Music / Gene Autry

The Singing Cowboy and Star of The Gene Autry Show, Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 October 2, 1998) was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. He worked as an actual cowboy in his early life, and had playing and singing gigs dating from The Twenties onward.

Autry also acted in several Westerns, both on TV and in the movies, and was the original owner of the Major League Baseball team now known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Tropes present in his work and life:

  • Ace Pilot: He volunteered for the Army during World War II and, being a licensed pilot, served with the Air Corps. While he was assigned to a transport rather than a combat unit, his missions nevertheless took him over the dangerous "Hump" route across the Himalayas between India and China, over which many planes were lost to accidents and Japanese interceptors.
  • Christmas Songs: He was the original performer of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman."
  • Serial Escalation: The only performer ever to have all five possible stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, namely Film, Television, Radio, Musical Recording, and Other (referring to his performances as a trick rider on the rodeo circuit).