William Penn Adair Rogers
|Birthplace:||Dog Iron Ranch, Oologah, Cooweescowee District, Indian Territory (within present Oklahoma), United States|
|Death:||Died in Point Barrow, Alaska Territory, United States|
|Cause of death:||Plane crash|
|Place of Burial:||Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States|
Son of Senator Clement Vann Rogers, CSA and Mary America Rogers (Scrimsher)
|Occupation:||Humorist, Movie Star, Author|
|Managed by:||Stanley Welsh Duke, Jr.|
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About Will Rogers (Famous Humorist)
One of America's brightest media stars during the 1920s and '30s, Will Rogers did rope tricks while making pointed -- and humorous -- political observations. He signed on with the Ziegfield Follies in 1915 and soon became a popular and well-paid stage performer. By 1918 he was starring in and producing movies in Hollywood. By the end of the '20s Rogers was a movie star, radio star and successful newspaper columnist. He had a way of making insightful and witty remarks on complicated issues, in simple terms and without rancor, a style audiences adored. Rogers is still famous for saying "I only know what I read in the newspaper" and "I never met a man I didn't like." He was killed in 1935 with pilot Wiley Post when their plane crashed in Alaska.
In the Tony Award-winning musical The Will Rogers Follies, Rogers was portrayed by Keith Carradine... In the 1952 movie The Story of Will Rogers, Rogers was portrayed by his son, Will Rogers, Jr.... Between 1970 and 2000 Rogers was portrayed on stage by James Whitmore in the one-man show Will Rogers' U.S.A.
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From the English Wikipedia page on Will Rogers:
Born November 4, 1879(1879-11-04)
Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
Died August 15, 1935 (aged 55)
Point Barrow, Alaska Territory
Occupation actor, comic, columnist, radio personality
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Betty (1879–1944)
Children William Vann "Bill"
William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was a Cherokee-American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor. He was the father of U.S. Congressman and WWII Veteran Will Rogers, Jr.
Known as Oklahoma's favorite son, Rogers was born to a prominent 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. He ultimately 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, and was the top-paid movie star in Hollywood at the time. Rogers died in 1935 while on an around-the-world trip with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska Territory.
Masonic history: Will Rogers petitioned Claremont Lodge No. 53 on January 21, 1905 and received his degrees February 18, 1905, March 10 and 13, 1906. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and the Akdar Shrine Temple in Tulsa, Oklahoma.