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Alan Autry
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23rd Mayor of Fresno
In office
January 5, 2001 – January 6, 2009
Preceded byJim Patterson
Succeeded byAshley Swearengin
Personal details
Born
Carlos Alan Autry Jr.

(1952-07-31) July 31, 1952 (age 69)
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Vicky Brown (1980–1986; divorced); 1 child
Kimberlee Autry (1994–present); 2 children
Residence(s)Fresno, California, U.S.
OccupationNFL football player, actor, radio host, politician

Carlos Alan Autry Jr. (also known for a time as Carlos Brown; born July 31, 1952), is an American actor, politician, and former National Football League player. During his brief football career, he was known as Carlos Brown. He played the role of Captain Bubba Skinner on the NBC (and later CBS) television series In the Heat of the Night, starring Carroll O'Connor. He has also appeared in films and other television shows. In November 2000, he was elected mayor of Fresno, California, and served for two four-year terms through January 2009. In 2008, Autry hosted a radio news talk show on KYNO AM 940 in Fresno, but left the station in 2011.

Early life

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Autry was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of Carl and Verna (née Brown) Autry. His name was changed to Carlos Brown when he was a year old, after his parents divorced. He worked alongside his mother and stepfather, Joe Duty, in California's San Joaquin Valley, where they planted and harvested cotton, grapes, and other crops, traveling around the valley living in migrant worker camps. When he was twelve, they settled in Riverdale, California.

Football career

In high school, Autry was a star quarterback for the Riverdale Cowboys. He received an athletic scholarship to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he was a second-string tight end in his senior year for the Tigers. In 1975, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, where he ended up in 1976, as the starting quarterback for three games.[1]

His football career ended quickly when he was cut from the team by then-coach Bart Starr. Autry then went to Hollywood to become an actor.[2] He made a football comeback attempt, playing for the B.C. Lions of the CFL in 1979 (as Carlos Brown). He was the third-string quarterback behind Joe Paopao and another ex-Green Bay Packer, Jerry Tagge.[3]

Acting career

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He made his film debut in the 1978 motion picture Remember My Name. He met his father, Carl Autry Sr., for the first time in 1982, while on location in Shreveport for the motion picture Southern Comfort, after he found Carl's name in the telephone book. Afterwards, he made the decision to return to his birth surname of Autry. During his acting years, he struggled with drug and alcohol use, according to an interview with Pat Robertson's The 700 Club in 2007.

Other

After nine years in Hollywood, he returned home and left his career. "I realized that God had moved in my life like never before. I really realized what God and the power of Jesus Christ was," he said on The 700 Club.[4] By 1986, he was divorced and became a born-again Christian and began to devote much of his time to working with charitable causes. He is married to his second wife, Kimberlee Autry; the couple has three children.[citation needed]

Filmography

Television

Starring roles
Guest-starring roles
Appearances

Films

Credited as Alan Autry

Credited as Carlos Brown

Politics

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Autry, an Independent, was elected in 2000 to succeed Jim Patterson as the mayor of Fresno, defeating former mayor Dan Whitehurst. He was elected to a second term (2005-2009) on March 2, 2004, with more than 72 percent of the vote. Because of term limits, he was ineligible to run for re-election. In November 2008, he endorsed Ashley Swearengin, who was elected to succeed him as mayor.

Dirt Road Productions

In 1997, Autry launched his own production company, Dirt Road Productions. In 2002, he released The Legend of Jake Kincaid, a western based on a story he wrote. He was also the director of this film.[5]

Music

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Autry and his In the Heat of the Night co-star Randall Franks joined forces under the banner of Autry-Franks Productions to produce the charity "In the Heat of the Night" CD Christmas Time's A Comin', featuring the cast of the show. The project raised funds for drug abuse prevention charities. With Franks producing, Autry performed his rendition of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" in homage to Gene Autry.

The duo both performed on "Jingle Bells" and "Christmas Time's A Comin'". Franks and Autry were able to include many music legends, including Kitty Wells, Jimmy Dickens, and Pee Wee King, and many from the bluegrass genre, from Jim & Jesse to The Lewis Family. The Christmas Time's A Comin' CD, released on Sonlite and MGM/UA, was one of the most popular Christmas releases of 1991 and 1992 with Southern retailers.[citation needed]

Autry and Randall Franks formed Autry-Franks Productions. Crimson Records released Alan Autry and Randall Franks Mississippi Moon: Country Traditions in 2013, an Americana CD featuring both actors vocally on various classic and original songs. The project, which incorporates country, bluegrass and Southern gospel, includes special appearances by Bluegrass Hall of Fame members Jim and Jesse McReynolds and three-time Dove Award nominee Mark Wheeler.[6]

Electoral history

2000 Fresno mayoral election[7][8]
Candidate First round Runoff
Votes % Votes %
Alan Autry 22,951 28.75 66,555 61.23
Dan Whitehurst 22,177 27.78 41,920 38.57
Chris Mathys 10,503 13.16
Garry Bredefeld 10,029 12.56
Daniel Ronquillo 7,929 9.93
Sal Quintero 5,046 6.32
Chris Petersen 699 0.88
Benjerman J. Raya 214 0.27
Michael Eagles 203 0.25
Write-ins 86 0.11 214 0.20
Total 79,837 100 108,689 100
2004 Fresno mayoral election[9]
Candidate Votes %
Alan Autry (incumbent) 48,744 72.53
Sue Saigal 13,904 20.69
Johnny W. Nelum, Sr. 2,348 3.49
Benjamin Junior Ra 2,389 4.54
Tony Farmer 813 1.21
Barbara Ann Hunt (write-in) 8 0.01
Other write-ins 225 0.33
Total votes 67,201

References

  1. ^ "Carlos Brown". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  2. ^ Leon, David (November 18, 2005). "Actor-turned-Fresno-mayor roots against old pal Carroll". usatoday.com. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.footballdb.com/teams/cfl/british-columbia-lions/alltime-roster?letter=B
  4. ^ The 700 Club – Alan Autry: A New Sheriff in Town, cbn.com; accessed July 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Legend of Jake Kincaid (TV Movie 2002)". IMDB.
  6. ^ "A Musical "Mississippi Moon" Shines for Two American Actors". Cybergrass.com. September 19, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  7. ^ "RESULTS OF MARCH 7, 2000 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION". Fresno County. April 4, 2000. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "RESULTS OF NOVEMBER 7, 2000 CONSOLIDATED GENERAL ELECTION". Fresno County. November 27, 2000. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "RESULTS FOR MARCH 2, 2004 CONSOLIDATED PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION Report". Fresno County. Retrieved September 30, 2019.

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Political offices Preceded byJim Patterson 23rd Mayor of Fresno, California January 2001 – January 6, 2009 Succeeded byAshley Swearengin