Roy Rogers, “King of the Cowboys,” died this morning at his home in California. He was 86.
Born Leonard Franklin Slye on November 5, 1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the truck driver and peach picker moved to California where, in 1937, he landed a $75 a week job as a singing cowboy at Republic Studio. Roy Rogers went on to appear in 87 films and was the No. 1 Western star at the box office for 12 years — 1943 to 1954.
Roy was preceded in death by three children. He is survived by six children and his wife of 50 years, Dale Evans Rogers, “Queen of the West.”