Dwight Yoakam

Highest Rated: 96% Sling Blade (1996)
Lowest Rated: 13% Waking Up in Reno (2002)
Birthday: Oct 23, 1956
Birthplace: Pikeville, Kentucky, USA
A top-selling country music star since the mid-'80s, multi-talented Dwight Yoakam branched out into acting in the 1990s.Born in Kentucky, Yoakam was raised in Ohio and attended college at Ohio State University. Inspired by music since childhood, Yoakam dropped out of school to move to Nashville in the late '70s. Finding the Nashville scene less than accommodating for his interpretation of country music, Yoakam subsequently headed to Los Angeles. Striking music gold with his first album in 1986, Yoakam became a renowned country-rock singer/songwriter of the '80s and '90s. Casting an eye on another facet of Los Angeles' entertainment world, Yoakam began acting. After appearing on TV, Yoakam played a truck driver in John Dahl's acclaimed neo-noir Red Rock West (1993); he then provided the music score for Red Rock West star Dennis Hopper's 1994 comedy Chasers. Yoakam played a larger part in the TV docudrama Roswell (1994) (not to be mistaken for the 1999 teen series). After moving to a starring role as a rodeo clown in the action movie Painted Hero (1995), Yoakam earned critical raves for his intense performance as an abusive drunk in Billy Bob Thornton's Oscar-winning drama Sling Blade (1996). Yoakam again garnered positive notices (though the movie did not) as a humble safecracking associate of the titular gang in The Newton Boys (1998). Sticking with off-center screen fare, Yoakam subsequently starred as one of the detectives that Owen Wilson's serial killer Van imagines is stalking him in Hampton Fancher's idiosyncratic crime story The Minus Man (1999). Aiming to try more creative pursuits, Yoakam wrote and directed, as well as scored and starred in, his next film, South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000). Yoakam returned to acting in David Fincher's thriller The Panic Room (2001). Yet despite his neverending drive to entertain, it wasn't all showbiz for the former country-boy made good, and in early 2006 Yoakam would team up with Modern Foods to produce his very own line of southern-flavored frozen foods. With products such as Dwight Yoakam's Chicken Lickin's Chicken Fries, Lanky Links Pork, Sausage Links, and Boom Boom Shrimp, the Grammy-winning recording artist and increasingly popular actor would do his very best to ensure that his fans were well fed. A 2005 new album entitled Blame the Vain found Yoakam recapturing the energy and intensity that defined his earliest and best musical efforts, and following a role as a neglectful sheriff in Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Buriels of Melquaides Estrada and a rare comedic turn in Wedding Crashers, Yoakam sould next be seen in the edge-of-your-seat assassin-on-the-run action thriller Crank. He had a bit part in the comedy Four Christmases, and returned for the sequel Crank High Voltage. He made a few more film appearances, but returned to music in 2012 with the release of his album 3 Pears.


Highest Rated Movies



92% Logan Lucky Warden Burns $27.7M 2017
No Score Yet Boomtown John Turner Sr. 2017
24% 90 Minutes In Heaven Cecil Beaumont 2015
33% Dirty Girl Joseph $54.1K 2011
50% Bloodworth Boyd Bloodworth $10.1K 2011
No Score Yet The Last Rites of Ransom Pride Rev. Pride 2010
No Score Yet 2:13 Shop Owner 2009
64% Crank 2: High Voltage Doc Miles $13.7M 2009
24% Four Christmases Pastor Phil $120.2M 2008
59% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland Actor $0.5M 2008
62% Bandidas Tyler Jackson 2006
61% Crank Doc Miles $27.9M 2006
85% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Sheriff Belmont $5M 2006
No Score Yet Dwight Yoakam: Live from Austin, TX Actor 2005
75% Wedding Crashers Mr. Kroeger $209.3M 2005
No Score Yet 3-Way Herbert 2004
No Score Yet Return to Sin City - A Tribute to Gram Parsons Actor 2004
No Score Yet Our Country Actor 2003
13% Waking Up in Reno Producer 2002
75% Panic Room Raoul $95.4M 2002
No Score Yet Hank Williams: In the Hank Williams Tradition Actor 2002
14% South of Heaven, West of Hell Director Valentine Casey 2000
60% The Minus Man Blair 1999
No Score Yet When Trumpets Fade Lieutenant Colonel 1998
63% The Newton Boys Brentwood Glasscock 1998
No Score Yet Painted Hero Virgil Kidder 1997
96% Sling Blade Doyle Hargraves 1996
No Score Yet Don't Look Back Skipper 1996
No Score Yet The Little Death Bobby Lomax 1996
No Score Yet Dwight Yoakam: Pieces of Time Actor 1994
No Score Yet Roswell Mac Brazel 1994
No Score Yet Roswell: The U.F.O. Cover-Up Actor 1994
No Score Yet Harley-Davidson: The American Motorcycle Actor 1993
95% Red Rock West Truck Driver 1993
No Score Yet In the Hank Williams Tradition Actor 1990
No Score Yet Real Country Actor 1990
No Score Yet War Party Actor 1989
No Score Yet Dwight Yoakam - Just Looking for a Hit Actor 1989
No Score Yet Young Country Actor 1988


82% Goliath
Wendell Corey
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • 2017
No Score Yet Drunk History
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • 2016
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Big Interview With Dan Rather
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • 2015
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
Guest Performer
  • 2015
  • 2012
69% Under the Dome
Lyle Lyle Chumley
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2000
82% Wilfred
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • 2005
No Score Yet King of the Hill
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Performer Musical Guest
  • 1994