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Don Van Vliet (1941–2010)

Don Van Vliet was born on January 15, 1941 in Glendale, California, USA as Donald Glen Vliet. He was married to Janet Huck. He died on December 17, 2010 in Trinidad, California. See full bio »

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 2012 Something in the Air (writer: "Abba Zaba")
 2012 Lawless (writer: "Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do")
  Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2008) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- Return to Queens Blvd (2008) ... (performer: "Zig Zag Wanderer" - uncredited) / (writer: "Zig Zag Wanderer" - uncredited)
  Parashat Ha-Shavua (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2008) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- VaYakhel (2008) ... (performer: "Observatory Crest" - as Captain Beefheart) / (writer: "Observatory Crest" - as Captain Beefheart)
 2008 How to Be (writer: "Clear Spot")
 2007 Things We Lost in the Fire (writer: "Clear Spot" - as Don Vliet)
 1998 A Civil Action (performer: "Hard Workin' Man" (1978) - as Captain Beefheart)
 1998 The Big Lebowski (performer: "Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles" - as Captain Beefheart) / (writer: "Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles" - as Don Vliet)
 1994 Don Van Vliet: Some YoYo Stuff (TV Movie documentary short) (writer: "What Are We Gonna Do With You", "Evening Bell")
 1974 Van Oekel's Discohoek (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... (performer: "Upon the my-o-my" - as Captain Beefheart)
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 1994 Don Van Vliet: Some YoYo Stuff (TV Movie documentary short)
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 1994 Don Van Vliet: Some YoYo Stuff (TV Movie documentary short)
 1982 Late Night with David Letterman (TV Series)
- Episode dated 11 November 1982 (1982) ... Himself (as Captain Beefheart)
 1980 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Himself (as Captain Beefheart)
- Malcolm McDowell/Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band (1980) ... Himself (as Captain Beefheart)
 1974 Van Oekel's Discohoek (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... Himself (as Captain Beefheart)
 1972 Beat-Club (TV Series)
- Episode #1.78 (1972) ... (as Captain Beefheart)
 1966 Where the Action Is (TV Series)
- Episode #2.246 (1966) ... Himself
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 2005 Derailroaded (Documentary)

Personal Details

Other Works:

He and his band, Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, recorded "Lick My Decals Off, Baby". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Captain Beefheart

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Personal Quote:

We're all colored, or you wouldn't be able to see anyone. See more »


His parents moved him to Lancaster, California in the Mojave Desert where he befriended Frank Zappa. He enrolled at Antelope Valley Junior College to study art in 1959 for one semester. He spent the early 1960s in Cucamonga, California in Zappa's studio. See more »


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