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Ronnie Van Zant (1948–1977)

Ronnie Van Zant was born on January 15, 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was the oldest son of six children (3 sisters and 2 brothers - musicians Donnie and Johnny). Ronnie attended Lee High School in Jacksonville with fellow band members Gary Rossington and Allen Collins. They soon formed what would become Lynyrd Skynyrd. At the height of their ... See full bio »

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 2012 Deuce and a Quarter (Short) (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama") (completed)
 2014 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Muscle Shoals (2014) ... (writer: "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2014 Mike & Mike (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 8 January 2014 (2014) ... (writer: "Freebird")
 2011-2013 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Episode #21.156 (2013) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.81 (2013) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
- Episode #20.103 (2012) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.161 (2011) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.152 (2011) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
 2013 House of Cards (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Chapter 2 (2013) ... (writer: "Free Bird")
 2013 Twenty Feet from Stardom (Documentary) (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2012 The Walking Dead (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Say the Word (2012) ... (writer: "Saturday Night Special")
 2012 The Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Alison Krauss and Union Station (2012) ... (writer: "The Mississippi Kid" - uncredited)
 2012 No me la puc treure del cap (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cançons per seduir (2012) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2008-2012 Californication (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Raw (2012) ... (writer: "Simple Man")
- The Raw & the Cooked (2008) ... (writer: "Free Bird")
 2011 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mea Makamae (2011) ... (writer: "What's Your Name")
 2011 Straw Dogs (writer: "Gimme Three Steps")
 2011 Machine Gun Preacher (writer: "Saturday Night Special" - as Ronald Van Zant)
 2010-2011 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #18.160 (2011) ... (writer: "Free Bird" - uncredited)
- Jay-Z/Eminem/Paul Shaffer and the Shaff-Tones (2010) ... (writer: "Free Bird" - uncredited)
 2010 Deliver-E (Short) (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #9.14 (2010) ... (writer: "Simple Man")
 2010 Call Me Fitz (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mama (2010) ... (writer: "Free Bird")
 2010 Despicable Me (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2005-2010 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Judge Me Tender (2010) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
- Marge's Son Poisoning (2005) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2010 Angel Camouflaged (writer: "Gimme Three Steps")
 2010 50 años de (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Moda (2010) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2010 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.145 (2010) ... (writer: "Free Bird" - uncredited)
 2009 Jeopardy! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #26.75 (2009) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2009 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Round Four (2009) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
- Round Nine (2009) ... (writer: "Tuesday's Gone" - uncredited)
 2009 The Beautiful Life: TBL (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2009) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
 2009 Halloween II (writer: "What's Your Name?")
 2009 Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy (TV Movie) (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2009 Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (Video Game) (writer: "Saturday Night Special")
 2009 Kosketuksessa (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Popeda (2009) ... (writer: "Soittomatkalla (Needle and the spoon)")
 2009 Näin se tehtiin (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Popeda - Kaasua (2009) ... (writer: "Soittomatkalla (Needle and the spoon)")
 2005-2009 My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Got the Babysitter Pregnant (2009) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
- Two Balls, Two Strikes (2007) ... ("Free Bird") / (writer: "Free Bird" - uncredited)
- Joy's Wedding (2005) ... (writer: "Gimme Three Steps" - uncredited)
 2008 Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Freedom Hall (TV Movie) (writer: "What's Your Name?", "That Smell", "Simple Man", "Down South Jukin", "The Needle And The Spoon", "Ballad Of Curtis Loew", "Gimme Back My Bullets", "Tuesday's Gone", "Gimme Three Steps", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Free Bird")
 2008 Guitar Hero World Tour (Video Game) (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)")
 2008 An American Carol (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2008 True Blood (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Escape from Dragon House (2008) ... (writer: "That Smell" - uncredited)
 2008 Speed Racer (writer: "Free Bird")
 2007 Banda sonora (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2007) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2007 Wild Hogs (writer: "That Smell")
