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Also Known As: William Ray Cyrus Died:
Born: August 25, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Flatwoods, Kentucky, USA Profession: singer, actor, producer, songwriter

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Initially written off as a "one-hit wonder" after failing to revisit the oversaturated heights he reached with his cloying country hit "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus was in the right place at the right time with the right look, and his catchy hit helped usher in the era of New Country; however, he was soon eclipsed by lasting talents like Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks. When Cyrus turned his attention to acting, he proved an even bigger success as an appealing and competent actor in family entertainment like the PAX series "Doc" (2000-04). Daughter Miley's breakout as a Disney teen star ushered in a comeback for Cyrus, with his co-starring role as the country star father of Miley's pop star character in the lucrative "Hannah Montana" franchise, which included an Emmy-winning television series, feature film spin-off, live touring, and an unstoppable merchandising juggernaut. A father-daughter duet "Ready, Steady, Don't Go" landed Cyrus back on the music charts, even as he became a target for the increasingly sexualized image of the wholesome network's pole-dancing teen. Regardless, Cyrus had managed to put "one-hit" status behind him and rise from the ashes at the center of a multi-media family...

Initially written off as a "one-hit wonder" after failing to revisit the oversaturated heights he reached with his cloying country hit "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus was in the right place at the right time with the right look, and his catchy hit helped usher in the era of New Country; however, he was soon eclipsed by lasting talents like Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks. When Cyrus turned his attention to acting, he proved an even bigger success as an appealing and competent actor in family entertainment like the PAX series "Doc" (2000-04). Daughter Miley's breakout as a Disney teen star ushered in a comeback for Cyrus, with his co-starring role as the country star father of Miley's pop star character in the lucrative "Hannah Montana" franchise, which included an Emmy-winning television series, feature film spin-off, live touring, and an unstoppable merchandising juggernaut. A father-daughter duet "Ready, Steady, Don't Go" landed Cyrus back on the music charts, even as he became a target for the increasingly sexualized image of the wholesome network's pole-dancing teen. Regardless, Cyrus had managed to put "one-hit" status behind him and rise from the ashes at the center of a multi-media family empire.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Flying By (2009)
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 Baitshop (2008)
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 Death & Texas (2004) Spoade Perkins
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Milestones close milestones

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Started out performing in a band with his brother
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Moved to Los Angeles to pursue a solo career
1990:
Signed with PolyGram/Mercury Records
1992:
Released debut album <i>Some Gave All</i> that included the hit single "Achy Breaky Heart"
1993:
Released successful second album, <i>It Won't Be the Last</i>
1999:
First acting role was an appearance on "Love Boat: The Next Wave" (UPN)
2000:
Made film debut in the independent film, "Radical Jack"
2000:
Recorded <i>Southern Rain</i> for Monument Records
2001:
Had a small role as a pool cleaner having an affair with Justin Theroux's wife in David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive"
2001:
Played the lead role of a country doctor in the series, "Doc" (PAX)
2003:
Released two Christian albums, <i>Time Flies</i> and <i>The Other Side</i>
2003:
Guest-starred as a limo driver in an episode of the Canadian teen drama, "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
2005:
Made stage debut in a Toronto production of "Annie Get Your Gun"
2004:
Featured in the Ed Zwick comedy, "Elvis Has Left the Building"
2006:
Co-starred with his daughter Miley Cyrus in the Disney Channel original series, "Hannah Montana"
2006:
Released first country album in six years, <i>Wanna Be Your Joe</i>
2007:
Joined the fourth season of the ABC reality competition, "Dancing with the Stars"
2007:
Released the country album, <i>Home at Last</i>
2008:
Appeared as himself in the concert film, "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert"
2009:
Reprised role as Miley┬┐s manager/father in "Hannah Montana: The Movie"
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Will co-star with Jackie Chan in the film, "The Spy Next Door" (lensed 2008)
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Parental Unit
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Education

Georgetown College: Georgetown , Kentucky -

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