Roy Rogers Remembering Roy Rogers, Cincinnati's Favorite Cowboy By John Kiesewetter • Jul 6, 2018 Republic Pictures Roy Rogers, the Queen City kid who grew up to be "The King of the Cowboys," starring in more than 100 movies, died 20 years ago today, on July 6, 1998. He was 86. What It's Like To Meet Your Childhood Hero (In This Case, Roy Rogers) By Howard Wilkinson • Jun 22, 2018 Howard Wilkinson / Personal Collection People often tell me I have been lucky because I have been in a profession that has enabled me to do a lot of things that most folks will never have the chance to do. And they're right. I am grateful for that.