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Also Known As: Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. Died: October 12, 1997
Born: December 31, 1943 Cause of Death: plane crash
Birth Place: Roswell, New Mexico, USA Profession: singer, actor, songwriter, pilot

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John Denver worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. Denver worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Butterflies Are Free" with Goldie Hawn (1972), "Evening at Pops" (PBS, 1969-2002), "Oh, God!" (1977), "Sunshine" (CBS, 1973-74), "The Bob Hope Show (09/26/73)" (NBC, 1973-74) and "The Gospel Road" (1973). Denver was nominated for an Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music Primetime Emmy Award for "John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas" in 1976 as well as for an Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance By a Primetime Emmy Award for "Doris Day Today" in 1975. In the eighties, Denver devoted his time to various credits, such as "The 10th Anniversary Johnny Cash Christmas Special" (CBS, 1985-86), "Water" (1986) starring Michael Caine, "Fire and Ice" with John Eaves (1987) and "Roger & Me" (1989). Denver last provided music for "The Odd Angry Shot." Denver was married to Annie Martell and had three children. John Denver passed away in October 1997 at the age of 54.

John Denver worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. Denver worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Butterflies Are Free" with Goldie Hawn (1972), "Evening at Pops" (PBS, 1969-2002), "Oh, God!" (1977), "Sunshine" (CBS, 1973-74), "The Bob Hope Show (09/26/73)" (NBC, 1973-74) and "The Gospel Road" (1973). Denver was nominated for an Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music Primetime Emmy Award for "John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas" in 1976 as well as for an Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance By a Primetime Emmy Award for "Doris Day Today" in 1975. In the eighties, Denver devoted his time to various credits, such as "The 10th Anniversary Johnny Cash Christmas Special" (CBS, 1985-86), "Water" (1986) starring Michael Caine, "Fire and Ice" with John Eaves (1987) and "Roger & Me" (1989). Denver last provided music for "The Odd Angry Shot." Denver was married to Annie Martell and had three children. John Denver passed away in October 1997 at the age of 54.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Walking Thunder (1997)
2.
 Higher Ground (1988) Jim Clayton
3.
 Fire and Ice (1987) Narration
4.
 Foxfire (1987) Dillard Nations
5.
 Leftovers, The (1986) Max Sinclair
6.
 Christmas Gift, The (1986) George Billings
7.
 Oh, God! (1977) Jerry Landers
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1963:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
1965:
Career began after winning the spot as the replacement lead singer for the Chad Mitchell Trio
1968:
Signed a recording deal as a solo artist
1972:
Moved to Aspen, CO
1976:
Father taught him to fly
1976:
Co-founded a non-profit enviromental education and research center, the Windstar Foundation
1977:
Feature debut in George Burn's comedy "Oh God"
1977:
Hosted the Grammy Awards telecast
1980:
Starred in the ABC TV special "John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together"
1985:
Toured the Soviet Union as the first American performance artist
1987:
Appeared in the CBS TV movie "Foxfire" with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
1989:
Walked away uninjured in an April plane accident in northern Arizona
1992:
First artist from the West to do a multi-city tour in China
1993:
Failed roadside sobriety test in mid-August while driving home from a restaurant in Aspen CO; charged with driving while intoxicated; released to the custody of a friend
1994:
Arrested on a second drunken-driving charge; trial ended in a hung jury; second trial was to take place in 1998
1994:
First artist from the West to perform multi-city tours in Vietnam
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Founded Plant It 2000
1995:
Filmed his last screen role in the direct-to-video release "Walking Thunder" (released 1997)
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Education

Texas Tech University: Lubbock , Texas -

Notes

Had 14 "gold" albums and 8 "platinum" albums.

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wife:
Ann Martell. Psychotherapist. First wife, married 1967; inspiration for "Annie's Song".
wife:
Cassandra Denver. Singer, actor. Married c. 1988; separated October 1991; John Denver filed for divorce December 1991.

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father:
Henry John Deutschendorf Sr. US Air Force pilot. Deceased 1982.
mother:
Erma Deutschendorf. Survived him.
brother:
Ron Deutschendorf. Survived him.
son:
Zachary Denver. Adopted; survived him.
daughter:
AnnaKate Denver. Adopted; survived him.
daughter:
Jesse Belle Denver. Born c. 1989; mother Cassandra Delaney.
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