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Also Known As: Lyle Pearce Lovett Died:
Born: November 1, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Klein, Texas, USA Profession: musician, singer, actor, songwriter, worked in a motorcycle shop, construction worker on a plumbing crew

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A country-western and blues crooner known for his top-hat hair, Lyle Lovett was born and raised in Texas. After traveling in Europe, he returned to the USA and made his acting debut as a singer on a beach in the TV-movie, "Bill on His Own" (CBS, 1983). The following year, he moved to Nashville to pursue a recording career, landing a studio gig as a backup singer for recording artist Nanci Griffith. In 1985, Lovett was signed by Curb/MCA Records and released his first self-titled album in 1986. He has subsequently earned four Grammy Awards for his music and released several albums, including "Joshua Judges Ruth" (1992) and "The Road to Ensenada" (1996). Lovett's songs have been characterized as possessing a wry sensibility toward heartbreak and his delivery as "folksy, yet sharply deadpan" (PEOPLE, December 27, 1993).Lovett's songs and distinctive vocal stylings have graced films ranging from Steven Spielberg's "Always" (1989) and Ivan Reitman's "Fathers' Day" (1997) and it was only a matter of time before he moved in front of the cameras. He made a memorable feature debut as an offbeat police detective in Robert Altman's scathing Hollywood satire "The Player" (1992). Lovett went on to appear in two...

A country-western and blues crooner known for his top-hat hair, Lyle Lovett was born and raised in Texas. After traveling in Europe, he returned to the USA and made his acting debut as a singer on a beach in the TV-movie, "Bill on His Own" (CBS, 1983). The following year, he moved to Nashville to pursue a recording career, landing a studio gig as a backup singer for recording artist Nanci Griffith. In 1985, Lovett was signed by Curb/MCA Records and released his first self-titled album in 1986. He has subsequently earned four Grammy Awards for his music and released several albums, including "Joshua Judges Ruth" (1992) and "The Road to Ensenada" (1996). Lovett's songs have been characterized as possessing a wry sensibility toward heartbreak and his delivery as "folksy, yet sharply deadpan" (PEOPLE, December 27, 1993).

Lovett's songs and distinctive vocal stylings have graced films ranging from Steven Spielberg's "Always" (1989) and Ivan Reitman's "Fathers' Day" (1997) and it was only a matter of time before he moved in front of the cameras. He made a memorable feature debut as an offbeat police detective in Robert Altman's scathing Hollywood satire "The Player" (1992). Lovett went on to appear in two more Altman features, "Short Cuts" (1993), playing a disturbed baker who harasses Bruce Davison and Andie MacDowell, and "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)" (1994), as a boot manufacturer. He co-directed the comedy short "Penguins" (1994), played a supporting role as the title character's uncle in "Bastard Out of Carolina" (Showtime, 1996) and landed a romantic role opposite Lisa Kudrow in "The Opposite of Sex" (1998).

Despite his success as a singer and his burgeoning acting career, Lovett is perhaps best recalled for his brief marriage to actress Julia Roberts in 1993.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Penguins (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 When Angels Sing (2013)
3.
 Open Road, The (2009)
5.
 New Guy, The (2002) Bear
6.
7.
 Cookie's Fortune (1999) Manny Hood
8.
 Opposite of Sex, The (1998) Sheriff Carl Tippett
9.
 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) Road Person
10.
 Breast Men (1997) Research Scientist
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Milestones close milestones

1983:
TV acting debut, played a singer in the CBS TV-movie "Bill on His Own"
1984:
Moved to Nashville; sang back-up on Nanci Griffith's first album
1985:
Signed to Curb/MCA records
1986:
Released first solo album, the eponymous "Lyle Lovett"
1992:
Feature acting debut, "The Player", directed by Robert Altman
1993:
Provided the voice of Delbert Parnham for the documentary "Wild West"
1993:
Reteamed with Altman for "Short Cuts"
1994:
Third film with Altman, "Ready-to-Wear (Pret-a-Porter)"
1994:
Co-directed (with Wayne Miller) the comedy short "Penguins"
1995:
With Randy Newman, sang the theme song ("You've Got a Friend in Me") from "Toy Story"
1996:
Had small role in "Bastard Out of Carolina" (Showtime)
1998:
Cast opposite Lisa Kudrow in "The Opposite of Sex"
1999:
Boston Ballet premiered "Nine Lives: The Songs of Lyle Lovett"
2003:
Received 2 grammy nominations, including Best Country Album
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Education

Texas A&M University: College Station , Texas - 1975 - 1982
Texas A&M University: College Station , Texas - 1975 - 1982

Notes

"When I went to Nashville in 1984, there was a huge disparity between radio hits and numbers of records sold. People could have big No. 1 records and not sell any records. I think they were trying anything, and I was lucky enough to get in on that. . . . Maybe my songs require a bit more from the listener; maybe they really aren't as good for mainstream country radio as much as they are for other types of radio." --Lyle Lovett to Lisa Robinson in DAILY NEWS, July 4, 1997

"I would write a hit song if I could. I feel like my work is much more a product of my limitations than any conscious choice to be so high-minded as to not be on the radio." --Lovett to US, August 1996

"All my life people have said I was shy, but I've never felt particularly shy. I know I don't have the kind of personality tha walks into a room and commands everyone's attention. Plue, I'd much rather be quiet until I get to know someone a little bit." --Lovett to NEW YORK NEWSDAY, January 3, 1995

"I'm sort of an oddball-weirdo guy--that's the appeal I've got!" --Lovett to Sam Robards in INTERVIEW, May 1994

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companion:
Ashley Judd. Actor. Dated in the early 1990s.
wife:
Julia Roberts. Actor. Married June 27, 1993 in Marion, Indiana; announced separation March 1995; divorced.
companion:
Elizabeth Vargas. Newscaster. Worked at ABC; dated briefly in 1996.
companion:
April Kimble. Former personal assistant; engaged as of March 2003.
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great-great-grandfather:
Adam Klein. German immigrant who founded the town of Klein, TX, where Lovett was born.
father:
Bill Lovett. Marketing executive. Worked for Exxon.
mother:
Bernell Lovett. Training specialist. Worked for Exxon.

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