Willie Nelson

Mostly Credited As: Willie Nelson
Sometimes Credited As: The Highwaymen

Birth Name: Willie Hugh Nelson
Date Of Birth: April 30, 1933 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Abbott, Texas
Height: 5' 6" (1.67 m)

Willie Nelson

The versatile, eclectic, rather wanderlust country crossover star known for his classic ballads ("Always On My Mind"), autobiographical road songs ("On the Road Again") and catchy rhythms ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys") started out life as Willie Hugh Nelson on April 30, 1933 in Depression-era Abbot, Texas where he worked in the cotton fields. He and sister Bobbie Lee were raised by gospel-singing grandparents after his mother abandoned the family and father died. Willie was handed his first guitar at age six and within a short time was writing woeful country songs and playing in polka bands. During his teenage years, he played high school dances and honky-tonks. He also worked for a local radio station and by graduation time he had become a DJ with his own radio show. Briefly serving a stint with the Air Force (discharged because of a bad back, which would plague him throughout his life), he sold his first song called "No Place For Me" while getting by with menial jobs as a janitor and door-to-door Bible salesman. Married in 1952 to a full-blooded Cherokee, he and first wife Martha had two children. He initially came to be known in Nashville for selling his songs to well-established country artists such as Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron Young ("Hello Walls") and Ray Price ("Night Life"). In 1962 he recorded a successful duet with singer Shirley Collie, whom he would later take as his second wife, but his career didn't progress despite joining the Grand 'Ol Opry. In the early 1970s after touring with his band, which included sister Bobbie on the piano, and a number of career downswings, he started performing and recording his own songs instead of selling them to others. Willie had recorded two albums "Shotgun Willie" and "Phases And Stages" and grew in stature. In 1975 it all came together with the album "Red-Headed Stranger'" which would became the top selling country music album in history and helped to push him into the country music stratosphere. His offbeat phrasing, distinctive nasal tones and leathery, bewhiskered hippie-styled looks set a new standard for 'outlaw' country music. Around 1978, Willie proved a loose and friendly presence in front of the camera and was able to launch his own movie career. Nelson played roles in several films, his first opposite Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in The Electric Horseman (1979). He played his first lead as a country music star in Honeysuckle Rose (1980), which would include a number of his songs on the soundtrack. He played opposite James Caan and Tuesday Weld in Thief (1981) and a legendary outlaw in the western Barbarosa (1982). In the movie _Red-Headed Stranger (1986)_ , which was adapted from his hit 1975 album, Nelson played a preacher, and he teamed up with pal Kris Kristofferson as a couple of country singers in Songwriter (1984). He and Kristofferson went on to form The Highwaymen with the late Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings and successfully recorded and toured with the group for a number of years. They also teamed for a 1986 TV remake of the film classic "Stagecoach." As a unique song stylist, the bearded, braided-haired, bandanna-wearing non-conformist took a number of non-country standards and made them his own, including Elvis Presley's "You Were Always on My Mind" and Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind." He happily married fourth wife Ann-Marie in 1991 and has survived more hard times in recent years, including a 16.7 million dollar debt to the IRS and the suicide of one of his sons, Billy. Joining the Country Musical Hall of Fame in 1993, Nelson received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State (2014)As: Himself
Country Music Association Awards (1967)As: Himself (Host 1983/1986)
Episode Cast Credits 

Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014) 
  Anna Wintour, Willie Nelson, Twin Shadow 02x59: (May/06/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Willie Nelson 20x101: (May/05/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Willie Nelson 11x67: (May/18/2006) As Himself 
  Ramesh Ponnuru 11x66: (May/17/2006) As Himself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Willie Nelson, Colin Hanks, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 13x44: (Mar/20/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Colbert Report (2005) 
  Grimmy 11x40: (Dec/18/2014) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Tom Brokaw, Willie Nelson & Billy Joe Shaver 21x239: (Dec/17/2014) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Kelsey Grammer, Bill Scheft, Willie Nelson 21x145: (Jun/09/2014) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Norm MacDonald, C.C. Sabathia, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis 18x111: (Mar/30/2011) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Jack Hanna, Kerry Washington, Willie Nelson 17x136: (May/05/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The Heart Of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA (2014) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Nov/07/2014) As Himself 

Sunrise (UK) (1989) 
  October 22, 2014 26x295: (Oct/22/2014) As Himself (Musican), [Interviewees]

CBS This Morning (1987) 
  Season 15, Episode 199 15x199: (Oct/06/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Real Time With Bill Maher (2003) 
  Erin Brockovich; Josh Barro, Howard Dean and Carly Fiorina; Willie Nelson 12x02: (Jan/24/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The View (1997) 
  Season 16, Episode 56 16x56: (Nov/20/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Season 5, Episode 16 05x16: (Jan/22/2002) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Jason Schwartzman, Willie Nelson 06x163: (Sep/24/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  June 23, 2010 11x174: (Jun/23/2010) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Anderson Cooper, Willie Nelson, Southside Johnny with La Bamba's Big Band 16x04: (Sep/18/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Kathy Griffin, Adam Carolla, Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis 16x147: (Jul/10/2008) As Himself 
  Russell Crowe, Larry the Cable Guy, Willie Nelson 16x62: (Feb/14/2008) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Tom Selleck, Carlos Mencia, Bobbie and Willie Nelson 16x13: (Oct/03/2007) As Himself 
  Jessica Simpson, Josh Lucas, Willie Nelson 13x198: (Jul/29/2005) As Himself 

