Johnny Cash

Known to the world as Johnny Cash, J.R. Cash was born in 1932 in Arkansas. His music was part of such movie soundtracks as Tumbleweeds and Dead Man Walking. His love for Westerns prompted the singer to record his own arrangements of the themes to TV’s Bonanza and the Duke’s The Sons of Katie Elder. Cash notable sang the theme song to Andrew J. Fenady’s TV series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams, and was a member of the Million Dollar Quartet that also included Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Cash also produced and sang music for the contemporary films Walking Tall, Dawn of the Dead, The Rundown and Starsky and Hutch. He is, perhaps, best known for his classic songs, “Ring of Fire,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “I walk the Line,” and “These Hands,” but his lengthy career included some acting gigs as well like the television mini-series, North and South (1985), The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986) and the remake of Stagecoach (also 1986). Interestingly, Cash has often been accused of being an even greater actor than singer, which might be substantiated when viewing his gripping, heart-warming performance as a con-artist disguised as a circuit-riding preacher who finally finds redemption, in television’s The Little House on the Prairie.
Despite fluctuations in his popularity, Cash’s throaty baritone voice is beloved by generations.
Probably the original “American rebel” and later, a born-again Christian, Johnny Cash passed away from complications of diabetes.