 2007 American Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Auditions: Birmingham (2007) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2006 Guitar Hero II (Video Game) (writer: "FREEBIRD")
 2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (writer: "Gimme Three Steps" (1973))
 2006 The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cold Stones (2006) ... (writer: "Simple Man" - uncredited)
 2006 SingStar Rocks! (Video Game) (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2005 Supernatural (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Skin (2005) ... (writer: "Poison Whiskey")
 2005 Elizabethtown (writer: "Free Bird" (1973))
 2005 The Devil's Rejects (writer: "Saturday Night Special", "Free Bird")
 2005 The Longest Yard ("Saturday Night Special")
 2005 Sahara (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2005 The 47th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game) (writer: "Free Bird" - as Ronald Vanzant)
 2004 Surviving Christmas (writer: "What's Your Name?")
 2004 Entourage (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Scene (2004) ... (writer: "That Smell" - uncredited)
 2004 Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 (Video Game) ("Sweet Home Alabama")
 2004 NASCAR: The IMAX Experience (Documentary short) (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2004 The Girl Next Door (writer: "SWEET HOME ALABAMA")
 2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2003 I Love the '70s (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- 1974 (2003) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2003 Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (Documentary) (lyrics: "Don't Ask Me No Questions") / (music: "Don't Ask Me No Questions")
 2002 Sweet Home Alabama (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2002 8 Mile (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2002 Will & Grace (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A.I.: Artificial Insemination (2002) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
 2002 Ash Wednesday (writer: "Saturday Night Special", "Tuesday's Gone" - as Ronnie Van Zandt)
 2002 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2002) ... (writer: "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2002 Run Ronnie Run (writer: "Freebird")
 2001 The Shipping News (writer: "What's Your Name")
 2001 Joe Dirt (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "That Smell")
 2001 Blow (writer: "That Smell")
 2001 Boycott (TV Movie) (writer: "Home Sweet Alabama")
 2000 WWF Armageddon (TV Special) (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
 2000 Duets (writer: "Free Bird")
 2000 Almost Famous (writer: "Simple Man")
 2000 Die Harald Schmidt Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Show #770 - Leute gucke, klatsche, gutt! (2000) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Yoko Factor (2000) ... (writer: "Free Bird")
 2000 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Lois vs. Evil (2000) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 2000 Freaks and Geeks (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Garage Door (2000) ... (writer: "Free Bird" - uncredited)
 2000 Happy Accidents (writer: "Freebird", "Freebird" (uncredited))
 1999 Zwei Männer am Herd (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Der erste Streit (1999) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
 1999 Boys Don't Cry (writer: "Tuesday's Gone")
 1999 Outside Providence (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "Free Bird")
 1998 Radio Arrow (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 1998 That '70s Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Battle of the Sexists (1998) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 1997 Excess Baggage (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 1997 Con Air (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 1997 Prefontaine (writer: "Tuesday's Gone")
 1996 Mysteriet på Greveholm (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dioda (1996) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 1996 Happy Gilmore (writer: "Tuesday's Gone")
 1995-1996 Chicago Hope (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Transplanted Affection (1996) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
- Songs from the Cuckoo Birds (1995) ... (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited)
 1995 To Die For (writer: "SWEET HOME ALABAMA")
 1995 Crimson Tide (writer: "SWEET HOME ALABAMA")
 1994 Forrest Gump ("Free Bird" (1973), "Sweet Home Alabama" (1974))
 1994 Total Balalaika Show (Documentary) (lyrics: "Sweet Home Alabama") / (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 1993 Kalifornia (writer: "Freebird")
 1993 Dazed and Confused (writer: "Tuesday's Gone")
 1991 Rush (writer: "Free Bird")
 1986 Miami Vice (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Trust Fund Pirates (1986) ... (writer: "That Smell" - uncredited)
 1985 Mask (writer: "Sweet Home Alabama")
 1983 Knight Rider (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Short Notice (1983) ... ("Sweet Home Alabama")
 1981 American Pop (writer: "Free Bird")
 1974 The Longest Yard (writer: "Saturday Night Special")
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Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

Brother Donnie was a founding member of rock band .38 Special. After Ronnie's death, his brother Johnny was hired to replace him in Lynyrd Skynyrd. See more »

Trademark:

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Star Sign:

Capricorn

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