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Gene Autry

Actor | * 09/29/1907 († 91, 10/02/1998) | Tioga, Texas
Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, musician and rodeo performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy in a crooning style on radio, in films, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Autry was the owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997. From 1934 to 1953, Autry appeared in 93 films, and between 1950 and 1956 hosted The Gene Autry Show television series. During the 1930s and 1940s, he personified the straight-shooting hero—honest, brave, and true—and profoundly touched the lives of millions of Americans. Autry was also one of the most important pioneering figures in the history of country music, considered the second major influential artist of the genre's development after Jimmie Rodgers. His singing cowboy films were the first vehicle to carry country music to a national audience. In addition to his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again", and his hit "At Mail Call Today", Autry is still remembered for his Christmas holiday songs, most especially his b... ()
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​Born in Tioga, Texas on September 29, 1907, Gene Autry was raised in Texas and Oklahoma. Discovered by humorist Will Rogers, in 1929 Autry was billed as "Oklahoma's Yodeling Cowboy" at KVOO in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He gained a popular following, a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1929, and soon after, performed on the "National Barn Dance" for radio station WLS in Chicago. Autry first appeared on screen in 1934 and up to 1953 popularized the musical Western and starred in 93 feature films. In 1940 theater exhibitors of America voted Autry the fourth biggest box office attraction, behind Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, and Spencer Tracy. Autry made 640 recordings, including more than 300 songs written or co-written by him. His records sold more than 100 million copies and he has more than a dozen gold and platinum records, including the first record ever certified gold. His Christmas and children's records Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) and Peter Cottontail are among his platinum recordings. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the second all-time best selling Christmas single, boasts in excess of 30 million in sales. From 1940 to 1956 the public listened to him on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch radio show that was heard weekly over the CBS Radio Network, featuring Autry's trademark theme song Back In The Saddle Again. In addition, Autry's popularity was apparent during his personal appearance tours. The first performer to sell out Madison Square Garden, his concert and rodeo appearances throughout the United States and Europe are legendary and served as a model for other performers. Autry did two shows a day, seven days a week, for 65 to 85 days at a stretch. Entertainer Gene Autry joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and became Sgt. Gene Autry. During the war, he ferried fuel, ammunition, and arms in the China-India-Burma theater of war and flew over the Himalayas, the hazardous air route known as "The Hump." When the war ended Autry was reassigned to Special Services, where he toured with a USO troupe in the South Pacific before resuming his movie career in 1946. In 1950, Autry became the first major movie star to use the television medium. Always a man of vision, Autry excelled and for the next five years through his Flying A Pictures he produced and starred in 91 half-hour episodes of The Gene Autry Show for CBS Television. This success lead him to produce such popular TV series as Annie Oakley, The Range Rider, Buffalo Bill Jr., The Adventures Of Champion as well as the first 39 episodes of Death Valley Days. He carried his love for entertaining and sharp business sense into broadcasting, where, under the Golden West Broadcasters banner, he owned such award-winning stations as KMPC radio and KTLA Television in Los Angeles as well as other stations across the country. Autry's great love for baseball prompted him to acquire the American League California Angels in 1961. Active in Major League Baseball, Autry held the title of Vice President of the American League until his death. Autry's long-cherished dream came true with the opening in November 1988 of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, since acclaimed as one of the finest museums on the West. Autry intended to give something back to the community that had been so good to him. In January 2004 the museum merged with the Southwest Museum. As part of this affiliation, an umbrella company was created. The new AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER consists of three entities: the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of the American West, and the Institute for the Study of the American West. Today thousands of visitors, children and adults alike, learn the fascinating history of America's West through world-class collections of art and artifacts. Autry is the only entertainer to have all five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television, and Live Theatre/performance. He was a 33rd Degree Mason and Honorary Inspector General and was given the prestigious award of the Grand Cross of the Court of Honor. Among the many hundreds of honors and awards Autry has received were induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame; the American Academy of Achievement Award, the Los Angeles Area Governor's Emmy from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; and the Board of Directors Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Achievement in Arts Foundation. Gene Autry was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, The National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and he received The Songwriters Guild Life Achievement Award. He was also honored by his songwriting peers with a lifetime achievement award from ASCAP. Gene Autry died at his home in Studio City, California on October 2, 1998. He was 91 years old.

