Singer. Songwriter. Actor. Activist. Though he is seemingly a jack of all trades, all of the insane Willie Nelson stories out there illustrate something else about this one-of-a-kind performer: the guy is an undisputed legend. From run-ins with the law and the IRS to pulling off amazing feats of survival and heroism, from his well-known love of ganja to his alleged sexual proclivities, there is no end to the crazy but true Willie Nelson stories currently in circulation.
Nelson was born in Abbot, TX, on April 29, 1933. He wrote his first song at the tender age of seven, and by the time he was 10, he was in a band. His love of music took him to Nashville, where he became an in-demand songwriter. But Willie's plaintive voice and virtuoso guitar-playing, coupled with his powerful original songs, soon made him a superstar in his own right. As of 2018, he has recorded 72 studio albums, starred in dozens of movies, and authored or coauthored nine books.
Keep reading to discover some things you didn't know about Willie Nelson, his oftentimes bizarre exploits, and the stories that have helped make him an icon.
He Walked Away From A Plane Crash
He Was Sued For $50 Million
He Allegedly Partakes In Marathon Sex Sessions
He Had One Of The Highest Unpaid Tax Bills Of Any One Person. Ever.
He Smoked A Joint In The White House
He Shot At His Daughter's Abusive Husband