George Strait ACTOR
GEORGE STRAIT BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
George Strait was born on may 18th, 1952 in Poteet, Texas with the middle name Harvey, born to parents, John Byron Strait and Doris Couser Strait His parents separated when he was in the fourth grade and he and his only brother, Buddy were raised by their father. After graduating from Pearsall High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1971 and then in 1975 when he completed his service he went on to study at Southwest Texas State University earning a degree in Agriculture.
As a young boy he developed an interest in music and he first became involved in singing when he joined a band called, Stoney Ridge. His band did local concerts and continued to record music, however, nothing was reaching much success so to support himself he continued to work at a cattle ranch.
By 1981 he had his first hit single released, "Unwound". As his career progressed he had seven number one hits in the 80's alone such as, "Fool Hearted Memory" and "Ocean Front Property".
He has released a total of twenty eight albums for MCA Nashville Records. Other records he has released are, "Livin It Up" and "Holding My Own" among many others. He also applied his musical talents to the film industry with one of the biggest hits in the feature film, "Pure Country" (1992) also starring Lesley Ann Warren and Rory Calhoun, for which he also recorded the soundtrack. The film was directed by Christopher Cain and his character, Dusty Chandler who is a famous country singer, decides out of the blue to leave his life of performing and change his identity and live a whole new life. He is tired of the elaborate stage shows and just wants to be appreciated for his natural singing talent. He later returns to the industry and makes numerous changes to how his shows will be run.
Although this film only grossed a little over 15 million at the box office, this record was his most successful studio album and other successful albums followed such as, "Easy Come, Easy Go" (1993), "Lead On" (1994), "Blue Clear Sky" (1996), "Carry Your Love With Me" (1997) and "One Step at a Time" (1998).
A sequel titled, "Pure Country 2; The Gift" (2010) was released and this time George Strait appears as himself in the film. He has a more limited role and instead of being the character in focus he helps a female vocalist pursue her dreams as a country singer.
He has married only one time to Norma Voss in 1972 and they have two children together, Jennifer and George and remain married today. His daughter passed away in 1986 in a car accident.
Throughout his career he has been honored in a number of ways. Straight was chosen by People's Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1990. In 1989 he was named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He was also named the Academy of Country Music Male vocalist of the Year in 1984, 1986 and 1988. In 2000 he was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music and then in 2006 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2010, Billboard ranked Strait as the #1 out of the top twenty five country artists over the past twenty five years. His latest album was released in 2011 titled, "Here for a Good Time".
As of 2011, he has recorded fifty eight number-one hit singles and has sold 68.5 million albums in the United States.
1982 The Soldier as Himself
1992 Growing Up in the Age of AIDS: An ABC News Town Meeting for the Family - With Peter Jennings
1992 Pure Country as Dusty Wyatt Chandler
1998 The Horse Whisperer - Soundtrack only
2002 Grand Champion as Himself
2003 George Strait: For the Last Time - Live from the Astrodome
2003 King of the Hill as Voice of Cornell
2011 Pure Country 2: The Gift as a Country music star