Willie Nelson

Singer, Songwriter, Actor
One of the most prolific and respected figures in American music, multiple Grammy winner Willie Nelson was a singer, songwriter and occasional actor whose five-decade career produced some of the most memorable country ... Read more »
Born: 04/30/1933 in Abbott, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (202)

Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Performer

Johnny Cash: American Rebel 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Interviewee

The Muppets 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

Zoolander No. 2 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

A Poem Is a Naked Person 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Austin City Limits 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

CMT Inside Fame: Willie Nelson 2001 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Nash Bridges 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nashville Star 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saving My Tomorrow 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Saving My Tomorrow 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Soundstage 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Wild Bunch 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Angels Sing 2013 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound 2013 (Movie)

(Himself)

Spike Guys Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2012 CMT Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Zen of Bennett 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tony Bennett: Duets II 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

Bill Cosby: Mark Twain Prize 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Luck 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Beer for My Horses 2008 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Surfer, Dude 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Swing Vote 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Unforeseen 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blonde Ambition 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

All We Are Saying 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Bridges 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Nick & Jessica's Tour of Duty 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: The Dukes of Hazzard 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 (Movie)

Uncle Jessie (Actor)

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

CMA Music Festival 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Bounce 2004 (Movie)

Joe Lurie (Actor)

Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws And Angels 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Countdown to the American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

American Roots Music 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

CMT Crossroads 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crossover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual CMA Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Performer

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Journeyman 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

VH1 Presents the '80s 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid '99 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Merle Haggard: For the Record 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryman Country Homecoming 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryman Country Homecoming III 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Billboard Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The Making of Ride With Bob 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Willie Nelson Live By Request 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dill Scallion 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Farm Aid '98 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Kris Kristofferson 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid 97 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Gary Busey: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Baked 1998 (Movie)

Historian Smoker (Actor)

Johnny Cash: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Miller Remembered 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

TNN Live With Willie Nelson 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

TNN Live With Willie Nelson 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Anthem 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

CMT Presents: The Kings Covers 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid 96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Gone Fishin' 1997 (Movie)

Billy "Catch" Pooler (Actor)

The Beach Boys: Nashville Sounds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

Johnny Green (Actor)

Willie Nelson: Down Home 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson: Going Home 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Starlight 1996 (Movie)

Grampa Lium (Actor)

The 29th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

Backstage With Tanya Tucker 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Kris Kristofferson: Songwriter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Merle Haggard: An American Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

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

Performer

Sinatra Duets 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Performer

The 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

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

Actor

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

Actor

Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Remembering Patsy Cline 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The 29th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

A Country Music Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Texas Connection 1989 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson Salutes Texas 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Game of Fame 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, Uh-Huh! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Presenter

The 27th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Highwaymen 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Williams & Ree Comedy Central 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson at the Swap Shop: A Live Album 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrities Offstage (06/26/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Highwaymen Live! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

Farm Aid IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Living Legends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Pair of Aces 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The American Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Viva Miami! The Night of Super Sounds 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Performer

Walking After Midnight 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Willie Nelson, Texas Style 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Alabama... My Home's in Alabama 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Music Legends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Don Johnson's Music Video Feature Heartbeat 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson's Picnic 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Red-Headed Stranger 1986 (Movie)

Reverend Julian Shay (Actor)

Stagecoach 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Performer

The 60th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

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

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

Performer

Country Comes Home 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Songwriter 1984 (Movie)

Doc Jenkins (Actor)

Barbarosa 1982 (Movie)

Barbarosa (Actor)

Hells Angels Forever 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Thief 1981 (Movie)

Okla (Actor)

Honeysuckle Rose 1980 (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

The Electric Horseman 1979 (Movie)

Wendell Hixson (Actor)

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

Himself (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baja Oklahoma (TV Show)

Actor

Coming & Going (TV Show)

Actor

Coming Out of the Ice (TV Show)

Actor

Delta (TV Show)

Actor

Korean War Stories (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Show)

Actor

Outlaw Justice (TV Show)

Actor

The American Epic Sessions (TV Show)

Performer

Wild Texas Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson's Teatro (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson: My Life (TV Show)

Actor

Woodstock 99 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (88)

Due South 1995 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Legend 2015 (Movie)

("Are You Sure") (Song)

Dumb and Dumber To 2014 (Movie)

("On The Road Again") (Song)

Dumb and Dumber To 2014 (Movie)

("On The Road Again") (Song Performer)

Tammy 2014 (Movie)

("Bring Me Sunshine") (Song Performer)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

("The Scientist") (Song Performer)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

("The Party's Over") (Song)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

("The Party's Over") (Song Performer)

Lawless 2012 (Movie)

("Midnight Run") (Song Performer)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

