Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Highest Rated: 100% Songwriter (1984)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Apr 29, 1933

Birthplace: Abbott, Texas, USA

As a key architect of the outlaw country movement in the '70s, Willie Nelson is one of the most influential artists in country music history. But he had an alternately fruitful and frustrating decade-plus career before his outlaw era arrived. Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas on April 29, 1933, and began writing songs in the '50s. He released his first single, "No Place For Me," in 1957 and moved to Houston the following year, where he really kicked off his career. Nelson relocated to Nashville in 1960, where he began writing for other artists as well as making his own records. He proved to be much more successful at the former - his tunes became hits (and classics) for many artists in the '60s, including Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron Young ("Hello Walls"), Billy Walker ("Funny How Time Slips Away"), and Roy Orbison ("Pretty Paper"). Nelson released his first LP, And Then I Wrote, in 1962, but his first few albums didn't gain much commercial traction. And apart from a pair of singles that year, he wouldn't come near the country Top 10 again until 1975. Nelson was perpetually frustrated with Chet Atkins' slick "Nashville Sound" production on his RCA albums, and he abandoned Nashville in 1972 for Austin, where a hippie-informed counterculture with an interest in less commercial country was growing. Signing a new deal with Atlantic, he reinvented himself with 1973's raw, organic Shotgun Willie, which, along with Waylon Jennings' contemporaneous Honky Tonk Heroes, launched the influential outlaw country revolution. He spent the '70s releasing idiosyncratic, often conceptual albums that brought him a new audience and established him as a country icon, including the iconic Western parable Red Headed Stranger. In 1978, Nelson crossed over to mainstream success with the biggest album of his career, the multi-Platinum Stardust, on which he interpreted standards by Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, et al, though he never abandoned his scruffy, longhaired country hippie image. More huge crossover success followed with such ubiquitous hits as 1980's "On the Road Again" (from his sole starring film role, in the country music drama "Honeysuckle Rose") and 1982's "Always on My Mind." In 1984 he made an even bigger mainstream splash with "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," a duet with Julio Iglesias. In the decades to come, the incredibly prolific Nelson would maintain a dizzying schedule of album releases and concert tours, remaining a vital musical force well into his eighties.

Highest rated movies

Songwriter
Barbarosa
Thief
The Unforeseen
Wag the Dog
The Electric Horseman
Honeysuckle Rose
Paradox

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
95% 90% Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President Self - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Waiting for the Miracle to Come Jimmy Riggs (Character) - 2018
29% 37% Paradox Unknown (Character) - 2018
75% 62% Lost in London Self - 2017
No Score Yet 80% Pure Country: Pure Heart Self - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The American Epic Sessions Music Performer - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story Self - 2016
29% 52% Angels Sing Nick (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Legalize It Executive Producer - 2012
No Score Yet 64% Save the Farm Unknown (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 73% Hempsters: Plant the Seed Unknown (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Delta Rising Unknown (Character) - 2009
0% 62% Beer for My Horses Charlie (Character) $666.0K 2008
38% 41% Swing Vote Self $16.3M 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The King of Texas Unknown (Character) - 2008
20% 47% The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Uncle Jesse Duke (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fighting With Anger Will (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2007
14% 22% Blonde Ambition Pap Paw (Character) $4.7K 2007
90% 69% The Unforeseen Unknown (Character) - 2007
5% 87% Broken Bridges Self $251.8K 2006
14% 47% The Dukes of Hazzard Uncle Jesse (Character) $80.3M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Willie Nelson and Friends: Outlaws & Angels Unknown (Character) - 2004
94% 91% Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt Self $129.4K 2004
16% 24% The Big Bounce Joe Lurie (Character) $6.5M 2004
31% 33% The Country Bears Self $17.0M 2002
No Score Yet 42% The Journeyman Samuel Hancock (Character) - 2001
52% 71% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Self $206.0M 1999
29% 81% Half Baked Historian Smoker (Character) $17.5M 1998
No Score Yet 54% Outlaw Justice Lee Walker (Character) - 1998
4% 37% Gone Fishin' Billy (Catch) Pooler (Character) $19.7M 1997
86% 76% Wag the Dog Johnny Dean (Character) $43.0M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starlight Grampa Lium (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story Self - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dust to Dust Lawyer Neil Morris (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind Billy Roy Rodriguez (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Texas Wind Self - 1991
No Score Yet 40% Pair of Aces Billy Roy Barker (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Texas Guns John Henry Lee (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 70% Baja Oklahoma Self - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where the Hell's That Gold? Cross (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking After Midnight Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dynamite and Gold Cross (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 44% Once Upon a Texas Train John Henry Lee (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 44% Stagecoach Doc Holliday (Character),
Executive Producer,
Original Music
- 1986
No Score Yet 69% The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Gen. Jo Shelby (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red-Headed Stranger 9607 (Character),
Producer,
Original Music
- 1986
100% 44% Songwriter Doc Jenkins (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 83% Coming Out of the Ice Red Loon (Character) - 1982
100% 71% Barbarosa Barbarosa (Character) - 1982
94% 81% Thief Okla (Character) - 1981
50% 76% Honeysuckle Rose Buck Bonham (Character) - 1980
64% 57% The Electric Horseman Wendell Hickson (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration Self - 1979

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
Guest
2014-2016 2018 2020-2021
No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
Guest
2019-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Daily Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2011-2012 2017 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot 20 Countdown Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2020
No Score Yet 43% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2015 2018 2020
No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2014 2020
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2015 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 100% Austin City Limits Music Performer 2009 2015 2019
64% 72% The Muppets Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saving My Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 2014-2015
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2006 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Music Performer 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet AXS TV Concerts Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning: Saturday Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Piers Morgan Tonight Unknown (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soundstage Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Huckabee Music Performer 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Early Show Guest 2008
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2007
91% 88% Monk Willie Nelson (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Ghost: Coast to Coast Guest 2001
85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2000
No Score Yet 100% Dr. Quinn Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 1998
No Score Yet 56% King of the Hill Unknown (Guest Voice) 1997
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1977 1987 1993
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1986