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A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.




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Series cast summary:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ...  Elvis Presley 2 episodes, 2005
Rose McGowan ...  Ann-Margret 2 episodes, 2005
Randy Quaid ...  'Colonel' Tom Parker 2 episodes, 2005
Tim Guinee ...  Sam Phillips 2 episodes, 2005
Antonia Bernath ...  Priscilla Presley 2 episodes, 2005
Jack Noseworthy ...  Steve Binder 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Patrick ...  Vernon Presley 2 episodes, 2005
Camryn Manheim ...  Gladys Presley 2 episodes, 2005
Clay Steakley ...  Bill Black 2 episodes, 2005
Mark Adam ...  Scotty Moore 2 episodes, 2005
Robert C. Treveiler ...  Larry Geller 2 episodes, 2005
Jennifer Rae Westley Jennifer Rae Westley ...  Dixie Locke 2 episodes, 2005
John Boyd West ...  Red West 2 episodes, 2005
Randy McDowell ...  Gene Smith 2 episodes, 2005
Eric William Pierson Eric William Pierson ...  D.J. Fontana 2 episodes, 2005
Jill Jane Clements ...  Marion Keisker 2 episodes, 2005
Marion Zinser Marion Zinser ...  Grandma Minnie 2 episodes, 2005
Dan Triandiflou ...  George Klein 2 episodes, 2005
Tom Humbarger ...  Junior Smith 2 episodes, 2005
Joseph B. Smith ...  Lamar Fike 2 episodes, 2005
Bart Hansard ...  Steve Sholes 2 episodes, 2005
Michael P. Cahill Michael P. Cahill ...  Barry Shultz 2 episodes, 2005
Douglas M. Griffin ...  Chet Atkins 2 episodes, 2005
Tony Bentley ...  Hal Wallis 2 episodes, 2005
Hunt Scarritt Hunt Scarritt ...  Eddie Bond 2 episodes, 2005
Carmen Amanda Mapes Carmen Amanda Mapes ...  Gas Station Girl #1 2 episodes, 2005
Laura-Shay Griffin Laura-Shay Griffin ...  Gas Station Girl #2 2 episodes, 2005
Dane Rhodes ...  Edd Hopper 2 episodes, 2005
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ...  Judge Marion Gooding 2 episodes, 2005
Bryan Lee McGlothin ...  Judge Sam Friedman 2 episodes, 2005
Ritchie Montgomery ...  Horace Logan 2 episodes, 2005
Cassie Billedeau Cassie Billedeau ...  Cutest Girl 2 episodes, 2005
Eugenie Bondurant ...  Mrs. Hughes 2 episodes, 2005
Julian Kulick Julian Kulick ...  Overton Announcer 2 episodes, 2005
Earl Maddox Earl Maddox ...  Preacher 2 episodes, 2005
Stephen Rue ...  Southern Politician 2 episodes, 2005
Ben Shelton ...  Tough Kid #1 2 episodes, 2005
Travis Resor Travis Resor ...  Tough Kid #2 2 episodes, 2005
Lisette Vitter Lisette Vitter ...  Teen Fan #1 2 episodes, 2005
Ashley Woody Ashley Woody ...  Teen Fan #2 2 episodes, 2005
Marcus Lyle Brown ...  Wynonie Harris 2 episodes, 2005
Azure Parsons ...  Actress 2 episodes, 2005
John McConnell ...  Disc Jockey 2 episodes, 2005
Ian Leson ...  Pvt. Joe Esposito 2 episodes, 2005
Ryan Rilette Ryan Rilette ...  Charlie Hodges 2 episodes, 2005
Nicholas Paoletti Nicholas Paoletti ...  Airman Currie Grant 2 episodes, 2005
Stuart Greer ...  Captain Beaulieu 2 episodes, 2005
Caroline McKinley Caroline McKinley ...  Mrs. Beaulieu 2 episodes, 2005
Bill Martin Williams ...  Newsreel Reporter 2 episodes, 2005
Manny Chevrolet Manny Chevrolet ...  News Man #1 2 episodes, 2005
James Steven Sadwith James Steven Sadwith ...  News Man #2 2 episodes, 2005
Leon Contavesprie ...  Assistant Director 2 episodes, 2005
Ben Lokey ...  Choreographer 2 episodes, 2005
Peter Gabb Peter Gabb ...  Motorcycle Director 2 episodes, 2005
Anne Ewen ...  Pretty thing 2 episodes, 2005
Jeffrey Dodson Jeffrey Dodson ...  Reporter (barber shop) 2 episodes, 2005
Lane Fournerat Lane Fournerat ...  Elvis Fan 2 episodes, 2005
Bria Hobgood Bria Hobgood ...  Party Girl 2 episodes, 2005


A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.

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Biography | Drama | Music


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Did You Know?


More than 300 Elvis fans auditioned for the role of Elvis Presley. They were all turned away and Rhys Myers was hired, even though he wasn't one of the 300 lining up to audition. See more »


The glue and makeup on Elvis' sideburns is clearly visible during close-ups When he discusses being drafted with his parents and Col. Tom. See more »


Elvis Presley: [after a song] So, how was it?
Priscilla Presley: I liked it, it was really sweet. I prefer the fast ones, though, like Jailhouse Rock. Why don't you do more of those?
Elvis Presley: [shouting] Dammit, I didn't ask you to tell me how to sing! I just asked if you liked it! I get enough amateur opinions, I don't need one from you!
[softly, after a pause]
Elvis Presley: Come here, Sattnin.
Priscilla Presley: No...
Elvis Presley: Come on. I'm sorry, I just finished that session and I'm real proud of it. Better than the hogwash they give me to sing in those movies.
Elvis Presley: Stupid movies, ...
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References Elvis: The Comeback Special (1968) See more »


Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Written by Roy Turk, Lou Handman
Performed by Elvis Presley
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User Reviews

Great job but somewhat depressing
17 May 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers did as good a job as I've ever seen portraying the King of Rock and Roll. Although Elvis cursed more than he ever has in any version of his life I've seen, and he was often abusive to those he was close to, he was an appealing character overall, especially at the beginning of his career. And he really cared about his fans.

Something I wasn't aware of: Elvis cared about the quality of his movies as much as he cared about good music, but he didn't have as much control over his acting as his singing.

I can't recall Elvis' relationship to his mother being shown in such detail. Camryn Manheim did an outstanding job, and I noticed in the documentary airing later in the week on CBS how much the real Gladys Presley resembled Manheim.

Randy Quaid also impressed as Colonel Parker. He was very convincing as an aging man, and he was shown as quite a schemer, but he was not overdone.

There were many other good acting performances. Tim Guinee as Sam Phillips should be mentioned, and Rose McGowan made a sultry Ann-Margret. And I have to mention the black woman at the Cadillac dealership. A brief performance, but very effective.

Like Parker, I'm more of a Lawrence Welk man, but Elvis is something special. And the musical performances were great.

The first part was the most enjoyable, when Elvis was just a young kid getting his career started, when the talent came through and was not overshadowed by fame.

Overall, it was a worthy effort.

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Release Date:

8 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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