Gene Autry

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Birthday: Sep 29, 1907
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Gene Autry, the archetype of the guitar strumming, singing Hollywood cowboy, is one of American cinema's most beloved figures. Born Orvon Autry, his entry to showbiz has a story book quality. During the 1920s he was working as a telegraph operator when American folk hero Will Rogers overheard him singing and convinced him to give show business a try. By 1928 he was singing regularly on a small radio station. Three years later, he was starring in his own national radio show (The National Barn Dance) and making records for Columbia. He first made his mark in films starring roles in the 13-part Republic serial Phantom Empire (1935) and the movie Tumblin' Tumbleweeds (1935). Then he went on to make dozens of Westerns, usually with his famed horse Champion and his comic sidekick Smiley Burnette. He was the top Western star at the box office from 1937-42, and is the only Western actor ever to make the list of Hollywood's top ten attractions, an achievement attained in 1940, '41, and '42. His career was interrupted by service in World War II (he served as a flight officer), during which his place was supplanted at Republic by singing cowboy Roy Rogers. Between 1947 and 1954, now working for Columbia Pictures, Autry trailed behind Rogers as the second most popular western star. His films focus exclusively on action, with little romantic interest. Autry's special twist, though, was to pause from time to time for an easy-going song, creating a new genre of action films that is considered by film historians to constitute a revolution in B-movies (one that went on to have many imitators). As a recording artist, he had nine million-sellers; and as a songwriter, he penned 200 popular songs including the holiday classic "Here Comes Santa Claus." After 20 years as a singing cowboy, Autry retired from movies in 1954 to further his career as a highly successful businessman (among many other investments, he eventually bought the California Angels, a major league baseball team). However, he continued performing on television until the '60s. In 1978 he published his autobiography Back in the Saddle Again, titled after his signature song.

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No Score Yet Men with Steel Faces Actor 2011
No Score Yet Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King Actor 2003
No Score Yet Memories of Hollywood Actor 1990
No Score Yet Bad Girls in the Movies Actor 1986
No Score Yet Cowboys of the Saturday Matinee Actor 1984
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James Himself 1959
No Score Yet The Last of the Pony Riders Himself Producer 1953
No Score Yet Saginaw Trail Gene Autry 1953
No Score Yet Pack Train Himself 1953
No Score Yet Goldtown Ghost Riders Himself 1953
No Score Yet On Top of Old Smoky Himself 1953
No Score Yet Winning of the West Gene 1953
No Score Yet Barbed Wire Gene Autry 1952
No Score Yet Night Stage to Galveston Himself 1952
No Score Yet Apache Country Himself 1952
No Score Yet The Old West Himself 1952
No Score Yet Valley of Fire Gene Autry 1951
No Score Yet Hills of Utah Himself 1951
No Score Yet Cow Town Gene Autry 1950
No Score Yet The Blazing Sun Himself 1950
No Score Yet Mule Train Himself 1950
No Score Yet Beyond the Purple Hills Gene Autry 1950
No Score Yet Indian Territory Gene 1950
No Score Yet Riders in the Sky Gene 1949
No Score Yet The Big Sombrero Gene Autry 1949
No Score Yet Riders of the Whistling Pines Gene 1949
No Score Yet Rim of the Canyon Gene 1949
No Score Yet Texans Never Cry Actor 1949
No Score Yet Loaded Pistols Himself 1948
No Score Yet The Strawberry Roan Himself 1948
No Score Yet Saddle Pals Gene Autry 1947
No Score Yet Twilight on the Rio Grande Gene 1947
No Score Yet Trail to San Antone Gene Autry 1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Texas Gene 1947
No Score Yet Last Round-Up Himself 1947
No Score Yet Sioux City Sue Himself 1946
No Score Yet Cowboy Serenade Gene Autry 1942
No Score Yet Call of the Canyon Gene 1942
No Score Yet Stardust on the Sage Gene 1942
No Score Yet Bells of Capistrano Gene Autry 1942
No Score Yet Home in Wyomin' Gene Autry 1942
No Score Yet Heart of the Rio Grande Himself 1942
No Score Yet Sierra Sue Gene 1941
No Score Yet Sunset in Wyoming Gene Autry 1941
No Score Yet Back in the Saddle Gene 1941
No Score Yet Ridin' on a Rainbow Gene 1941
No Score Yet The Singing Hill Gene Autry 1941
No Score Yet Down Mexico Way Gene Autry 1941
No Score Yet Under Fiesta Stars Gene Autry 1941
No Score Yet Rodeo Dough Actor 1940
No Score Yet Ride Tenderfoot Ride Gene 1940
No Score Yet Carolina Moon Gene 1940
No Score Yet Melody Ranch Gene Autry 1940
No Score Yet Gaucho Serenade Gene 1940
No Score Yet Rancho Grande Gene 1940
No Score Yet Mountain Rhythm Gene 1939
No Score Yet Blue Montana Skies Gene Autry 1939
No Score Yet Rovin' Tumbleweeds Gene Autry 1939
No Score Yet Colorado Sunset Gene 1939
No Score Yet South of the Border Gene Autry 1939
No Score Yet Mexicali Rose Gene 1939
No Score Yet Western Jamboree Gene 1938
No Score Yet Rhythm of the Saddle Gene 1938
No Score Yet Prairie Moon Himself 1938
No Score Yet Man from Music Mountain Gene 1938
No Score Yet The Old Barn Dance Gene Autry 1938
No Score Yet Gold Mine in the Sky Gene 1938
No Score Yet Manhattan Merry-Go-Round Himself 1937
No Score Yet Springtime in the Rockies Gene Autry 1937
No Score Yet Boots and Saddles Gene Autry 1937
No Score Yet Public Cowboy No. 1 Autry 1937
No Score Yet Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge Gene Autry 1937
No Score Yet Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm Gene Autry 1937
No Score Yet Git Along Little Dogies Gene Autry 1937
No Score Yet Round-Up Time in Texas Gene Autry 1937
No Score Yet Oh, Susanna! Gene Autry aka Tex Smith 1937
No Score Yet The Old Corral Sheriff Gene Autry 1936
No Score Yet The Big Show Gene Autery / Tom Ford 1936
No Score Yet Ride, Ranger, Ride Gene 1936
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain Gene 1936
No Score Yet Man of the Frontier Gene Autry 1936
No Score Yet The Singing Cowboy Gene 1936
No Score Yet Guns and Guitars Gene 1936
No Score Yet The Cowboy Creed Actor 1936
No Score Yet Melody Trail Himself 1935
No Score Yet The Phantom Empire Gene Autry 1935
No Score Yet The Singing Vagabond Tex 1935
No Score Yet Tumbling Tumbleweeds Gene 1935
No Score Yet Sagebrush Troubadour Gene Autry 1935
No Score Yet Mystery Mountain Thomas 1934
No Score Yet In Old Santa Fe Gene - Guest Singer 1934

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