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.
- The son of poor cotton farmers, whose economic and personal struggles during the Depression (when Johnny was growing up) shaped him as a person and inspired many of his songs.
- Recorded entire albums live in Folsom and San Quentin Prisons, in front of highly receptive audiences of convicts.
- Although he could bear it, he disliked being defined as a "country" artist, feeling that his music wasn't really genre-defined and noting that he often stood well outside of the Nashville mainstream (particularly towards the end of his career). Technically, his music contains elements of rock 'n' roll, folk music, bluegrass, blues and gospel as well as country-style music.
- Father of 'Cindy Cash' (qv).
- He was addicted to speed (usually with alcohol or morphine as a chaser) through much of his 20s until 1967, when 'June Carter Cash' (qv) and numerous members of his friends and family staged an arduous but successful intervention. It is thought that Cash had an addiction personality which he may have inherited from his genes, as many members of his family were addicts to various vices.
- Along with 'Elvis Presley' (qv), 'Jerry Lee Lewis' (qv) and 'Carl Perkins (I)' (qv), he was a member of celebrated "The Million Dollar Quartet". They got that name because they were money-makers for 'Sam Phillips (IV)' (qv)' Sun Records Label.
- Great-uncle of 'Kellye Cash' (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).