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Creator / Roy Rogers

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"Until we meet again, may the Good Lord take a liking to you."

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye; November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998) was a star of over a hundred "singing cowboy" movies, as well as a long-running series that began on radio and moved to television.

Generally accompanied by his Cool Horse Trigger, Canine Companion Bullet, gal Dale Evans (whom he married in real life), and one or both of his sidekicks, Pat Brady and Gabby Hayes.

He also has a fast food chain named after him. Make of that what you will.

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References to Roy Rogers in other works:

  • Probably the most famous, from Die Hard:
    Gruber: Who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?
    McClane: I was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually. I really like those sequined shirts.
    Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?
    McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.
  • In Gladiator, the protagonist has a horse whose name is "Trigger" in Latin.
  • "Roy Rogers", song by Elton John
  • "Front Row Cowboy", song by Eric Bogle
  • "If I Had a Boat," song by Lyle Lovett
  • The Coen Brothers' film Hail, Caesar! has Hobie Doyle, a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Rogers, as a major character. They would later parody Rogers again with the title character of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a similar trick-shooting singing cowboy, put into into an otherwise realistic and violent western setting.
  • Woody's Round-Up, the Show Within a Show in Toy Story 2 on which Woody was based, is basically The Roy Rogers Show with Howdy Doody-style puppets, with Woody and Jessie as expies of Roy and Dale.
  • In The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4, one of Adrian's poems to Pandora concludes "You've got a magic figure/I'm Roy Rogers, you are Trigger". When Pandora has Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure, Adrian lends her his dad's old Roy Rogers annual. It's not clear why he thinks comparing her to a horse is a compliment in the first place, but making sure she understands that's what he's doing...
  • Trigger from Only Fools and Horses is said to have got his nickname because "he looks like a horse".