Roy first came to Hollywood in the 1930's as a member of the group "The Sons of the Pioneers" (That's him below, second from the right)
In addition to playing nightclubs, they landed a job in the movies. Roy's youthful good looks and smooth voice moved him forward from the backing musical novelty and got him a few speaking roles, including one in "The Big Corral" where he plays a bad guy to Gene Autry. After a fistfight, Gene convinces Roy to go straight and help him nab the real bad guys.
He was a good guy from there on out.
Gene Autry was having some salary disputes with the studio and was also called to service in WWII about the same time. This lead to Roy being set up to star in his own series of B Westerns and soon became Gene's chief competitor for the kiddie western matinee dollar.
Along with his sweetheart and soon wife Dale Evans he starred in over 100 films and a long running radio show, then TV show.
Ah, for those days when the good guy really did wear a white hat, had a smart horse and could yodel.
The plots are always straightforward. Some bad guy comes along and Roy puts him in his place. Always winning, for one simple reason...he was on the side of right. We need him back.
All of 'em.
Roy and Dale Evans...
Dale's horse Buttermilk...
Roy's trusty dog Bullet...
Roy's goofy sidekick Pat Brady and his Jeep, Nellybelle.
If only Roy Rogers and his loyal band of followers were still around keeping an eye on things, Osama Bin-Laden wouldn't have a chance.