("Night Life") (Song)

Our Idiot Brother 2011 (Movie)

"I've Got A Wonderful Future Behind Me" (Song)

Our Idiot Brother 2011 (Movie)

"I've Got A Wonderful Future Behind Me" (Song Performer)

Legion 2010 (Movie)

("Hello Walls") (Song)

Legion 2010 (Movie)

("Hello Walls") (Song Performer)

The Crazies 2010 (Movie)

("Bring Me Sunshine") (Song Performer)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

("On The Street Where You Live") (Song Performer)

One Peace At A Time 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Spain: On the Road Again 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Zombieland 2009 (Movie)

("Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain") (Song Performer)

Beer for My Horses 2008 (Movie)

("Beer For My Horses") (Song Performer)

Swing Vote 2008 (Movie)

("Always On My Mind") (Song Performer)

W. 2008 (Movie)

"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" (Song Performer)

Catch and Release 2007 (Movie)

"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" (Song Performer)

The Ultimate Gift 2007 (Movie)

("Crazy") (Song)

Beerfest 2006 (Movie)

("I Gotta Get Drunk") (Song)

Beerfest 2006 (Movie)

("I Gotta Get Drunk") (Song Performer)

Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Movie)

("He Was a Friend of Mine") (Song Performer)

The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 (Movie)

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

The 37th Annual CMA Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Performer

In the Cut 2003 (Movie)

("I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye") (Song)

Taxicab Confessions 2003: Girls Like It Hot 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Rookie 2002 (Movie)

("Nothing I can do About It Now") (Song Performer)

World Traveler 2002 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Shrek 2001 (Movie)

("On the Road Again") (Song)

Taxicab Confessions 2001: All's Fare in Love & Vegas 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Committed 2000 (Movie)

("Hello Walls") (Song)

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

("Still Crazy after All These Years") (Song Performer)

Bride of Chucky 1998 (Movie)

("Crazy") (Song)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

("On the Road Again") (Song Performer)

Gone Fishin' 1997 (Movie)

("Down in the Everglades") (Song Performer)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

("Crazy") (Song)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

("What a Wonderful World") (Song Performer)

Some Mother's Son 1996 (Movie)

("Crazy") (Song)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

("Funny How Time Slips Away") (Song)

The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 (Movie)

("Hello Walls") (Song)

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

Song Performer

The Run of the Country 1995 (Movie)

("Crazy") (Song)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

("On the Road Again") (Song Performer)

A Perfect World 1993 (Movie)

songs("Night Life" "Funny How Time Slips Away") (Song)

A Perfect World 1993 (Movie)

("Funny How Time Slips Away") (Song Performer)

Flesh and Bone 1993 (Movie)

("Stardust") (Song Performer)

The Thing Called Love 1993 (Movie)

("Crazy") (Song)

Falling From Grace 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Falling From Grace 1992 (Movie)

("Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground") (Song Performer)

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

("Blue Hawaii") (Song Performer)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

("Someone To Watch Over Me") (Song Performer)

My Cousin Vinny 1992 (Movie)

("Funny How Time Slips Away") (Song)

Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

("Crazy") (Song)

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1991 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Welcome Home 1989 (Movie)

(Theme Song Performer)

Colors 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

Colors 1988 (Movie)

("Bloody Mary Morning") (Song Performer)

Full Moon in Blue Water 1988 (Movie)

("Don't Get Around Much Any More") (Song Performer)

Walking After Midnight 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Crimes of the Heart 1986 (Movie)

("Don't Fence Me In") (Song Performer)

Desert Hearts 1986 (Movie)

("Crazy") (Song)

1918 1985 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Porky's Revenge 1985 (Movie)

("Love Me Tender") (Song Performer)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

("On the Road Again") (Song Performer)

Songwriter 1984 (Movie)

songs("Nobody Said It Was Gonna Be Easy" "Songwriter") (Song)

Rich and Famous 1981 (Movie)

("On the Sunny Side of the Street") (Song Performer)

Honeysuckle Rose 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Honeysuckle Rose 1980 (Movie)

songs("On the Road Again" "Crazy" "My Own Pecular Way" "Yesterday's Wine" "Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground" "There's Two Sides to Every Story" "Uncloudy Day" "So You Think You're a Cowboy") (Song)

Melvin and Howard 1980 (Movie)

("Hello Walls") (Song)

Players 1979 (Movie)

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

The Electric Horseman 1979 (Movie)

title song performer (Song Performer)

Voices 1978 (Movie)

("Bubbles in My Beer") (Song Performer)

Edie & Pen (TV Show)

Song

Swan Song (TV Show)

Song Performer

Uncle Frank (TV Show)

Song
Producer (2)

