Roy RogersLeonard Slye, famous as Roy Rogers (November 5, 1911 - July 6, 1998), was a singing cowboy actor. He and his wife Dale Evans and his horse Trigger were featured in countless TV shows and movies along with his sidekick Pat Brady (who drove a jeep called Nellybelle). He was known as the "King of the Cowboys".
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. His first success was as a radio singer with the popular western cowboy music group, the Sons of the Pioneers, but his greatest renown came in western films. From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily in film and TV until his death. Most of his films were in color in an era when almost all other B-movies were black and white.
The Sons of the Pioneers continued their popularity through the 1950s. Although Rogers was no longer a member, they often appeared as Rogers' backup group in films and on TV.
Rogers and Evans were also well known as advocates for adoption and as founders and operators of childrens' charities. They lost a child, which Evans wrote about in her book Angel Unawares but adopted several children. Their home is located in Apple Valley,Ca where numerous streets,highways and other city and county buildings have been named after them in recognition of all their wonderful help with the homeless and children with problems.