Dwight Yoakam - Rotten Tomatoes

Dwight Yoakam



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.

Photos

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
24% 90 Minutes In Heaven
  • Cecil Beaumont
2015
27% Dirty Girl
  • Joseph
2011
50% Bloodworth
  • Boyd Bloodworth
2011
No Score Yet The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
  • Rev. Pride
2010
No Score Yet 2:13
  • Shop Owner
2009
63% Crank 2: High Voltage
  • Doc Miles
2009
25% Four Christmases
  • Pastor Phil
2008
58% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Dwight Yoakam - The Grand Tour
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Dwight Yoakam: In Concert
  • Actor
2007
62% Bandidas
  • Tyler Jackson
2006
61% Crank
  • Doc Miles
2006
85% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  • Sheriff Belmont
2006
No Score Yet Dwight Yoakam - Live
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Dwight Yoakam: Live from Austin, TX
  • Actor
2005
75% Wedding Crashers
  • Mr. Kroeger
2005
No Score Yet 3-Way
  • Herbert
2004
No Score Yet Return to Sin City - A Tribute to Gram Parsons
  • Actor
2004
30% Hollywood Homicide
  • Leroy Wasley
2003
No Score Yet Our Country
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Essential Music Videos - Classic Country
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Essential Music Videos - Hot Country
  • Actor
2003
13% Waking Up in Reno
  • Producer
2002
76% Panic Room
  • Raoul
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 Roy Orbison: The Anthology
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet When Trumpets Fade
  • Lieutenant Colonel
1998
62% 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 Dwight Yoakam - Pieces of Time
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Harley-Davidson: The American Motorcycle
  • Actor
1993
95% Red Rock West
  • Truck Driver
1993
No Score Yet Country's Cutting Edge
  • Actor
1992
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
No Score Yet Carson Country
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Countrified
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Performer
77% Goliath
2016
  • Wendell Corey
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Performer
69% Under the Dome
2013-2015
  • Lyle Lyle Chumley
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
1983
  • Actor
  • Performer
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Performer
  • Guest
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Performer
75% Wilfred
2011-2014
  • Bruce
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Performer
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Musical Guest

Quotes from Dwight Yoakam's Characters