Smiley Burnette


Actor
Smiley Burnette

About

Also Known As
Lester Alvin Burnette
Birth Place
Summum, Illinois, USA
Born
March 18, 1911
Died
June 07, 1967
Cause of Death
Leukemia

Biography

Smiley Burnette worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. Burnette began his acting career with roles in such films as the western "In Old Santa Fe" (1934) with Ken Maynard, "Melody Trail" (1935) and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1935). He also appeared in "Waterfront Lady" (1935), the western "The Phantom Empire" (1935) with Gene Autry and the Gene Autry music...

Family & Companions

Dallas Burnette
Wife
Survived him.

Biography

Smiley Burnette worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. Burnette began his acting career with roles in such films as the western "In Old Santa Fe" (1934) with Ken Maynard, "Melody Trail" (1935) and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1935). He also appeared in "Waterfront Lady" (1935), the western "The Phantom Empire" (1935) with Gene Autry and the Gene Autry musical "The Singing Vagabond" (1935). His passion for acting continued to his roles in projects like "Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm" (1937), "The Old Corral" (1937) and "Springtime in the Rockies" (1937). He also appeared in the Gene Autry musical "Yodelin' Kid From Pine Ridge" (1937). In the latter part of his career, he tackled roles in "Down Mexico Way" (1941), "Under Fiesta Stars" (1941) and "Ridin' on a Rainbow" (1941). He also appeared in "Heart of the Rio Grande" (1942) and "Heart of the Golden West" (1942). Burnette last acted on "Green Acres" (1965-1971). Smiley Burnette passed away in June 1967 at the age of 56.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Goldtown Ghost Riders (1953)
Smiley Burnette
Pack Train (1953)
Smiley Burnette
On Top of Old Smoky (1953)
Smiley Burnette
Last of the Pony Riders (1953)
Smiley Burnette
Saginaw Trail (1953)
Smiley Burnette
Winning of the West (1953)
Smiley Burnette
The Rough, Tough West (1952)
Smiley Burnette
Laramie Mountains (1952)
Sgt. Smiley Burnette
Smoky Canyon (1952)
Smiley Burnette
The Hawk of Wild River (1952)
Smiley Burnette
The Kid from Broken Gun (1952)
Smiley Burnette
Junction City (1952)
Smiley Burnette
Prairie Roundup (1951)
Smiley Burnette
Snake River Desperadoes (1951)
Smiley Burnette
Bonanza Town (1951)
Smiley Burnette
Cyclone Fury (1951)
Smiley Burnette
Whirlwind (1951)
Smiley Burnette
Pecos River (1951)
Smiley Burnette
Ridin' the Outlaw Trail (1951)
Smiley Burnette
Fort Savage Raiders (1951)
Smiley Burnette
The Kid from Amarillo (1951)
Smiley Burnette
Streets of Ghost Town (1950)
Smiley Burnette
Trail of the Rustlers (1950)
Smiley Burnette
Lightning Guns (1950)
Smiley Burnette
Raiders of Tomahawk Creek (1950)
Smiley Burnette
Across the Badlands (1950)
Smiley Burnette
Outcast of Black Mesa (1950)
Smiley Burnette
Texas Dynamo (1950)
Smiley Burnette
Frontier Outpost (1950)
Smiley Burnette
The Blazing Trail (1949)
Smiley Burnette
Challenge of the Range (1949)
Smiley Burnette
South of Death Valley (1949)
Smiley Burnette
Desert Vigilante (1949)
Smiley Burnette
Bandits of El Dorado (1949)
Smiley Burnette
Renegades of the Sage (1949)
Smiley Burnette
Laramie (1949)
Smiley Burnette
Horsemen of the Sierras (1949)
Smiley Burnette
Blazing Across the Pecos (1948)
Smiley
Trail to Laredo (1948)
Smiley Burnette
West of Sonora (1948)
Smiley Burnette
Six-Gun Law (1948)
Smiley Burnette
Whirlwind Raiders (1948)
Smiley Burnette
El Dorado Pass (1948)
Smiley Burnette
Phantom Valley (1948)
Smiley Burnette
Buckaroo from Powder River (1947)
Smiley Burnette
Last Days of Boot Hill (1947)
Smiley Burnette
The Lone Hand Texan (1947)
Smiley Burnette
