Neil Young

Singer, Musician, Composer
Canadian-born rock star Neil Young burst upon the music scene in 1967 as the primary creative force behind the seminal folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield. Although Steven Stills' counterculture anthem "For What It's ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1945 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Music (81)

Joy 2015 (Movie)

("Expecting To Fly") (Song)

Ricki and the Flash 2015 (Movie)

("For The Turnstiles") (Song)

The Big Short 2015 (Movie)

("Rockin' In The Free World") (Song)

The Big Short 2015 (Movie)

("Rockin' In The Free World") (Song Performer)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

("Harvest") (Song)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

("Harvest") (Song Performer)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

("Old Man") (Song)

Daydream Nation 2011 (Movie)

("Expecting To Fly") (Song)

We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

("Cinnamon Girl") (Song)

We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

("Cinnamon Girl") (Song Performer)

Due Date 2010 (Movie)

("Old Man (Live At Massey Hall)") (Song)

Due Date 2010 (Movie)

("Old Man (Live At Massey Hall)") (Song Performer)

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

("Heart Of Gold") (Song)

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

("Heart Of Gold") (Song Performer)

Leap Year 2010 (Movie)

("Only Love Can Break Your Heart") (Song)

CSNY: Deja Vu 2008 (Movie)

Guitars (Music)

CSNY: Deja Vu 2008 (Movie)

Producer(Redwood Digital) (Music Producer)

CSNY: Deja Vu 2008 (Movie)

(Original Score)

CSNY: Deja Vu 2008 (Movie)

("Living With War Theme") (Song)

CSNY: Deja Vu 2008 (Movie)

("What Are Their Names?") (Song Performer)

My Blueberry Nights 2008 (Movie)

("Harvest Moon") (Song)

Rachel Getting Married 2008 (Movie)

("Unknown Legend") (Song)

Away From Her 2007 (Movie)

("Harvest Moon") (Song)

Away From Her 2007 (Movie)

("Harvest Moon") (Song Performer)

Neil Young: Heart of Gold 2006 (Movie)

(Music)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

("Rockin' In The Free World") (Song)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

("Rockin' In The Free World") (Song Performer)

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

(Performer)

Skins 2002 (Movie)

("Goin' Home") (Song)

Skins 2002 (Movie)

("Goin' Home") (Song Performer)

Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel 2001 (Movie)

("Needle and the Damage Done") (Song Performer)

Shallow Hal 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Shallow Hal 2001 (Movie)

("After the Gold Rush") (Song Performer)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

("Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" "Cortez the Killer") (Song Performer)

Beau Travail 2000 (Movie)

("Safeway Cart") (Song Performer)

Jesus' Son 2000 (Movie)

("Cowgirl in the Sand") (Song Performer)

Neil Young: Silver & Gold Concert 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

Neil Young: Silver & Gold Concert 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

("Old Man") (Song Performer)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

("Don't Let It Bring You Down") (Song)

Big Daddy 1999 (Movie)

("Only Love Can Break Your Heart") (Song)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

("Expecting to Fly") (Song)

Karaoke Verite 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Karaoke Verite 1998 (Movie)

("My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)") (Song Performer)

The Year of the Horse 1997 (Movie)

(Composer)

The Year of the Horse 1997 (Movie)

guitar/vocals (Music)

The Year of the Horse 1997 (Movie)

song/song performer("F#!@in Up" "Slip Away" "Barstool Blues" "Stupid Girl" "Big Time" "Tonight's the Night" "Sedan Delivery" "Like a Hurricane" "Music Arcade") (Song)

Dead Man 1996 (Movie)

music composer and performer (Music)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

("World On a Sting") (Song Performer)

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

("After the Gold Rush") (Song)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

("Philadelphia") (Song Performer)

American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince 1990 (Movie)

("Time Fades Away") (Song Performer)

Hearts of Fire 1990 (Movie)

(Song)

Hearts of Fire 1990 (Movie)

("Cinnamon Girl") (Song Performer)

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

songs("We've Never Danced" "I Am a Child" "Mr. Soul") (Song)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

("Hey Hey My My") (Song)

Purple Haze 1983 (Movie)

("Expecting to Fly") (Song)

Out of the Blue 1982 (Movie)

("My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)") (Song)

Out of the Blue 1982 (Movie)

("Thrasher") (Song Performer)

Human Highway 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Human Highway 1981 (Movie)

(Performer)

Where the Buffalo Roam 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Hardcore 1979 (Movie)

("Helpless") (Song)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

("Expecting to Fly") (Song)

Rust Never Sleeps 1978 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Rust Never Sleeps 1978 (Movie)

