Gene Autry. He joined the short-lived singing group, the Rocky Mountaineers, who were superseded in 1933 by the O-O Cowboys. The Cowboys made a little money at dances and little theaters in places such as Brownfield and Littlefield, Texas. For a brief time in 1933, Lubbock, Texas, was the headquarters for The O-Bar-O-Cowboys. He later wed Dale Evans, and Rogers subsequently wed Arline Wilkins, a radio station caller in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1936. The couple married in 1936 and had a daughter, Dale Evans Rogers, who died in childbirth a decade later. He also had a son, Roy Rogers, Jr., who was born in 1958 and died in 2012. He was buried in Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Dale, and their son, Len Rogers, III, and daughter-in-law, Amy Rogers, a former Miss Ohio contestant who competed in the 1984 Miss Universe pageant.
He died in 2013 and is buried in Mount Vernon, California, with his wife and two daughters, Amy and Dale Evans. He had no children of his own, but had several step-daughters and two step-granddaughters. The Rogers family lived on a farm in Duck Run, near Lucasville, Ohio, about 12 miles north of Portsmouth, and built a six-room house. His father worked at a Portsmouth shoe factory, living in Portsmouth during the week and returning home on weekends, bearing gifts following paydays. He learned to yodel during this time, and with his mother they would use different yodels to communicate with each other across distances on the farm. The family lived in a labor camp similar to those depicted in John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath. In 1929, Len and his father quit their factory jobs, packed up their 1923 Dodge, and drove the family to Lawndale, California to visit Mary. They stayed for four months before returning to Ohio. In 1930, Len had the opportunity to travel again to California with Mary’s father-inlaw, and the rest of the family followed in the spring of 1930. The Slye family rented a small house near Mary and found employment driving gravel trucks for a highway construction project. In spring 1931, after the construction company went bankrupt, Len traveled to Tulare,California, where he found work picking peaches for Del Monte.