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Rex Allen

Biography

Actor referred to as “The Az Cowboy” who also starred in various Disney Westerns and character movies, earning him a celebrity within the Hollywood Walk of Popularity. He got his 1st acoustic guitar from his dad, at age group 11, and after senior high school a short stint within the rodeo circuit, visited sing on the air. After learning to be a well-known singer along with his 1949 strike, Afraid, he authorized with Republic Photos to make greater than a dozen musical westerns. He was raised in Dirt Springs Canyon, near Willcox, Az, where his dad performed in regional features playing the fiddle. His child, Rex Allen, Jr., became a favorite nation singer. Slim Pickens was a common co-star of his in the Republic Photos films.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rex Allen
Date Of Birth December 31, 1920
Died December 17, 1999, Tucson, Arizona, United States
Place Of Birth Wilcox, AZ
Profession TV Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Virginia Hudson, Bonnie Linder
Children Rex Allen Jr., Rexine Allen
Parents Luella Faye Clark, Horace E. Allen
Movies Charlotte's Web, The Incredible Journey, The Arizona Cowboy, The Legend of Lobo, Hills of Oklahoma, Down Laredo Way, Old Overland Trail, Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar, Rodeo King and the Senorita, Colorado Sundown, Shadows of Tombstone, Utah Wagon Train, Iron Mountain Trail, Silver City Bonanza, Under Mexicali Stars, The Last Musketeer, Red River Shore, Trail of Robin Hood, Marines, Let's Go, Old Oklahoma Plains, Thunder in God's Country, Border Saddlemates, The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon, South Pacific Trail, Redwood Forest Trail, Run, Appaloosa, Run, Vanishing Wilderness, Born to Buck, When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion, The Secret of Navajo Cave, Swamp Country, For The Love Of Mike, A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood, Phantom Stallion, The Singing Cowboys, The Wetback Hound
TV Shows Frontier Doctor, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Five Star Jubilee, Church Street Station
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1 He was the original narrator for Walt Disney World's "Hall of Presidents".
2 He married Doris Winsor and they had a daughter named Rexine.
3 Rex Allen died on December 17, 1999, only two weeks away from what would have been his 79th birthday on December 31.
4 Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1983.
5 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 20, 1975.
6 He was the original voice of the "father" character in Walt Disney's "Carousel of Progress" attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
7 He narrated more than 80 Walt Disney films.
8 Had a heart attack and fell down behind his caretaker's car, which was parked in the driveway of his home, and which ran over him later. Apparently, the car actually killed him.
9 Cousin of actor Cactus Mack and Glenn Strange.
10 During World War II, he lived in New Jersey. He sang on radio station WTNJ in Trenton under the name "Cactus Rex". He went from there to the National Barn Dance in Chicago, and from there to Hollywood.
11 His horse was named Koko "The Miracle Horse of the Movies".
12 Has one son, Rex Allen Jr., a former country music star who also spent time as a regular on The Statler Brothers' syndicated show.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood 1965 Short Narrator
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress 1964 TV Series Father, John
The Incredible Journey 1963 Narrator
Yellowstone Cubs 1963 Narrator (voice)
The Legend of Lobo 1962 Narrator
Tomboy and the Champ 1961 Rex Allen
The Saga of Windwagon Smith 1961 Short Narrator / Windwagon Smith (voice)
For the Love of Mike 1960 Rex Allen
The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon 1960 Narrator
Frontier Doctor 1958-1959 TV Series Dr. Bill Baxter
The Red Skelton Hour 1957 TV Series Pecos Pete
Rails Into Laramie 1954 Title Song Singer
Phantom Stallion 1954 Rex Allen
Red River Shore 1953 Marshal Rex Allen
Shadows of Tombstone 1953 Rancher Rex Allen
Down Laredo Way 1953 Rex Allen
Sweethearts on Parade 1953 Jim Riley (singing voice, uncredited)
Iron Mountain Trail 1953 Rex Allen
Old Overland Trail 1953 Rex Allen
South Pacific Trail 1952 Rex Allen
Old Oklahoma Plains 1952 Rex Allen
I Dream of Jeanie 1952 Mr. Tambo
Border Saddlemates 1952 Dr. Rex Allen
The Last Musketeer 1952 Rex Allen
Colorado Sundown 1952 Rex Allen
Utah Wagon Train 1951 Rex Allen
Rodeo King and the Senorita 1951 Rex Allen
Thunder in God's Country 1951 Rex Allen
Silver City Bonanza 1951 Rex Allen
Trail of Robin Hood 1950 Rex Allen The Arizona Cowboy
Under Mexicali Stars 1950 Rex Allen aka Mike Jordan
Redwood Forest Trail 1950 Rex Allen
Hills of Oklahoma 1950 Rex Allen
The Arizona Cowboy 1950 Rex Allen
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1957-1986 TV Series Narrator / Announcer / Narrator (segment "Arizona Sheepdog")
Hold the Back Page 1986 TV Mini-Series Bowls umpire
Foods and Fun: A Nutrition Adventure 1980 Short voice
The Secret of Old Glory Mine 1976 TV Movie Narrator
The Secret of Navajo Cave 1976 Narrator
Starbird and Sweet William 1973 Narrator (voice)
Charlotte's Web 1973 Narrator (voice)
The Virginian 1971 TV Series Square Dance Caller
Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar 1967 Narrator
Run, Appaloosa, Run 1966 Narrator
Swamp Country 1966 Sheriff

