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DiedAugust 15, 1935, Point Barrow, Alaska, United States
SpouseBetty Blake
MarkWarm hearted fatherly roles
FactA friend, and frequent critic, of several U.S. Presidents, Rogers once visited Warren G. Harding (1865-1923, President 1921-1923) and said, "'Morning, Mr. President! Would you like to hear the latest political jokes?" Harding replied, "You don't have to, Will. I appointed them."
PaymentsEarned $150,000 from Lightnin' (1930)

Will Rogers was an American humorist, actor, and social commentator. He was one of the most popular entertainers of his time and was known as “America’s Cowboy Philosopher”. Rogers was born in Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), on November 4, 1879. His parents were of Cherokee and Scottish-Irish descent. He had eight siblings. Rogers was educated at home by his mother until the age of eleven, when he enrolled in a military academy. He later attended Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri.

Rogers’ career began as a vaudeville performer. He toured the country with various theater companies and eventually made his way to Broadway. In 1918, he began appearing in silent films. His first film was Laughing Bill Hyde. He went on to star in over 70 films. Rogers became one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.

In addition to his work in film, Rogers also wrote a syndicated newspaper column and hosted a radio show. He was a frequent guest on the popular radio program, The Jack Benny Show. Rogers died in a plane crash on August 15, 1935. He was survived by his wife, Betty, and their three children.

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Full NameWill Rogers
DiedAugust 15, 1935, Point Barrow, Alaska, United States
Height1.8 m
ProfessionActor, Comedian, Screenwriter


SpouseBetty Blake
ChildrenMary Rogers, Will Rogers Jr., Jimmy Rogers, Fred Rogers
ParentsClement V. Rogers, Mary America Schrimsher
SiblingsMaude Ethel Rogers, May Rogers, Elizabeth Rogers, Zoe Rogers, Sallie Clementine Rogers, Robert Martin Rogers, Homer Rogers


MoviesJudge Priest, The Bay, Steamboat Round the Bend, The Headless Horseman, Life Begins at 40, A Connecticut Yankee, State Fair, In Old Kentucky, Doctor Bull, Too Busy to Work, They Had to See Paris, David Harum, The County Chairman, Ambassador Bill, Handy Andy, Stand Up and Cheer!, Business and Pleasur...

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#Marks / Signs
1Warm hearted fatherly roles


A Connecticut Yankee (1931)$150,000
Lightnin' (1930)$150,000
So This Is London (1930)$150,000
They Had to See Paris (1929)$150,000
Laughing Bill Hyde (1918)$150 /week


1If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven.
2Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
3[on introducing comic banter to his rope-twirling routines] The first gag I ever pulled was when I got my rope all tangled up and says, 'A rope ain't bad to get tangled up in if it ain't around your neck'.
4The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.
5Most people and actors appearing on the stage have some writer write their material. I don't do that. Congress is good enough for me. They have been writing my material for years.
6[on Commitee] Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.
7[on looking over the Academy Awards audience, 1934]: This looks like the last roundup of the ermine.
8You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
9I don't care how poor and inefficient a little country is; they like to run their own business. I know men that would make my wife a better husband than I am, but, darn it, I'm not going to give her to 'em.
10Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
11Liberty don't work as good in practice as it does in speeches.
12The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, "How's the President?"
13Nothing you can't spell will ever work.
14We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
15The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.
16I can remember way back when a liberal was one who was generous with his own money.
17If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone, 'America died from a delusion that she has moral leadership.'
18People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
19There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in.
20Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.
21Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious.
22My father was one eighth Cherokee and my mother one fourth Cherokee, which I figure makes me about an eight cigar-store Injun.
23If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep.
24When you put down the good things you ought to have done and leave out the bad things you did do -- that's Memoirs.
25Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
26Let advertisers spend the same amount of money improving their product that they do on advertising and they wouldn't have to advertise it.
27I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.
28Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
29And the thing about my jokes is, they don't hurt anybody. You can take 'em or leave 'em - you can say they're funny or they're terrible or they're good, or whatever, but you can just pass 'em by. But with Congress, every time they make a joke, it's a law! And every time they make a law, it's a joke!
30Always drink upstream from the herd.
31I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with 28 years ago.
32Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.
33Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until you can find a rock.
34When the Okies left Oklahoma and moved to California, it raised the I.Q. of both states.
35Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow is too lazy to form an opinion.
36Never miss a good chance to shut up.
37There's two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither one works.
38I never met a man I didn't like.
39[last words, in a radio broadcast by Rogers before the plane crash in which he and Wiley Post were killed] Well, Wiley's got her warmed up. Let's go.
40The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.
41Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else.
42My ancestors may not have come over on the Mayflower, but they met 'em at the boat.
43Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it . . . You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
44A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth.
45Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on Earth.
46No man can be condemned for owning a dog. As long as he has a dog, he has a friend; and the poorer he gets, the better friend he has.
47I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.
48There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education.
49It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for.


