Roy Rogers

Exhibition Label
Born Cincinnati, Ohio
Roy Rogers began his film career in the shadow of singing cowboy Gene Autry, but emerged as a star in his own right in 1942 after Autry left Hollywood for military service in World War II. Proclaimed "King of the Cowboys," Rogers rode to enormous box office popularity astride Trigger, his specially trained palomino billed as the "Smartest Horse in the Movies." As the genial, clean-cut cowboy who triumphed over evil in dozens of westerns, he became a hero to millions of young moviegoers. In a single month in 1945, he received nearly 75,000 fan letters, and when Life magazine asked youngsters who they most wished to emulate, Rogers was ranked with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. He later made a successful transition to television, where from 1951 to 1957 he starred with his wife, Dale Evans, in the popular Roy Rogers Show.

Object Details

Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Artist
Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984
Robert F. Cranston, 26 Jul 1897 - 1978
Sitter
Roy Rogers, 5 Nov 1911 - 6 Jul 1998
Date
1942
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Color carbro print
Dimensions
Image: 40.9 x 34.2 cm (16 1/8 x 13 7/16")
Sheet: 41.9 x 35 cm (16 1/2 x 13 3/4")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Type
Photograph