("Sugar Mountain" "I Am a Child" "Comes a Time" "After the Goldrush" "Thrasher" "The Needle and the Damage Done" "My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" "When You Dance I Can Really Love You" "The Loner" "Welfare Mothers" "Lotta Love" "Sedan Delivery" "Powderfi (Song Performer)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

("Helpless") (Song Performer)

Shampoo 1975 (Movie)

("Hell, Mr Soul") (Song)

The Strawberry Statement 1970 (Movie)

("Helpless" "The Loner "Down By The River") (Song)

The Strawberry Statement 1970 (Movie)

("The Loner" "Down By The River) (Song Performer)

The Executioner's Song (TV Show)

Song
Actor (57)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Muddy Track 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Sound City 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Neil Young Journeys 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Daily Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Neil Young Trunk Show: Scenes From a Concert 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Union 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Neil Young: Heart of Gold 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

ReAct Now: Music & Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2005 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

Wayne Newton (Actor)

Soundstage 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid '99 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Young: Silver & Gold Concert 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid '98 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Class of '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid 97 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dolly Parton: Treasures 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid 96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid: Hope From the Heartland 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Year of the Horse 1997 (Movie)

Guitar & Vocals (Actor)

Farm Aid: 10th Anniversary Concert 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996 (Movie)

Boar Man (Actor)

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

Actor

The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

Center Stage 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Love at Large 1990 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

'68 1988 (Movie)

Westy (Actor)

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Human Highway 1981 (Movie)

Lionel Switch (Actor)

Rust Never Sleeps 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Journey Through the Past 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Celebration at Big Sur 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (6)

Muddy Track 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

CSNY: Deja Vu 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Human Highway 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Rust Never Sleeps 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Journey Through the Past 1973 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (6)

Neil Young Journeys 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Neil Young Trunk Show: Scenes From a Concert 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Neil Young: Heart of Gold 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wing Commander 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

The Year of the Horse 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (4)

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

(from album) (Source Material)

Human Highway 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Journey Through the Past 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Greendale 2004 (Movie)

(Photography)
Editor (1)

Rust Never Sleeps 1978 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Canadian-born rock star Neil Young burst upon the music scene in 1967 as the primary creative force behind the seminal folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield. Although Steven Stills' counterculture anthem "For What It's Worth" earned the band nationwide fame, Young drew the most attention for his idiosyncratic style and high-energy guitar playing. Possessing a distinctively haunting, thin tenor voice, Young wrote the signature songs "Mr. Soul" and "Broken Arrow" (which he still performs in his live shows) for their second album "Buffalo Springfield Again" (1967). Following the breakup of the band, he released his debut LP "Neil Young" (1969) but found far greater success with his second solo effort, the platinum "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" (1969), recorded in two weeks with his new back-up band Crazy Horse (Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina). He joined David Crosby, Steven Stills and Graham Nash's supergroup in time to appear at the historic Woodstock festival. His most memorable composition for CSN&Y, "Ohio," written in response to the Kent State killings, came out as a single in 1970.

Relationships

Daryl Hannah Actor

Girlfriend
Relationship goes public.

Carrie Snodgress Actor

Companion
Together in the late 1960s and early 70s mother of Zeke Young

Scott Young

Father
Wrote the book, Neil & Me (1984) about his relationship with his rock star son divorced from Young's mother in 1960 died in 2005

Pegi Young

Wife
Married in the mid-1970s mother of Young's two younger children

Edna Young

Mother
Divorced from Young's father in 1960 supported Young's musical endeavors, helping his early band Neil Young & the Squires get bookings died in 1990

Amber Young

Daughter
Born in 1984 with inherited epilepsy mother, Pegi Morton

Ben Young

Son
Born with severe cerebral palsy mother, Pegi Morton

Zeke Young

Son
Born Sept. 8, 1972 with cerebral palsy mother, Carrie Snodgress

Milestones

2010

Earned three Grammy nominations for the album, Le Noise, including Best Rock Album

2009

Released the album, Fork in the Road; earned a Grammy nomination for the title track

2006

Released the album, Living With War; reunited with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young for the supporting "Freedom Of Speech Tour '06"; Young directed "CSNY Déjà Vu," a concert film of the tour

2006

The live premiere of Prairie Wind in Nashville was immortalized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the film, "Neil Young: Heart of Gold"

2005

Wrote and recorded the album, Prairie Wind, in Nashville; earned two Grammy nominations

2002

Released the rock opera, "Greendale," with Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina; the project also resulted in a movie written and directed by Neil Young using his 'Bernard Shakey' pseudonym

2000

Toured the United States and Canada with Crosby, Stills and Nash for "Looking Forward"

