America’s Favorite Cowboy

Gene Autry earned the nickname of “America’s Favorite Cowboy” when he starred in a series of Republic feature films playing a guitar and singing ballads in between fighting the bad guys. He made his debut in the 1934 film In Old Santa Fe.


In the 1950s, Gene Autry made a transition to the new medium of television with his own syndicated western series THE GENE AUTRY SHOW/CBS/1950-56 (produced by his own Flying A Production Company).

With his sidekick Pat Buttram, Gene rode the dusty trails of the Southwest on his horse Champion and helped those in distress. His theme song was “Back in the Saddle Again.”

In 1955, fifty-six of his old black and white western movies were repackaged into 60-minute format and syndicated to television by MCA-TV Syndication.

Gene Autry (Probably best known for singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”) died of Cancer on October 2, 1998 at the age of 91.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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