Gene Autry

Gene Autry


8/29/1907, Near Tioga, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Orvon Gene Autry



Also Known As

Johnny Dodds, Bob Clayton
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Gene graduated from Ravia High School in 1925. He worked as a railroad apprentice and telegraph operator during high school. It is said that Gene was working in a telegraph office in 1926 and playing his guitar to pass the time when Will Rogers walked in to send…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Gene was once the owner of the Los Angeles Angels.

    • Gene started singing in his grandfather's church choir at the young age of 5.

    • Gene was once offered a minor-league contract with the St.Louis Cardinals.

    • Gene Autry is the only person to ever be award all five stars on the Hollywood Walk of fame. Recipient can be honored for: motion Pictures, television, radio, recording, and/or live theatre.

    • Apart from stunt doubles, there were no fewer than seven equine actors portraying Gene Autry's beloved Champion, the Wonder Horse, and four of them were not official but rather were employed for their specific talents (everything from being amenable to personal appearances to hula-dancing and jumping through rings of fire). The three who officially appeared in Autry's works were The Original Champion, Champion Jr. and Television Champion. All the Champions were sorrel, some lighter or darker than others, and all had a thick or thin version of the famous Champion white blaze from forehoead to nose. As one unit, "Champion" received his own fan mail, sometimes thousands of letters per month!

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