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Below you will find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about Gene Autry. Please click here if you do not find the answers you are looking for.

1. Was Gene married, and did he have children?

2. Is Alan Autry Gene's son?

3. Did Gene Autry have any Native American heritage?

4. When did Gene Autry die, and where is he buried?

5. Is Gene Autry's recording of the children's Christmas song
Poppy The Puppy on CD?


6. Where can I buy the book Back In The Saddle Again?

7. I have a Gene Autry record/poster/sheet music and want to know
the value of it.


8. Did any movie have both Gene Autry and Roy Rogers?

9. How did Gene Autry, Oklahoma, get its name?

10. Who was Gene Autry's Sidekick?

11. How do I contact the Autry National Center's Museum Store?

12. I want to visit the Autry National Center. When are they open? What does it cost? How do I get there?

13. Why aren't the Flying A Pictures television series Range Rider, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, Jr. and The Adventures of Champion on DVD or television?

14. How tall was Gene Autry?

15. What professional baseball team did Gene Autry own?

16. What was the name of the Gene Autry's singing group?

17. Gene Autry has all five stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. What are they and where are they located?

1.

Was Gene married, and did he have children?

Gene was married to Ina Mae Autry for forty-eight years until she passed away. They had no children. Gene married his second wife, Jacqueline Autry, in 1981, and they were married for nineteen years until Gene's death on October 2, 1998. They were two very lucky ladies, and he was one very special gentleman. top

2.

Is Alan Autry Gene's son?

Gene Autry did not have any children. Alan Autry – former pro-football player, actor, and two-term Mayor of Fresno, California (2001-2009) – is not directly related to Gene. He is, however, a part of one of the branches of the Autry Family Tree going back several generations. Gene and Alan met several times and enjoyed each other's company. Alan is a good friend of the Autry Office. Visit Alan Autry's website here. top

3.

Did Gene Autry have any Native American heritage?

From the information we have, Gene's mother's grandmother (her father's mother) was a Mississippi Choctaw - thus the Native American connection. top

4.

When did Gene Autry die, and where is he buried?

Gene Autry died at his home in Studio City, California, on October 2, 1998, due to complications from cancer. He was 91 years old. Gene is buried at Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills. top

5.

Is Gene Autry's recording of the children's Christmas song
Poppy The Puppy on CD?

You are not alone in your quest for the wonderful Gene Autry Christmas tune, Poppy The Puppy. It is our most requested Gene Autry recording and is now available on CD, for the first time ever! Please visit our album information page on Gene Autry: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings for the full details on this September 2004 release. top

6.

Where can I buy the book Back In The Saddle Again?

This autobiography by Gene Autry with Mickey Herskowitz, released by Doubleday, is out of print. To find a copy we advise visiting rare bookstores and flea markets. top

7.

I have a Gene Autry record/poster/sheet music and want to know
the value of it.

Neither Gene Autry Entertainment nor the Autry National Center provide appraisals of Gene Autry Collectables. Your best bet is to contact collectors' stores, flea markets, and auction houses, or visit online sites and see what the going prices or auctions are for such items. We also recommend the various collectors' magazines and publications for prices and market interest. top

8.

Did any movie have both Gene Autry and Roy Rogers?

Gene and Roy were in The Old Corral (Roy as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers), The Big Show (Roy as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers), and Roy is credited as the square dance caller in The Old Barn Dance, but we can't see him on the screen! top

9.

How did Gene Autry, Oklahoma, get its name?

Here is a brief history of Gene Autry, Oklahoma: In 1941 Gene Autry purchased a ranch for his rodeo stock on the west edge of the town of Berwyn, Oklahoma. The town petitioned to have their name changed to Gene Autry, Oklahoma. Prominent citizen Cecil Crosby spearheaded the campaign and the eligible voters of the community overwhelmingly supported his idea. Once officially approved, the name change took place on Sunday, November 16, 1941. Gene attended the big celebration and, in fact, broadcast his Melody Ranch Radio Show from the town on that very special day.

The Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum is located in the town's former school building, which has been refurbished. A gentleman named Elvin Sweeten owns and runs this museum, and he does an outstanding job. Although Gene did not found this museum, nor does it have an affiliation with the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, California, he was always very supportive of the Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum and thought highly of Elvin.

If your travels take you to Oklahoma, we recommend that you visit the Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum. Its hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Every year at the end of September the museum has a wonderful festival in honor of Gene Autry and the other cowboys. It's always a fun event, lasting several days. Please visit the official Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum website at www.cow-boy.com/museum.htm for more details or see our Places Special to Gene Autry page. top

10.

Who was Gene Autry's Sidekick?

Several talented actors provided comic relief in Gene Autry's films, radio shows, and television shows. Smiley Burnette was Gene's movie sidekick in 50 Republic Pictures and 7 Columbia Pictures movies. He also appeared on several of Gene's pre-war Melody Ranch Radio Shows. Pat Buttram was Gene's sidekick beginning in the late 1940s. Pat appeared in 17 Columbia Pictures films as Gene's sidekick. In the late 1940s Pat was also on Gene Melody Ranch Radio Show. He was in 83 television episodes of The Gene Autry Show. Both Smiley and Pat toured with Gene for personal appearances and rodeos. Check out Boyd Magers' book Gene Autry Westerns for the list of sidekicks and comic relief actors and their movies. top

11.

How do I contact the Autry National Center's Museum Store?

For information the Museum Store such as phone number, email, and hours of operation please see our Museum Store page here. top

12.

I want to visit the Autry National Center. When are they open? What does it cost? How do I get there?

Please visit the Autry National Center's Visitors Information page here. top

13.

Why aren't the Flying A Pictures television series Range Rider, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, Jr. and The Adventures of Champion on DVD or television?

Gene Autry sold the rights to these programs in the 1970s and no longer owns them. Last time we checked, the Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc. owns the programs and you'd have to contact them. Send them a letter at Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc., 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. If you get an answer, let us know! top

14.

How tall was Gene Autry?

Gene Autry's height was 5 feet 9 inches per the 1949 Flight Officer Paperwork we have in our files. top

15.

What professional baseball team did Gene Autry own?

Gene Autry's great love for baseball prompted him to acquire the American League California Angels in 1961. Active in Major League Baseball, Gene held the title of Vice President of the American League until his death in 1998. Mrs. Autry is happy to continue this tradition by serving as Honorary President of the American League. Of course, during the baseball season, she can be found in the Autry Suite with her guests rooting the Angels to another Championship. Read more about Gene Autry and baseball here. top

16.

What was the name of the Gene Autry's singing group?

Before World War II, Gene Autry sang with a variety of singing groups in his movies, on his radio shows, and on record. After the war, the Cass County Boys were Gene's back up band in the movies and television shows, on radio, on record and at personal appearances.

We currently do not have specific information on the Cass County Boys on the website. Information on them can be found in the books Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry and Gene Autry Westerns.

Hear the Cass County Boys on these CDs: Gene Autry with the Legendary Singing Groups of the West and The Gene Autry Show: The Complete 1950s Television Recordings. top

17.

Gene Autry has all five stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. What are they and where are they located?

Visit our Places Special to Gene Autry – Hollywood,California for the answer to this question.

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