Mel Tillis

Though his off-stage persona hinged on a broadly comic presence that often poked good-natured fun at his trademark vocal stutter, Mel Tillis possessed serious talents as both a singer and songwriter in the country vein ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1932 in Dover, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Beer for My Horses 2008 (Movie)

Bob the Plumber (Actor)

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

Actor

Palo Pinto Gold 2007 (Movie)

Storyteller #2 (Actor)

The 33rd Annual Country Music Association Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

CMA 40th: A Celebration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Memories: Grand Ole Opry Stars of the Fifties 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Miller Remembered 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Riders Radio Theater: The Television Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Music: The Roots of Country 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Ralph Emery: On the Record With Mel 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Music City News Country Songwriters Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Host

Music City News Country Songwriters Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Opryland's Country Christmas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Day in the Life of Country Music 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Remembering Patsy Cline 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Spangled Branson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Evening With the Statler Brothers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The Real Patsy Kline 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Music Legends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

The World's Funniest Commercial Goofs 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Uphill All the Way 1986 (Movie)

Booger Skaggs (Actor)

The Dukes of Hazzard 1978 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Mel (Actor)

Country Galaxy of Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Little Special in Texas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Comes Home 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Fifty Years of Country Music 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cannonball Run 1981 (Movie)

Mel (Actor)

The Dean Martin Christmas Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stockers 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Skinflint 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

Fairground Owner (Actor)

Lucy Comes to Nashville 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Villain 1979 (Movie)

Telegraph Agent (Actor)

Mel and Susan Together 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Music Hit Parade 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Reynolds' Late Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

W. W. and the Dixie Dancekings 1973 (Movie)

Gas Station Attendant (Actor)

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 1967 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Bandit: Bandit Goes Country (TV Show)

Actor

Country Gold (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Music City (TV Show)

Actor
Music (19)

No Escape 2015 (Movie)

("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town") (Song)

Dallas Buyers Club 2013 (Movie)

("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town") (Song)

The Runway 2012 (Movie)

("Bop‐A‐Lena") (Song)

Beer for My Horses 2008 (Movie)

("Burning Memories") (Song Performer)

Beer for My Horses 2008 (Movie)

("Burning Memories") (Song)

Expired 2008 (Movie)

("Emotions") (Song)

An Everlasting Piece 2000 (Movie)

("Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town") (Song)

Viva Las Nowhere 2000 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

A Life Less Ordinary 1997 (Movie)

("Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town") (Song)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

("Detroit City") (Song)

Music City News Country Songwriters Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

("I Ain't Never") (Song)

Pure Country 1992 (Movie)

("Thoughts of a Fool") (Song)

Hamburger Hill 1987 (Movie)

("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town") (Song)

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

("You'll Come Back (You Always Do)") (Song Performer)

Fort Apache, the Bronx 1981 (Movie)

("Steppin' Out") (Song Performer)

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

("Here's Lookin' at You") (Song Performer)

The Villain 1979 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Every Which Way But Loose 1978 (Movie)

("Send Me Down to Tucson") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Uphill All the Way 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Though his off-stage persona hinged on a broadly comic presence that often poked good-natured fun at his trademark vocal stutter, Mel Tillis possessed serious talents as both a singer and songwriter in the country vein, racking up six No. 1 singles and a slew of Top 10 hits over the course of a five-decade career. He found initial success in the late 1950s, penning songs for country stars like Webb Pierce and Ray Price before launching his own recording career. But it would be another decade before he would strike gold with his own music, beginning in 1972 with the chart-topping "I Ain't Never." More hits, including "Neon Rose" and "Heart Healer," helped to make Tillis one of the most popular country performers of the 1970s, a status that parlayed into a modest acting career in features and television. Though his singing career waned in the late 1980s, Tillis retained his golden touch as a songwriter and concert attraction well into the new millennium. His induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and receipt of the National Medal of the Arts underscored his status as one of country music's most accomplished talents.

Milestones

Popular songs include "Good Woman Blues" and "I Ain't Never".

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