Lester Alvin Burnett (March 18, 1911 – February 16, 1967), better known as Smiley Burnette, was an American country music performer and a comedic actor in Western films and on radio and TV, playing sidekick to Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and other B-movie cowboys. He was also a prolific singer-songwriter who is reported to have played proficiently over 100 musical instruments, sometimes more than one simultaneously. His career, beginning in 1934, spanned four decades, including a regular role on CBS-TV's Petticoat Junction in the 1960s.
|Birth name||Lester Alvin Burnett|
|Also known as||Smiley Burnette|
|Born||March 18, 1911|
Summum, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||February 16, 1967 55) (aged|
Encino, California, U.S.
|Instrument(s)||Accordion, guitar, banjo, many others|
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