Kris Kristofferson - Songwriters, Timeline and Family

Home  ›  American  ›  Kris KristoffersonJune 22, 1936142 views

0.0 based on 0 rates

Kris Kristofferson's Personal Details

Kris Kristofferson is an American singer, songwriter and actor

InformationDetail
BirthdayJune 22, 1936
NationalityAmerican
FamousSongwriters, Alcoholics, Illuminati Members, Oxford University, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Musicians, Lyricists & Songwriters, Country Musicians, Singers, Folk Singers
City/StateTexas
SpousesLisa Meyers (m. 1983), Fran Beer (m. 1960–1969), Rita Coolidge (m. 1973–1980)
Known asKristoffer Kristofferson
Childrens Kris Kristofferson
Universities
  • Oxford University
  • Merton College
  • Oxford (1960)
  • Pomona College (1954–1958)
  • University of Oxford
  • San Mateo High School
Notable Alumnis
  • Oxford University
Birth PlaceBrownsville, Texas, U.S.
Height179cm
GenderMale
FatherLars Henry Kristofferson
MotherMary Ann
Net Worth$160 million as of Apr 24,2017
Sun SignCancer
Born inBrownsville, Texas, U.S.
Famous asSinger, Songwriter, Musician, Actor

// Famous Songwriters

Kris Kristofferson's photo

Who is Kris Kristofferson?

Kris Kristofferson gave up a promising career in the military, because he wanted to be a song writer. He is best known for penning such classics as ‘Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down’, ‘Once More with Feeling’, ‘For the Good Times’, ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night’ and ‘Me and Bobby McGee’. He recorded his début album, ‘Kristofferson’, but it flopped commercially. His second album, ‘The Silver Tongued Devil and I’, fared very well. The song, ‘Why Me’, from his fourth album ‘Jesus Was a Capricorn’ was an incredible hit. He began to focus on films debuting in ‘The Last Movie’, and then starring in the cult movie, ‘Cisco Pike’. His most successful films were ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’, ‘Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore’, ‘Vigilante Force’, ‘Convoy’, the Blade series and Dolphin. Though critics were not too happy with ‘A Star is Born’, the musical film gave him a Golden Globe. The soundtrack for the movie he performed along with Barbara Streisand sold 15 million copies. He went on to record many more albums with his then wife, Rita Coolidge, and collaborated successfully with country singer Willie Nelson and their band ‘The Highwaymen’.

// Famous Folk Singers

Childhood & Early Life

Kristoffer Kristofferson was born on June 22, 1936 to Lars Henry Kristofferson, an Air Force Major General who retired from the military and joined the Saudi Arabian company Aramco, and Mary Ann.

He grew up mostly in Brownsville, Texas, but graduated from San Mateo High School, California in 1954. He joined Pomona College, Claremont, where he won a short story contest conducted by Atlantic Monthly magazine.

A brilliant sportsman and scholar, he completed his B.A in Literature. Armed with a Rhodes Scholarship, he joined Oxford University’s Merton College and obtained a B. Phil in English literature in 1960.

Career

Kristofferson joined the army and was posted in West Germany during the early 1960s. In 1965, assigned to West Point military academy as an English instructor, he decided to resign from the Army to take up songwriting seriously.

Shifting to Nashville, he struggled to make ends meet. He succeeded as a songwriter with ‘Viet Nam Blues’ for singer, Dave Dudley, which made the Top 20 in 1966.

In the 1970s, Ray Stevens (‘Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down’), Jerry Lee Lewis (‘Once More with Feeling’), Ray Price (‘For the Good Times’), Sammi Smith (‘Help Me Make It Through the Night’) recorded his songs.

Though his debut album ‘Kristofferson’ had flopped, his second album ‘The Silver Tongued Devil and I’, released in 1971, did extremely well on the Country and Pop charts, and gave him recognition as a singer.

In 1971, he made his acting debut in Dennis Hopper’s ‘The Last Movie’, but got a starring role in the Bill Norton’s cult movie ‘Cisco Pike’. He played a failed musician-turned-drug peddler.

Following closely on the heels of his third album, ‘Border Lord’, ‘Jesus Was a Capricorn’, his fourth album was released. Its chartbusting single, ‘Why Me’, ensured the success of the album.

