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      Will Rogers

      Will Rogers

      Highest Rated: 100% State Fair (1933)

      Lowest Rated: 80% Judge Priest (1934)

      Birthday: Nov 4, 1879

      Birthplace: Oologah, Indian Territory

      A folksy humorist and political pundit whose homespun philosophy and irreverent wit struck a deep nerve in the public consciousness, Will Rogers became one of the most beloved performers in the nation on radio, film and the stage. Rogers first rose to stardom in Wild West shows and on the Broadway stage with the Ziegfeld Follies, where he showcased his exceptional lariat and horse riding skills while delivering humorous monologues about the day's headlines. Because of his immense popularity in New York, Hollywood naturally came calling and Rogers moved to the West Coast to start a film career. Though he made 48 films during the silent era, Rogers was unable to fully project the folky charm he easily conveyed in his monologues. He left the film business in 1927 for a short time and focused on world travel, becoming an avid advocate of commercial air service, which he expressed in his daily newspaper column and later on his popular radio show. Rogers returned to films in the sound era and found great success basically playing variations of himself in comedies like "They Had to See Paris" (1929), "A Connecticut Yankee" (1931), "The State Fair" (1933) and "Doctor Bull" (1934). But his love of aviation led to Rogers' untimely death in an airplane accident in Alaska in 1935, leaving a country bereft.

      Highest rated movies

      100% State Fair
      100% One Glorious Day
      80% Judge Priest

      Photos

      JUDGE PRIEST, Will Rogers, 1934, TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved, STEAMBOAT ROUND THE BEND, Anne Shirley, Will Rogers, 1935. TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. DOWN TO EARTH, Will Rogers, 1932 JUDGE PRIEST, Will Rogers, 1934 THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN, Will Rogers, 1935, TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved, ONE GLORIOUS DAY, from left: Will Rogers, Lila Lee, 1922 DOCTOR BULL, Will Rogers, Vera Allen, 1933, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved DOCTOR BULL, Vera Allen, Will Rogers, 1933, TM and Copyright 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. DOCTOR BULL, Berton Churchill, Will Rogers, 1933, TM and Copyright 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. IN OLD KENTUCKY, Will Rogers, Dorothy Wilson, 1935, TM and copyright ©Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved DOCTOR BULL, Rochelle Hudson, Will Rogers, Louise Carter, 1933, TM and Copyright 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THEY HAD TO SEE PARIS, Will Rogers, Fifi D'Orsay, 1929, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved . TOO BUSY TO WORK, Louise Beavers, Will Rogers, 1932, (c) 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright YOUNG AS YOU FEEL, Fifi D'Orsay, Will Rogers, 1931, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved YOUNG AS YOU FEEL, Will Rogers, Fifi D'Orsay, 1931, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved AMBASSADOR BILL, Will Rogers, 1931, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved DAVID HARUM, Will Rogers, Evelyn Venable, 1934, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved YOUNG AS YOU FEEL, Will Rogers, Lucien Littlefield, 1931, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved STATE FAIR, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres, Janet Gaynor, 1933, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp DAVID HARUM, from left: Noah Beery, Will Rogers, 1934, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 72% Steamboat 'Round the Bend Doctor John Pearly (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Old Kentucky Steve Tapley (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 20% Doubting Thomas Thomas Brown (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 67% Life Begins at 40 Kenesaw H. Clark (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The County Chairman Jim Hackler (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet David Harum David Harum (Character) - 1934
      80% 47% Judge Priest Judge William "Billy" Priest (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Handy Andy Andrew Yates (Character) - 1934
      100% 53% State Fair Abel Frake (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 40% Dr. Bull Dr. George "Doc" Bull (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Skitch Mr. Ira Skitch (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Busy to Work Jubilo (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Business and Pleasure Earl Tinker (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Down to Earth Pike Peters (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ambassador Bill Bill Harper (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 29% A Connecticut Yankee Hank Martin (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 14% They Had to See Paris Pike Peters (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tiptoes Uncle Hen Kaye (Character) - 1927
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cowboy Sheik Two Straw Bill (Character) - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Wagons: Both Covered Unknown (Character) - 1924
      No Score Yet 38% The Headless Horseman Ichabod Crane (Character) - 1922
      100% No Score Yet One Glorious Day Ezra Botts (Character) - 1922
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ropin' Fool 'Ropes' Reilly (Character),
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1922
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jubilo Jubilo (Character) - 1919
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bill Fields and Will Rogers Unknown (Character) - 1915