Allen's comic-relief sidekick in his first few pictures was Buddy Ebsen and then character actor Slim Pickens. In October, Willcox’s annual festival to honor its favorite son, Rex Allen Days, was called the ”Tribute of the Century” to the singer. Cremated, his ashes were scattered at Railroad Park in Willcox where most of his memorabilia are on display. Investigators want to determine whether Allen fell because he was suffering from some sort of ailment. Rex was 78 years old at the time of death. Allen has been described by friends as a down-to-earth man. ”The neat thing is, he treated me no different at Rex Allen Days this year than he did 50 years ago when I met him. To plant a tree in memory of Rex Charles Allen, please visit. After moving to Sonoita, Arizona in the early 1990s, he was a viable voice talent almost until his death, recording hundreds of national advertising voice tracks at his favorite Tucson studio, Porter Sound. When the father finds out that he had developed a relationship with a beautiful Indian maiden (named Nova Lee), he decides to reveal to his son what he had kept secret for so long: The man's biological son was killed by an Indian (as stated in the lyrics) during a clash between the white man and a tribe, and in retaliation, he kidnapped the boy as a young baby and raised him as his son. Allen narrated more than 150 Walt Disney specials in addition to his radio, singing and acting careers. October 30, 1950 - In October, Willcox’s annual festival to honor its favorite son was made even more special as the ”Tribute of the Century” to Mr. Allen. After growing up in Kentucky, Rex moved to Florida and became a commercial construction superintendent. Prepare a personalized obituary for someone you loved.. May 21, 1959 - Write your message of sympathy today. T… ”Arizona Cowboy”; ”Under Mexicali Stars”; ”Trail of Robin Hood”; ”The Hills of Oklahoma”; ”Thunder in God’s Country”; ”Utah Wagon Train”; ”Colorado Sundown”; ”The Last Musketeer”; ”Down Laredo Way”; ”Shadows of Tombstone”; ”Tomboy and the Champ”; ”Secret of Navajo Cave.”, ”Disneyland” (occasional narrator); ”Frontier Doctor” series; ”Five Star Jubilee” series; ”Town Hall Party.”, ”Arizona Cowboy”; ”Crying in the Chapel”; ”The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”; ”Old Faithful”; ”Invitation to the Blues”; ”Money, Marbles and Chalk”; ”On Top of Old Smoky”; ”Lonesome Valley”; ”Flowers of San Antone.”, Friends mourn loss of ‘Arizona Cowboy,’ Rex Allen of Willcox. The other secret: His son cannot marry Nova Lee because she's the boy's biological sister. We are sad to announce that on August 25, 2020, at the age of 61, Rex Allen Dunn (Muskogee, Oklahoma), born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma passed away. Wanna see the American dream? Optional: Provide your email address for the deceased's family to reach you. A unique and lasting tribute for a loved one. Rex Allen death quick facts: When did Rex Allen die? Jessica and Brandon Parker”, Family Conducted Memorial Service 500 E Poplar St, Fort Gibson, OK 74434. ALEXANDRIA - Rex Charles Allen, 69, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at the Marion Veterans Administration Medical Center following an extended illness. The producer was Jerry Kennedy. Neighbors recalled Allen as a private man who was always willing to wave and smile at passersby. ”I met him 50 years ago when I was a kid,” said Western, from his Wichita, Kan., home last night. Sons: Rex Jr., Curt, Mark. Dies at 78 by Edward Morris 6/20/2003 Singer and actor Rex Allen Sr. died Friday (Dec. 17) in Tucson, Ariz., … You can add a photo to pay tribute to Rex Allen Dunn. To get to know him, to be his friend, was more than I expected in my lifetime,” Edwards said. The song is a tale of a young man who disobeys his father's advice stated in the title. 0. Rex Allen Jr. performed in the festival’s two headline shows, during which his father made brief appearances. A 1993 renovation replaced Allen with Jean Shepherd as the voice of the father, but Allen was given a cameo as the grandfather in the final scene. He and his four siblings were scheduled to arrive in Tucson late last night. He was the original narrator for Walt Disney World's "Hall of Presidents". The California Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of convicted murdered Rex Krebs, who abducted and killed two college … ”I have lived the American dream,” he said in 1997. He was also the voice behind Purina Dog Chow commercials for many years. Iverson Movie Ranch: History, vintage photos. Are you sure you want to submit this comment without a message? In early 1995, Mr. Allen moved from Sonoita to Tucson with his wife, the former Virginia Hudson, also a Willcox native. Echovita Inc® is a registered trademark. Receive obituaries from the city or cities of your choice. Robert Allen … But he starred in a number of B-Westerns during the 1950s. December 17, 1999 His five children included Rex Allen Jr., who became a singer like his father. • A family friend backed over him with his own car, investigators say. Allen began his singing career on radio station KOY in Phoenix, Arizona, after which he became better known as a performer on the National Barn Dance on WLS in Chicago.[3]. He narrated the original 1963 version of The Incredible Journey. Rex Allen Jr. performed in two of the festival’s headline shows, during which his father made brief appearances. Tucson police say they believe the death of silver screen legend Rex Allen Sr. yesterday was a horrible accident. The family will host memorial services on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Dewitt Baptist Church with Rev. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences. Allen was married three times; all three marriages ended in divorce. 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. He wrote and sang the theme song for the early 1980s sitcom Best of the West. There are no additional photos for Rex Allen Dunn at this time. He and Roy Rogers are true, Western gentlemen.”