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Rex Allen 1920-1999 The last of the Republic Studios western series star.

Rex Allen 1920-1999 The last of the Republic Studios western series star.

REX ALLEN & 'KOKO' IN PERSON. Rex Allen, known as "The Arizona Cowboy" began his entertainment career on the WLS Barn Dance radio show in Chicago. In 1950, Republic Pictures signed him as a new singing cowboy star of a series of 19 B-Western movies in which Slim Pickens & Buddy Ebsen were his sidekicks. After the series ended in 1954, Allen had a long & successful career performing at some of the largest rodeos in the nation.

REX ALLEN & 'KOKO' IN PERSON. Rex Allen, known as "The Arizona Cowboy" began his entertainment career on the WLS Barn Dance radio show in Chicago. In 1950, Republic Pictures signed him as a new singing cowboy star of a series of 19 B-Western movies in which Slim Pickens & Buddy Ebsen were his sidekicks. After the series ended in 1954, Allen had a long & successful career performing at some of the largest rodeos in the nation.

Rex Allen

Rex Allen

Photo of the five rotating hosts of NBC's Five Star Jubilee: L-R: Tex Ritter, Jimmy Wakely, Snooky Lanson, Carl Smith, Rex Allen (March 1961) in Springfield, Missouri in front of the Landers Theatre.

Photo of the five rotating hosts of NBC's Five Star Jubilee: L-R: Tex Ritter, Jimmy Wakely, Snooky Lanson, Carl Smith, Rex Allen (March 1961) in Springfield, Missouri in front of the Landers Theatre.

A larger-than-life bronze of cowboy movie star Rex Allen sits across the street from the museum dedicated to him in Willcox.

A larger-than-life bronze of cowboy movie star Rex Allen sits across the street from the museum dedicated to him in Willcox.