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Alan Autry

Highest Rated:   88% Southern Comfort (1981)
Lowest Rated:   13% Nomads (1986)
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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 Street of Dreams
  • Actor
2012
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 O.C. and Stiggs
  • Goon
1987
No Score Yet Proud Men
  • Brian
1987
29% Amazing Grace and Chuck
  • George
1987
86% At Close Range
  • Ernie
1986
13% Nomads
  • Olds
1986
50% 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
88% Southern Comfort
  • Bowden
1981
59% Popeye
  • Slug
1980
87% North Dallas Forty
  • Balford
1979
75% Remember My Name
  • Rusty
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet 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 The Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
  • Hurley
  • 1984
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • 1983
No Score Yet Hart of Dixie
  • Mayor Gainey

Quotes from Alan Autry's Characters