CMA Music Festival (2004) 
  2004 CMA Music Festival 01x01: (Jul/14/2004) As Himself (Co-Host) 

CMT Crossroads (2002) 
  Toby Keith's Shock'N Y'All Super Bowl Party 03x02: (Jan/31/2004) As Himself 

Soundstage (2003) (2003) 
  Farm Aid 2003 01x13: (Nov/2003) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Behind The Music (1997) 
  Matchbox Twenty 06x03: (Nov/17/2002) As Himself 
  Willie Nelson 01x18: (Mar/01/1998) As Himself 

Monk (2002) 
  Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger 01x12: (Oct/11/2002) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

American Masters (1986) 
  Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving 16x01: (Oct/02/2002) As Himself 
  Ray Charles: the Genius of Soul 07x01: (Jan/03/1992) As Himself 

Austin City Limits (1975) 
  Townes Van Zandt Tribute 26x04: (Oct/28/2000) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Willie Nelson & Family/Leon Russell 25x04: (Feb/26/2000) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Willie Nelson/Emmylou Harris/Nanci Griffith/Lyle Lovett 23x09: (Mar/28/1998) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Willie Nelson followed by Tracy Nelson 02x01: (1977) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The Kennedy Center Honors (1978) 
  21st Annual Kennedy Center Honors 21x01: (Dec/30/1998) As Himself (Honoree) 

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993) 
  Vengeance 06x19: (Apr/25/1998) As Marshall Elias Burch 
  Legend 05x09: (Nov/16/1996) As Marshall Elias Burch 

King of the Hill (1997) 
  Hank's Got the Willies 01x04: (Feb/09/1997) Voiced  Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Kevin Kline/Willie Nelson & Paul Simon 18x20: (May/22/1993) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Willie Nelson 12x12: (Feb/21/1987) As Himself (Host/Musical Guest) 
  Mary Kay Place/Willie Nelson 03x07: (Dec/10/1977) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Miami Vice (1984) 
  El Viejo 03x07: (Nov/07/1986) As El Viejo 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 29x01: (Mar/31/1981) As Himself ("On the Road Again"), [Musical Guests]

Solid Gold (1980) 
  cohost Bobby Goldsboro 01x13: (Dec/06/1980) As Himself 

The Midnight Special (1973) 
  Host: Loretta Lynn 05x20: (Feb/25/1977) As Himself 
  Host: Rita Coolidge 04x35: (Jul/09/1976) As Himself 
  Host: Leon Russell 02x45: (Aug/02/1974) As Himself 

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969) 
  Fess Parker, Sammy Shore, Willie Nelson, Lily Tomlin 02x26: (Mar/29/1970) As Himself 
  Tony Randall, The Lennon Sisters, Willie Nelson 02x08: (Nov/12/1969) As Himself 
Featured Songs

Austin City Limits Songs:
Willie Nelson followed by Tracy Nelson + Bandera
+ Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
+ Blue Rock Montana
+ Can I Sleep in Your Arms
+ Denver
+ Down Yonder
+ Hands on the Wheel
+ I Couldn't Believe It Was True
+ Just As I Am
+ O'er the Waves
+ Red-Headed Stranger
+ Remember Me
+ Time of the Preacher
+ Time of the Preacher Theme 
Willie Nelson + Ain't It Funny/Crazy
+ Bloody Mary Morning
+ Good Hearted Woman
+ Headed Home To Austin
+ It's Not Supposed To Be That Way
+ Mountain Dew
+ Okie From Muskogee
+ Phases And Stages
+ Pick Up The Tempo
+ Redneck Mother
+ Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms
+ Song For You
+ Stay All Night
+ Turn Out the Lights
+ When The Roll Is Called
+ Whiskey River
+ Will The Circle Be Unbroken? 
True Blood Songs:
Everybody Wants to Rule the World + Ain't Life Hell (with Hank Cochran) 
Knight Rider (1982) Songs:
No Big Thing + Always on My Mind 
One Tree Hill Songs:
I and Love and You + Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground 
Supernatural Songs:
Angel Heart + Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 
Eastwick Songs:
Red Bath and Beyond + Crazy 
King of the Hill Songs:
Ms. Wakefield + Frosty the Snowman 
Shameless (US) Songs:
Crazy Love + On the Road Again 
Friday Night Lights Songs:
Wind Sprints + Pick up the Tempo 
Preacher Songs:
Pilot + Time of the Preacher 
My Name Is Earl Songs:
Van Hickey + Whiskey River 
Las Vegas Songs:
When You Got to Go, You Got to Go + You Were Always on My Mind 
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