Will Rogers

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Will Rogers
Will Rogers
William Penn Adair Rogers

(1879-11-04)November 4, 1879
DiedAugust 15, 1935(1935-08-15) (aged 55)
Occupation(s)actor, comic, columnist, radio personality
SpouseBetty (1908–1944)
ChildrenWilliam Vann "Bill"
Mary Amelia
James Blake
Fred Stone

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879August 15, 1935) was a Cherokee-American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor.

Known as Oklahoma's favorite son,[1] Rogers was born to a well off Indian Territory family and learned to ride horses and use a lariat so well that he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three ropes at once—one around the neck of a horse, another around the horse's rider, and a third around all four legs of the horse. During his life he traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"),[2] wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns,[3] making him a world-famous figure.

By the mid-1930s, Rogers was loved by the American people, and was the highest-paid movie star in Hollywood at the time. During an around-the-world trip with pilot Wiley Post, Rogers died when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska Territory in 1935.

Citations[change | change source]

  1. Curtis, Gene (June 5, 2007). "Only in Oklahoma: Rogers statue unveiling filled U.S. Capitol". Tulsa World. Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2007.
  2. "RSU and Will Rogers Museum to Discuss Possible Merger" (Press release). Rogers State University. April 18, 2007. Archived from the original on November 7, 2007. Retrieved July 20, 2007.
  3. Schlachtenhaufen, Mark (May 31, 2007). "Will Rogers grandson carries on tradition of family service". OkInsider.com. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved July 21, 2007.