Happy Birthday Roy Rogers: Remembering the ‘King of the Cowboys’ on Would-Be 110th

by Quentin Blount

Roy Rogers has a special place in the heart of the entire Outsider family. As such, we remember the “King of the Cowboys” on what would have been his 110th birthday.

Rogers was a singer, actor, and television host. In addition to that, he was known as the “King of the Cowboys” and was one of the most popular Western stars of his era.

For years on end, re-runs of the The Roy Rogers Show were a staple in so many of our homes. Roy Rogers appeared in over 100 films and countless radio and TV episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. His show was broadcast on the radio for nine years before making its way to television from 1951 to 1957.

Because he was so influential during his time, we look back every November 5th and pay tribute to a legend. The Retro News Now Twitter account posted a tweet in honor of Rogers’ birthday as well. They even included a photo of the book, Roy Rogers and the Mountain Lion.

“Roy Rogers was born on November 5, 1911,” the tweet reads.

“All-time great book,” one fan replied. “The love triangle between the Roy, the horse, and the mountain lion is so tragically beautiful.”

“Same year as Dutch Reagan,” commented another person. “Roy & Dale campaigned for Dutch and hard-bitten reporters would fall all over themselves to get autographs ‘for the kids’!”

Roy Rogers Background

It’s hard to believe, but Roy Rogers didn’t just show up in Hollywood all of the sudden. He actually came from humble beginnings that many of us can relate to. Rogers was born east of the Mississippi River, in Cincinnati, Ohio, of all places. He spent the majority of his childhood and teenage years in rural Ohio.

Of course, we all know him as Roy Rogers now. But that isn’t actually his given name at birth. That name would be Leonard Franklin Slye (his family and friends called him “Len”). At just 19-years-old, “Len” and his family moved to California.

Rogers’ first big starring role came in 1938 in a film called Under Western Stars. After that, his career began to quickly take off. Before he knew it, he was one of Hollywood’s most successful actors.

As for the love life of Roy Rogers, that is well-documented as well. He married his wife, Dale Evans in 1947. The couple had appeared in a movie together just a few years prior to tying the knot. They remained married for more than 50 years until Roy passed away in 1998.

And we have to end by mentioning Roy Rogers’ famous Palomino stallion, Trigger. He was so smart that he knew over 150 tricks, and he could walk up to 50 feet on his hind legs.