He starred with James Coburn and Bob Dylan in the 1973 Sam Peckinpah film, ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’. His role as Billy the Kid brought him BAFTA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer.

Along with his then-wife Rita Coolidge, he released a successful duet album, ‘Full Moon’. However, the duo’s two other albums, ‘Spooky Lady's Sideshow’ and ‘Fall into Spring’, which were released the following year, disappointed.

In the Martin Scorsese comedy film of 1974, ‘Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore’, he starred opposite Academy Award winning actress, Ellen Burstyn. The film was critically appreciated and won many Oscars and BAFTAs.

‘Vigilante Force’ (1976) saw him play Aaron Arnold, a Vietnam War veteran who undertakes the task of protecting a town from a gang of raucous oil-field workers.

In 1978, he again starred in a Peckinpah film, ‘Convoy’. A grand success, it made $45 million at the box office. He participated in the Havana Jam the following year.

Together with Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, he released the double album, ‘The Winning Hand’, in 1982, which peaked at No. 4 on U.S. Billboard Top Country Album.

In 1989, he joined Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash to form the super group ‘The Highwaymen’. Their albums, ‘Highwayman’ and ‘Highwayman 2’ were smash hits.

He co-starred with Wesley Snipes in the1998 Vampire-action film, ‘Blade’. He went on to reprise his role as Blade’s mentor Abraham Whistler in the sequels ‘Blade II’, and ‘Blade: Trinity’.

Between 2001 and 2008, he acted in ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story’, ‘The Wendell Baker Story’ and ‘Beer for My Horses’ and released his music album, ‘This Old Road’.

In 2009, he released the album, ‘Closer to the Bone’. It had the song, ‘Good Morning John’ about Johnny Cash, while the single ‘Sister Sinead’ was a tribute to Sinéad O'Connor.

He starred in the film, ‘Dolphin Tale’, an actual story of a dolphin. He is also starred in the film’s sequel, ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ in 2014.

Major Works

‘Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down’, penned by Kris Kristofferson was a hit for Ray Stevens, but Johnny Cash’s version of the song in 1970, topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and won many awards.

‘Me and Bobby McGee‘ co- written by him, was a hit for Roger Miller and Johnny Cash, but Janis Joplin's version is pegged at No. 148 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs.

He portrayed a super star in the 1976 musical film, ‘A Star Is Born’. The soundtrack performed with co-star Barbra Streisand, certified 4 xs platinum, topped the Billboard 200 chart for six weeks.

Awards

In 1977, Kristofferson won a Golden Globe in the category Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for his role as a musician whose career was going through a bad phase in ‘A Star Is Born’.

Inducted to The Songwriters Hall of Fame (and presented the Johnny Mercer Award), the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, he was awarded CMT’s Johnny Cash Visionary Award.

Personal Life & Legacy

Kristofferson has married thrice, and fathered eight children. His first two wives were his childhood sweetheart Frances Bier, and singer Rita Coolidge; he is now married to his third wife, Lisa Meyers.

Trivia

This singer-songwriter-actor auditioned for the role of Superman in the film, ‘Superman’ and considered for playing Rambo in the film, ‘First Blood’.

This songwriter is supposed to have landed a helicopter in singer, Johnny Cash’s backyard to give him a song that he had penned, and Cash did record the song.

// Famous Alcoholics

Kris Kristofferson awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

1977Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalA Star Is Born (1976)

