When the name Pat Brady is mentioned most Roy Rogers fans instantly think of Brady and Nellybelle his jeep.
Pat Brady was born on December 31, 1914 in Toledo, Ohio as Robert Ellsworth Patrick Aloysious O’Brady. When the Sons of Pioneers hired him to replace Roy Rogers he was hired and agreed to change his name to Pat Brady.
Brady appeared in his first movie Outlaws of the Prairie in 1937 as a singing ranger. He made several movies as a singing cowhand or singing rancher and was seen in many films that the Sons of Pioneers sang in.
Pals of the Golden West was his last movie which was released in 1951. That same year he appeared in his first Roy Rogers television program and never acted in movies again.
He was known for saying “Whoa Nellie” when driving the Willys CJ 2A jeep.
He played himself in the series from 1951-1957 and appeared in 100 episodes over that span. The Find A Grave website has this tribute to Brady:
If it were not for this man I would not be on this earth as he saved my fathers life during WWII. This man will always be a Hero to me.
– Rick T
Added: Jan. 10, 2011
He received two Purple Hearts in Germany and served with General Patton’s 3rd Army.
After leaving Roy Rogers television series Brady was only seen in one episode of four different western themed television shows making his last appearance in 30 Minutes at Gunsight in 1963.
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