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Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 24, 1900
SpouseGigi Austin, LouCeil Hudson, Doris Sherrell, Agnes Austin, Kathryn Arnold
FactHe was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6332 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Gene Austin (born February 26, 1900, in Gainesville, Texas, United States – died December 24, 1972, in Beverly Hills, California, United States) was an American singer and songwriter, one of the first “crooners”. His 1920s recordings sold millions of copies and brought him international fame. His most popular song was “My Blue Heaven” (1927).

Early Life

Austin was born in Gainesville, Texas, to Emma (née Manlove) and Charles Austin. His parents divorced when he was a child, and his mother moved to California. Austin was raised by his grandparents in Sherman, Texas. He attended local schools and then the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied law.


Austin began his musical career as a songwriter. In 1918, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a singer and pianist in nightclubs. He made his first recordings for the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1919. His first hit song was “My Blue Heaven” (1927). Austin’s other popular songs included “When My Sugar Walks Down the Street” (1928) and “The Lonesome Road” (1930).

In the early 1930s, Austin toured Europe and Asia with great success. He continued to make records and tour throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1950s, he appeared on television and in nightclubs. He also made several films, including The Gene Austin Story (1957).

Austin retired from performing in the early 1960s but continued to make occasional appearances. He died in 1972 at the age of 72.

Net Worth

Austin’s net worth was estimated to be $5 million at the time of his death.


In 1926, Austin married actress Kathryn Crawford. The couple divorced in 1930. Austin married his second wife, actress Tamara Drasin, in 1934. The couple divorced in 1940. Austin married his third wife, actress Carol Haney, in 1943. The couple divorced in 1949.

Physical Characteristics

Austin was 6 feet (1.83 m) tall and weighed 160 pounds (73 kg).

General Info

Full NameGene Austin
Date Of BirthJune 24, 1900
Place Of BirthGainesville, Texas, United States
ProfessionActor, Singer, Author, Songwriter


SpouseGigi Austin, LouCeil Hudson, Doris Sherrell, Agnes Austin, Kathryn Arnold
ChildrenAnn Austin, Charlotte Austin
ParentsNova Lucas, Serena Belle Harrell


AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame
MoviesMy Little Chickadee, Songs and Saddles

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1He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6332 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2Father of actress Charlotte Austin



To Scale2012Documentary short performer: "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking" / writer: "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking" completed
Boardwalk Empire2014TV Series performer - 2 episodes
J. Edgar2011performer: "My Blue Heaven"
The Marty Stuart Show2011TV Series 1 episode
Beginners2010performer: "Everything's Made for Love You Know I Know"
Get Low2009performer: "My Blue Heaven" 1924
Crazy2008/IIwriter: "Lonesome Road"
The Green Mile1999performer: "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking"
Wild Man Blues1997Documentary lyrics: "Lonesome Road"
Carried Away1996performer: "I'D BE IN MEMPHIS"
Fried Green Tomatoes1991performer: "My Blue Heaven"
California Split1974writer: "Lonesome Road" - uncredited
Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing1968TV Movie lyrics: "Lonesome Road" - uncredited
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Gomer Pyle: USMC1967TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan ShowTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1957 - 1965 lyrics - 1 episode, 1962
The Andy Griffith Show1963TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Here's Edie1962TV Movie writer: "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" - uncredited
Peter Gunn1960TV Series writer - 1 episode
Make Room for Daddy1959TV Series writer - 1 episode
At the Movies1959TV Movie lyrics: "The Lonesome Road" - uncredited
Country Style, U.S.A.1959TV Series short lyrics - 1 episode
The Big Record1958TV Series writer - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1958TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Frank Sinatra Show1957TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Cha-Cha-Cha Boom!1956lyrics: "Lonesome Road"
Three for the Show1955lyrics: "How Come you Do Me Like You Do" / music: "How Come you Do Me Like You Do"
The Strawberry Roan1948writer: "The Angel Song When the Angels turn the lights on in Heaven", "Can't Shake the Sands of Texas From My Shoes"
Girl Time1947Short writer: "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" - uncredited
That's the Spirit1945writer: "How Come You Do Me Like You Do?"
Follow the Leader1944performer: "Now and Then" / writer: "Now and Then"
Moon Over Las Vegas1944performer: "You, Marvelous You", "My Blue Heaven" / writer: "You, Marvelous You"
The Lonesome Road1941Short lyrics: "The Lonesome Road"
Songs and Saddles1938performer: "Song of the Saddle", "I'm Comin' Home", "I Fell Down and Broke My Heart", "Why Can't I Be Your Sweetheart Tonight?", "The Man From Texas" / writer: "Song of the Saddle", "I'm Comin' Home", "I Fell Down and Broke My Heart", "Why Can't I Be Your Sweetheart Tonight?", "The Man From Texas"
Trailing Along1937Short performer: "Melojive"
Make Way for Tomorrow1937writer: "When a St. Louis Woman Comes Down to New Orleans" 1934 - uncredited
Klondike Annie1936writer: "Cheer Up, Little Sister", "It's Better to Give Than to Receive", "I'm an Occidental Woman in an Oriental Mood for Love", "Mister Deep Blue Sea", "Little Bar Butterfly"
Gift of Gab1934performer: "Blue Sky Avenue" - uncredited
Sadie McKee1934performer: "After You've Gone" 1918, "How Dry I Am", "Home, Sweet Home" 1823 - uncredited
Show Boat1929lyrics: "The Lonesome Road" 1927 - uncredited


Follow the Leader1944Singer Gene Austin
Moon Over Las Vegas1944Singer Gene Austin
My Little Chickadee1940Saloon Musician
Songs and Saddles1938Gene Austin
Trailing Along1937ShortOrchestra Leader
Bad Medicine1936ShortSinger
Klondike Annie1936Organist
Night Life1935Short
Ferry-Go-Round1934ShortGene Austin
Belle of the Nineties1934St. Louis Crooner
Gift of Gab1934Radio Artist (as Gene Austin with Candy and Coco)
Sadie McKee1934Cafe Entertainer


Off the Record1958TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Big Record1957TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Shower of Stars1955-1956TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself
Penthouse Party1951TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Hollywood Bound1947Edited from: Ferry-Go-Round

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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