Cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor, Will Rogers was one of the world’s best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s and adored by the American people. Known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son,” Rogers was born in 1879 to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). During his amazing career, he traveled around the world three times, wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns, and starred in 71 movies (a majority of them silent ) and several Broadway productions. He was the top-paid Hollywood movie star at the time, and in 1934, was voted the most popular male actor in Hollywood.
As a radio broadcaster and political commentator, he was the leading political wit of the Progressive Era. He called politics “the best show in the world” and described Congress as the “national joke factory.”
Rogers died on August 15, 1935, with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed in Alaska.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.
Ten men in our country could buy the whole world and ten million can’t buy enough to eat.
The best way to make a fire with two sticks is to make sure one of them is a match.