Yes, they are 1st cousins-once-removed. Alan Autry has a radio show on KYNO am. On Monday March 2, 2009 one of his guests asked if they were related. Alan said that he was told as a child that he was related to Gene. He did not know how or if it was true. When he was on In the Heat of the Night he received a phone call from someone in Gene's office. Gene wanted to know if they were related. Alan told them he did not know. Gene hired a genealogist to look into it and found that Alan's paternal grandfather and Gene's dad were brother's. Alan did not know much about his family history because he was raised by his mother Verna and stepfather. He did not meet his real dad Carl Autry until he was 28.