Dwight Yoakam

Singer, Actor, Director
Hailed as a "new traditionalist" who helped re-claim country music from its homogenized decline in the 1980s, platinum-selling musician and songwriter Dwight Yoakam eventually brought his hillbilly swagger to screens ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1956 in Pikesville, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (113)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

3-Way 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Country Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

CMT Artists of the Year 2013 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Two: Thirteen 2014 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

Under The Dome: Inside Chester's Mill 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Narrator

Under the Dome 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Performer

Wilfred 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bloodworth 2011 (Movie)

Boyd Bloodworth (Actor)

Dirty Girl 2011 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

The Last Rites of Ransom Pride 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Crank: High Voltage 2009 (Movie)

Doc Miles (Actor)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

Pastor Phil (Actor)

The 41st Annual CMA Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Crank 2006 (Movie)

Doc Miles (Actor)

I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Bandidas 2005 (Movie)

Jackson (Actor)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

Sheriff Frank Belmont (Actor)

Wedding Crashers 2005 (Movie)

Mr. Kroeger (Actor)

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

Leroy Wasley (Actor)

Crossover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Panic Room 2002 (Movie)

Raoul (Actor)

The 2001 Radio Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual CMA Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Country 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 34th Annual CMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellen 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Merle Haggard: For the Record 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

Valentine Casey (Actor)

The Making of Ride With Bob 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dwight's Video Bio 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Front Row Center 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Minus Man 1999 (Movie)

Blair (Actor)

U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Miller Remembered 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Newton Boys 1998 (Movie)

Brent Glasscock (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

CMT Presents: The Kings Covers 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Music in Movies '96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Look Back 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Gone Dwight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Ole Opry Musical Salute to Minnie Pearl 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Live From the House of Blues 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sling Blade 1996 (Movie)

Doyle Hargraves (Actor)

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Painted Hero 1995 (Movie)

Virgil Kidder (Actor)

Sounds of Summer Preview '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Rock West 1994 (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

The Little Death 1994 (Movie)

Bobby Lomax (Actor)

A Tribute to the Singing Cowboy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

America Comes to Graceland 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Music City News Country Songwriters Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Academy of Country Music's Greatest Hits 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sounds of Summer 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dwight Yoakam in Concert 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1991 Billboard Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Legends Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Living Legends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is VH1 Country 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Hank Williams Tradition (TV Show)

Narrator

Roswell (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

Performer

When Trumpets Fade (TV Show)

Actor
Music (32)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

("Santa Claus Is Back In Town") (Song Performer)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 (Movie)

"I'll Pretend" (Song Performer)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 (Movie)

"I'll Pretend" (Song)

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

("Stop The World (And Let Me Off)") (Song Performer)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

("Crazy Little Thing Called Love") (Song Performer)

Big Eden 2001 (Movie)

("A Thousand Miles from Nowhere" "Send a Message to My Heart") (Song Performer)

Big Eden 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Lawn Dogs 1998 (Movie)

("A Thousand Miles from Nowhere") (Song Performer)

Lawn Dogs 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

The Negotiator 1998 (Movie)

("Doin' What I Did") (Song Performer)

The Negotiator 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Chasers 1994 (Movie)

("Doin' What I Did" "1000 Miles From Nowhere" "Guitars, Cadillacs") (Song Performer)

Chasers 1994 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Chasers 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994 (Movie)

("Let's Work Together") (Song Performer)

Wild West 1993 (Movie)

("Honky Tonk Man") (Song Performer)

Wild West 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Wild West 1993 (Movie)

song composer("Guitars and Cadillacs") (Composer)

Falling From Grace 1992 (Movie)

("Common Day Man") (Song Performer)

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

("Suspicious Minds") (Song Performer)

White Sands 1992 (Movie)

("The Heart That You Own") (Song Performer)

White Sands 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Dutch 1991 (Movie)

("Guitars Cadillacs") (Song Performer)

Dutch 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

("Guitars, Cadillacs") (Song Performer)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

In Country 1989 (Movie)

("Honky Tonk Man") (Song Performer)
Writer (2)

South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

(From Story)

South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Waking Up in Reno 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Hailed as a "new traditionalist" who helped re-claim country music from its homogenized decline in the 1980s, platinum-selling musician and songwriter Dwight Yoakam eventually brought his hillbilly swagger to screens big and small with a steady string of often villainous character roles. The singer's tendency to lurk mysteriously in a half-moon shadow beneath a low cowboy hat led to his initial casting as no-nonsense rednecks in Western-set dramas like John Dahl's "Red Rock West" (1993). After Yoakam's acclaimed role in Billy Bob Thornton's "Sling Blade" (1996) exposed sizeable talent, he landed a wider range of opportunities in mainstream fare like the Harrison Ford vehicle "Hollywood Homicide" (2003), Richard Linklater's period heist "The Newton Boys" (1998), and the high-octane "Crank" films (2006, 2009). Yoakam continually won the respect of music critics for his lasting career built on a classic honkytonk foundation, while his often deliciously creepy screen performances evolved into a status above the average musician-turned-actor.

Relationships

David Yoakam

Father

Ruth Ann Yoakam

Mother

Ronald Yoakam

Brother

Kimberly Yoakam

Sister

Karen Duffy Actor

Companion
no longer together

Bridget Fonda Actor

Companion
Began dating fall 1998 No longer together

Sharon Stone Actor

Companion
Stone reportedly said "A dirt sandwich is better than Dwight Yoakam" after their fling

EDUCATION

Ohio State University

Columbus , Ohio

Ohio State University

Columbus , Ohio

Los Angeles Community College

Los Angeles , California

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2003

Appeared in a small role in the action-comedy "Hollywood Homicide"

2002

Served as a producer on the road picture-comedy "Waking Up in Reno", featuring Billy Bob Thornton

2002

Played one of a trio menacing a woman and a child while searching for missing money in "Panic Room"

2000

Feature directorial debut, "South of Heaven, West of Hell"; also co-wrote script

1998

Had featured role in "The Newton Boys"

1996

Breakthrough screen role, "Sling Blade", directed by Billy Bob Thornton

1995

First leading role in a feature, "Painted Hero"

1994

TV-movie acting debut, "Roswell" (Showtime)

1993

Stage acting debut, "Southern Rapture", directed by Peter Fonda

1993

Made feature acting debut in John Dahl's "Red Rock West"

1992

Headlined own special "Dwight Yoakam in Concert" on The Nashville Network

1991

TV acting debut, guest appearance on the short-lived series "P.S. I Luv You"; had played himself in the pilot for the series

1986

Released debut album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc."

1984

Released first recording, an EP titled "A Town SOuth of Bakersfield"; based on airplay in L.A., was signed by Reprise Records

1965

Reportedly wrote his first song at age nine, "How Far Is Heaven", inspired by news coverage of the Vietnam War (date approximate)

1962

Learned to play guitar at age six (date approximate)

With Anderson, moved to L.A.

Moved to Nashville in the late 1970s; met Pete Anderson

Born in Kentucky

While in high school, formed first bands

Raised in Columbus, Ohio

Bonus Trivia

.

Yoakam started a country western line of clothes, DY Ranchwear.

.

He has a dance move, The Dwight, named for him.

.

"At this point in my life, it's a means of escape from being me. I'm famous for being me. Music is much more directly connected to an everyday side of me--a literal side of me--whereas acting allows me to escape into subliminal aspects of myself and to create a whole new living character." --Dwight Yoakam in the press material for "Sling Blade"

SIMILAR ARTICLES