Whip Wilson


Whip Wilson Famous memorial

Original Name Roland Charles Meyers
Granite City, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Death 22 Oct 1964 (aged 53)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glen Carbon, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section 5, Lot 103, Grave 5
Memorial ID 6826246 View Source

Actor. Born Roland Charles Meyers in Granite, Illinois. He was one of eight children. He was a moderately successful singer before going to Hollywood, and although he sang in a few pictures, he is not considered a "singing cowboy." Scott R. Dunlap, a Monogram Studio executive, had been looking for someone like Buck Jones since Buck perished in the Boston Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in 1942. Dunlap signed him to star in a Western series. At the same time Lash LaRue was gaining some fame cracking a bull whip in the movies, so Dunlap decided to give Wilson a whip and make him a combination of Lash LaRue and Buck Jones. In 1949, Whip got his own series and made his first starring film called "Crashing Thru." He starred in 22 B western features. Whip's most frequent sidekick was comedian Andy Clyde. However, in five of his films, he was teamed with Fuzzy Knight and Jim Bannon. His last starring feature was "Wyoming Roundup" which was released in 1952. He also had his own series of comic books. He did work in one more movie. He was hired to do the whip scenes in the Burt Lancaster film "The Kentuckian." He and his 3rd wife Monica, operated an apartment complex after he left the movie industry. He died of a heart attack. He was 53 years old.

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  • Originally Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 6 Oct 2002
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Whip Wilson (16 Jun 1911–22 Oct 1964), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6826246, citing Sunset Hill Cemetery, Glen Carbon, Madison County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .