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 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream
2007 - Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
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 video for "Hurt", from the album "The Man Comes Around" was voted greatest music video ever made accoridng to a panel assembled by the UK newspaper "The Guardian".
- His good friend 'Kris Kristofferson (I)' (qv) admitted that he wrote his well-known and not-entirely-flattering "Pilgrim" about Cash.
- Apart from his performances at Folsom Prison and San Quentin, Cash also performed at Österåkeranstalten (The Österåker Prison) north of Stockholm, Sweden in 1972. The recording was released in 1973. Between the songs Cash can be heard speaking Swedish which was greatly appreciated by the inmates.
- Is portrayed by 'Joaquin Phoenix' (qv) in _Walk the Line (2005)_ (qv).
- Recorded entire albums live in Folsom and San Quentin Prisons, in front of highly receptive audiences of convicts.
- In the years shortly before his death, he recorded songs by other contemporary artists, including cover versions of 'U2 (I)' (qv)'s "One", 'Depeche Mode' (qv)'s "Personal Jesus", 'Richard Thompson (VII)' (qv)'s "Tear Stained Letter", 'Paul Simon (I)' (qv) and 'Art Garfunkel' (qv)'s "Bridge Over Troubled Water", 'Tom Petty' (qv)'s "I Won't Back Down", 'Loudon Wainwright III' (qv)'s "The Man Who Couldn't Cry", 'Ewan MacColl' (qv)'s "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and the song "Thirteen" written especially for him by gothic rocker 'Glenn Danzig' (qv).
- 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.
- 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.