A star quarterback in high school, Autry won a college scholarship and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Quickly cut from the team, he made his way to Hollywood to be an actor, starring in films and television. From to , Autry served as mayor of Fresno, California, and afterward returned to film, acting and producing.
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Though not Hispanic, Autry's parents named him "Carlos" after a Louisiana politician admired by his father. The couple soon divorced, however, and Autry's mother took him to be with her family in central California. Carlos Autry now became Carlos Brown. Autry played sports in high school and earned a scholarship to the University of the Pacific where he played quarterback and then tight end on the football team. He attracted attention in the football draft and wound up playing for the Green Bay Packers. He started three games as quarterback but his efforts were disappointing and coach Bart Starr cut him from the team in Autry then moved into acting and played small parts in North Dallas Forty and Popeye under the name "Carlos Brown". While filming Southern Comfort in Louisiana in , he again made contact with his father and afterwards decided to change his name back to Autry.
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