Riders of the Lone Star (1947)
Smiley Burnette
West of Dodge City (1947)
Smiley Burnette
South of the Chisholm Trail (1947)
Smiley
Law of the Canyon (1947)
Smiley
The Stranger from Ponca City (1947)
Smiley Burnette
Prairie Raiders (1947)
Smiley Burnette
Roaring Rangers (1946)
Smiley Butterbeam
Gunning for Vengeance (1946)
Himself
Galloping Thunder (1946)
Smiley Burnette
The Desert Horseman (1946)
Smiley
The Fighting Frontiersman (1946)
Smiley Burnette
Terror Trail (1946)
Smiley Burnette
Two-Fisted Stranger (1946)
Smiley
Landrush (1946)
Smiley
Heading West (1946)
Smiley Burnette
Beneath Western Skies (1944)
Frog Millhouse
Pride of the Plains (1944)
Frog Millhouse
The Laramie Trail (1944)
Frog
Bordertown Trail (1944)
Frog Millhouse
Code of the Prairie (1944)
Frog Millhouse
Firebrands of Arizona (1944)
Frog Millhouse/Killer "Beefsteak" Discoe
Call of the Rockies (1944)
Frog Millhouse
Beyond the Last Frontier (1943)
Frog Millhouse
Raiders of Sunset Pass (1943)
Frog Millhouse
Idaho (1943)
Frog Millhouse
King of the Cowboys (1943)
Frog Millhouse
Silver Spurs (1943)
Frog Millhouse
Stardust on the Sage (1942)
Frog Millhouse
Cowboy Serenade (1942)
Frog Millhouse
Heart of the Rio Grande (1942)
Frog Millhouse
Heart of the Golden West (1942)
Frog
Bells of Capistrano (1942)
Frog
Home in Wyomin' (1942)
Frog Millhouse
Call of the Canyon (1942)
Frog Millhouse
The Singing Hill (1941)
Frog Millhouse
Sunset in Wyoming (1941)
Frog Millhouse
Under Fiesta Stars (1941)
Frog Millhouse
Back in the Saddle (1941)
Frog Millhouse
Ridin' on a Rainbow (1941)
Frog Millhouse
Down Mexico Way (1941)
Frog
Sierra Sue (1941)
Frog Millhouse
Carolina Moon (1940)
Frog Millhouse
Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride (1940)
Frog [Millhouse]
Rancho Grande (1940)
Frog
Gaucho Serenade (1940)
Frog
Mountain Rhythm (1939)
Frog
Colorado Sunset (1939)
Frog
Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939)
Frog
Home on the Prairie (1939)
Frog Millhouse
South of the Border (1939)
Frog
Blue Montana Skies (1939)
Frog
Mexicali Rose (1939)
Frog
In Old Monterey (1939)
Frog
The Old Barn Dance (1938)
Frog
The Man from Music Mountain (1938)
Frog [Milhouse]
Rhythm of the Saddle (1938)
Frog Milhouse
Gold Mine in the Sky (1938)
Frog
Prairie Moon (1938)
Frog Milhouse
Under Western Stars (1938)
Frog
Western Jamboree (1938)
Frog Milhouse
Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938)
Himself
Billy the Kid Returns (1938)
Fran [Frog] Milhouse
Meet the Boyfriend (1937)
Orchestra leader
Git Along Little Dogies (1937)
Frog Millhouse
Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937)
Colonel Frog Millhouse
Round-Up Time in Texas (1937)
Frog Millhouse
Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm (1937)
Frog/Black Jim
Springtime in the Rockies (1937)
Frog Milhouse
Public Cowboy No. 1 (1937)
Frog Millhouse
Larceny on the Air (1937)
Jimmy
Boots and Saddles (1937)
Frog Millhouse
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937)
Frog, accordian player
Dick Tracy (1937)
Doughnuts and Society (1936)
A Man Betrayed (1936)
Hillbilly
Red River Valley (1936)
Frog Millhouse
Oh, Susanna! (1936)
Frog Millhouse
Guns and Guitars (1936)
Frog Millhouse
The Big Show (1936)
Frog
The Singing Cowboy (1936)
Frog
Ride, Ranger, Ride (1936)
Frog Jones
The Old Corral (1936)
Frog
Comin' Round the Mountain (1936)
Frog
Hearts in Bondage (1936)
Rammer
Undersea Kingdom (1936)
The Border Patrolman (1936)
Chuck Owens
Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1935)
Smiley
The Singing Vagabond (1935)
Frog
The Sagebrush Troubadour (1935)
Frog Millhouse
Melody Trail (1935)
Frog Millhouse
Waterfront Lady (1935)
Musician
The Phantom Empire (1935)
Adventures of Rex and Rinty (1935)
In Old Santa Fe (1934)
Smiley Burnette

