71 (passed away Sep. 12th, 2003)
Feb. 26th, 1932
Kingsland, Arkansas, USA
Johnny Cash's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - The Winding Stream
2013 - My Father And The Man In Black
2007 - Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
2007 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream
2003 - The Hunted
1961 - Five Minutes to Live
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Musician (segment "Johnny Cash")
Himself - Special Guest Star
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.
- The band 'Coldplay' (qv) were supposed to record a song titled "Til Kingdom Comes" with him for their album "X&Y", but Cash died before that. They added the song as a hidden track and dedicated it to Cash. In their current "Twisted Logic Tour" they are playing this song in all the venues in addition to playing a cover of Johnny Cash's famous song "Ring of Fire". On the two nights(6 & 7 September 2005) at Madison Square Garden, New York they also dedicated the song "Til Kingdom Comes" to the victims of hurricane Katrina.
- Godfather of John Keach, the son of 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv) and 'James Keach' (qv).
- He was friends with every U.S. President starting with 'Richard Nixon' (qv). He was least close with the last two, 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv) and 'George W. Bush' (qv), because of a personal distrust for both men and because of his declining health. He was probably closest with 'Jimmy Carter (I)' (qv), who was actually a very close friend and distant relation of his wife, 'June Carter Cash' (qv). None of these friendships were about politics, as he never particularly supported any administration but was just friendly with the men.
- He was voted the 31st Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
- In the 1970s he tried to help his close friend, legendary Nashville guitarist 'Hank Garland' (qv), restart his career by bringing him into the studio to record.
- After his good friend 'Carl Perkins (I)' (qv) fell from grace due to a crippling car accident and alcoholism, Johnny took him on a touring guitarist and supported Perkins by performing songs written by him.
- Is mentioned in the Danish band Nephew's single "Superliga".
- 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).