Loudon Wainwright III

Musician, Actor, Singer
In the early 1970s, spirited singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III was named one of the New Dylans, a moniker he never lived up to in terms of commercial success, though his many albums won him a number of devoted ... Read more »
Born: 09/04/1946

Filmography

Actor (22)

Austin City Limits 1974 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sleepwalk with Me 2012 (Movie)

Uncle Max (Actor)

G-Force 2009 (Movie)

Grandpa Goodman (Actor)

Parks and Recreation 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knocked Up 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Howard (Actor)

The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

According to Jim 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

Uncle Dale (Actor)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Cocoanut Grove Vocalist #2 (Actor)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

Beamen (Actor)

Grounded For Life 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Undeclared 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

28 Days 2000 (Movie)

Guitar Guy (Actor)

The Labor Day Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jacknife 1989 (Movie)

Ferretti (Actor)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1975 (Tv Show)

Actor
Music (9)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("Days That We Die") (Song Performer)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("Days That We Die") (Song)

Knocked Up 2007 (Movie)

("Grey In L.A.") (Song Performer)

Knocked Up 2007 (Movie)

("Grey In L.A.") (Song)

Knocked Up 2007 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

("After You've Gone") (Song Performer)

28 Days 2000 (Movie)

("Heaven and Mud" "The Drinking Song" "White Winos" "Dreaming") (Song Performer)

28 Days 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

In the early 1970s, spirited singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III was named one of the New Dylans, a moniker he never lived up to in terms of commercial success, though his many albums won him a number of devoted fans. The father of popular contemporary singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and the son of famed Life Magazine editor Loudon Wainwright, Jr., Wainwright shared his father's way with words, penning lyric-driven songs both topical and deeply personal, marked by his biting wit and incisive point of view. In 1972 he had a novelty hit with the silly "Dead Skunk", a track off of his third album and first Columbia release.

Relationships

Teddy Wainwright

Sister

Ritamarie Kelly

Companion
mother of Wainwright's daughter Alexandra

Kate McGarrigle

Wife
Canadian with sister Anna, made up the folk duo Kate & Anna McGarrigle mother of Martha and Rufus divorced in 1978

Suzzy Roche

Companion
member of the folk trio The Roches mother of Wainwright's daughter Lucy

Loudon Wainwright

Father
famed for work for Life Magazine died in 1988

Martha Wainwright

Mother
born c. 1923 died in 1997

Alexandra Wainwright

Daughter
mother, Ritamarie Kelly

Lucy Wainwright

Daughter
mother, Suzzy Roche

Martha Wainwright

Daughter
born in 1976 mother, Kate McGarrigle

Rufus Wainwright

Son
born on July 22, 1974 mother, Kate McGarrigle openly gay

Sloan Wainwright

Sister
younger

EDUCATION

St. Andrew's School

Middletown , Delaware 1961 - 1965
boarding school

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1965 - 1967
dropped out to move west

Milestones

2005

Played the Priest in Judd Apatow's "The 40 Year Old Virgin"

2005

Played Orlando Bloom's Uncle Dale in Cameron Crowe's drama "Elizabethtown"

2003

Cast in Tim Burton's "Big Fish"

2001

Released the album "Last Man on Earth" to critical praise

2001

Played Hal, the ever-present father of freshman Steven (Jay Baruchel), on the Fox college-set sitcom "Undeclared"

2000

Appeared in the rehab comedy-drama "28 Days"

1986

Second Grammy nomination, "More Love Songs"

1985

Album "I'm Alright" garnered a Grammy nomination

1985

Featured in Hal Ashby's "The Slugger's Wife"

1974

Appeared on episodes of the CBS series "M*A*S*H" as a singing surgeon

1972

Had a hit with his song "Dead Skunk"

1969

Released debut album

1968

Signed to Atlantic Records

1967

Dropped out of Carnegie Mellon and headed to San Francisco

Was a musical commentator on NPR, writing and performing several original and topical songs, collected on his 1999 release "Social Studies"

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm a TV dad! This is what it's all been leading up to. That music thing is for suckers." --Wainwright to the Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2001.

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"Undeclared" creator Judd Apatow on casting the singer-songwriter: "I've been listening to him since I was about 11 or 12. As I becamse interested in being a writer and comedian, he was a big influence on me. What I loved is the way he can be really funny and, at the same time, he can be brutal and painful. His music helped me through a lot of difficult times. It was good to see someone laughing through his pain."Hiring Loudon was a shortcut for me to having an original character instead of having to think one up. But as I've said to other people, if the only purpose this show serves is introducing a few more people to Loudon's music, then it'll be a success." --quoted in Los Angeles Times , September 25, 2001.

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Wainwright on competing with his son, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright: "It's Freudian for him; it comes with the territory. If I compete with anyone, it's with my contemporaries, like Randy Newman or Tom Waits. And I guess one reason I don't listen to more of their music is that I'm jealous. I'm hacked off that they sell more records than I do." --quoted in The New York Times, October 14, 2001.

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