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Rex Allen

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Rex Allen was an American film actor, singer and songwriter who is particularly known as the narrator in many Walt Disney nature and Western productions. He got his start in show business on the East Coast as a vaudeville singer then found work in Chicago. In 1948 he signed with Mercury Records where he recorded a number of successful country music albums until 1952 when he switched to the Decca label.

Beginning in 1950, Allen starred as himself in 19 Western movies. On screen, Allen personified the clean cut, American hero of the wild west who loved his faithful horse named Koko, and had a loyal buddy who shared his adventures.

Allen was also gifted with a rich, pleasant voice, ideally suited for narration and was able to find considerable work as a narrator in a variety of films especially for Walt Disney Pictures wildlife films and TV shows. The work earned him the nickname, "The Voice of the West." In addition to Disney, Allen provided the narration for the 1973 Hanna-Barbera animated film Charlotte's Web.

In 1983, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame, and in 1989, his life story was told in the book Rex Allen: "My Life" Sunrise to Sunset - The Arizona Cowboy written by Paula Simpson-Witt and Snuff Garrett.

Fact file

  • Born: Rex Elvie Allen December 31, 1920 Willcox, Arizona, U.S.
  • Died: December 17, 1999 (aged 78) Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
  • Occupation: Actor, singer, songwriter
  • Years active: 1948–1986
  • Spouse(s): Virginia Hudson (1992-99) Bonnie Linder (1946-73) Doris Winsor (?-?)

Read more about Rex Allen at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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