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Do You Know... Roscoe Ates?

Do you know…
that Roscoe Ates (born: January 20, 1895 in Grange, Mississippi – died: March 1, 1962 in Hollywood, California at age 67) was a prolific actor and musician in primarily western films and television?

  • Roscoe AtesAtes first film role was at the age of 34 in "South Sea Rose" (1929), followed by "Billy the Kid" (1930). 

  • He is most remembered for his role as Soapy Jones appearing in fifteen western films such as "Stars Over Texas" (1946), "Black Hills" (1947), "Wild Country" (1947) and "The Westward Trail" (1948).

  • For television, Ates appeared on multiple shows to include "The Cisco Kid", "Boston Blackie", "Wagon Train", "M Squad", "Lawman" and "My Three Sons".

  • Ates final screen appearance was in the film "The Errand Boy" (1961), which was released after his death.

  • Ates died of lung cancer at the age of sixty-seven in Hollywood, California.

  • Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, California, Plot: Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Consecration, Niche #1882.


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