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Alan "Rocky" Lane (September 22nd, 1909-October 27th, 1973) was a studio leading man and star of dozens of cowboy B-movies in the 1940's and 1950's, and eventually did the voice of the horse on the television series Mr. Ed beginning in 1958. Lane appeared in more than 125 films and TV shows between 1929 and 1966, including his voiceover stint as Mr. Ed. Lane's film career started in 1929 with his role in Not Quite Decent. From 1929 through 1936 he appeared in twenty four films. In 1937 his career picked up, and he saw success in several films, to include The Law West of Tombstone in 1938. However, beginning in 1940, his career steered him into western films, in which he would see his greatest success. His first successful film in that category was King of the Royal Mounted, the 1942 film serial adaptation of Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted, in which Lane had the lead role. He would star in several Canadian Mounted Police genre films, to include the serial's The Yukon Patrol and King of the Mounties. It is in these roles for which he is best known today. From 1940 through 1966 he made eighty two film and television series appearances, with most of those being in westerns through the 1950's. He retired after 1966, and was residing in Woodland Hills, California at the time of his death on October 27th, 1973.
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