Gene Autry (1907-1998)
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia
U.S. actor, singer, and entrepreneur. He made his debut on a local radio show in Oklahoma in 1928 and hosted his own program on WLS in Chicago from 1931. His first film, In Old Santa Fe (1934), launched his career as a cowboy actor. Known as the “Singing Cowboy,” he starred in 18 movies, ending with Alias Jesse James (1959). His recordings, including “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949), sold millions of copies. The televised Gene Autry Show ran from 1950 to 1954. In 1960 he became the owner of the Los Angeles Angels (now Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) baseball team.