Music (Feature Film)

On Top of Old Smoky (1953)
Composer
Goldtown Ghost Riders (1953)
Composer
Winning of the West (1953)
Composer
Pack Train (1953)
Composer
Saginaw Trail (1953)
Composer
Blue Canadian Rockies (1952)
Composer
The Rough, Tough West (1952)
Composer
Laramie Mountains (1952)
Composer
Smoky Canyon (1952)
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Junction City (1952)
Composer
The Hawk of Wild River (1952)
Composer
The Kid from Broken Gun (1952)
Composer
Night Stage to Galveston (1952)
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Pecos River (1951)
Composer
Prairie Roundup (1951)
Composer
Cyclone Fury (1951)
Composer
Snake River Desperadoes (1951)
Composer
Bonanza Town (1951)
Composer
The Kid from Amarillo (1951)
Composer
Fort Savage Raiders (1951)
Composer
Ridin' the Outlaw Trail (1951)
Composer
Silver Canyon (1951)
Composer
Across the Badlands (1950)
Composer
Frontier Outpost (1950)
Composer
Lightning Guns (1950)
Composer
Outcast of Black Mesa (1950)
Composer
Raiders of Tomahawk Creek (1950)
Composer
Texas Dynamo (1950)
Composer
Trail of the Rustlers (1950)
Composer
Streets of Ghost Town (1950)
Composer
Quick on the Trigger (1949)
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Lookout Sister (1949)
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The Blazing Trail (1949)
Composer
Challenge of the Range (1949)
Composer
Riders of the Whistling Pines (1949)
Composer
Renegades of the Sage (1949)
Composer
Bandits of El Dorado (1949)
Composer
Desert Vigilante (1949)
Composer
Horsemen of the Sierras (1949)
Composer
Laramie (1949)
Composer
South of Death Valley (1949)
Composer
El Dorado Pass (1948)
Composer
Trail to Laredo (1948)
Composer
Blazing Across the Pecos (1948)
Composer
Phantom Valley (1948)
Composer
Six-Gun Law (1948)
Composer
West of Sonora (1948)
Composer
Whirlwind Raiders (1948)
Composer
Oklahoma Blues (1948)
Composer
The Lone Hand Texan (1947)
Composer
Prairie Raiders (1947)
Composer
Riders of the Lone Star (1947)
Composer
The Stranger from Ponca City (1947)
Composer
West of Dodge City (1947)
Composer
Buckaroo from Powder River (1947)
Composer
Law of the Canyon (1947)
Composer
South of the Chisholm Trail (1947)
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Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947)
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Last Days of Boot Hill (1947)
Composer
Roaring Rangers (1946)
Composer
Sioux City Sue (1946)
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Gunning for Vengeance (1946)
Composer
Heading West (1946)
Composer
Terror Trail (1946)
Composer
Two-Fisted Stranger (1946)
Composer
Landrush (1946)
Composer
Galloping Thunder (1946)
Composer
The Fighting Frontiersman (1946)
Composer
The Desert Horseman (1946)
Composer
Marked for Murder (1945)
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The Lonesome Trail (1945)
Composer
Code of the Prairie (1944)
Composer
Call of the Rockies (1944)
Composer
Bordertown Trail (1944)
Composer
Song of Nevada (1944)
Composer
Raiders of Sunset Pass (1943)
Composer
Silver Spurs (1943)
Composer
Stardust on the Sage (1942)
Composer
Heart of the Rio Grande (1942)
Composer
Home in Wyomin' (1942)
Composer
Ridin' Down the Canyon (1942)
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The Singing Hill (1941)