Red-Headed Stranger 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Streetwise 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe 1991 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

One of the most prolific and respected figures in American music, multiple Grammy winner Willie Nelson was a singer, songwriter and occasional actor whose five-decade career produced some of the most memorable country and pop songs of the postwar era, including "Crazy," "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" and "On the Road Again. " He was also a founding member of the outlaw country scene of the 1970s, which rebelled against the slick orchestrations of Nashville productions in favor of grittier, biographical fare. Even among that eclectic group, Nelson stood out by virtue of his unique voice and phrasing, which incorporated elements of vocal jazz and pop standards into a blend of country, blues, swing and rock. By the 1980s, Nelson had risen from cult hero to national treasure, and emerged from a lengthy battle with the IRS with his legend firmly intact and his creative drive even stronger than before. A hero to celebrities, politicians, pro-marijuana activists and the common man alike, Nelson's colorful life was matched only by his extraordinary breadth of talent.

Relationships

Myrle Nelson

Mother

Bobby Lee Nelson

Sister

Shirley Collie

Wife
Married c. 1962 divorced in 1971

Annie D'Angelo

Wife
Married September 16, 1991 in Dallas fourth wife met on set of "Red Headed Stranger" (1986) couple has two sons

Connie Koepke

Wife
Married in the early 1970s divorced in 1988 have two daugters together

Martha Matthews

Wife
Cherokee Indian married in 1952 divorced in 1962 died in December 1989 mother of three of his children

Ira Nelson

Father

Amy Nelson

Daughter
Born in 1973 mother, Connie Koepke

Lana Nelson

Daughter
Born in 1953 mother, Martha Matthews

Paula Nelson

Daughter
Born in 1969 mother, Connie Koepke

Susie Nelson

Daughter
Born in 1956 mother, Martha Matthews

Billy Nelson

Son
Born c. 1958 mother, Martha Matthews committed suicide by hanging himself on December 25, 1991 in Nashville, Tennessee married to Janet Caldwell and had recently separated before his suicide had undergone a 30-day hospital program for alcohol abuse in 1990

Jacob Nelson

Son
Born in 1990 mother, Annie D'Angelo

Lukas Nelson

Son
Born in 1989 mother, Annie D'Angelo

Milestones

2010

Earned a Grammy nomination for the album Country Music

2009

Earned three Grammy nominations, including one for his album, Willie and the Wheel, and one for his collaboration with Norah Jones, "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

2008

Appeared in the comedy "Surfer, Dude" starring Matthew McConaughey

2007

Second collaboration with Dukes' co-star Jessica Simpson, "Blonde Ambition"

2006

Released You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker, featuring songs written by the late Cindy Walker; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album

2005

Cast as Uncle Jesse in the big-screen version of "The Dukes of Hazzard" based on the 1970's hit show

2004

Released the album, Outlaws & Angels; earned two Grammy nominations

1998

Had a cameo in "Half Baked" as an elderly 'Historian Smoker'

1996

Featured on the Beach Boys' now out-of-print album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, singing a cover of their 1964 song "The Warmth of the Sun"

1993

Released Across the Borderline, with guests Bob Dylan, Sinéad O'Connor, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson and Paul Simon

1990

Seven-year dispute with the IRS ended with IRS agents seizing Nelson's possessions (including the Pedernales Country Club and Recording Studio near Austin TX and his 44-acre Dripping Springs ranch, as well as properties in four other states and his instru

1986

First credit as producer, "Red-Headed Stranger"

1983

Appeared in the documentary, "Hells Angels Forever"

1982

Made TV acting debut in the docudrama, "Coming Out of the Ice"

1980

First leading role in a film, "Honeysuckle Rose"; also wrote songs and music; earned Oscar nomination for Best Song for "On the Road Again"

1980

In the mid-1980s, Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash formed a group called The Highwaymen

1979

Made feature film acting debut in "The Electric Horseman"

1975

Became established star with release of Red Headed Stranger album

1973

Released what is considered breakthrough album, Shotgun Willie

1969

Moved from Nashville back to Texas after his Tennessee home was destroyed in a fire

1964

Debuted at the Grand Old Opry (November 28)

1962

Duets with second wife Shirley Collie hit the charts

1961

Had first success as a songwriter with the Patsy Cline song, "Crazy"

1956

Released first album, the self-financed No Place for Me; sold over the radio in Vancouver, Washington

1942

Joined first band, John Raycjeck's Bohemian Polka Band

1937

First public performance, recited a poem at a church picnic at age four

Moved to Nashville

Raised by his paternal gradparents after parents' divorce

Popular songs include "The Scientist" and "Always On My Mind".

Moved to Texas in the late 1950s; settled in Houston and worked as a disc jockey

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2001.

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