Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1933-04-30 (91 years old)

Biography

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. Nelson was one of the main figures of the Outlaw Movement, a subgenre of Country music that developed between the end of 1960s and early 1980s. The critical success of the albums Shotgun Willie, Phases and Stages, and the commercial success of Red Headed Stranger made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. Nelson is also recognized for his contributions to charity, he is the president and one of the founding members of Farm Aid charity concert, and his activism for the legalization of marijuana and for the use of bio-fuels.


Nelson started studying music from mail order material that his grandparents gave him. He wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at nine. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Fiddlers as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force. However, he was discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1965 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry.


Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. He is the co-founder and president of Farm Aid, and has been contributing to the benefit concert series since the first event in 1985, organizing concerts and performing with other prominent artists. Nelson is also the Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.


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Filmography

all 203

Movies 165

self 145

TV Shows 38

Narrator 1

Introductory Narrator
Ma Boy Love Me

Ma Boy Love Me (2024)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
This Is Pop

This Is Pop (2021)

TV
Self (archive footage)
My Darling Vivian

My Darling Vivian (2020)

Movie
Wedding Band Member
Get a Job

Get a Job (2011)

Movie
Self - Musician
Fuel

Fuel (2008)

Movie
Compositeur, Guitare, Artiste principal, Voix
Outlaw Country: Live from Austin, TX

Outlaw Country: Live from Austin, TX (2006)

Movie
Self (uncredited)
Beerfest

Beerfest (2006)

Movie
6
Compositeur, Guitare, Artiste principal, Voix
Willie Nelson: Live from Austin TX

Willie Nelson: Live from Austin TX (2006)

Movie
Theme Song Performance
Squidbillies

Squidbillies (2004)

TV
6
Self - Musical Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)

TV
6.3
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Monk

Monk (2002)

TV
5.76
Self - Performer
CMT Crossroads

CMT Crossroads (2002)

TV
Historian Smoker
Half Baked

Half Baked (1998)

Movie
6
Billy 'Catch' Pooler
Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin' (1997)

Movie
Willie Nelson (voice)
King of the Hill

King of the Hill (1997)

TV
7
Himself (National Anthem)
WWE WrestleMania VII

WWE WrestleMania VII (1991)

Movie
Billy Roy Barker
Pair of Aces

Pair of Aces (1990)

Movie
Willie Nelson (voice)
The Simpsons

The Simpsons (1989)

TV
6.75
Self (archive footage)
Champs-Elysées

Champs-Elysées (1982)

TV
David 'Okla' Bertinneau
Thief

Thief (1981)

Movie
3.88
Self - Musical Guest / Self - Host & Musical Guest
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live (1975)

TV
6.36
Willie Nelson
Wild Texas Wind

Wild Texas Wind

TV

Ratings

Average 5.84
Based on 1.69 Million movie and tv ratings over time
1969
1993
2006
1996
2024
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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1933-04-30 (91 years old)

Birth Name
Willie Hugh Nelson

Birth Place
Abbott, Texas, USA

Relationships
Martha Matthews (1952-01-01 - 1962-01-01), Shirley Collie Nelson (1963-01-12 - 1971-01-01), http://www.wikidata.org/.well-known/genid/aabb0cc769f9b30c8fb5714efb6ee6e2 (1971-01-01 - 1988-01-01)

Spouse
http://www.wikidata.org/.well-known/genid/efb8ab76ee30ec5b8939af371e7678df

Children
Lukas Nelson, Paula Nelson, Micah Nelson

Siblings
Bobbie Nelson

Citizenships
United States of America

Residences
Fort Worth · Austin · Nashville · Arkansas, United States of America

Also Known As
The Highwaymen, Willie Hugh Nelson

Awards
Gershwin Prize, Kennedy Center Honors, American Music Award of Merit, Grammy Legend Award, Favorite Country Male Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Country Album, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Grammy Award for Best Country Song, Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Country Single, Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting

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