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Smiley Burnette (1911–1967)

Smiley worked on a local radio station and in Vaudeville after high school. Always interested in music, he was friends with Gene Autry and worked with him on the radio show "The National Barn Dance". When Westerns became a big draw with sound, the studios were always on the lookout for singing cowboys. In 1934, both Gene and Smiley made their ... See full bio »

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Petticoat Junction
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 1952 Junction City
 1952 The Hawk of Wild River
Smiley Burnette
 1948 Phantom Valley
Smiley Burnette
 1944 Screen Snapshots Series 24, No. 4 (Short)
Smiley Burnette
 1937 Meet the Boy Friend
Band Leader
 1937 Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge
Colonel Millhouse
 1937 Larceny on the Air
 1936 A Man Betrayed
 1936 The Border Patrolman
Chuck Owens (as 'Smiley' Burnette)
 1936 Undersea Kingdom
Briny Deep
 1936 Hearts in Bondage
Rammer (uncredited)
 1936 Doughnuts and Society
Mover #2
 1935 Hitch Hike Lady
Singer (uncredited)
 1935 The Cheyenne Tornado
Singer Over Credits (uncredited)
 1935 Waterfront Lady
 1935 Harmony Lane
Singer (uncredited)
 1935 Lightning Triggers
Singer Over Opening Credits (uncredited)
 1935 The Kids in the Shoe (Short)
Kid (singing voice, uncredited)
 1935 The Phantom Empire
Oscar (as Lester 'Smiley' Burnett)
 1935 Arizona Bad Man
Credits Singer (uncredited)
 1934 In Old Santa Fe
Accordionist-Singer (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (140 credits)
Show Show Music department (10 credits)
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Show Show Self (6 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (11 credits)

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Other Works:

Single: "Lazy Locomotive" / "That Long White Line" (Abbott Records) See more »

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Alternate Names:

Lester 'Smiley' Burnett | 'Smiley' Burnette | George 'Smiley' Burnette | Lester 'Smiley' Burnette

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He and his wife adopted four children: Steven Burnett, Linda Burnette, Brian Burnette and Carolyn Burnette. Steven's daughter is Liz Burnette. See more »


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