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Don Van Vliet (1941–2010)

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

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The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski Soundtrack
Lawless Soundtrack
A Bigger Splash
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A Civil Action
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 2015 A Bigger Splash (performer: "Observatory Crest" - as Captain Beefhart) / (writer: "Observatory Crest")
 2014 Chronospunk! The Pursuit of Who? (Short) (performer: "They Call Him The Doctor" - as Captain Beefheart)
 2012 Something in the Air (writer: "Abba Zaba")
 2012 Breakfast with Curtis (writer: "Kandy Korn")
 2012 Lawless (writer: "Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do")
 2011 Fresh Meat (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.7 (2011) ... (writer: "Low Yo Yo Stuff" - uncredited)
  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)
 2004 One Last Chance (writer: "Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do")
 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 Short documentary) (writer: "What Are We Gonna Do With You", "Evening Bell")
 1994 Between the Teeth (Documentary) (writer: "Well")
 1979 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Contest Nobody Could Win (1979) ... (writer: "Suction Prints")
 1978 Blue Collar (performer: "Hard Workin Man" - as Captain Beefheart)
  Van Oekel's Discohoek (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1974) (writer - 1 episode, 1974)
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... (performer: "Upon the my-o-my" - as Captain Beefheart) / (writer: "Upon the my-o-my")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1980s) He recorded two solo albums, "Doc at the Radar Station," and "Ice Cream for Crow," for Virgin Records. 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 see the moon, don't we? So it's our eye. Animals see us, don't they? So we're their animals. See more »


He is survived by his wife, Jan of Trinidad, California. See more »


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