. [citation needed] As other cowboy stars made the transition to television, Allen tried too, cast as Dr. Bill Baxter for the half-hour weekly syndicated series Frontier Doctor. They were married on Nov. 25, 1992, and reportedly separated this year. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family. The song is a tale of a young man who disobeys his father's advice stated in the title. Rex Allen died on December 17, 1999, only two weeks away from what would have been his 79th birthday on December 31. For his contributions to the film industry, Allen received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1975, located at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard.[1][2]. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Allen was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard. Rex Allen started out as a singer in vaudeville, and sang on numerous radio shows before hooking up with a traveling rodeo show. [5] Cremated, his ashes were scattered at Railroad Park in Willcox where most of his memorabilia are on display. ”I really have. There he goes, over there!’, ”The third stage is: ‘Rex Allen? [citation needed] It features The Merry Melody Singers. ”They’re all gone, all the silver screen cowboys are gone,” said Wilma Schooler, a founding member of the Tucson-based Western Music Association. Unfortunately for him, the movie cowboy era was winding down, but he followed the lead of William Boyd (”Hopalong Cassidy”) and turned to television. Allen had four sisters and a brother. His passing was noted on yesterday’s broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry. Would you like to offer Rex Allen Dunn’s loved ones a condolence message? REX ALLEN was the last of the "singing cowboys", a genre of western hero unique to the Hollywood cinema from the Thirties to the Fifties. Celebrities and Famous People Who Passed Away Today in History. The first stage is: ‘Rex Allen? In 1983, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ”And nobody has anything like it.”. Allen recently recorded a new album with Western star Don Edwards, which is expected to be released early next year, according to producer Snuff Garrett, a longtime friend of Allen’s. ”He never forgot Willcox. As a boy he played guitar and sang at local functions with his fiddle-playing father until high-school graduation when he toured the Southwest as a rodeo rider. August 25, 2020 That segment of the program was dedicated to his memory. The year 2000 will dawn without any of the great silver screen cowboys. Copyright © 2020 Echovita Inc. All rights reserved. ”These guys were all my heroes – Rex, Gene (Autry) and Roy (Rogers) – and that we could lose them all within such a short period of time, it’s so hard to comprehend. Coronavirus Update. .’ ”. Allen has the distinction of making the last singing western in 1954., Articles lacking in-text citations from June 2008, Articles with unsourced statements from April 2019, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2020, Turner Classic Movies person ID same as Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. The brother died of a rattlesnake bite at age 7. His second marriage was to Bonnie Linder (m. 1946–1973), with whom he had 4 children. Echovita offers a solidarity program that gives back the funds generated to families. Rex was a resident of Flat Lick, Kentucky at the time of passing. Allen, 79, was taken to Tucson Medical Center after being pulled from beneath his car, Altieri said. This blog page archives the entire digital archive of the Tucson Citizen from 1993 to 2009. Rex passed away on December 17, 1999 at the age of 78 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He was the Ambassador of the West, a true Western gentleman, and he had the greatest voice of anybody.”. . In his later years he also performed frequently with actor Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez. In 1997, Western music historian and Western Music Association member Fred Goodwin called Allen ”The Ambassador to the American West.”, ”He’ll go out of his way for you – for anybody,” said Goodwin, a family friend. Who the hell is that?’, ”The second is: ‘There he goes! If you see something that doesn't look right on this page, please do inform us using the form below: © 2017 Dead or Kicking / All Rights Reserved. Rex was born on June 4, 1942 and passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. You entered your name, but no text. First, in 1940, he married Doris Windsor, with whom he had one child (Rexine Allen). It really hasn’t sunk in.”, ”I think Rex would want to be remembered as a good person,” said Western music historian and Western Music Association member Fred Goodwin of Murfreesboro, Tenn. ”He would want to be remembered as ‘The Arizona Cowboy.’, ”He never forgot where he came from, the people who helped him along the way, everybody,” said Goodwin, a close family friend. The album contains a duet with Rex Jr.’s mother, Bonnie Linder, called ”Gonna Marry Me a Cowboy,” written by Mr. Allen. In a screen acting career that began with Republic Studios in 1950, Allen stared in 36 films. Allen was born to Horace E. Allen and Luella Faye Clark on a ranch in Mud Springs Canyon, forty miles from Willcox in Cochise County in southeastern Arizona. Western star and broadcaster Johnny Western considered Mr. Allen his mentor and friend. We are sad to announce that on August 25, 2020, at the age of 61, Rex Allen Dunn (Muskogee, Oklahoma), born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma passed away. A few months before his death, Allen gave an extensive interview on his days at WLS-AM to announcer and producer Jeff Davis for the 75th Anniversary History of WLS radio program, broadcast after Allen died. Bowling, 65, of Mebane, NC, passed away comfortably at home, surrounded by loved ones, on July 31, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. A place to share condolences and memories. ”We may never know exactly what happened,” Altieri said. The couple divorced in 1999. Birthday: December 31, 1920Date of Death: December 17, 1999Age at Death: 78. By CCT STAFF. 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