American Methodist-Pentecostal televangelist and founder of Oral Roberts University who was a controversial religious leader in the 20th century.
He pioneered TV evangelism and preached a form of Christianity called seed-faith to millions of followers worldwide over a period of six decades.
He stated live on an interview with Larry King that he was of Cherokee descent.
He grew up desperately poor and almost died of tuberculosis at a young age.
He married Evelyn Lutman in 1938.