1Inducted into The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in 2011.
2Was portrayed by his son, Will Rogers Jr., in the movie, The Story of Will Rogers (1952).
3Served as Honorary Mayor of Beverly Hills, California, from 1926-1928.
4He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard and for Motion Pictures at 6401 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5Has a turnpike named in his honor. The Will Rogers Turnpike is in northeast Oklahoma running from just outside of Tulsa, through Will's hometown of Claremore to the Missouri state line.
6Cousin of Clu Gulager.
7While growing up on the family ranch, he worked with cattle and learned to ride and lasso from a young age. He grew so talented with a rope, in fact, that he was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three lassos at once. One went around the horse's neck, another circled around the rider, and the third flew under the horse, looping all four legs together.
8Charter member of the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1955.
9A friend, and frequent critic, of several U.S. Presidents, Rogers once visited Warren G. Harding (1865-1923, President 1921-1923) and said, "'Morning, Mr. President! Would you like to hear the latest political jokes?" Harding replied, "You don't have to, Will. I appointed them."
10As host of the 1933 Academy Awards ceremony, he made a minor blunder when announcing the Best Director Award. After reading the nominees he told the winner, "Come and get it, Frank!" Frank Capra (nominated for Lady for a Day (1933)) was halfway to the podium before he realized Rogers meant Frank Lloyd (winner for Cavalcade (1933)). Capra could well afford to lick his wounds: He won the following year for It Happened One Night (1934) and became Academy President the year after that.
11Attended Kemper Military School & College in Boonville, Missouri.
12Pictured on a 15¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Performing Arts and Artists series, 4 November 1979.
13Pictured on a 3¢ US postage stamp in the Famous Americans series, issued 4 November 1948.
14Was part Cherokee Indian.
15Buried in Claremore, Oklahoma, at the Will Rogers Memorial. There's a lot of memorabilia, and it's a popular tourist attraction.
16In 1922 his weekly articles for the "New York Times" became so popular that they appeared in more than 500 U.S. newspapers daily. The articles dished out down-to-earth, biting criticism of politics, politicians, big business and the imbalance of the wealthy and the poor. In all, Rogers wrote more than 2,800 daily articles up until his death. H.L. Mencken labeled him "the most dangerous man alive" because of the power his comments had on an adoring public.
17His birthplace in the Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) is cited variously as Colagah, Colgah or Cologah. The correct name is "Oologah", which is situated in the northeast corner of the state, approximately 25 miles/40 kilometers north-northeast of Tulsa.
18Died in the Arctic crash of a plane piloted by the world-renowned, one-eyed pioneer aviator, Wiley Post (in which Post died as well).
19Rogers had four children with wife, Betty. They were: Fred (died 1920), Mary (died 1989), Will Rogers Jr. (died 1993) and Jimmy Rogers (died 2000).




In Old Kentucky1935Steve Tapley
Steamboat Round the Bend1935Doctor John Pearly
Doubting Thomas1935Thomas Brown
Life Begins at 401935Kenesaw H. Clark
The County Chairman1935Jim Hackler
Judge Priest1934Judge Priest
Handy Andy1934Andrew Yates
David Harum1934David Harum
Mr. Skitch1933Mr. Ira Skitch
Doctor Bull1933Dr. George 'Doc' Bull
State Fair1933Abel Frake
Too Busy to Work1932Jubilo
Down to Earth1932Pike Peters
Business and Pleasure1932Earl Tinker
Ambassador Bill1931Bill Harper
Young as You Feel1931Lemuel Morehouse
A Connecticut Yankee1931Hank Martin
Lightnin'1930Lightnin' Bill Jones
So This Is London1930Hiram Draper
They Had to See Paris1929Pike Peters
Happy Days1929Minstrel Show Performer
A Texas Steer1927Cattle Brander
Tiptoes1927Uncle Hen Kaye
Gee Whiz, Genevieve1924Short
A Truthful Liar1924ShortAmbassador Alfalfa Doolittle
Our Congressman1924ShortAlfalfa Doolittle
Jubilo, Jr.1924ShortJubilo / Will Rogers
Don't Park There1924Short
Going to Congress1924ShortAlfalfa Doolittle
High Brow Stuff1924Short
The Cake Eater1924Short
The Cowboy Sheik1924ShortTwo Straw Bill
Two Wagons: Both Covered1924ShortBill Bunian / Joe Jackson
Uncensored Movies1923ShortLem Skagwillow
Hustlin' Hank1923ShortHank
Jus' Passin' Through1923ShortJubilo
Fruits of Faith1922ShortLarry
The Headless Horseman1922Ichabod Crane
The Ropin' Fool1922Short'Ropes' Reilly (the ropin' fool)
One Glorious Day1922Professor Ezra Botts
A Poor Relation1921Noah Vale
Doubling for Romeo1921Sam Cody Romeo
An Unwilling Hero1921Dick
Boys Will Be Boys1921Peep O'Day
Guile of Women1920Hjalmar Maartens
Honest Hutch1920Hutch
Cupid the Cowpuncher1920Alec Lloyd
Jes' Call Me Jim1920Jim Fenton
The Strange Boarder1920Sam Gardner
Water, Water, Everywhere1920/IIBilly Fortune
Almost a Husband1919Sam Lyman
Laughing Bill Hyde1918Bill Hyde


