Major life events of Roy Rogers include his casting in the 1938 movie "Under Western Stars," his role in "The Cowboy and the Senorita," and the releases of his successful country albums. Rogers received many awards and honors for his work, including four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, two inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and an induction into the Western Performers Hall of Fame.Continue Reading
The original lead for "Under Western Stars" was Gene Autry, but he had a contract dispute, so the studio chose Roy Rogers to replace him. It became Rogers' breakout role, as it was popular with audiences. Rogers and Autry became rivals as the country's two most popular singing cowboys, which boosted both their popularity. Rogers was the second most popular Western star in the country, behind Autry, in 1942. By 1943, he was the most popular, a title he held for 10 years.
The 1944 movie "The Cowboy and the Señorita" was popular because of the chemistry between Rogers and his co-star, Dale Evans. The two made several movies together and married in 1947. They stayed together until Rogers' death in 1998.
Rogers released his first solo country album, "The Country Side of Roy Rogers," in 1970. He released three more country albums. The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted him twice, once for his work as a member of the group Sons of the Pioneers, and once for his solo career.Learn more about Art & Literature