Carlos Alan Autry (born July 31, 1952) is an American actor, politician, and former National Football League (NFL) football player. During his brief football career, Autry was known as Carlos Brown. He is best known for his role as Captain Bubba Skinner on the television series In the Heat of the Night; he also has been in numerous movies and other television shows. In November 2000, he was elected mayor of Fresno, California, serving for two 4-year terms, through January 2009. As of September 2008, Autry had been hosting a radio news talk show on KYNO 940 AM in Fresno. Autry left his duties as host of the news talk show in the spring of 2011.
Autry was born Carlos Alan Autry in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of Carl Autry and Verna Brown. His name was changed to Carlos Brown when he was a year old, after his parents divorced. Alan Autry is not directly related to famous western actor Gene Autry. He is, however, a part of one of the branches of the Autry family tree going back several generations. He worked alongside his mother and stepfather Joe Duty in the fields of California's San Joaquin Valley, planting and harvesting cotton, grapes and other crops. They travelled around the valley living in worker camps. When he was 12, they settled in Riverdale, California...
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