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Will Rogers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. William "Will" Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor and one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s. Known as Oklahoma's favorite son, Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"), wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns, and became a world-famous figure. By the mid-1930s, Rogers was adored by the American people. He was the leading political wit of the Progressive Era, and was the top-paid Hollywood movie star at the time. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska. His vaudeville rope act led to success in the Ziegfeld Follies, which in turn led to the first of his many movie contracts. His 1920s syndicated newspaper column and his radio appearances increased his visibility and popularity. Rogers crusaded for aviation expansion, and provided Americans with first-hand accounts of his world travels. His earthy anecdotes and folksy style allowed him to poke fun at gangsters, prohibition, politicians, government programs, and a host of other controversial topics in a way that was readily appreciated by a national audience, with no one offended. His short aphorisms, couched in humorous terms, were widely quoted: "I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat." Rogers even provided an epigram on his most famous epigram:     When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read: "I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I dident like." I am so proud of that, I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved. Description above from the Wikipedia article Will Rogers, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Nov 4, 1879 In Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Laughing Bill Hyde 1918-09-22
Latest Project:
Movie Last Night in Soho 2021-10-21
Known For
Poster of Steamboat Round the Bend
Poster of Judge Priest
Poster of Doctor Bull
Poster of State Fair
Movie Last Night in Soho Café de Paris Bartender 2021-10-21
Movie A Rainy Day in New York Hunter 2019-07-26
Movie Before Someone Gets Hurt Gary 2019-10-24
Movie Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf 2017-11-09
Movie Rebel in the Rye Herb Kaufman 2017-09-15
Movie A Bad Idea Gone Wrong Leo 2017-11-30
Movie The Creek When He Came Back Chris 2016-01-01
Movie #Starvecrow 2016-01-22
Movie Bridge of Spies Frederic Pryor 2015-10-15
Movie A Good Marriage Vince Dorne 2014-10-03
Movie Nancy, Please Paul 2012-04-20
Movie The Bay Alex 2012-09-13
Movie Happy New Year Danny 2011-09-15
Movie Certainty Kevin 2011-09-16
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie The Golden Age of Comedy 1957-12-26
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Life Begins at Forty Keneshaw H. Clark 1935-03-22
Movie Doubting Thomas Thomas Brown 1935-07-10
Movie In Old Kentucky Steve Tapley 1935-11-28
Movie Steamboat Round the Bend Doctor John Pearly 1935-09-06
Movie David Harum David Harum 1934-03-02
Movie Judge Priest Judge William Pitman 'Billy' Priest 1934-09-15
Movie State Fair Abel Frake 1933-02-10
Movie Doctor Bull Dr. George 'Doc' Bull 1933-09-22
Movie Mr. Skitch Ira Skitch 1933-12-22
Movie Business and Pleasure Earl Tinker 1932-03-06
Movie Down To Earth Pike Peters 1932-09-01
Movie Too Busy to Work Jubilo 1932-12-02
Movie A Connecticut Yankee Hank Martin 1931-04-06
Movie Ambassador Bill Bill Harper 1931-11-22
Movie Young as You Feel Lemuel Morehouse 1931-08-06
Movie So This Is London Hiram Draper 1930-06-06
Movie Lightnin' Lightnin' Bill Jones 1930-12-07
Movie Happy Days Minstrel Show Performer 1929-09-16
Movie They Had to See Paris Pike Peters 1929-09-18
Movie Big Moments from Little Pictures 1924-03-30
Movie Two Wagons Both Covered Bill Bunian / Joe Jackson 1924-01-05
Movie Going to Congress Alfalfa Doolittle 1924-05-24
Movie The Cowboy Sheik 'Two Straw' Bill 1924-02-03
Movie Don't Park There 1924-06-22
Movie A Truthful Liar Ambassador Alfalfa Doolittle 1924-08-16
Movie Jubilo, Jr. Jubilo / Himself 1924-06-28
Movie Jus' Passin' Through Jubilo 1923-10-14
Movie The Ropin' Fool 'Ropes' Reilly 1922-10-29
Movie Guile of Women Hjalmar Maartens 1921-01-01
Movie Boys Will Be Boys Peep O'Day 1921-05-05
Movie Doubling for Romeo Sam Cody / Romeo 1921-10-22
Movie A Poor Relation Noah Vale 1921-12-30
Movie Water, Water, Everywhere Billy Fortune 1920-02-08
Movie Jes' Call Me Jim Jim Fenton 1920-05-23
Movie Cupid the Cowpuncher Alec Lloyd 1920-07-25
Movie Honest Hutch Hutch 1920-09-19
Movie Almost a Husband Sam Lyman 1919-10-11
Movie Jubilo Jubilo 1919-12-07
Movie Laughing Bill Hyde Bill Hyde 1918-09-22