Stand Up and Cheer!1934story idea suggested
A Texas Steer1927titles
Roaming the Emerald Isle with Will Rogers1927Short titles
With Will Rogers in Dublin1927Short titles
Our Congressman1924Short titles
Going to Congress1924Short titles
The Cake Eater1924Short titles
The Cowboy Sheik1924Short titles
Two Wagons: Both Covered1924Short screenplay
The Ropin' Fool1922Short written by
Doubling for Romeo1921
Almost a Husband1919titles
Roaring Camp1916


Judge Priest1934performer: "My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night" 1853 - uncredited
Doctor Bull1933performer: "Abide with Me", "Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone" - uncredited


The Ropin' Fool1922Short producer


Screen Snapshots1932/IDocumentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 61931ShortHimself
Over the Bounding Blue with Will Rogers1928ShortHimself
Reeling Down the Rhine with Will Rogers1928ShortHimself
Exploring England with Will Rogers1927ShortHimself
Winging Around Europe with Will Rogers1927ShortHimself
Prowling Around France with Will Rogers1927ShortHimself
Roaming the Emerald Isle with Will Rogers1927ShortHimself
With Will Rogers in London1927ShortHimself
Through Switzerland and Bavaria with Will Rogers1927ShortHimself
Hunting for Germans in Berlin with Will Rogers1927ShortHimself
With Will Rogers in Paris1927ShortHimself
Hiking Through Holland with Will Rogers1927ShortHimself
With Will Rogers in Dublin1927ShortHimself
Big Moments from Little Pictures1924ShortHimself / Rufus the bullfighter / Robin Hood / ...
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 121922Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 171921Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Jeff Foxworthy's Comedy Classics2000Video documentary
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
American Masters1994-1997TV Series documentaryHimself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Roaring Twenties1996Video documentary shortHimself - Winks (uncredited)
America's Music: The Roots of Country1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (1996)
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America1993TV Special documentary
John Ford1993TV Movie documentaryJudge William 'Billy' Priest [in "Judge Priest"] (uncredited)
Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling1993TV Movie
Legends of Comedy1992TV Movie documentary
Literary Visions1992TV Series documentaryHimself
Babe Ruth: The Man, the Myth, the Legend1990Video shortHimself
The 1930's: Music, Memories & Milestones1988Video documentaryHimself - Before Death in Air Crash
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
The Great Standups1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Texaco Star Theatre Presents Bob Hope in 'Who Makes the World Laugh?'1983TV MovieHimself
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieTribute Montage
The Biggest Little Star of the 30's1976ShortHimself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
Men of Our Time1963TV Series documentaryHimself
The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The DuPont Show of the Week1961-1962TV SeriesHimself
Biography1961TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood: The Golden Years1961TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Legend of Rudolph Valentino1961Video documentaryHimself
The Golden Age of Comedy1957Documentary
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars to Remember1954ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots: Men of the West1953ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots: Out West in Hollywood1953Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1952TV SeriesHimself
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes1950DocumentaryHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 27, No. 1: Hollywood Cowboys1947Documentary shortHimself
If I Forget You1940ShortWill Rogers (uncredited)
The Movies March On1939Short documentaryHimself
For Auld Lang Syne1939Documentary shortHimself
Personality Parade1938Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Lest We Forget1937ShortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 41935Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. B-131934ShortHimself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentary
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentary
Biography1995-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Slaphappy2001TV SeriesHimself (2001)


Won Awards

1995Posthumous AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1983In Memoriam AwardGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6401 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 6608 Hollywood Blvd.

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