Roy Rogers Biography (1912?-1998)

Original name, Leonard Franklin Slye; name legally changed, 1942; born November 5, 1912 (some sources say 1911), in Cincinnati, OH; died of congestive heart failure, July 6, 1998, in Apple Valley, CA; son of Andrew E. (a worker ina shoe factory) and Mattie Martha (Womack) Slye; married Lucile Ascolese, 1932 (marriage annulled, 1932); married Arlene Wilkins, June 14, 1936 (died November 3, 1946); married Frances Octavia Smith (a performer under the name DaleEvans), December 31, 1947; children: (second marriage) Cheryl Darlene RogersBarnett (adopted), Linda Lou Rogers Johnson, Roy ("Dusty"), Jr.; (third marriage) Thomas Frederick Fox, Jr. (stepson), Robin Elizabeth (deceased), Mary Little Doe Stanley, Dodie Rogers Sailors (adopted), Marion Swift (foster daughter), Deborah Lee (adopted; deceased), John David ("Sandy;" adopted; deceased). Career: Actor and singer. Performed with music groups, including the Hollywood Hillbillies, the Rocky Mountaineers, the Texas Outlaws, and the O-Bar-O Cowboys; co-founder of the music group the International Cowboys; Sonsof the Pioneers, co-founder and performer (first as Leonard Slye, then as Dick Weston, later as Roy Rogers), 1932-38; performed as the star of a syndicated radio show in the 1940s; entertainer at rodeos and state fairs. Also worked as a truck driver and fruit picker. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum, Victorville, CA, co-founder, 1967; Roy Rogers Enterprises, president; Roy Rogers Family Restaurants, member of board of directors; Roy Rogers Apple Valley Inn,past owner; investor in real estate and businesses, including a television production company and a music publishing company. Earned the nickname "King of the Cowboys." Awards, Honors: Shared Golden Apple Award, star of theyear (with Dale Evans), Hollywood Women's Press Club, 1953; elected to Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1976; elected to Country Music Hall of Fame (with Sons of thePioneers), 1980, and (as Roy Rogers), 1988; Pioneer Award, Academy of Country Music, 1986; named honorary American Indian of the Year, 1986; International Galaxy of Fame Award, Angel Foundation, 1988; shared Country Music Association Award nomination, vocal event of the year (with Clint Black), 1992, for the song "Hold On Partner;" citation from U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Department of the Treasury; American Legion Award.

Actor, singer
Birth Details
November 5, 1912?
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Death Details
July 6, 1998
Apple Valley, California, United States

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Linda Edwards
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Oct 12, 2017 @ 9:21 pm
There are too many daughters listed for Roy's marriage to Dale Evans (3rd marriage). Mary Little Doe and Dodie are one and the same.

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