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 - 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.
- Cash and "American Recordings" posted a "thank you" to the Nashville country music industry in Billboard Magazine after winning the Grammy for best country record for "Unchained" in the form of the infamous photo of Johnny angrily giving the middle finger to the camera taken back in 1969 during his San Quentin prison performance. Cash did this because he was enraged by Nashville having pretty much left behind him and other aging "country" artists who had defined the genre to make room for the more pop-oriented new country artists, like 'Garth Brooks' (qv).
- Son-in-law of 'Mother Maybelle Carter' (qv).
- He went through much of the 1970s on a sanctimonious cloud, having associated himself with evangelists, turned his shows into gospel performances where he encouraged people to accept Jesus Christ and condemned blatant sexuality and violence in culture. Cash said in the 1990s that, although his faith remained as strong as ever and many of his songs expressed this, his attitudes had changes and he found his 1970s overzealousness distasteful, having learned to respect that people should have their own beliefs.
- 2001: He was awarded the American National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts.
- Stated in an interview with 'Larry King (I)' (qv) that his favorite country singer is 'Dwight Yoakam' (qv).
- Kingsland, AR (pop. 477), is also the birthplace of Paul "Bear" Bryant, one of the greatest football coaches of all time (University of Alabama).
- 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.