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.
- 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.
- Was a friend of 'Elvis Presley' (qv).
- 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 songwriting went from a brief process to a very long one as he aged and his health declined. He wrote the song "Big River" while on a short boat-ride across the Hudson River in the 1950s, while he spent weeks crafting "The Man Comes Around," one of the last songs he wrote.
- Father of 'Tara Cash (I)' (qv)
- He chose songs for a running series of compilations of songs that comprised the main themes of his work. The first three compilations are titled "Love", mostly songs he wrote for 'June Carter Cash' (qv), "God", a series of gospels and "Murder", perhaps his favorite subject, but one whose title he encouraged people "not to go out and do". Released slightly later was "Life", mostly songs about hard work and economic struggling.
- Recorded entire albums live in Folsom and San Quentin Prisons, in front of highly receptive audiences of convicts.
- He was voted the 31st Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.