71 (passed away Sep. 12th, 2003)
Feb. 26th, 1932
Kingsland, Arkansas, USA
Johnny Cash's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- His older brother (the sibling Johnny was closest to as a child) died in a horrible accident involving a buzz saw when Johnny was young, and it was never clear whether it was accidental, suicide, or even murder. Wracked with guilt, Johnny, by most accounts, never got over the death (it was a little-known, personal obsession of his to investigate the incident) and it is widely thought that his dark world view was shaped by it.
- His good friend 'Kris Kristofferson (I)' (qv) admitted that he wrote his well-known and not-entirely-flattering "Pilgrim" about Cash.
- Is the only person besides 'Hank Williams (I)' (qv) to have been inducted into the Songwriters, Country Music, and Rock And Roll Halls of Fame.
- In the 1980s he found love letters to wife 'June Carter Cash' (qv) from 'Elvis Presley' (qv) in their attic. Upon finding these, he burned them.
- 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.
- Was a friend of 'Elvis Presley' (qv).
- He had assumed in his younger days that he was mainly Irish and preferred to think he was at least partially Native-American. However, upon researching his ancestry, he found he was of completely Scottish heritage. As a matter of fact, he found records of direct ancestors in Scotland who shared the name "Cash" dating back to the 16th century.
- Father of 'Tara Cash (I)' (qv)