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Rex Elvie Allen (1920 - 1999)

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Rex Elvie Allen
Born in Willcox, Cochise, Arizona, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [private mother (unknown - unknown)]
Brother of [private sister (1920s - unknown)] and [private sister (1920s - unknown)]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of [private wife (1920s - unknown)]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Father of [private son (1940s - unknown)]
Died in Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Mar 2011 | Last significant change: 14 Jan 2019
03:03: Scott Fulkerson edited the Biography for Rex Elvie Allen (1920-1999). [Thank Scott for this]
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Categories: Disney Legend | Arizona Notables | American Actors | American Singers | Songwriters | Hollywood Walk of Fame | This Day In History December 31 | This Day In History December 17.

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Biography

Allen, destined for stardom in Hollywood westerns and television, was born in Willcox on December 31, 1920. When he was very young, his family had moved to a ranch outside the town. There, tragically, Allen’s older brother got bitten by a rattlesnake, dying before the family could get him to the hospital in Willcox. Distraught, Rex Allen’s mother insisted the family move back into town, closer to medical care.
Allen discovered a love of music when he received a Sears and Roebuck mail-order guitar. When his dad would start playing his fiddle, Allen played the guitar right by his side. He spent his Saturdays playing for tips at the town’s barbershop. At night he would play with his father at local dances. He began to sing professionally in the 1940s, a move that eventually led to his acting career. His first film, Arizona Cowboy, was released in 1950. He starred in the television series, Frontier Doctor, in the mid-1950s. His resonant voice landed him a job as the narrator for more than 100 Walt Disney TV shows and movies.
In 1989, the residents of Willcox, proud of their native son, opened up the Rex Allen Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame. The museum, in the front part of the building, is dedicated to the life history of Allen, beginning with his Willcox childhood and following through to his Hollywood career. Allen’s western and personal memorabilia as well as his sequined cowboy suits, his boots, his saddles, guitars, photographs, movie posters and even a buggy used in one of his films are on display. The Cowboy Hall of Fame, in the back of the building, pays tribute to respected individuals in the region’s cattle industry. Historic photographs provide an interesting contrast between glamorous Hollywood cowboys and real-life working cowboys and ranchers.
Allen’s horse, a stallion named Koko, was originally selected for Dale Evans, wife of Roy Rogers, but Rogers decided that the animal was just too big for his diminutive wife. Allen, on the other hand, fell in love with Koko the minute he saw him. When Koko died, Allen had him buried in Hollywood, where he could stay close to his beloved horse. When Allen moved back to his hometown of Willcox, he had the remains of Koko reburied in Railroad Park, across the street from the museum. The horse’s grave marker is located next to a larger-than-life bronze statue of Allen. In the chest of the statue is an exact replica of the human heart, which the legendary silver screen cowboy had custom-made. He explained to the residents of his small community that the bronze heart represented his heart, which would always remain in Willcox.
Rex Allen died in Tuscon, Arizona on December 17, 1999 of a massive coronary, causing him to collapse in his driveway. He suffered additional injuries when his caretaker accidentally ran over him in the driveway of his home.
His ashes were scattered at the same small park where his horse Koko is buried, near the Rex Allen Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame in Willcox where most of his memorabilia is on display. His presence is often felt there, say residents of Willcox. Allen never forgot his roots.

Find A Grave: Memorial #6275033


His son, Rex Allen, Jr., is a successful singer.
Allen was a cousin of the popular Gunsmoke cast member Glenn Strange who played Sam Noonan, the Bartender.


Name

Name: Rex Elvie /Allen/
Source: #S20 Database online. Record for Horace E Allen
Source: #S20 Database online. Record for Rex Elvie Allen
Source: #S59 Database online. Record for Rex E Allen
Source: #S21 Database online. Number: 526-16-7851; Issue State: Arizona; Issue Date: Before 1951. Record for Rex Allen
Alias: Elvie Rex Allen

Birth

Date: 31 DEC 1920
Place: Willcox, Cochise, Arizona, USA
Source: #S20 Database online. Record for Horace E Allen
Source: #S20 Database online. Record for Rex Elvie Allen
Source: #S21 Database online. Record for Rex Allen
Source: #S59 Database online. Record for Rex E Allen
Source: #S59 Database online. Record for Rex E Allen
Source: #S21 Database online. Number: 526-16-7851; Issue State: Arizona; Issue Date: Before 1951. Record for Rex Allen


Death

Date: 17 DEC 1999 Place: Tucson, Pima, Arizona, USA

Source: #S20 Database online. Record for Horace E Allen
Source: #S20 Database online. Record for Rex Elvie Allen
Source: #S21 Database online. Record for Rex Allen
Source: #S21 Database online. Number: 526-16-7851; Issue State: Arizona; Issue Date: Before 1951. Record for Rex Allen


Residence

Place: Thousand Oaks, CA

Source: #S59 Database online. Record for Rex E Allen

Place: Sonoita, AZ

Source: #S59 Database online. Record for Rex E Allen


Event

Type: SSN issued

Place: Arizona
Source: #S21 Database online. Record for Rex Allen
Source: #S21 Database online. Number: 526-16-7851; Issue State: Arizona; Issue Date: Before 1951. Record for Rex Allen


Marriage

Husband: Rex Elvie Allen
Wife: Bessie Linder
Child: Rex Allen
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural

Date: 1946

Source: #S20 Database online. Record for Rex Elvie Allen


Husband: Horace E Allen
Wife: Luella Faye Clark
Child: Rex Elvie Allen
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Margie V Allen
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Dottie J Allen
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Source: #S20 Database online. Record for Horace E Allen



Sources

  • This person was created through the import of knox17032011.ged on 18 March 2011. Data was included in the gedcom.
Source S20
Author: Ancestry.com
Title: OneWorldTree
Publication: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA;
Repository: #R1
Repository R1
Name: www.ancestry.com
Source S21
Author: Ancestry.com
Title: Social Security Death Index
Publication: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;
Repository: #R1
NOTE Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, Master File, : Social Security Administration
Source S59
Author: Ancestry.com
Title: U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;
Repository: #R1
NOTE Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings


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