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Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard was born on April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California, USA as Merle Ronald Haggard. He has been married to Theresa Ann Lane since September 11, 1993. They have two children. He was previously married to Debbie Parret, Leona Williams, Bonnie Owens and Leona Hobbs. See full bio »
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 2012 Jack Reacher (performer: "The Fightin' Side of Me") / (writer: "The Fightin' Side of Me")
 2012 The Sapphires (writer: "Today I Started Loving You Again" - as Haggard)
 2012 The Players (performer: "Workin' Man Blues")
 2011 Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns (performer: "From GraceLand To The Promise Land") / (writer: "From GraceLand To The Promise Land")
 2010 Country Strong (writer: "Silver Wings")
 2010 Legion (performer: "If We Make It through December") / (writer: "If We Make It through December")
 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story (Documentary) (performer: "Jesus Christ")
 2008 The Strangers (performer: "Mama Tried") / (writer: "Mama Tried")
 2006 Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (Documentary) (performer: "Okie from Muskogee", "Mama Tried") / (writer: "Okie from Muskogee", "Mama Tried")
 2006 Come Early Morning (performer: "THE WAY I AM", "SILVER WINGS") / (writer: "SILVER WINGS")
 2005 Brokeback Mountain (performer: "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall") / (writer: "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall")
 2005 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (performer: "Workin' Man Blues" (1969)) / (writer: "Workin' Man Blues" (1969))
 2005 The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (writer: "Working Man Blues")
 2004 Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (Documentary) (performer: "Pancho & Lefty")
 2004/I Crash (writer: "Swinging Doors" (1966))
 2002 Ken Park (performer: "Mom and Dad's Waltz")
 2002 The Slaughter Rule (writer: "Silver Wings")
 2000 County Kilburn (performer: "Mixed up a mess of Heart") / (writer: "Mixed up a mess of Heart")
 1999 Rituals and Resolutions (Short) (performer: "Blue Christmas")
 1997 Wag the Dog (performer: "COURAGE MOM") / (writer: "COURAGE MOM")
 1997 Full Tilt Boogie (Documentary) (writer: "Mama Tried")
 1997 Niagara, Niagara (writer: "I Think I've Found a Way")
 1997 Fathers' Day (performer: "The Bottle Let Me Down") / (writer: "The Bottle Let Me Down")
 1996 Fargo (performer: "Big City") / (writer: "Big City")
 1992 The Turning (performer: "Make Up And Faded Blue Jeans") / (writer: "Make Up And Faded Blue Jeans")
 1990 Big Bad John (performer: "Pancho and Lefty", "Big City") / (producer: "Big City") / (writer: "Big City")
 1989 For All Mankind (Documentary) (performer: "Someday We'll Look Back") / (writer: "Someday We'll Look Back")
 1986 Platoon (performer: "OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE") / (writer: "OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE")
 1983 China Lake (Short) ("You Don't Have Very Far to Go") / (performer: "You Don't Have Very Far to Go")
 1982 Six Pack (performer: "Rainbow Stew") / (writer: "Rainbow Stew")
 1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger (performer: "The Man in the Mask")
 1980 Honeysuckle Rose (writer: "Working Man Blues")
 1980 Bronco Billy (performer: "Misery and Gin", "Barroom Buddies")
 1978 Convoy (performer: "Okie from Muskogee") / (writer: "Okie from Muskogee")
 1976 Pony Express Rider (performer: "There's a New World Waitin'")
 1976 Drive-In (performer: "Today I Started Loving You Again") / (writer: "Today I Started Loving You Again")
 1975 Young and Abused (performer: "Okie from Muskogee" - uncredited) / (writer: "Okie from Muskogee" - uncredited)
 1972 Cocksucker Blues (Documentary) (performer: "If You've Got Time (To Say Goodbye)" - uncredited) / (writer: "If You've Got Time (To Say Goodbye)" - uncredited)
 1970 Chisum (performer: "Turn Me Around")
 1969 From Nashville with Music (lyrics: "Branded Man", "Today I Started Loving You Again", "Hungry Eyes") / (music: "Branded Man", "Today I Started Loving You Again", "Hungry Eyes") / (performer: "Branded Man", "Today I Started Loving You Again", "Hungry Eyes")
 1969 Mondo Trasho (performer: "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive")
 1968 Killers Three ("The Ballad From Killers Three") / (performer: "Killers Three")
 1967 Hillbillys in a Haunted House (performer: "Swinging Doors", "Someone Told My Story") / (writer: "Swinging Doors", "Someone Told My Story")
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Other Works:

CD: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (USP) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Merle Ronald Haggard


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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Willie Nelson's the one who told me the reason it costs so much to get divorced is because it's worth it. See more »


As a former inmate of San Quentin, Merle Haggard saw Johnny Cash play at the prison. Haggard was later granted a pardon by Ronald Reagan when the former actor was Governor of California. See more »


The Poet of the Common Man See more »

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