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Gene Autry

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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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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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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