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.
- 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."
- Brother-in-law of 'Ray Liberto' (qv).
- Johnny's "Hurt" was the theme song of WWE's Raw Tribute to the late 'Eddie Guerrero (I)' (qv). The song plays while Guerrero's memorial is playing.
- Is portrayed by 'Joaquin Phoenix' (qv) in _Walk the Line (2005)_ (qv).
- Son-in-law of 'Mother Maybelle Carter' (qv).
- Was often the subject of humorous sketches on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv). He was usually portrayed by the late 'Phil Hartman (I)' (qv) and, later, has been occasionally played by 'Darrell Hammond' (qv). Coincidentally, both funnymen were best known for playing another famous Arkansas native, 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv).
- His album, "The Man Comes Around", features his rendition of 'Nine Inch Nails' (qv)' "Hurt". NIN's frontman 'Trent Reznor' (qv) admitted that at first he was angry about the cover, as he wrote it from a deeply personal point of view. However, when he heard the song and saw the video for the first time, he was deeply moved and found Cash's cover beautiful and meaningful.
- When invited to perform at the White House for the first time in 1972, President 'Richard Nixon' (qv)'s office requested that he play "Okie from Muskogee" (a 'Merle Haggard' (qv) song that negatively portrays youthful drug users and war protesters) and "Welfare Cadillac" (a Guy Drake song that derides the integrity of welfare recipients). It was reported that Cash refused to play either song because he apparently found both songs morally reprehensible. However he refused to play either song because he did not have enough time to learn the songs with the band before the performance. He ended up playing a series of his own more left-leaning,politically-charged songs, including "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" (about a brave Native- American World War II veteran who was racially mistreated upon his return to Arizona) and "Man in Black" (which contains angry, anti-war lyrics, which Cash almost certainly wrote about the Vietnam War).