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Under Fiesta Stars (1941)
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Back in the Saddle (1941)
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Country Fair (1941)
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Saddlemates (1941)
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Stick to Your Guns (1941)
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Gaucho Serenade (1940)
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Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride (1940)
Composer
The Man from Music Mountain (1938)
Composer
Billy the Kid Returns (1938)
Composer
The Old Barn Dance (1938)
Composer
Git Along Little Dogies (1937)
Composer
Boots and Saddles (1937)
Composer
Round-Up Time in Texas (1937)
Composer
Springtime in the Rockies (1937)
Composer
Meet the Boyfriend (1937)
Composer
Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937)
Composer
Oh, Susanna! (1936)
Composer
The Singing Cowboy (1936)
Composer
Red River Valley (1936)
Composer
Guns and Guitars (1936)
Composer
Ride, Ranger, Ride (1936)
Composer
Hitch Hike Lady (1935)
Music Score
Waterfront Lady (1935)
Composer
Melody Trail (1935)
Composer
The Singing Vagabond (1935)
Composer
Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1935)
Composer
The Sagebrush Troubadour (1935)
Composer
Hitch Hike Lady (1935)
Composer
In Old Santa Fe (1934)
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Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Under Western Stars (1938) - Cattlemen Fight For Water Spinning headlines into action, Roy Rogers and his crew (Smiley Burnette as sidekick “Frog”) are running fence, the Republic Pictures crew working at Tinnemaha Reservoir, out near Death Valley, as we’re left to surmise the competing interests in a Western water war, opening Under Western Stars, 1938.
Under Western Stars (1938) - It's Rogers For Congressman! Under arrest but as-ever a hero, this time for letting loose water for desperate local cattlemen, Roy Rogers cheerily stands up to the water company boss (Guy Usher) and gets put up himself by the mayor (Earl Dwire) with a tune by Eddie Cherkose and Charles Rossoff, sung by the convenient Maple City Four, in Republic’s Under Western Stars, 1938.
Under Western Stars (1938) - Send My Mail To The County Jail Just collared by the friendly sheriff (Jack Rockwell) for opening up the dam to get water for local ranchers, Roy Rogers, backed by pal “Frog” (Smiley Burnette) and the Maple City Four offers his first song, written by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin, in Republic Pictures’ Under Western Stars, 1938.
Back In The Saddle (1941) - You Are My Sunshine Gene (Autry) is persuaded by Patsy (Mary Lee) and his sidekick Frog (Smiley Burnette) to introduce You Are My Sunshine by (Future Louisiana Governor) Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell to her irritated sister Taffy (Jacqueline Wells), who needs new material, in Back In The Saddle, 1941.
In Old Santa Fe (1934) - Autry And Burnette In his first movie appearance, Gene Autry has been calling a square dance, begins a song, but surrenders the stage to sidekick Smiley (Burnette), for a tune they composed together, from In Old Santa Fe, 1934.

Companions

Dallas Burnette
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography