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Willie Nelson

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. Nelson was one of the main figures of the Outlaw Movement, a subgenre of Country music that developed between the end of 1960s and early 1980s. The critical success of the albums Shotgun Willie, Phases and Stages, and the commercial success of Red Headed Stranger made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. Nelson is also recognized for his contributions to charity, he is the president and one of the founding members of Farm Aid charity concert, and his activism for the legalization of marijuana and for the use of bio-fuels. Nelson started studying music from mail order material that his grandparents gave him. He wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at nine. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Fiddlers as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force. However, he was discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1965 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry. In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album, Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he confirmed his move to outlaw country with the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws, which he recorded with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. During the mid 1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like "On the Road Again", "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", and "Pancho & Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. Nelson explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk. Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film, The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television. Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. He is the co-founder and president of Farm Aid, and has been contributing to the benefit concert series since the first event in 1985, organizing concerts and performing with other prominent artists. Nelson is also the Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas. Description above from the Wikipedia article Willie Nelson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Apr 30, 1933 In Abbott, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 1969-01-22
Latest Project:
Movie Willie Nelson at the Teatro - The complete sessions 2017-10-27
Known For
Poster of Beer for My Horses
Poster of Swing Vote
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of The Simpsons
Movie Willie Nelson at the Teatro - The complete sessions 2017-10-27
Movie Lost in London Willie Nelson 2017-01-19
Series A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Unknown 2016
Movie Zoolander 2 Willie Nelson 2016-02-06
Movie Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl Himself 2016-03-04
Movie Road to Austin 2014-03-13
Movie All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State Himself 2014-04-28
Movie Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Himself 2013-09-07
Movie Angels Sing Nick 2013-10-19
Movie John Mellencamp: It's About You 2012-01-04
Movie I Ride Willie Nelson 2011-05-12
Movie Hollywood Speaks Up Himself 2011-06-10
Movie The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story Himself 2010-06-15
Movie OK Buckaroos 2010-11-16
Movie Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Play the Music of Ray Charles Himself - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar 2009-10-20
Movie Happiness Is Himself 2009-07-30
Movie Swing Vote Willie Nelson 2008-08-01
Movie Beer for My Horses Charlie 2008-08-08
Movie Hempsters: Plant the Seed Himself 2008-05-25
Movie Surfer, Dude Farmer Bob 2008-09-05
Movie A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Himself 2008-11-23
Movie The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Jesse Duke 2007-03-04
Movie Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing, Live Lui même 2007-03-06
Movie Opry Video Classics: Hall of Fame 2007-11-21
Movie Blonde Ambition Pap Paw 2007-12-21
Movie American Revolutions: The Highwaymen Himself 2006-09-26
Movie Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: Where the Music Began self 2005-07-26
Movie Be Here to Love Me Himself - Musician 2005-04-03
Series The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Movie The Dukes of Hazzard Uncle Jesse Duke 2005-08-05
Movie The Big Bounce Joe Lurie 2004-01-30
Series CMA Music Festival Unknown 2004-07-14
Movie Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' Himself 2003-05-26
Movie The Highwaymen: On the Road Again Himself 2003-07-15
Series CMT Crossroads Unknown 2002-01-13
Movie Waylon Jennings: Renegade. Outlaw. Legend. Himself 2002-03-26
Movie The Country Bears Himself 2002-07-26
Series Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
Movie Willie Nelson: Live in Amsterdam Himself 2001-07-03
Movie The Story of Darrell Royal Himself 1999-01-01
Movie Outlaw Justice Lee Walker 1999-01-24
Movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Willie Nelson 1999-06-08
Movie A Tribute To Johnny Cash Performer 1999-06-04
Movie Half Baked Historian Smoker 1998-01-16
Movie Gone Fishin' Billy 'Catch' Pooler 1997-05-30
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Wag the Dog Johnny Dean 1997-12-25
Movie Starlight 1996-01-01
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Movie Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story Willie Nelson 1995-01-22
Series Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
Series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Unknown 1993-01-01
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind 1991-01-01
Movie Wild Texas Wind Himself 1991-09-23
Movie Pair of Aces Billy Roy Barker 1990-01-01
Movie Highwaymen: Live 1990-03-28
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Once Upon A Texas Train John Henry Lee 1988-01-03
Movie Walking After Midnight 1988-01-01
Movie Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? Cross 1988-11-13
Movie Heartbeat Himself 1987-05-10
Movie Red Headed Stranger 1986-01-01
Movie The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Gen. Jo Shelby 1986-02-17
Movie Stagecoach Doc Holliday 1986-05-18
Series Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Movie Songwriter Doc Jenkins 1984-10-14
Movie Hells Angels Forever Himself 1983-10-09
Movie Barbarosa Barbarosa 1982-01-01
Movie Coming Out of the Ice Red Loon 1982-12-31
Movie Thief Okla 1981-03-27
Movie Honeysuckle Rose Buck Bonham 1980-07-18
Series Solid Gold Unknown 1980-09-13
Series The Bee Gees Special Unknown 1979-11-15
Movie The Electric Horseman Wendell Hickson 1979-12-21
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Series Austin City Limits Unknown 1975-01-01
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie A Poem Is a Naked Person Himself 1974-01-01
Series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Unknown 1969-01-22