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Billy Ray Cyrus



Initially written off as a one-hit wonder following the meteoric rise and fall of his superstardom (thanks to the 1992 single "Achy Breaky Heart" and its accompanying album, Some Gave All), country-rocker Billy Ray Cyrus caught his second wind in the early 2000s. He then staged a considerable comeback in film and television, defying the expectations of many naysayers who believed it impossible for Cyrus to escape from the shadow of that one love-it-or-hate-it single.



Some limited film experience, of course, accompanied the Kentuckian heartthrob's early music career, by virtue of the music videos and occasional performance films he cranked out (such as the 1992 Billy Ray Cyrus: Live). He failed to gain notice as an actor, however, until the early 2000s. As the new millennium dawned, Cyrus moved from the echelons of Nashville to those of Hollywood. He began at a somewhat low ebb, with a turn in the straight-to-video actioner Radical Jack (2000), opposite DeDee Pfeiffer, sister of Michelle. In that B-picture (which does not feature rollicking musical numbers), Cyrus travels the route hewn by Patrick Swayze, The Rock (in his remake Walking Tall), Lyle Alzado, and many others. He played Jack Reynolds, a leather clad, chopper-riding southerner who uses his steel fist to wipe clean a town full of redneck scumbags; Pfeiffer, of course, portrayed his romantic interest.



The following year, Cyrus toned it down several notches and allowed his soft side to emerge, with a direct appeal to the female demographic and to more sensitive male viewers. He signed on as the lead in the PAX channel's series comedy drama Doc, playing Dr. Clint Cassidy, a sweet-natured Montana physician who follows the love of his life to the Big Apple and accepts a position at a Manhattan hospital, where his gracious charm and easygoing style win the heart of many a patient. That program scored with PAX viewers and lasted several seasons.



After a minor role in David Lynch's spectacular Mulholland Dr. (a significant step up from Radical Jack) and turns in such features as Valerie McCaffrey's acclaimed black comedy Wish You Were Dead (2002) and Scott Coffey's quirky dramedy Ellie Parker (2005), the former country singer scored a double whammy. He portrayed the dad and manager of "secret teen pop sensation" Hannah Montana (played, in turn, by Cyrus' real-life daughter, Miley Cyrus) on that character's eponymous Disney Channel sitcom, and then found an even broader fan base (drawing from his roots in country rock and sporting a shaggy mane) when the singer-turned-actor joined the fourth season of the competitive reality series Dancing With the Stars as one of the latest celebs to partner up with a professional ballroom dancer. Cyrus and partner Karina Smirnoff, despite earning low scores from the judges, were able to stay in the competition until just before the semifinals due to the viewers' votes (which count as half of their overall score each week). They were eventually booted off the show in May 2007, just after judge Bruno Tonioli controversially referred to Cyrus' latest performance as "crap."



Just months later, Cyrus issued a new album on Walt Disney Records, which included covers of "Over the Rainbow," "Brown-Eyed Girl," and "Put a Little Love in My Heart," as well as new songs. Cyrus continued to work on Hannah Montana throughout the 2000s, and appeared in the feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2009. In 2010, Cyrus joined Jackie Chan for a supporting role in The Spy Next Door, and starred in the holiday feature Christmas Comes to Canaan in 2011. Cyrus would continue to work in many areas of performance over the coming years, releasing albums, like 2012's Changed My Mind.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Like a Country Song
  • Bo Reeson
2014
No Score Yet Christmas Comes Home to Canaan
  • Daniel Burton
2011
12% The Spy Next Door
  • Colton James
2010
No Score Yet Suske en Wiske: De Texas rakkers (Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers)
  • English-language version
2009
43% Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • Producer
  • Robby Ray Stewart
2009
No Score Yet Flying By
  • George
2009
No Score Yet Christmas in Canaan
  • Daniel Burton
2009
No Score Yet Bait Shop
  • Hot Rod Johnson
2008
72% Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Billy Ray Cyrus - Somebody Said A Prayer
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Billy Ray Cyrus - Give My Heart To You
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Rock the Universe
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Studio DC: Almost Live!
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Hannah Montana: One in a Million
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Men and Legends
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Wish Gone Amiss
  • Actor
2007
75% Death & Texas
  • Spoade Perkins
2004
No Score Yet Elvis Has Left the Building
  • Hank
2004
No Score Yet Buzby the Misbehaving Bee
  • Actor
2004
82% Mulholland Drive
  • Gene
2001
No Score Yet Radical Jack
  • Jack
2001
No Score Yet Radical Jack
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Red Hot + Country
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Billy Ray Cyrus - One On One
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Grammy's Greatest Country Moments
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Billy Ray Cyrus: Dreams Come True
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Billy Ray Cyrus Live
  • Actor
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Performer
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • Reality cast member
50% Still the King
2011-2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Vernon Brownmule
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet 90210
2008-2013
  • Judd Ridge
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Appearing
  • Actor
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Performer
  • Guest
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice

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