Gene Autry Overview:

Legendary actor, Gene Autry, was born Orvon Grover Autry on Sep 29, 1907 in Near Tioga, TX. Autry died at the age of 91 on Oct 2, 1998 in Studio City, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Genial, stocky cowboy star who turned out second-feature westerns for 20 years. As with Roy Rogers, his films mixed action with song and he was one of the top moneymakers in Hollywood films in the early war years. Usually seen with horse Champion, he became a wealthy businessman in later times. Once said: "I'm no great actor and I'm no great rider and I'm no great singer. But whatever it is I'm doing, they like it." Remarried in 1981 after his first wife died.

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Although Autry was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1941Best Music - SongRidin' on a Rainbow (1941)N/ANominated

He was honored with five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Recording, Radio, Motion Pictures, Television and Live Performance. Gene Autry's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #89 on Dec 23, 1949. In addition, Autry was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 2010.

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By Rick29 on Dec 9, 2013 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Classic TV Western fans can rejoice that Timeless Media has released all five seasons of The Show in a deluxe boxed set. A shrewd businessman, Autry saw the potential of television in 1950 and launched his TV series while still making his popular "B" Westerns for theatrical release. The h... Read full article

By Art on Sep 29, 2011 From Classic Cinema Gold

was born Orvon Grover Autry on September 29, 1907 in Tioga, Texas. Autry was an American composer, songwriter, actor, author, and businessman. He gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television for more than three decades beginning in the 1930s. A... Read full article

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Gene Autry Quotes:

[as Autry predicted, the Commanches attack the supply train]
Rufe Jones: What do you think of your treaty now, Colonel?
Col. Summerall: You were right, Autry, but remember you're still under sentence to be shot!
Texas Ranger Gene Autry: Looks like we may be shot without sentence.

Gene Autry: If you walk out now, you'll ruin the valley. Everybody will lose their homes, farms. You'll get your money! Baxter's arranging for a loan now and he'll be here to tell you himself.

Joyce Halloway: There ought to be a law against road hogs like you!
Gene Autry: Yeah, and there ought to be a law against women driving down the road at 100 miles an hour.
Joyce Halloway: Don't you dare tell me how fast I was going, I was only going 45.
Gene Autry: A hundred!
Joyce Halloway: Forty- five!
Gene Autry: A hundred!
Joyce Halloway: Forty-five!
Gene Autry: A hundred!
Patsy Halloway: You were doing eighty!
Gene Autry: Hooray! I finally won an arguement with a woman!

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During World War II, when he left Republic Pictures to join the U.S. Army, he was the only officer allowed to wear cowboy boots with his uniform.

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 19-22. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Gene did a lot work with preserving artifacts of the "Old West", including many Indian relics, and had a museum containing many of these articles.

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