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tomorrowland 2015 performer: "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow"
Vanishing Wilderness 1974 Documentary performer: "Call of the Wilderness"
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1964 TV Series performer - 1 episode
For the Love of Mike 1960 writer: "Charro Bravo"
Ozark Jubilee 1960 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Drango 1957 performer: "Drango"
Rails Into Laramie 1954 performer: "Laramie"
Shadows of Tombstone 1953 performer: "Toolie Rollum" / writer: "Toolie Rollum"
Old Overland Trail 1953 performer: "Cowboy's Dream of Heaven", "Work For the Night is Coming", "Just a Wanderin' Buckaroo"
South Pacific Trail 1952 performer: "I'll Sing a Love Song", "Hide Away Your Troubles", "The Railroad Corral" / writer: "Hide Away Your Troubles"
Old Oklahoma Plains 1952 performer: "The Lonesome Road", "The Old Chisholm Trail", "Dese Bones"
I Dream of Jeanie 1952 performer: "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming"
Border Saddlemates 1952 performer: "Roll On, Texas Moon", "The Old Ark's A'Moverin", "Wait For the Wagon"
The Last Musketeer 1952 performer: "Aura Lee" uncredited, "I Still Love the West", "Down in the Valley" uncredited
Colorado Sundown 1952 performer: "Under Colorado Stars", "Down by the Riverside"
Utah Wagon Train 1951 performer: "Toolie Rollum", "The Streets of Laredo" The Cowboy's Lament, "The Big Corral", "The California Trail" - uncredited / writer: "Toolie Rollum", "The California Trail" - uncredited
Rodeo King and the Senorita 1951 performer: "The Strawberry Roan", "Juanita"
Thunder in God's Country 1951 performer: "Melody of the Plains", "Mollie Darling", "John Henry"
Silver City Bonanza 1951 performer: "Lollipop Lane", "I Ride an Old Paint", "Sweet Evalina"
Under Mexicali Stars 1950 performer: "Old Black Mountain Trail", "The Railroad Corral", "Born To The Saddle"
Redwood Forest Trail 1950 performer: "America the Beautiful", "Sourwood Mountain", "Old Smoky" - uncredited
Hills of Oklahoma 1950 arranger: "A Cowboy's Meditation" / lyrics: "A Cowboy's Meditation" / performer: "Curtains of Night", "Cindy", "A Cowboy's Meditation"
The Arizona Cowboy 1950 performer: "Arizona Waltz", "I Was Born in Arizona" / writer: "I Was Born in Arizona"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Best of the West 1981 TV Series singer - 1 episode
Marines, Let's Go 1961 singer: title theme - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Music of the West: A Tribute to America's Singing Cowboys 1993 TV Movie Himself
Take Willy with Ya 1989 Documentary Narrator
This Is Your Life 1987 TV Special Himself
Church Street Station 1986 TV Series Himself - Host
Hee Haw 1981 TV Series Himself
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Spotlight 1977 TV Series Himself
Music Country U.S.A. 1974 TV Series Himself
Vanishing Wilderness 1974 Documentary Narrator
The Woody Woodbury Show 1967 TV Series Himself
Born to Buck 1966 Documentary Narrator
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1965 TV Series Himself - Narrator
The Jimmy Dean Show 1965 TV Series Himself - Western and CountrySinger
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1962 TV Series Himself
Five Star Jubilee 1961 TV Series Himself
Ozark Jubilee 1960 TV Series Himself - Singer
About Faces 1960 TV Series Himself
Disneyland '59 1959 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series Himself
The Lux Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Rosemary Clooney Show 1956 TV Series Himself
Cow Dog 1956 Short Himself - Commentator

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Disneyland: Secrets, Stories, & Magic 2007 Video documentary Father in Carousel of Progress (uncredited)
Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs 2000 TV Movie documentary
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch 1976 Rex
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1969 TV Series Narrator

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1975 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 20 August 1975. At 6821 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
The Arizona Cowboy (1950) $100 per week

#Quote
1 [on Roy Barcroft] When I think of Barcroft, I think of him coming to work on a motorcycle, roaring through the front gate. Off screen, he was the nicest, big, old Saint Bernard you could ever want to be around. I had a very high respect for his acting ability and his photographic memory. He was a real pro.
2 [in 1982] Now I'm not for gun control, but the week that Martin Luther King was killed, I decided I just didn't feel right about appearing with guns. And I haven't since.
3 [on Republic Pictures boss Herbert J. Yates and why the studio finally went out of business in 1959] He absolutely would not recognize that television was the wave of the future. He thought the studios could destroy TV.
4 [on his first film, The Arizona Cowboy (1950)] I'd like to find the damn negative of that thing and burn it. It was the most horrible thing ever made. Boy, was it bad.
5 You strap two guns on, they're heavy, and it's like wearin' a girdle. And then they say, "Run, jump on that horse, go do so-and-so and so-and-so", and you got all that gear and it's in your way, and I was happy to go with just one gun, just so you could get off and on a horse.
6 I didn't want anybody to say, "Well, he's copying Roy Rogers" or "He's copying Gene Autry" or "He's copying Hoppy". So I purposely looked for a horse that was different, that no cowboy had used -- I turned my guns around backwards, and didn't know for two years that Bill Elliott did it, too. I just didn't want to be accused of copying anybody else, so I tried to go in as opposite a direction in everything that I could.
7 Yeah, I rode bulls and buckin' horses for about two years when I first got out of high school, but I got tired of pickin' myself up off the arena floor, and I found that a guitar never kicked me, never hurt me a bit, so I decided I better stick with that.
8 My dad was a fiddle player. He used to play for all the dances and stuff, and I learned to play guitar when there was nobody to accompany him. And then I sang in all the church choirs and glee clubs in the school. Basically, all I ever wanted to do was try to be a singer and make a living at that. And then, went into radio and the recording field, and had a few hit records. Roy Rogers was getting ready to leave Republic Pictures and get into television, and they were looking around for another poobah in a white hat, so I got my foot in the door there.


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