Biography

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 116

Birthday 1933-04-30

Place of Birth Abbott, Texas, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • The Highwaymen
  • Willie Hugh Nelson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Heartbeat - Don Johnson
2019 Waiting for the Miracle to Come as Jimmy Riggs
2019 Charley Pride: I'm Just Me as Self
2018 Quincy as Himself
2018 Also Starring Austin
2018 Paradox
2017 Willie and Me as Bones / Himself
2017 Willie Nelson at the Teatro - The complete sessions
2017 Pure Country: Pure Heart as Himself
2017 Lost in London as Willie Nelson
2016 The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End as Himself - Performer
2016 The Highwaymen - Live: American Outlaws as Willie Nelson
2016 The American Epic Sessions as Himself
2016 Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke as Himself
2016 Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl as Himself
2016 Zoolander 2 as Willie Nelson
2016 Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song as Self
2015 The Muppets (1 episode) as Himself
2015 Johnny Cash: American Rebel as Himself
2014 The Art of McCartney as Himself
2014 All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State as Himself
2014 Willie Nelson Live @ SXSW as self
2014 Road to Austin
2013 Angels Sing as Nick
2013 Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon as Himself
2012 We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash as Himself
2012 John Mellencamp: It's About You
2011 Hollywood Speaks Up as Himself
2011 I Ride as Willie Nelson
2010 OK Buckaroos
2010 The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story as Himself
2009 Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Play the Music of Ray Charles as Himself - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
2009 Happiness Is as Himself
2008 Merle Haggard: The Real Deal as Self
2008 A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! as Himself
2008 Elvis: Viva Las Vegas as Himself
2008 Surfer, Dude as Farmer Bob
2008 Beer for My Horses as Charlie
2008 Swing Vote as Willie Nelson
2008 Hempsters: Plant the Seed as Himself
2008 The King of Texas
2007 Blonde Ambition as Pap Paw
2007 Opry Video Classics : Legends as Himself (archive footage)
2007 Opry Video Classics: Hall of Fame
2007 Last of the Breed: Live in Concert as Himself
2007 Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing, Live as Lui même
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning as Jesse Duke
2007 Fighting With Anger as Will
2006 American Revolutions: The Highwaymen as Himself
2006 Outlaw Country: Live from Austin, TX as Compositeur, Guitare, Artiste principal, Voix
2006 Willie Nelson: Live from Austin TX as Compositeur, Guitare, Artiste principal, Voix
2005 The Colbert Report (1 episode)
2005 The Dukes of Hazzard as Uncle Jesse Duke
2005 Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: Where the Music Began as self
2004 Willie Nelson Outlaws & Angels as Himself
2004 Be Here to Love Me as Himself - Musician
2004 CMA Music Festival (1 episode)
2004 The Big Bounce as Joe Lurie
2004 Willie Nelson - Live at Billy Bob's Texas as Self
2003 The Highwaymen: On the Road Again as Himself
2003 Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' as Himself
2002 Farm Aid 2001 - A Concert For America as Himself
2002 The Country Bears as Himself
2002 Monk (1 episode) as Himself (1 episode)
2002 The Willie Nelson Special - With Special Guest Ray Charles as himself
2002 This Land Is Your Land - Folk Years
2002 Waylon Jennings: Renegade. Outlaw. Legend. as Himself
2002 CMT Crossroads (1 episode)
2001 Willie Nelson: Live in Amsterdam as Himself
2001 The Journeyman as Samuel Hancock
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me as Willie Nelson
1999 A Tribute To Johnny Cash as Performer
1999 Outlaw Justice as Lee Walker
1999 The Story of Darrell Royal as Himself
1998 Half Baked as Historian Smoker
1997 Wag the Dog as Johnny Dean
1997 The View (2 episodes) as Himself (1 episode)
1997 Gone Fishin' as Billy 'Catch' Pooler
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (2 episodes)
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1 episode)
1996 Starlight
1995 Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story as Willie Nelson
1994 Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1 episode)
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (2 episodes)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (4 episodes)
1991 Hot Country Nights (1 episode)
1991 Wild Texas Wind as Himself
1991 Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind
1990 Highwaymen: Live
1990 Pair of Aces as Billy Roy Barker
1989 The Simpsons (1 episode)
1988 Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? as Cross
1988 Once Upon A Texas Train as John Henry Lee
1988 Walking After Midnight
1987 Heartbeat as Himself
1986 Stagecoach as Doc Holliday
1986 The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James as Gen. Jo Shelby
1986 Red Headed Stranger
1984 Songwriter as Doc Jenkins
1984 Miami Vice (1 episode)
1983 Hells Angels Forever as Himself
1983 Willie Nelson Live at the US Festival as Himself
1983 Playboy Video Magazine: Volume 4 as Himself
1982 Coming Out of the Ice as Red Loon
1982 Barbarosa as Barbarosa
1981 Thief as Okla
1980 Solid Gold (1 episode)
1980 Honeysuckle Rose as Buck Bonham
1979 The Electric Horseman as Wendell Hickson
1979 Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live (1 episode) as Himself - Musical Guest (1 episode)
1975 Austin City Limits (5 episodes) as Himself
1974 A Poem Is a Naked Person as Himself
1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (2 episodes)

Sound

1986 Stagecoach Original Music Composer
1984 Songwriter Songs

Crew

2014 Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - Farm Aid Live Production Artist

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