Autry National Center

Entertainer Gene Autry

left side

left side

1934; serial number 355121
Owner: entertainer Gene Autry
Inscribed: Gene Autry
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
Engraver: Orville J. Kuhl
Donated by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center
88.181.1

Gene Autry, "America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy," is the only entertainer to have all five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for radio, recording, motion pictures, television, and live performance. Autry’s custom-made Single Action Army was carried during personal appearance tours. Besides his revolver, he toured with another custom-made 45, a Martin D45 guitar, the first such guitar ever made. Autry was an astute businessman with a vast media and real estate empire. Determined to give back to the community, Jackie and Gene Autry, along with their dear friends Joanne and Monte Hale, founded the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, now the Autry National Center, in 1988.


  • right side

    right side
  • inscription on backstrap

    inscription on backstrap
  • cylinder detail

    cylinder detail

  • multiple objects

    multiple objects
  • Movie poster for Boots and Saddles (1937) starring Gene Autry

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  • Gene Autry’s other 45, the first Martin D45 guitar, made in 1933

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  • Publicity photograph of entertainer Gene Autry

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Author

Jeffrey Richardson
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Web Development

Gary Cannone

Electronic Cataloging and Imaging

Marilyn Kim, Vlasta Radan, Carmel France, Rebecca Menendez, David Benitez, Susan Eisenstein

Editor

Marlene Head

Special Thanks

Greg Martin, R. L. Wilson

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