Gene Autry


September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998

  • The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
  • He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
  • He must always tell the truth.
  • He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
  • He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
  • He must help people in distress.
  • He must be a good worker.
  • He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
  • He must respect women, parents, and his nation’s laws.
  • The Cowboy is a patriot.

Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code. Replace the words “The Cowboy” with “Gene Autry” and you begin to get the picture of what kind of man he was.  If that’s not enough, his headstone clarifies it with the following list:

  • American Hero
  • Philanthropist
  • Patriot and Veteran
  • Movie Star
  • Singer
  • Composer
  • Baseball Fan and Owner
  • 33rd Degree Mason
  • Media Entrepreneur
  • Loving Husband
  • Gentleman

So, there you have it. Gene Autry was awesome. He also wrote some of the most famous Christmas songs of all time just for good measure.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Sheltering Hills, Grave 1048; To the right (southwest) as you enter the park, Gene’s lawn grave is 6 rows in front of and 5 spaces to the left of a white statue with the name “WONG” on it.



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