71 (passed away Sep. 12th, 2003)
Feb. 26th, 1932
Kingsland, Arkansas, USA
Johnny Cash's Main TV Roles
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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.
- He was friends with every U.S. President starting with 'Richard Nixon' (qv). He was least close with the last two, 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv) and 'George W. Bush' (qv), because of a personal distrust for both men and because of his declining health. He was probably closest with 'Jimmy Carter (I)' (qv), who was actually a very close friend and distant relation of his wife, 'June Carter Cash' (qv). None of these friendships were about politics, as he never particularly supported any administration but was just friendly with the men.
- 2001: He was awarded the American National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts.
- 'Elvis Presley' (qv), 'Hank Williams (I)' (qv) and Johnny are the only three musicians to have been inducted both to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- His good friend 'Kris Kristofferson (I)' (qv) admitted that he wrote his well-known and not-entirely-flattering "Pilgrim" about Cash.
- 10/24/03: Stepdaughter 'Rosey Nix Adams' (qv), a country music singer, died. Cause of death was accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from six heaters on her bus. She was 45.
- Brother of 'Reba Hancock' (qv) and 'Joanne Cash Yates' (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).
- Godfather of John Keach, the son of 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv) and 'James Keach' (qv).