Merle Haggard (1937–2016)

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Merle Haggard was born on April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California, USA. He is known for Wag the Dog (1997), Jack Reacher (2012) and The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981). He was married to Theresa Ann Lane, Debora J Parret, Leona Bell Williams, Bonnie Owens and Billie Leona Hobbs. He died on April 6, 2016 in Redding, California. See full bio »

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 2015 Get Lost (Short) (songwriter: "The Bottle Let Me Down")
 1974-1976 Movin' On (TV Series) (composer - 45 episodes)
- Sing It Again, Sonny (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- Full Fathom Five (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- No More Sad Songs (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Home Is Not a House (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
- Living It Up! (1976) ... (composer: theme music)
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Merle Ronald Haggard


5' 9" (1.75 m)


Theresa Ann Lane  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

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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 »


Underwent surgery for lung cancer in November 2008. See more »


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