Sturdy, Broad-shouldered Alan Autry was a former Green Bay Packer who decided, after three years of Sunday tackles, to go into acting, and has since put together a career that has included eight seaso...
Directed and starred in the film "The Legend of Jake Kincaid"; produced through his production company Dirt Road Productions
Made film debut in "Remember My Name" (credited as Carlos Brown)
Had a recurring role in the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire" as the title character's boyfriend
Elected Mayor of Fresno, CA (November)
Had small role in TV-movie "Blue de Ville"
Co-starred in feature "Amazing Grace and Chuck"
Appeared as Bubba on the sereis "In the Heat of the Night" (NBC, 1988-92; CBS, 1992-95) and subsequent TV-movies
Played professional football for the Green Bay Packers for three years
Re-elected for a second term for Mayor of Fresno, CA (March)
Moved to California with family as a child
Sturdy, Broad-shouldered Alan Autry was a former Green Bay Packer who decided, after three years of Sunday tackles, to go into acting, and has since put together a career that has included eight seasons on "In the Heat of the Night" (NBC, 1987-92; CBS, 1992-94) as Bubba Skinner, the police captain resistant to change. His character became more prominent as the series progressed and other actors fell by the wayside and he continued the portrayal into 1995 in the series of TV- movies NBC produced with the original cast.<p>The Louisiana native began his acting career in 1978 when Robert Altman cast him in the small role of Alfre Woodard's boyfriend in "Remember My Name". After breaking through, Autry took some time to study acting, and returned to the big screen as a football player in "North Dallas Forty" (1979) and in a small role in "Southern Comfort" (1981). Other features followed, including a turn in "Amazing Grace and Chuck" (1987) as a football player who gives up the game as a protest against nuclear proliferation.<p>Roles in TV-movies have been more fulfilling. Autry played a small role in "Blue de Ville" (NBC, 1986) and was a working class bloke in "Destination: America" (ABC, 1987). He appeared in the 1990 NBC miniseries "The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake," and was the husband of a confused Mare Winningham, who was convinced she had been abducted by aliens in "Intruders" (CBS, 1992) In 1996, Autry joined the cast of ABC's "Grace Under Fire" in the recurring role of Rick Bradshaw, a love interest for Brett Butler. He also has written several screenplays which have been optioned, but yet to be produced.
They have three children together
Divorced Autry's mother when he was one year old; reunited with his son, while Autry was on location in Shreveport for the film "Southern Comfort" (1981)
Divorced Autry's father when he was one year old; worked with second husband Joe Duty in the fields of California's San Joaquin Valley, planting and harvesting cotton, grapes and other crops