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Name: Will Rogers                                                                   
Born: 4 November 1879 Ologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)                       
Died: 15 August 1935 Point Barrow, Alaska Territory                                 
William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 - August 15, 1935) was a         
Cherokee-American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville         
performer and actor.                                                                 
Known as Oklahoma's favorite son, Rogers was born to a prominent Indian             
Territory family and learned to ride horses and use a lariat so well that he was     
listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three ropes at onceā€”one 
around the neck of a horse, another around the horse's rider, and a third around     
all four legs of the horse. He ultimately traveled around the world three times,     
made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"), wrote more than 4,000             
nationally-syndicated newspaper columns, and became a world-famous figure.           
By the mid-1930s, Rogers was adored by the American people, and was the top-paid     
movie star in Hollywood at the time. On an around-the-world trip with aviator       
Wiley Post, Rogers died when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska       
Territory in 1935.