Carlos Alan Autry Jr. (also known for a period of 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 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 was hosting a radio news talk show on KYNO AM 940 in Fresno, but left the station in 2011.
|23rd Mayor of Fresno|
January 5, 2001 – January 6, 2009
|Preceded by||Jim Patterson|
|Succeeded by||Ashley Swearengin|
Carlos Alan Autry Jr.
July 31, 1952
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Vicky Brown (1980–1986; divorced); 1 child|
Kimberlee Autry (1994–present); 2 children
|Residence||Fresno, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||NFL football player, actor, radio host, politician|
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. They traveled around the valley living in migrant worker camps. When he was twelve, they settled in Riverdale, California.
In high school, he 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.
His football career ended quickly when he was cut from the team by then Coach Bart Starr. He then went to Hollywood to become an actor. 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.
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 his drug and alcohol use, according to an interview he did with Pat Robertson's The 700 Club in 2007.
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. 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.
- In the Heat of the Night (1988–95) as Officer/Sergeant/Lieutenant/Captain Bubba Skinner
- Grace Under Fire (1995–96) as Rick Bradshaw
- Style & Substance (1998) as Earl
- Sons of Thunder (1999) as Butch McMann
Guest starring rolesEdit
- Cheers- "The Boys in the Bar" (1983) as Tom Kenderson
- The Mississippi – "Murder at Mt. Parnassus" (1983)
- The A-Team
- "Labor Pains" (1983) as Gary Crenshaw
- "Quarterback Sneak" (1986) as Mike "The Hammer" Horn
- The Dukes of Hazzard
- "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Duke" (1984) as Hurley
- "10 Million Dollar Sheriff" (Parts 1&2) (1981) as Dawson [Credited as Carlos Brown]
- Hunter – "High Bleacher Man" (1984) as Whitey McVee
- Newhart – "Will the Real Dick Loudon Please Shut Up?" (1986) as Ed McKendrick
- St. Elsewhere – "Out on a Limb" (1986) as John Corzinsky
- The Facts of Life – "Peekskill Law" (1988) as Clark Darrin
- Hello, Larry – "The Final Papers" (1979) as Max [Credited as Carlos Brown]
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – "Gold Fever" (1982) as J.T. [Credited as Carlos Brown]
- Best of the West – "The Funeral" (1982) [Credited as Carlos Brown]
- Hart of Dixie (2015) – as Mayor Todd Gainey Sr. of rival town Fillmore, AL
- 26th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (1991) as Himself/Presenting
- George & Alana – (1995) as Himself (interview)
- 30th Annual Victor Awards (1996) as Himself/Presenting
- 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (1999) as Himself/Presenting
- Get Away Right Away Child Safety Video -(1999) as Himself/Host
- Billy Graham Central Valley Crusade – (2001) as Himself
- California 911 Memorial Video – (2001) as Himself (Master of Ceremonies)
- CNN'S Lou Dobbs Tonight – (6/2/05) as Himself (interview)
- Hannity & Colmes – (6/10/05) as Himself (interview)
- Praise the Lord
- (April 6, 2006) as Himself (interview)
- (January 2003) as Himself (interview)
- (March 2003) as Himself (interview)
- (March 2004) as Himself (Guest Host)
- Newshour with Jim Lehrer – (July 28, 2006) as Himself (interview)
- The 700 Club – (January 9, 2006) as Himself (interview)
Credited as Alan Autry
- Roadhouse 66 (1984) as Hoot
- O.C. and Stiggs (1985)
- Eagle and the Bear (1985)
- Brewster's Millions (1985) as Biff Brown
- Nomads (1986) as Olds
- House (1986) as Cop # 3
- Blue de Ville (1986) apms Sgt. Auggie Johnson
- At Close Range (1986) as Ernie
- Proud Men (1987) as Brian Winoon
- Destination America (1987) as Larry Leathergood
- Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987) as George
- World Gone Wild (1988) as Hank
- Street of Dreams (1988) as Maury Fields
- The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990) as Matt
- Intruders (1992) as Joe Wilkes
- The Legend of Jake Kincaid (2002) as Jake Kincaid
- Forgiven (2011) as Jake Kincaid
- Victory by Submission (2016) as Hank Hendricks
Credited as Carlos Brown
Autry was elected in 2000 to succeed Jim Patterson as the mayor of Fresno. He defeated former Mayor Dan Whitehurst. He was re-elected to a second term (2005-2009) on March 2, 2004 with more than 72 percent of the vote. He is Independent. 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 ProductionsEdit
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.
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, as well as many legends 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.
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.
|2000 Fresno mayoral election|
|Benjerman J. Raya||214||0.27|
|Alan Autry (incumbent)||48,744||72.53|
|Johnny W. Nelum, Sr.||2,348||3.49|
|Benjamin Junior Ra||2,389||4.54|
|Barbara Ann Hunt (write-in)||8||0.01|
- "Carlos Brown". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Leon, David (November 18, 2005). "Actor-turned-Fresno-mayor roots against old pal Carroll". usatoday.com. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
- The 700 Club – Alan Autry: A New Sheriff in Town, cbn.com; accessed July 20, 2016.
- "The Legend of Jake Kincaid (TV Movie 2002)". IMDB.
- "A Musical "Mississippi Moon" Shines for Two American Actors". Cybergrass.com. September 19, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
- "RESULTS OF MARCH 7, 2000 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION". Fresno County. April 4, 2000. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
- "RESULTS OF NOVEMBER 7, 2000 CONSOLIDATED GENERAL ELECTION". Fresno County. November 27, 2000. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
- "RESULTS FOR MARCH 2, 2004 CONSOLIDATED PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION Report". Fresno County. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
- Alan Autry at IMDb
- Alan Autry at AllMovie
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · Pro Football Reference
- Just Sports Stats
| 23rd Mayor of Fresno, California
January 2001 – January 6, 2009