Will Rogers

American humorist and entertainer (1879-1935)

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879August 15, 1935) was a Cherokee-American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor.

Will Rogers
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Will Rogers
William Penn Adair Rogers

(1879-11-04)November 4, 1879
DiedAugust 15, 1935(1935-08-15) (aged 55)
Occupationactor, comic, columnist, radio personality
Spouse(s)Betty (1908–1944)
ChildrenWilliam Vann "Bill"
Mary Amelia
James Blake
Fred Stone

Known as Oklahoma's favorite son,[1] Rogers was born to a well off Indian Territory family and learned to ride horses and use a lariat so well that he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three ropes at once—one around the neck of a horse, another around the horse's rider, and a third around all four legs of the horse. During his life he traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"),[2] wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns,[3] making him a world-famous figure.

By the mid-1930s, Rogers was loved by the American people, and was the highest-paid movie star in Hollywood at the time. During an around-the-world trip with pilot Wiley Post, Rogers died when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska Territory in 1935.


  1. Curtis, Gene (2007-06-05). "Only in Oklahoma: Rogers statue unveiling filled U.S. Capitol". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2007-07-21. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. Rogers State University (2007-04-18). "RSU and Will Rogers Museum to Discuss Possible Merger". Press release. Archived from the original on 2007-11-07. https://web.archive.org/web/20071107065122/http://www.rsu.edu/news/2007/04-18_willrogersmuseum.html. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  3. Schlachtenhaufen, Mark (2007-05-31). "Will Rogers grandson carries on tradition of family service". OkInsider.com. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved 2007-07-21. Check date values in: |date= (help)