1997

Released the album, Year of the Horse; also appeared in the Jim Jarmusch directed concert documentary of same name about Neil and the band

1996

Provided soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man"

1996

Cast as Boar Man, one of the beast-people resulting from gene-splicing, in John Frankenheimer's "The Island of Dr. Moreau"

1995

Collaborated with Pearl Jam on the live-in-the-studio album, Mirror Ball and a tour of Europe

1993

Wrote and performed the title track for Jonathan Demme's "Philadelphia"; received an Oscar nomination

1990

Played non-rocking role of Rick in "Love at Large"

1990

Reunited with Crazy Horse, recording the platinum-selling album, Ragged Glory

1989

Released the single "Rockin' in the Free World" from the album, Freedom

1988

Reunited with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the album, American Dream

1987

Had a cameo as a truck driver in "Made in Heaven"

1987

Portrayed Westy, a cycle shop owner in "'68"

1987

Reunited with Crazy Horse for the subsequent year-long tour and album, Life

1985

Appeared at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, collaborating with Crosby, Stills and Nash

1982

Co-directed (with Dean Stockwell) the feature, "Human Highway," an anti-nuke comedy in which he also acted

1980

Provided the incidental music to a biopic of Hunter S. Thompson entitled, "Where the Buffalo Roam"

1978

Performed arena tour with Crazy Horse called, "Rust Never Sleeps"; the following year a live album of same name and a concert movie (directed by Young) were released

1976

Appeared at The Band's "Last Waltz" concert; seen in Martin Scorsese's documentary "The Last Waltz" (1978)

1976

Made the duet album, Long May You Run with Stills; the follow-up tour was ended midway through by Young

1975

Recorded Zuma with a new version of Crazy Horse (with Frank Sampedro on guitar)

1975

Released the album, Tonight's the Night, a musical send-off for Crazy Horse's guitarist Danny Whitten and CSNY roadie Bruce Berry, both dead from drug overdoses

1974

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunited and toured for last time

1973

Wrote, directed (credited as Bernard Shakey) and starred in the feature, "Journey Through the Past"

1972

Recorded the album, Harvest; James Taylor, Linda Ronstandt and the London Symphony Orchestra appeared on album

1970

After Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young disbanded, Young embarked on a solo tour entitled, "Journey Through the Past"

1969

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young released their first album, Déjà Vu

1969

Released his third solo album, After the Gold Rush, which featured a young Nils Lofgren, Stephen Stills, and CSNY bassist Greg Reeves

1969

Wrote "Ohio" about the Kent State killings; released as a single by CSN&Y

1968

Released debut solo album, Neil Young and recorded "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," backed by Crazy Horse (Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina)

1968

Reunited with Stephen Stills by joining Crosby, Stills, & Nash; second live performance was before half a million people at Woodstock

1968

Buffalo Springfield disbanded in May, but in order to fulfill a contractual obligation, a final album Last Time Around was released

1967

Joined Bruce Palmer, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Dewey Martin to form Buffalo Springfield

1967

Band released debut album, Buffalo Springfield

1966

Joined the Rick James-fronted rock band, Mynah Birds

Known for such albums as "Harvest" and "Harvest Moon"

Formed his first band, The Jades, and met Ken Koblun, later to join him in The Squires

Worked folk clubs in Winnipeg, where he first met Joni Mitchell

First major hit as a songwriter, "Flying on the Ground is Wrong"

Bonus Trivia

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Neil Young recorded ten times for Atlantic Records, six times with Buffalo Springfield and four times with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. As a part of CSN&Y, he performed on "Woodstock" (1970, Cotillion).

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About the time of his first collaboration with Crazy Horse, "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere," Young acquired a black 1956 Les Paul guitar which he still uses today. His name for it is 'Ol' black.'

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The title track from "This Note's For You" (1988) won MTV's Video of the Year Award. Banned by the network, it lampooned the commercial state of rock, showing a Michael Jackson look-a-like's hair catching fire and a Whitney Houston clone dousing it with Pepsi.

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The New Wave group Devo provided the inspiration for the title of one of Young's best albums, suggesting that the Rustoleum slogan, "Rust Never Sleeps" was a catchy phrase.

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Young has a passion for model trains and is an investor in the Lionel company.

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In spring 2000, Young was sued by former Village Voice writer Jimmy McDonough, with McDonough claiming that Young was blocking publication of an authorized biography

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On March 31, 2005 Young was admitted to a hospital in New York for treatment for a brain aneurysm. He was treated successfully by a minimally invasive neuroradiology procedure

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Neil Young has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: first in 1995 for his solo work and again in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield.

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Young admitted in a 2009 interview that he was in the United States illegally until receiving a green card in 1970.

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