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Alan Autry

  • Highest Rated: 87% At Close Range (1986)
  • Lowest Rated: 22% Nomads (1986)
  • Birthday: Jul 31, 1952
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Alan Autry is best known by television audiences for his portrayal of police officer Bubba Skinner on the series In the Heat of the Night. Born Carlos Brown in Shreveport, LA, he was raised in Riverdale, CA, and became a star athlete and football player at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1975 and spent two years as a second string quarterback for the team. In 1978, he joined the British Columbia Lions in the Canadian Football League, and that same year he made his acting debut (as Carlos Brown) in Remember My Name. In 1979, he appeared in a small role in North Dallas Forty, and he portrayed Slug in Popeye (1980). Still working under his given name, he appeared in series such as Best of the West, and he was first noticed in a serious way in movies in 1982, with his portrayal of Bowden, one of the doomed National Guardsmen, in Southern Comfort. By 1983, he was working as Alan Autry, and got guest roles in series such as The A-Team and Cheers. Finally, in 1988, Autry was chosen for the role of Sergeant (later Captain) Bubba Skinner in the series In the Heat of the Night -- his good looks, deep voice, and complex character, as a white Southerner who takes some time to get accustomed to the working methods of a black police detective (portrayed by Howard E. Rollins) from up north, made him stand out in the part, and Autry became one of the key members of the ensemble cast. Autry continued acting regularly after In the Heat of the Night concluded its run in the 1990s, until 2000, when he ran successfully for Mayor of Fresno, CA, and was elected to a four-year term, thus joining Clint Eastwood, Sonny Bono, Fred Thompson and Ronald Reagan in the ranks of actors elected to political office.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Forgiven Director Jake Kincaid Screenwriter Producer 2011
No Score Yet The Legend of Jake Kincaid Actor Director 2002
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along with Me Actor 1995
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: By Duty Bound Actor 1995
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice Actor 1994
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: Give Me Your Life Actor 1994
No Score Yet Intruders Joe Wilkes 1992
No Score Yet The Great Los Angeles Earthquake Matt Nichols 1990
No Score Yet World Gone Wild Hank 1988
No Score Yet Dangerous Company Donald Robinette 1988
No Score Yet Street of Dreams Actor 1988
No Score Yet O.C. and Stiggs Goon 1987
No Score Yet Proud Men Brian 1987
29% Amazing Grace and Chuck George 1987
87% At Close Range Ernie 1986
22% Nomads Olds 1986
62% House (Ding Dong, You're Dead) Cop 1986
No Score Yet Blue DeVille Sgt. Auggie Valentine 1986
36% Brewster's Millions Biff Brown 1985
No Score Yet Roadhouse 66 Hoot 1984
82% Southern Comfort Bowden 1981
60% Popeye Slug 1980
83% North Dallas Forty Balford 1979
75% Remember My Name Rusty 1978

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

81% Hart of Dixie
2011-2015
Mayor Gainey
  • 2014
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
Rick Bradshaw
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Clark
  • 1988
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Ed
  • 1986
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Mike "The Hammer" Horn Gary Crenshaw
  • 1986
  • 1983
No Score Yet Webster
1983-1989
Jack
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard
1979
Hurley
  • 1984
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Dawson Hurley
  • 1984
  • 1982
  • 1981
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Tom Kenderson
  • 1983
No Score Yet Hart of Dixie
Mayor Gainey
No Score Yet Sons of Thunder
1999
Butch McMann
33% Style & Substance
1998
Earl

QUOTES FROM Alan Autry CHARACTERS

Bowden
Well, I do what I do.