71 (passed away Sep. 12th, 2003)
Feb. 26th, 1932
Kingsland, Arkansas, USA
Johnny Cash's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
2007 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream
2005 - No Direction Home
2003 - The Hunted
1961 - Five Minutes to Live
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Musician (segment "Johnny Cash")
Himself - Singer
Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas. He made his first single, "Hey Porter", for Sun Records in 1955. In 1958 he moved to Columbia Records. He had long periods of drug abuse during the 1960s, but later that decade he successfully fought his addiction with the help of singer June Carter Cash, whom he married in 1968. In 1971 he appeared in the western A Gunfight (1971) with Kirk Douglas (I). Cash made a few films but quite a few appearances on television, both in series and made-for-TV films, and was especially effective as a rural Southern sheriff in the 1930s determined to bring to justice a wealthy landowner who committed murder because he believed he was above the law, in Murder in Coweta County (1983) (TV), a drama based on a true story. In 1975 Cash wrote his autobiography, "Man In Black", which is now out of print. In the late 1980s he moved from Columbia Records to Mercury, then in the next decade moved again to American Recordings.
Amonst his biggest hit records was "I Walk the Line", "Ring of Fire" and "A Boy Named Sue".
After several years of ill health, he died of complications from diabetes on 12 September 2003, only a few months after the death of his beloved wife.
- In the years shortly before his death, he recorded songs by other contemporary artists, including cover versions of 'U2 (I)' (qv)'s "One", 'Depeche Mode' (qv)'s "Personal Jesus", 'Richard Thompson (VII)' (qv)'s "Tear Stained Letter", 'Paul Simon (I)' (qv) and 'Art Garfunkel' (qv)'s "Bridge Over Troubled Water", 'Tom Petty' (qv)'s "I Won't Back Down", 'Loudon Wainwright III' (qv)'s "The Man Who Couldn't Cry", 'Ewan MacColl' (qv)'s "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and the song "Thirteen" written especially for him by gothic rocker 'Glenn Danzig' (qv).
- Contrary to popular belief, he never served more than one night in prison (he was held in jail overnight once after being caught smuggling 1,163 amphetamine tablets across from Mexico). He actually wrote "Folsom Prison Blues" after seeing the documentary _Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)_ (qv).
- His size varied considerably over time. Standing 6' 2", he weighed about 200 pounds as a young man, but then his weight plummeted to an unhealthy 140 pounds when his drug addiction was at its peak in the mid-1960s. His weight increased when he kicked his habits, and he eventually became overweight, weighing about 250 pounds by his 50s.
- During his early shows the "Tennessee Two", he would frequently make mocking introductions of his bandmates. He would introduce laconic guitarist 'Luther Perkins' (qv), who was secretly terrified of performing in public, and add either that he was in "rigor mortis" or that his pulse had been checked beforehand to make sure he was still alive. Then he would introduce bassist 'Marshall Grant (II)' (qv), who would usually hop around and dance with great energy as he chewed gum at shows, as "playing the chewing gum."
- The video for "Hurt", from the album "The Man Comes Around" was voted greatest music video ever made accoridng to a panel assembled by the UK newspaper "The Guardian".
- Brother of 'Reba Hancock' (qv) and 'Joanne Cash Yates' (qv).
- The US Air Force would not accept "J.R." as a given name when he enlisted, so he became John R. Cash. He signed for Sun Records in 1955 (a year after his discharge) and had his name changed again ... to Johnny Cash
- He was often at odds with his producers after he had discovered with his first producer ('Sam Phillips (IV)' (qv)) that his voice was better suited to a stripped-down musical style. Most famously he disagreed with 'Jack Clement' (qv) over his sound, Clement having tried to give Cash's songs a "twangy" feel and to add strings and barbershop-quartet-style singers. His successful collaboration with 'Rick Rubin' (qv) was in part due to Rubin seeking a minimalist sound for his songs.