Gene Autry is probably best remembered for as being the “singing cowboy”. His movie credits include Riders in the Sky, The Big Sombrero, and Ridin’ on a Rainbow. Autry won an Oscar in 1942 for Best Music, Original Song for the song “Be Honest With Me” from the movie Ridin’ on a Rainbow“. As any true cowboy, Autry was born in Tioga, Texas in 1907. By 1929 he had earned the nickname “the Yodeling Cowboy” and was starring in his first film in 1934. He quickly rose to fame in the musical western. In a poll taken in 1940, Autry ranked 4th in box office draw after Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy. Later in life he moved to the small screen.
He made the transition effectively, producing and starring in 91 episodes of The Gene Autry Show. Autry is the only movie star to have 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television, and Live Theatre/ performance. Autry died in his home in 1998 of lymphoma.