Levon Helm

Actor, Musician, Singer
A much-loved figure in American music, Levon Helm was a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose Arkansas upbringing lent a genuine country feel to his work with The Band, which included the seminal songs "The Weight" and ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1942 in Marvell, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

In the Electric Mist 2009 (Movie)

General John Bell Hood (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Shooter 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Rate (Actor)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

Old Man With the Radio (Actor)

Lightning in a Bottle 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bob Dylan: The American Troubadour 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Sebastian Cole 1999 (Movie)

Juvie Bob (Actor)

The Mississippi: River of Song 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Fire Down Below 1997 (Movie)

Reverend Goodall (Actor)

Feeling Minnesota 1996 (Movie)

Bible Salesman (Actor)

Great Drives 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Band 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Staying Together 1989 (Movie)

Denny Stockton (Actor)

Elvis '56 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

End of the Line 1987 (Movie)

Leo Pickett (Actor)

Man Outside 1987 (Movie)

Sheriff Leland Laughlin (Actor)

Folk/Rock Crossroads 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Smooth Talk 1986 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Best Revenge 1983 (Movie)

Bo (Actor)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Jack Ridley (Actor)

Live From the Lone Star 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 (Movie)

Ted Webb (Actor)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

The Band Member (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Dollmaker (TV Show)

Actor
Music (6)

4th Annual VH1 Honors 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song

Fire Down Below 1997 (Movie)

("Stormhouse") (Song)

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

("Life Is a Carnival") (Song)

Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 (Movie)

("Blue Moon of Kentucky") (Song Performer)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

bassist (Music)

Biography

A much-loved figure in American music, Levon Helm was a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose Arkansas upbringing lent a genuine country feel to his work with The Band, which included the seminal songs "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek. " He began playing music in his teens, eventually joining rockabilly veteran Ronnie Hawkins in the Hawks, who enjoyed a pair of modest hits in the early 1960s. Helm and his fellow Hawks Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson eventually formed their own group, which became The Band, Bob Dylan's one-time backing band during his conversion to rock-n-roll in the mid-1960s. The Band eventually established themselves as a formidable music entity apart from Dylan through a series of acclaimed albums that merged country, rock, blues and folk and laid the groundwork for what would eventually become known as Americana. When The Band split in 1976, Helm released solo efforts while enjoying a successful second career as an actor in "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980), among other films. In 1996, he was struck with throat cancer, which robbed him of his voice; he began organizing informal shows at his home in Woodstock that attracted major musicians to serve as his sidemen. The return of his distinctive voice preceded three Grammy-winning solo albums, but by 2012, the cancer had returned, eventually claiming his life in April of that year. His death robbed American music of one of its most enthusiastic and indomitable talents.

Relationships

Sandra Dodd

Wife
Met in 1974 Married Sept. 7, 1981

Nell Helm

Father

Amy Helm

Daughter
Mother, Libby Titus

Diamond Helm

Mother

Linda Helm Krapf

Sister
Directed and produced the documentary "Woven Ways" (2008)

Libby Titus

Companion
Mother of Amy Helm

Milestones

2011

Released live album Ramble at the Ryman, recorded during a 2008 performance in Nashville

2008

The Band honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award

2007

Landed minor role in "Shooter" opposite Mark Wahlberg

2005

Cast as a destitute blind man in crime drama "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," directed by Tommy Lee Jones

1998

The Band released tenth and final studio album Jubilation in celebration of its 30th anniversary

1996

Played a Bible salesman in "Feeling Minnesota"

1994

The Band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Helm did not attend

1993

Released autobiography This Wheel's on Fire – Levon Helm and the Story of The Band

1990

Made guest appearance on NBC drama series "Midnight Caller"

1987

Narrated the Cinemax documentary "Elvis '56"

1984

TV-movie debut, "The Dollmaker" (ABC)

1982

Made episodic TV debut on "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (CBS)

1980

Feature acting debut, playing Loretta Lynn's father in "Coal Miner's Daughter"; also credited as song performer; first screen collaboration with Tommy Lee Jones

1978

Made onscreen feature debut in Martin Scorsese's documentary "The Last Waltz"

1977

Released solo debut album Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars

1976

The Band played final concert at Winterland in San Francisco, CA; concert filmed by Martin Scorsese for documentary "The Last Waltz"

1968

The Band released self-titled sophomore album; included signature songs such as "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

1968

Formed roots rock group The Band; released debut album Music from Big Pink

1967

Rejoined Dylan's band; recorded several demos and practice sessions, which were compiled and released as The Basement Tapes (1975)

1965

Levon and the Hawks hired by Bob Dylan to perform in his electrified band and help change his sound

1964

Performed and recorded with singer John Hammond Jr.

1963

With Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, left Hawkins' Hawks and formed own group variously billed as Levon and the Hawks and The Canadian Squires

1958

Performed with rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins' band The Hawks

Briefly left band after reported disagreement with Dylan; spent hiatus working on off-shore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico

Raised in Marvell, AR

Bonus Trivia

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Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 1990s after suffering hoarseness.

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