Kris Kristofferson biography timelines

  • // 22nd Jun 1936
    Kristoffer Kristofferson was born on June 22, 1936 to Lars Henry Kristofferson, an Air Force Major General who retired from the military and joined the Saudi Arabian company Aramco, and Mary Ann.
  • // 1954
    He grew up mostly in Brownsville, Texas, but graduated from San Mateo High School, California in 1954. He joined Pomona College, Claremont, where he won a short story contest conducted by Atlantic Monthly magazine.
  • // 1960
    A brilliant sportsman and scholar, he completed his B.A in Literature. Armed with a Rhodes Scholarship, he joined Oxford University’s Merton College and obtained a B. Phil in English literature in 1960.
  • // 1965
    Kristofferson joined the army and was posted in West Germany during the early 1960s. In 1965, assigned to West Point military academy as an English instructor, he decided to resign from the Army to take up songwriting seriously.
  • // 1966
    Shifting to Nashville, he struggled to make ends meet. He succeeded as a songwriter with ‘Viet Nam Blues’ for singer, Dave Dudley, which made the Top 20 in 1966.
  • // 1970
    ‘Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down’, penned by Kris Kristofferson was a hit for Ray Stevens, but Johnny Cash’s version of the song in 1970, topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and won many awards.
  • // 1971
    Though his debut album ‘Kristofferson’ had flopped, his second album ‘The Silver Tongued Devil and I’, released in 1971, did extremely well on the Country and Pop charts, and gave him recognition as a singer.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, he made his acting debut in Dennis Hopper’s ‘The Last Movie’, but got a starring role in the Bill Norton’s cult movie ‘Cisco Pike’. He played a failed musician-turned-drug peddler.
  • // 1973
    He starred with James Coburn and Bob Dylan in the 1973 Sam Peckinpah film, ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’. His role as Billy the Kid brought him BAFTA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer.
  • // 1974
    In the Martin Scorsese comedy film of 1974, ‘Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore’, he starred opposite Academy Award winning actress, Ellen Burstyn. The film was critically appreciated and won many Oscars and BAFTAs.
  • // 1976
    ‘Vigilante Force’ (1976) saw him play Aaron Arnold, a Vietnam War veteran who undertakes the task of protecting a town from a gang of raucous oil-field workers.
  • // 1976
    He portrayed a super star in the 1976 musical film, ‘A Star Is Born’. The soundtrack performed with co-star Barbra Streisand, certified 4 xs platinum, topped the Billboard 200 chart for six weeks.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, Kristofferson won a Golden Globe in the category Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for his role as a musician whose career was going through a bad phase in ‘A Star Is Born’.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, he again starred in a Peckinpah film, ‘Convoy’. A grand success, it made $45 million at the box office. He participated in the Havana Jam the following year.
  • // 1982
    Together with Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, he released the double album, ‘The Winning Hand’, in 1982, which peaked at No. 4 on U.S. Billboard Top Country Album.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he joined Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash to form the super group ‘The Highwaymen’. Their albums, ‘Highwayman’ and ‘Highwayman 2’ were smash hits.
  • // 1998
    He co-starred with Wesley Snipes in the1998 Vampire-action film, ‘Blade’. He went on to reprise his role as Blade’s mentor Abraham Whistler in the sequels ‘Blade II’, and ‘Blade: Trinity’.
  • // 2001 To 2008
    Between 2001 and 2008, he acted in ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story’, ‘The Wendell Baker Story’ and ‘Beer for My Horses’ and released his music album, ‘This Old Road’.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he released the album, ‘Closer to the Bone’. It had the song, ‘Good Morning John’ about Johnny Cash, while the single ‘Sister Sinead’ was a tribute to Sinéad O'Connor.
  • // 2014
    He starred in the film, ‘Dolphin Tale’, an actual story of a dolphin. He is also starred in the film’s sequel, ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ in 2014.

// Famous Film & Theater Personalities

Kris Kristofferson's FAQ

  • What is Kris Kristofferson birthday?

    Kris Kristofferson was born at 1936-06-22

  • Where is Kris Kristofferson's birth place?

    Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, U.S.

  • What is Kris Kristofferson nationalities?

    Kris Kristofferson's nationalities is American

  • Who is Kris Kristofferson spouses?

    Kris Kristofferson's spouses is Lisa Meyers (m. 1983), Fran Beer (m. 1960–1969), Rita Coolidge (m. 1973–1980)

  • Who is Kris Kristofferson childrens?

    Kris Kristofferson's childrens is Kris Kristofferson

  • What was Kris Kristofferson universities?

    Kris Kristofferson studied at Oxford University, Merton College, Oxford (1960), Pomona College (1954–1958), University of Oxford, San Mateo High School

  • What was Kris Kristofferson notable alumnis?

    Kris Kristofferson's notable alumnis is Oxford University

  • How tall is Kris Kristofferson?

    Kris Kristofferson's height is 179

  • Who is Kris Kristofferson's father?

    Kris Kristofferson's father is Lars Henry Kristofferson

  • Who is Kris Kristofferson's mother?

    Kris Kristofferson's mother is Mary Ann

  • What is Kris Kristofferson's sun sign?

    Kris Kristofferson is Cancer

  • How famous is Kris Kristofferson?

    Kris Kristofferson is famouse as Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor