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GENE AUTRY

BIOGRAPHY
 
Gene Autry

An American actor, singer, songwriter.

Probably the first of the real western Cowboys to star and sing in films.

Famed for his singing and horse Champion.

Autry appeared in many B grade westerns. Included for many years on Forbes magazine's list of the 400 richest Americans, he slipped to their "near miss" category in 1995 with an estimated net worth of $320 million.

His interests in business were in Hotels and TV station
Record companies and publishing etc.

He co wrote many songs with Jimmy Long including SILVER HAIRED DADDY OF MINE selling over
four million copies.

Country Music Hall of Fame - 1969.

Gene Autry's death on October 2, 1998 came nearly three months after the death of another celebrated cowboy of the silver screen, radio, and TV, Roy Rogers.He was aged 91.

He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2004.
In 1972, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Discovered by film producer Nat Levine in 1934, he and Burnette made their film debut for Mascot Pictures Corp. in In Old Santa Fe as part of a singing cowboy quartet; he was then given the starring role by Levine in 1935 in the 12-part serial The Phantom Empire.

Shortly thereafter, Mascot was absorbed by the formation of Republic Pictures Corp. and Autry went along to make a further 44 films.

He retired from show business in 1964, having made almost a hundred films up to 1955 and over 600 records. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1969 and to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Post-retirement, he invested widely in real estate, radio and television, including purchasing from dying Republic Pictures the rights for films he had made for the company.

Included for many years on Forbes magazine's list of the 400 richest Americans, he slipped to their "near miss" category in 1995 with an estimated net worth of $320 million. Gene Autry died of lymphoma 3 days after his 91st birthday at his home in Studio City, California and is interred in the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

His death on October 2, 1998 came fewer than three months after the death of another celebrated cowboy of the silver screen, radio, and TV, Roy Rogers.



Hits included

"A Face I See at Evening"
"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine"
"The Last Roundup"
"Cowboy's Heaven"
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds"
"Mexicali Rose"
"Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle"
"Gold Mine in the Sky"
"South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)"
"Back in the Saddle Again" (1939)
"Be Honest With Me"
"Here Comes Santa Claus" (1947)
"Ghost Riders in the Sky" (1949)
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1949)
"Peter Cottontail" (1950)
"Frosty the Snow Man" (1950)
"Up on the Housetop"

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