Waylon Jennings

One of country music's biggest stars in the 1970s and 1980s, singer-songwriter Waylon Jennings was a key figure in the outlaw country movement, which sought to break away from the polished Nashville sound to embrace a ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1937 in Littlefield, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Buddy Holly 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 1998 - 1999, 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

God's Will 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryman Country Homecoming 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryman Country Homecoming III 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sessions at West 54th 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Kris Kristofferson 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Music Died 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Miller Remembered 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Willie Nelson 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Neil Diamond... Under a Tennessee Moon 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Fade Away: Remembering Buddy Holly 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Loretta Lynn 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Hot + Country 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Performer

The Legends of Country Music 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Hank Williams 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Couple with Concealed Guns (Actor)

TNN Music City News Country Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Farm Aid V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Highwaymen 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Highwaymen Live! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

TNN's All-Star Salute to Country Music 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Paul: He Changed the Music 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Buddy Holly and the Crickets -- A Tribute 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Music -- A New Tradition 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sea World's All-Star, Lone Star Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Tanner '88: Night of the Twinkies 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tribute to Ricky Nelson 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Stagecoach 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

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

Actor

The Door Is Always Open 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Cash: Christmas on the Road 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

The 18th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Performer

The Dukes of Hazzard 1978 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Comes Home 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cheryl Ladd Special 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Johnny Cash Spring Special 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Cash: Spring Fever 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Moonrunners 1974 (Movie)

Balladeer (Actor)

18 Wheels of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Outlaw Justice (TV Show)

Actor

The Oklahoma City Dolls (TV Show)

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Tom Sawyer (TV Show)

Voice

Willie Nelson: My Life (TV Show)

Actor
Music (43)

A Country Called Home 2016 (Movie)

("Rainy Day Woman") (Song)

A Country Called Home 2016 (Movie)

("Rainy Day Woman") (Song Performer)

Hell or High Water 2016 (Movie)

("You Asked Me To") (Song)

Hell or High Water 2016 (Movie)

("You Asked Me To") (Song Performer)

Too Late 2016 (Movie)

("Waymore's Blues") (Song)

Too Late 2016 (Movie)

("Waymore's Blues") (Song Performer)

Cold in July 2014 (Movie)

("My World") (Song)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

("Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way") (Song)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

("Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way") (Song Performer)

Extract 2009 (Movie)

("Rainy Day Woman") (Song Performer)

Watchmen 2009 (Movie)

("Clyde") (Song Performer)

Southland Tales 2007 (Movie)

("Me And Bobby McGee") (Song Performer)

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

("Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)") (Song Performer)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

("Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line") (Song Performer)

The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 (Movie)

("Good Ol' Boys") (Song)

The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 (Movie)

("Good Ol' Boys") (Song Performer)

Starsky & Hutch 2004 (Movie)

("I'm A Ramblin' Man") (Song Performer)

The Big Bounce 2004 (Movie)

("Bob Wills Is Still The King") (Song)

The Mexican 2001 (Movie)

("The Dukes of Hazzard (score)") (Song)

An Everlasting Piece 2000 (Movie)

("The Dukes of Hazzard") (Song)

Species II 1998 (Movie)

("Easy Chase") (Song)

"We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

("You Don't Mess Around With Me" "Amazing Grace") (Song Performer)

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 (Movie)

("Hardline") (Song Performer)

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Betrayed 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

Betrayed 1988 (Movie)

("Devils Right Hand") (Song Performer)

Hamburger Hill 1987 (Movie)

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

Fool For Love 1985 (Movie)

("Honky Tonk Heroes" "Black Rose") (Song Performer)

Country 1984 (Movie)

("I'll Find It Where I Can") (Song Performer)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

("People Up in Texas") (Song Performer)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper 1981 (Movie)

(Song)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper 1981 (Movie)

("Shine") (Song Performer)

They All Laughed 1981 (Movie)

("We Had It All") (Song Performer)

Players 1979 (Movie)

("I Can Get Off on You") (Song)

Mackintosh & T.J. 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Mackintosh & T.J. 1975 (Movie)

(Performer)

Moonrunners 1974 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Ned Kelly 1969 (Movie)

("Ned Kelly" "The Wild Colonial Boy" "Son of a Scoundrel" "Shadow of the Gallows" "Lonigan's Widow" "Stony Cold Ground" "The Kellys Keep Comin'" "Marchin' in the Evenin'" "Blame It on the Kellys" "Pleasures of a Sunday Afternoon" "Hey Ned") (Song Performer)

The Executioner's Song (TV Show)

Song

Uncle Frank (TV Show)

Song

Biography

One of country music's biggest stars in the 1970s and 1980s, singer-songwriter Waylon Jennings was a key figure in the outlaw country movement, which sought to break away from the polished Nashville sound to embrace a free-wheeling, counterculture sound that influenced generations of country and rock musicians. He began his career in the early 1950s, befriending fellow Texan Buddy Holly and narrowly missing the airplane crash that claimed the rock pioneer's life in 1959. Jennings struggled to gain a foothold in music during the 1960s, but gradually built his career on the strength of country-pop singles like "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line." He broke free of the restrictive Nashville scene in the early '70s, adopting the hard rocking, hard-partying outlaw country sound personified by Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jennings' wife, Jessi Colter. He enjoyed his greatest success in the ensuing decade, scoring No. 1 hits with "This Time" "I'm a Ramblin' Man" and the compilation album Wanted! The Outlaws, which reached the top of the pop album charts in 1976. Excessive drug use undermined his music and life in the 1980s, after which he enjoyed limited success until his death in 2002. Though not discussed in the same reverent tones as peers like Nelson or Johnny Cash, Jennings' fiery songs and spirit inspired dozens of equally independent-minded musicians, from Dwight Yoakam and Travis Tritt to Kid Rock and his own son, Shooter Jennings. In doing so, he confirmed his status as one of country's greatest figures.

Milestones

Popular songs include "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" and "I Ain't Living Long Like This".

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