Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, and rodeo performer who gained fame largely by singing in a crooning style on radio, in films, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Autry was the owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997. From 1934 to 1953, Autry appeared in 93 films, and between 1950 and 1956 hosted The Gene Autry Show television series.

His singing cowboy films were the first vehicle to carry country music to a national audience. In addition to his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again", and his hit "At Mail Call Today", Autry is still remembered for his Christmas holiday songs, most especially his biggest hit "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as well as "Frosty the Snowman", "Up On the Housetop" and "Here Comes Santa Claus" which he also co-wrote.

Autry was a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was the only person to be awarded stars in all five categories on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for film, television, music, radio, and live performance.

Christmas filmography


Production Year Song Position(s)
The Year Without a Santa Claus 1974 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey 1977 "Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey" Writer
WKRP in Cincinnati: "Jennifer's Home for Christmas" 1979 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
A Chipmunk Christmas 1981 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
A Smoky Mountain Christmas 1986 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Singer
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas 1997 "Here Comes Santa Claus"
The Simpsons: "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
Futurama: "Xmas Story" 1999 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
Saturday Night Live Christmas "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
The Simpsons: "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" 2003 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Music
The Polar Express 2004 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
Malcolm in the Middle: "Hal's Christmas Gift" "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
Las Vegas: "White Christmas" 2006 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer
Fred Claus 2007 Writer
The Christmas Chronicles 2018 "Here Comes Santa Claus" Writer

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