42 (passed away Aug. 16th, 1977)
Jan. 8th, 1935
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Entertainer
Elvis Aaron Presley (born January 8, 1935) in East Tupelo, Mississippi. In September 1948 when Elvis was 13, he and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from Humes High School in Memphis, Elvis took odd jobs working as a movie theater usher and a truck driver for Crown Electric Company. He began singing locally as "The Hillbilly Cat", then signed with a local recording company, then in 1955 with RCA. He did much to establish early rock and roll music, bringing black blues singing into the white, teenage mainstream. Teenage girls became hysterical over his blatantly sexual gyrations, particularly the one that got him nicknamed "Elvis the Pelvis" (TV cameras were not permitted to film below his waist). At the time of his death, he had sold over 600-million singles and albums.
In 1956 following his 6 TV appearances on The Dorsey Brothers'" Stage Show" , Elvis was cast in his first acting role in a supporting part in Love Me Tender (1956), the first of 33 movies he starred in. Critics blasted most of his films, but they did very well at the box-office earning upwards of $150 million total. Elvis's military service in the late 1950s and the "British invasion" of the 1960s reduced his concerts, though not his movie/recording income. Through the 1960s, Elvis settled in Hollywood where he starred in over 20 movies, acting alongside some of the most well known character actors in Hollywood.
Elvis made a comeback in the 1970s with live concert appearances starting in early 1970 in Las Vegas with over 57 sold-out shows. Elvis toured throughout the USA appearing on-stage in over 500 live appearances, many of them sold out shows. But the stress of constantly traveling as well as his increasing weight gain and dependence upon stimulants and depressants took their toll. Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 at his mansion in Graceland, near Memphis at age 42. Since his death, his Memphis home Graceland has become a shrine for millions of followers worldwide. Elvis impersonators and purported sightings have become stock subjects for humorists.
- He did not pass an audition for CBS TV's "Talent Scouts" (March 1955) just 9 months before his successful debut on "Stage Show" on the same network.
- "Heartbreak Hotel", which spent 17 weeks at #1 on Billboard's country chart (and 10 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100) was the #1 country song of 1956.
- Has been portrayed by 'Val Kilmer' (qv), 'Harvey Keitel' (qv), 'Jonathan Rhys Meyers' (qv), 'Kurt Russell (I)' (qv), 'Don Johnson (I)' (qv), 'Bruce Campbell (I)' (qv), 'David Keith (I)' (qv), 'Rob Youngblood' (qv) and 'Peter Dobson (I)' (qv).
- Lived with 'Linda Thompson (I)' (qv) for four and a half years years, from 1972 to 1976. She was a former "Miss Tennessee," actress and songwriter. Other than 'Priscilla Presley' (qv), Thompson was the most significant romantic relationship that Elvis ever had.
- Was director 'Robert Wise (I)' (qv)'s original choice to play Tony in _West Side Story (1961)_ (qv).
- Turned down leading role in _The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)_ (qv), which went to his friend 'Roy Orbison' (qv).
- He had two full face-lifts and rhinoplasty during the mid-1970s. On one of these visits to hospital he was accompanied by 'Linda Thompson (I)' (qv).
- He was a huge fan of Rev. Dr. 'Martin Luther King' (qv) Jr. and had requested to meet him in 1966, but the meeting never happened.