Levon Helm

Levon Helm

Highest Rated: 98% The Last Waltz (1978)

Lowest Rated: 14% Feeling Minnesota (1996)

Birthday: May 26, 1940

Birthplace: Marvell, Arkansas, USA

A much-loved figure in American music, Levon Helm was a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose Arkansas upbringing lent a genuine country feel to his work with The Band, which included the seminal songs "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek." He began playing music in his teens, eventually joining rockabilly veteran Ronnie Hawkins in the Hawks, who enjoyed a pair of modest hits in the early 1960s. Helm and his fellow Hawks Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson eventually formed their own group, which became The Band, Bob Dylan's one-time backing band during his conversion to rock-n-roll in the mid-1960s. The Band eventually established themselves as a formidable music entity apart from Dylan through a series of acclaimed albums that merged country, rock, blues and folk and laid the groundwork for what would eventually become known as Americana. When The Band split in 1976, Helm released solo efforts while enjoying a successful second career as an actor in "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980), among other films. In 1996, he was struck with throat cancer, which robbed him of his voice; he began organizing informal shows at his home in Woodstock that attracted major musicians to serve as his sidemen. The return of his distinctive voice preceded three Grammy-winning solo albums, but by 2012, the cancer had returned, eventually claiming his life in April of that year. His death robbed American music of one of its most enthusiastic and indomitable talents.

Highest rated movies

Smooth Talk
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Staying Together
End of the Line
In the Electric Mist
Fire Down Below
Feeling Minnesota




58% 34% In the Electric Mist Kelly Drummond (Character) - 2009
85% 81% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Old Man With Radio (Character) $5.0M 2005
67% 72% The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico Self - 2005
14% 36% Fire Down Below Reverend Bob Goodall (Character) $16.1M 1997
14% 27% Feeling Minnesota Bible Salesman (Character) $3.1M 1996
80% 54% Staying Together Denny Stockton (Character) $4.1M 1989
60% 41% End of the Line Leo Pickett (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elvis '56 Narrator - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man Outside Sheriff Leland Laughlin (Character) - 1987
92% 45% Smooth Talk Harry (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 93% The Dollmaker Clovis (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Best Revenge Bo (Character) - 1982
87% 86% Coal Miner's Daughter Ted Webb (Character) - 1980
98% 94% The Last Waltz Self $322.0K 1978


No Score Yet No Score Yet Spectacle: Elvis Costello With ... Music Performer 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Music Performer 2009
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1977