Do You Know... Rex Allen?
Do you know…
Allen (born: Rex Elvie Allen in
Willcox, Arizona on December 31, 1920 – died: in Tucson, Arizona
on December 17, 1999) was an American film actor, singer and
songwriter who is particularly known as the narrator in many
Disney nature and Western film productions?
Allen got his start in show business on the
East Coast as a vaudeville singer, then found work in Chicago
as a performer on the WLS-AM program, National Barn Dance.
In 1949 Republic Pictures in Hollywood gave Rex a screen test and put him under contract.
Beginning in 1950, Allen starred as himself in 19 of
Hollywood's Western movies.
One of Allen's most
successful singles was "Don't Go Near the Indians", which
reached the top 5 of Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles
chart in November 1962.
died on December 17, two weeks before his 79th birthday, of a
massive coronary, causing him to collapse in the driveway of
his home. He suffered additional injuries when his caretaker
accidentally ran over him in the driveway.
Cremated, his ashes were scattered at Railroad Park in Willcox
where most of his memorabilia is on display.