Photo of Gene Autry Gene Autry

Born in the plains of Tioga, Texas, on Sept. 29, 1907, Orvon Gene Autry was working as a railroad telegrapher in Oklahoma when Will Rogers reportedly heard him sing and urged him to pursue a career in music.

After carving out a successful career in radio with his soothing tenor voice, Autry eventually debuted as Hollywood's first real "singing cowboy," playing himself in Ken Maynard's In Old Santa Fe (1934) and starring in a string of B Westerns with his trusty horse, Champion, and his sidekick, Smiley Burnette, throughout the 1930s and '40s.

After serving in World War II, he starred in The Last Round-Up (1947) and The Strawberry Roan (1948) before moving to television with "The Gene Autry Show" (1950-56) and retiring in 1956. A lifelong collector of Western memorabilia, Autry died on Oct. 2, 1998, 10 years after establishing the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum in Los Angeles.

Gene Autry in The Lone Ranger: Lost Episodes

The Lone Ranger: Lost Episodes and Rare Footage

2013 NR

The Lone Ranger rides again in this compilation of lost episodes and rare footage. You'll see rare episodes, classic commercials, television promos, vintage theatrical trailers and more. Also includes highlights of the extremely rare lost serial of 1938 Starring Lee Powell in the first live motion-picture adaptation of The Lone Ranger.

  • Gene Autry in Tumbling Tumbleweeds Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: The Singing Hill Gene Autry Collection: The Singing Hill
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: The Big Sombrero Gene Autry Collection: The Big Sombrero
  • Gene Autry in Alias Jesse James Alias Jesse James
  • Gene Autry in The Sagebrush Troubadour The Sagebrush Troubadour
  • Gene Autry in The Old Corral The Old Corral
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Mexicali Rose Gene Autry Collection: Mexicali Rose
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Bells of Capistrano Gene Autry Collection: Bells of Capistrano
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry: Texans Never Cry Gene Autry: Texans Never Cry
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry: Last of the Pony Riders Gene Autry: Last of the Pony Riders
  • Gene Autry in The Phantom Empire The Phantom Empire
  • Gene Autry in The Big Show The Big Show
  • Gene Autry in Round-Up Time in Texas Round-Up Time in Texas
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry: Gold Mine in the Sky Gene Autry: Gold Mine in the Sky
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: In Old Monterey Gene Autry Collection: In Old Monterey
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Colorado Sunset Gene Autry Collection: Colorado Sunset
  • Gene Autry in Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Down Mexico Way Gene Autry Collection: Down Mexico Way
  • Gene Autry in Heart of the Rio Grande Heart of the Rio Grande
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Sioux City Sue Gene Autry Collection: Sioux City Sue
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: The Strawberry Roan Gene Autry Collection: The Strawberry Roan
  • Gene Autry in Riders in the Sky Riders in the Sky
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Sons of New Mexico Gene Autry Collection: Sons of New Mexico
  • Gene Autry in Riders of the Whistling Pines Riders of the Whistling Pines
  • Gene Autry in Melody Ranch Melody Ranch
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Cow Town Gene Autry Collection: Cow Town
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry: Indian Territory Gene Autry: Indian Territory
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry: Beyond the Purple Hills Gene Autry: Beyond the Purple Hills
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Mule Train Gene Autry Collection: Mule Train
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Whirlwind Gene Autry Collection: Whirlwind
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Silver Canyon Gene Autry Collection: Silver Canyon
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry: Blue Canadian Rockies Gene Autry: Blue Canadian Rockies
  • Gene Autry in Gene Autry Collection: Wagon Team Gene Autry Collection: Wagon Team
  • Gene Autry in Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King