Most frequent genres for this person: Western | Music | Action

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Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

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Movies with Gene Autry as Actor(97)

as (archive footage)1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
as Gene Autry1953 Pack Train
as Gene Autry1953 Last of the Pony Riders
as Gene Autry1953 Saginaw Trail
as Gene Autry1953 On Top of Old Smoky
as Gene Autry1953 Winning of the West
as Gene Autry1953 Goldtown Ghost Riders
as Gene Autry1952 Apache Country
as Gene Autry1952 The Old West
as Gene Autry1952 Barbed Wire
as Gene Autry1952 Night Stage to Galveston
as Gene Autry1952 Blue Canadian Rockies
as Gene Autry1952 Wagon Team
as Gene Autry1951 Valley of Fire
as Gene Autry1951 Silver Canyon
as Gene Autry aka The Whirlwind1951 Whirlwind
as Gene Autry1951 Gene Autry and the Mounties
as Dr. Gene Autry1951 Hills of Utah
as Gene Autry1951 Texans Never Cry
as Gene Autry1950 Cow Town
as Gene Autry1950 The Blazing Sun
as Gene Autry1950 Beyond the Purple Hills
as U.S. Marshal Gene Autry1950 Mule Train
as Gene Autry1950 Indian Territory
as Gene Autry1949 The Cowboy and the Indians
as Gene Autry1949 Riders in the Sky
as Gene Autry1949 The Big Sombrero
as Gene Autry1949 Sons of New Mexico
as Gene Autry / Marshal Steve Autry1949 Rim of the Canyon
as Gene Autry1948 The Strawberry Roan
as Gene Autry1948 Loaded Pistols
as Gene Autry1947 The Last Round-up
as Gene Autry1947 Twilight on the Rio Grande
as Gene Autry1947 Trail to San Antone
as Gene Autry1947 Robin Hood Of Texas
as Gene Autry1947 Saddle Pals
as Gene Autry1946 Sioux City Sue
as Gene Autry1942 Call of the Canyon
as Gene Autry1942 Bells of Capistrano
as Gene Autry1942 Heart of the Rio Grande
as Gene Autry1942 Stardust on the Sage
as Gene Autry1942 Cowboy Serenade
as Gene Autry1942 Home in Wyomin'
as Gene Autry1941 Back in the Saddle
as Gene Autry1941 Sunset in Wyoming
as Gene Autry1941 Ridin' on a Rainbow
as Gene Autry1941 The Singing Hill
as Gene Autry1941 Down Mexico Way
as Gene Autry1941 Sierra Sue
as Gene Autry1941 Under Fiesta Stars
as Cornelius J. Courtney1940 Melody Ranch
as Gene Autry1940 Men with Steel Faces
as Gene Autry1940 Rodeo Dough
as Gene Autry1940 Gaucho Serenade
as Gene Autry1940 Carolina Moon
as Gene Autry1940 Rancho Grande
as Will Carson1940 Shooting High
as Gene Autry1940 Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride
as Gene Autry1939 Mountain Rhythm
as Gene Autry1939 Home on the Prairie
as Gene1939 In Old Monterey
as Gene Autry1939 Rovin' Tumbleweeds
as Gene Autry1939 South of the Border
as Gene Autry1939 Blue Montana Skies
as Gene Autry1939 Mexicali Rose
as Gene Autry1938 The Old Barn Dance
as Gene Autry1938 Man from Music Mountain
as Gene Autry1938 Gold Mine in the Sky
as Gene Autry1938 Prairie Moon
as Gene Autry1938 Rhythm of the Saddle
as Gene Autry1938 Western Jamboree
as Gene Autry1937 Boots and Saddles
as Gene Autry1937 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
as Helen Morgan1937 Public Cowboy No. 1
as Gene Autry1937 Round-Up Time in Texas
as Gene Autry1937 Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm
as Gene Autry1937 Git Along Little Dogies
as Gene Autry1937 Springtime in the Rockies
as Gene Autry1936 Guns and Guitars
as Sheriff Gene Autry1936 The Old Corral
as Gene Autry/Tom Ford1936 The Big Show
as Gene Autry1936 Comin' 'Round the Mountain
as Gene Autry1936 The Singing Cowboy
as Texas Ranger Gene Autry1936 Ride Ranger Ride
as Gene Autry1936 Red River Valley
as Gene Autry aka Tex Smith1936 Oh, Susanna
as Gene Autry1935 Tumbling Tumbleweeds
as Gene Autry1935 Melody Trail
as Gene Autry1935 The Phantom Empire
as Gene Autry1935 The Sagebrush Troubadour
as Captain Tex Autry1935 The Singing Vagabond
as Gene Autry1934 In Old Santa Fe
as Teamster Thomas (ch's 6-8) (uncredited)1934 Mystery Mountain

TV Shows/Series with Gene Autry as Actor(5)

Movies with Gene Autry as Crew(1)

Production/Executive Producer1949 Riders in the Sky

TV Shows/Series with Gene Autry as Crew(3)

Production/Producer1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr.
Production/Producer1951 The Range Rider
Production/Producer1950 The Gene Autry Show

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Orvon Grover Autry
Born: Sunday, 09/29 1907 (September) in Grayson County
Died: Friday, 10/02 1998 (October) in Studio City (aged: 91)
Zodiac sign: Libra (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Record Label: Columbia Records, Challenge Records
Spouses (current/former): Jackie Autry
Other names for Gene Autry (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Orvon Grover Autry"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:308636, Added: 08/13/2018, Last updated: 05/19/2019