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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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Apr 30, 1933 In Abbott, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
Latest Project:
Movie My Darling Vivian 2020-04-27
Known For
Poster of Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of Monk
Poster of Willie Nelson Live at the US Festival
Series A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Unknown 2022
Movie My Darling Vivian Self (archive footage) 2020-04-27
Movie Charley Pride: I'm Just Me Self 2019-02-22
Movie Quincy Self 2018-09-21
Movie Lost in London Willie Nelson 2017-01-19
Movie Willie Nelson at the Teatro - The complete sessions 2017-10-27
Movie Willie and Me Bones / Himself 2017-12-31
Movie Pure Country: Pure Heart Himself 2017-08-01
Movie Zoolander 2 Willie Nelson 2016-02-06
Movie Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl Self 2016-03-04
Movie Road to Austin 2016-05-27
Movie The American Epic Sessions Himself 2016-03-16
Movie Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke Self 2016-03-13
Movie Johnny Cash: American Rebel Self 2015-09-12
Series The Muppets Himself 2015-09-22
Movie All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State Self 2014-04-28
Movie The Art of McCartney Himself 2014-10-01
Movie Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years Performer 2014-10-03
Movie Angels Sing Nick 2013-10-19
Movie Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Himself 2013-09-07
Movie We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash Self 2012-08-20
Movie John Mellencamp: It's About You Self 2012-01-04
Movie I Ride Willie Nelson 2011-05-12
Movie 9/11 Truth: Hollywood Speaks Up Himself 2011-06-10
Movie Paul Williams Still Alive Himself (archive footage) 2011-09-11
Movie The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story Himself 2010-06-15
Movie Happiness Is Himself 2009-07-30
Movie Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Play the Music of Ray Charles Himself - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar 2009-10-20
Movie Hempsters: Plant the Seed Himself 2008-05-25
Movie The King of Texas 2008-03-01
Movie Swing Vote Willie Nelson 2008-08-01
Movie A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Himself 2008-11-23
Movie Beer for My Horses Charlie 2008-08-08
Movie Elvis: Viva Las Vegas Himself 2008-09-16
Movie Surfer, Dude Farmer Bob 2008-09-05
Movie Fighting With Anger Will 2007-01-01
Movie Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing, Live Lui même 2007-03-06
Movie The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Jesse Duke 2007-03-04
Movie Opry Video Classics : Legends Himself (archive footage) 2007-11-21
Movie Blonde Ambition Pap Paw 2007-12-21
Movie Opry Video Classics: Hall of Fame 2007-11-21
Movie Willie Nelson: Live from Austin TX Compositeur, Guitare, Artiste principal, Voix 2006-05-01
Movie Broken Bridges self 2006-09-08
Movie American Revolutions: The Highwaymen Himself 2006-09-26
Movie Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: Where the Music Began self 2005-07-26
Series The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Movie The Dukes of Hazzard Uncle Jesse Duke 2005-08-05
Movie Be Here to Love Me Self - Musician 2004-09-13
Movie The Big Bounce Joe Lurie 2004-01-30
Movie Willie Nelson - Live at Billy Bob's Texas Self 2004-01-01
Movie Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company 2004-08-31
Series CMA Music Festival Unknown 2004-07-14
Movie Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' Himself 2003-05-26
Movie The Highwaymen: On the Road Again Himself 2003-07-15
Movie Waylon Jennings: Renegade. Outlaw. Legend. Himself 2002-03-26
Series CMT Crossroads Unknown 2002-01-13
Series Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
Movie This Land Is Your Land - Folk Years 2002-05-22
Movie The Country Bears Himself 2002-07-26
Movie Farm Aid 2001 - A Concert For America Himself 2002-11-19
Movie America: A Tribute to Heroes Himself 2001-09-21
Movie Willie Nelson: Live in Amsterdam Himself 2001-07-03
Movie The Story of Darrell Royal Himself 1999-01-01
Movie Outlaw Justice Lee Walker 1999-01-24
Movie A Tribute To Johnny Cash Performer 1999-06-04
Movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Willie Nelson 1999-06-08
Movie Half Baked Historian Smoker 1998-01-16
Movie Gone Fishin' Billy 'Catch' Pooler 1997-05-30
Series The View Himself 1997-08-11
Movie Wag the Dog Johnny Dean 1997-12-25
Movie Anthem Self 1997-07-25
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Movie Starlight 1996-01-01
Movie Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story Willie Nelson 1995-01-22
Series Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
Movie The World of Jim Henson Self (archive footage) 1994-11-23
Series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Unknown 1993-01-01
Movie Willie Nelson: The Big Six-O Self 1993-05-22
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie WWE WrestleMania VII Himself 1991-03-24
Movie Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind 1991-01-01
Movie Wild Texas Wind Himself 1991-09-23
Movie Highwaymen: Live 1990-03-28
Movie Pair of Aces Billy Roy Barker 1990-01-01
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? Cross 1988-11-13
Movie Walking After Midnight 1988-01-01
Movie Once Upon A Texas Train John Henry Lee 1988-01-03
Movie Heartbeat Himself 1987-05-10
Movie The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Gen. Jo Shelby 1986-02-17
Movie Stagecoach Doc Holliday 1986-05-18
Movie Red Headed Stranger Rev. Julian Shay 1986-10-31
Movie We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song Self 1985-01-28
Series Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Movie Songwriter Doc Jenkins 1984-10-14
Movie Willie Nelson Live at the US Festival Himself 1983-06-04
Movie Hells Angels Forever Himself 1983-10-09
Movie Barbarosa Barbarosa 1982-01-01
Movie Coming Out of the Ice Red Loon 1982-12-31
Movie Thief Okla 1981-03-27
Movie The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1980 1980-02-10
Movie Honeysuckle Rose Buck Bonham 1980-07-18
Series Solid Gold Unknown 1980-09-13
Movie Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration 1979-06-01
Series The Bee Gees Special Unknown 1979-11-15
Movie The Electric Horseman Wendell Hickson 1979-12-21
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Series Austin City Limits Unknown 1975-01-01
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie A Poem Is a Naked Person Himself 1974-05-09
Series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Unknown 1969-01-22