Duke R. Lee

Duke R. Lee (May 13, 1881 – April 1, 1959) was an American actor.[1][2]

Duke R. Lee
Duke R. Lee - In the Days of Buffalo Bill (1922).jpg
Lee in In the Days of Buffalo Bill (1922)
Born(1881-05-13)May 13, 1881
Prince Henry County, Virginia
DiedApril 1, 1959(1959-04-01) (aged 77)
Years active1913–1946

Lee's career began when he performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, and he later played Buffalo Bill on film.[3] He appeared in 99 films between 1913 and 1946.[citation needed] In the mid-1910s, he had a vaudeville company, The Duke R. Lee Road Show, that played throughout the western United States.[4]

In 1935, Lee was announcer and master of ceremonies for Tom Mix's traveling show. He also had a radio program that was broadcast on NBC and CBS.[5]

He was born in Virginia and died in Los Angeles, California.

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  1. ^ Rogers, Will; Smallwood, James; Gragert, Steven K. (May 26, 1982). Will Rogers' Weekly Articles: The Hoover years, 1929-1931. Oklahoma State University Press. ISBN 9780914956211. Retrieved May 26, 2019 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Rogers, Will (May 26, 1982). Will Rogers Weekly Articles (The Roosevelt Years 1933-1935). ISBN 9780914956211. Retrieved May 26, 2019 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Veteran Character Actor Dies at 78". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. United Press International. April 3, 1959. p. 24. Retrieved July 26, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Duke R. Lee's Road Show pleases play lovers at Bradley, remains tonight". Elko Independent. Nevada, Elko. June 20, 1916. p. 4. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  5. ^ "Gossip of the Dressing Rooms: Tom Mix" (PDF). Billboard. June 1, 1935. p. 41. Retrieved July 26, 2021.

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