Actor, Musician. Pat Brady, as he was named in the film credits, was the comical sidekick to the cowboy actor, Roy Rogers. Born Robert Ellsworth Patrick O’Brady, he was a member of the singing group the “Sons of the Pioneers,” playing the bass fiddle. His entertainment career began at age four in the touring stage production of “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch.” During World War II, he attained the rank of Tech 4 serving in the United States Army as a tank crewman in the 4th Armored Division, a unit of General George Patton’s Third Army in Europe. Enlisting late in the war on January of 1944, he listed on his 1940 draft card his next of kin, although married, as his agent. While playing in a night club before World War II, “Bob” had met Rogers, who needed a bass fiddle for a western musical group. It is not clear when he dropped the “O” from his surname of O’Brady, but with an original member of the “Sons of the Pioneers” named “Bob,” he changed his first name to “Pat.” In 1946, he and Lloyd Perryman, while still in the military, replaced two of the earlier members with one being Rogers, who left to have a solo career as the “Singing Cowboy.” As a red-haired, grinning character, his first film appearance was 1937 as himself with “Sons of the Pioneers” in several of the episodes of “Durango Kid” by Columbia Studios. These early movies included "West of Cheyenne" in 1938 as cowboy “Pat”, "Man from Sundown" in 1939, and "The Durango Kid" and “Texas Stagecoach” in 1940. This followed with other movies filmed at various studios, including "Song of Texas" in 1943, "Bells of Coronado" in 1950, and "South of Caliente" in 1951. Besides films, he appeared with Roy Rogers on radio and in 100 episodes of the television series, “The Roy Rogers Show” from 1951 to 1957, where he was known for driving Roy’s 1946 Willys CJ-2A Jeep named “Nellybelle.” In the documentary of World War II, “The Big Picture” in 1950, he was interviewed for the episode called “Battle of the Bulge". As a member of the “Sons of the Pioneers,” he appeared in Elvis Presley’s second movie, “Loving You” in 1957. In late 1962, Brady appeared with Rogers and his wife Dale Evans in their short-lived ABC Comedy Western and Variety program, “The Roy Rogers and Dale Evan Show.” He married twice. At his funeral, two members of the “Sons of the Pioneers” sang "Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” The “Sons of the Pioneers” were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording, located at 6843 Hollywood Blvd. The original members of the “Sons of the Pioneers” were inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but this did not include Brady.
Bio by: Linda Davis
Tech 4 U.S. Army
World War II
Pat, Buried: 3/1/1972, Source: City of Colo Spgs online cem data 3/2/09