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Willie Nelson

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. Nelson was one of the main figures of the Outlaw Movement, a subgenre of Country music that developed between the end of 1960s and early 1980s. The critical success of the albums Shotgun Willie, Phases and Stages, and the commercial success of Red Headed Stranger made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. Nelson is also recognized for his contributions to charity, he is the president and one of the founding members of Farm Aid charity concert, and his activism for the legalization of marijuana and for the use of bio-fuels. Nelson started studying music from mail order material that his grandparents gave him. He wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at nine. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Fiddlers as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force. However, he was discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1965 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry. In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album, Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he confirmed his move to outlaw country with the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws, which he recorded with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. During the mid 1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like "On the Road Again", "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", and "Pancho & Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. Nelson explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk. Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film, The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television. Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. He is the co-founder and president of Farm Aid, and has been contributing to the benefit concert series since the first event in 1985, organizing concerts and performing with other prominent artists. Nelson is also the Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas. Description above from the Wikipedia article Willie Nelson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia



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Born:
Apr 30, 1933 In Abbott, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
82
First Appeared:
In the series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 1969-01-22
Latest Project:
Series A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! 2017
Known For
Poster of Surfer, Dude
Poster of The King of Texas
Poster of CMT Crossroads
Poster of The Simpsons
Filmography

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (2018)

Series
as Unknown

Zoolander 2 (2016)

Comedy
Movie
as Himself
4.7 704 votes

Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl (2016)

Movie
as Himself

The American Epic Sessions (2016)

Movie
as Himself

Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke (2016)

Music Documentary
Movie
as Himself

Johnny Cash: American Rebel (2015)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
8 2 votes

The Muppets (2015)

Comedy
Series
as Himself
7.3 25 votes

All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State (2014)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
5.3 2 votes

Road to Austin (2014)

Documentary
Movie

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
7.5 29 votes

Angels Sing (2013)

TV Movie Family Drama
Movie
as Nick
5.2 15 votes

John Mellencamp: It's About You (2012)

Documentary Music
Movie

I Ride (2011)

Documentary Music
Movie
as Willie Nelson

Hollywood Speaks Up (2011)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
5.7 3 votes

The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story (2010)

Movie
as Himself

Happiness Is (2009)

Movie
as Himself

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Play the Music of Ray Charles (2009)

Movie
as Himself - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar

The King of Texas (2008)

Movie

Hempsters: Plant the Seed (2008)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
4.8 2 votes

Swing Vote (2008)

Drama Comedy
Movie
as Willie Nelson
5.7 59 votes

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (2008)

Comedy
Movie
as Himself
6.8 6 votes

Surfer, Dude (2008)

Comedy
Movie
as Farmer Bob
4.8 21 votes

Beer for My Horses (2008)

Action Comedy
Movie
as Charlie
6.0 7 votes

The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007)

Action Adventure Comedy
Movie
as Jesse Duke
4.9 44 votes

Fighting With Anger (2007)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Will

Blonde Ambition (2007)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Pap Paw
3.8 24 votes

Willie Nelson: Live from Austin TX (2006)

Music
Movie

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: Where the Music Began (2005)

Documentary
Movie
as self
4 1 votes

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

Action Adventure Comedy
Movie
as Uncle Jesse Duke
5.2 281 votes

The Colbert Report (2005)

News Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.0 61 votes

Willie Nelson Live At Billy Bob's (2004)

Movie
as Self

The Big Bounce (2004)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Joe Lurie
4.9 66 votes

Be Here to Love Me (2004)

Documentary Music
Movie
as Himself - Musician
7.1 8 votes

CMA Music Festival (2004)

Documentary
Series
as Unknown

Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' (2003)

Music
Movie
as Himself

The Highwaymen: On the Road Again (2003)

Music
Movie
as Himself

CMT Crossroads (2002)

Documentary
Series
as Unknown

Monk (2002)

Drama Mystery Crime Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 126 votes

Waylon Jennings: Renegade. Outlaw. Legend. (2002)

Music
Movie
as Himself

Outlaw Justice (1999)

Action Western
Movie
as Lee Walker
7.1 4 votes

The Story of Darrell Royal (1999)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself

A Tribute To Johnny Cash (1999)

Music Documentary
Movie
as Performer

Willie Nelson: Live In Amsterdam (1999)

Movie
as Himself

Gone Fishin' (1997)

Comedy Family
Movie
as Billy 'Catch' Pooler
4.9 39 votes

The View (1997)

Talk
Series
as Unknown
2.7 15 votes

Wag the Dog (1997)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Johnny Dean
6.7 227 votes

Starlight (1996)

Science Fiction
Movie

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)

News Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.0 96 votes

Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995)

Music TV Movie Drama
Movie
as Willie Nelson

Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994)

Animation Comedy
Series
as Unknown
8 15 votes

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 24 votes

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

Talk Comedy
Series
as Unknown
5.2 24 votes

Wild Texas Wind (1991)

TV Movie Drama
Movie
as Himself

Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind (1991)

Movie

Pair of Aces (1990)

Movie
as Billy Roy Barker

Highwaymen: Live (1990)

Music
Movie
10 1 votes

The Simpsons (1989)

Animation Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.1 902 votes

Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? (1988)

Western TV Movie
Movie
as Cross

Walking After Midnight (1988)

Documentary
Movie

Once Upon A Texas Train (1988)

Action Western
Movie
as John Henry Lee
4.5 2 votes

Heartbeat (1987)

War Music Drama
Movie
as Himself
10 1 votes

Red Headed Stranger (1986)

Western
Movie
5 1 votes

Stagecoach (1986)

TV Movie Action Western
Movie
as Doc Holliday
6.3 3 votes

The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986)

TV Movie Action Drama Western
Movie
as Gen. Jo Shelby
3.9 6 votes

Miami Vice (1984)

Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.1 63 votes

Songwriter (1984)

Drama
Movie
as Doc Jenkins
6 1 votes

Playboy Video Magazine: Volume 4 (1983)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself

Willie Nelson Live at the US Festival (1983)

Music
Movie
as Himself

Hells Angels Forever (1983)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
9.5 1 votes

Barbarosa (1982)

Action Comedy Western
Movie
as Barbarosa
6.4 4 votes

Coming Out of the Ice (1982)

Movie
as Red Loon
8 1 votes

Thief (1981)

Action Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Okla
7.2 109 votes

Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

Drama Music Romance
Movie
as Buck Bonham
6.2 3 votes

Solid Gold (1980)

Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration (1979)

Documentary
Movie

The Bee Gees Special (1979)

Documentary TV Movie
Series
as Unknown

The Electric Horseman (1979)

Drama Comedy Western Romance
Movie
as Wendell Hickson
5.3 26 votes

The Kennedy Center Honors (1978)

Series
as Unknown

Saturday Night Live (1975)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.3 94 votes

Austin City Limits (1975)

Documentary
Series
as Unknown
7.0 4 votes

A Poem is a Naked Person (1974)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
9 2 votes

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes