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Also Known As: Lyle Pearce Lovett Died:
Born: November 1, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Klein, Texas, USA Profession: musician, singer, songwriter, actor, worked in a motorcycle shop, construction worker on a plumbing crew

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Multiple Grammy-winning Lyle Lovett established a reputation as one of the contemporary country music scene's most distinctive singer-songwriters before becoming a Robert Altman regular, appearing in the likes of "The Player" (1992), "Short Cuts" (1993) and "Cookie's Fortune" (1999). Born in Houston, TX in 1957, Lovett first began performing at various local clubs while studying Journalism and German at Texas A&M University and got the chance to showcase his talents on a bigger scale when he played a beach singer in TV movie "Bill: On His Own" (1983). A year later he contributed to Nanci Griffith's Once in a Very Blue Moon LP and in 1986 released his self-titled debut through MCA/Curb Records. Fusing pop, jazz, folk and blues with the sounds of country music, 1988's Pontiac cracked the Billboard 200 and was followed by 1989's Grammy-winning Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Lovett made his proper acting debut playing Detective Delongpre in meta black comedy "The Player" (1992), the first of several Robert Altman films he would star in throughout the decade. After playing baker Andy Bitkower in the auteur's interweaving Los Angeles drama "Short Cuts" (1993), Lovett was briefly propelled to the front...

Multiple Grammy-winning Lyle Lovett established a reputation as one of the contemporary country music scene's most distinctive singer-songwriters before becoming a Robert Altman regular, appearing in the likes of "The Player" (1992), "Short Cuts" (1993) and "Cookie's Fortune" (1999). Born in Houston, TX in 1957, Lovett first began performing at various local clubs while studying Journalism and German at Texas A&M University and got the chance to showcase his talents on a bigger scale when he played a beach singer in TV movie "Bill: On His Own" (1983). A year later he contributed to Nanci Griffith's Once in a Very Blue Moon LP and in 1986 released his self-titled debut through MCA/Curb Records. Fusing pop, jazz, folk and blues with the sounds of country music, 1988's Pontiac cracked the Billboard 200 and was followed by 1989's Grammy-winning Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Lovett made his proper acting debut playing Detective Delongpre in meta black comedy "The Player" (1992), the first of several Robert Altman films he would star in throughout the decade. After playing baker Andy Bitkower in the auteur's interweaving Los Angeles drama "Short Cuts" (1993), Lovett was briefly propelled to the front pages of the tabloids when he married box office favorite Julia Roberts. The pair both appeared in Altman's much-maligned fashion satire "Pret-a-Porter" (1994) but just a year later announced their divorce. By this point Lovett had released a further two gold-selling albums, guested as Lenny on hit sitcom "Mad About You" (NBC, 1992-99) and become a soundtrack regular, contributing to the likes of "Always" (1989), "The Firm" (1993) and "Toy Story" (1995). Lovett then played the uncle of an abused girl and research scientist in TV movies "Bastard Out of Carolina" (1996) and "Breast Men" (1997) respectively, picked up the fourth Grammy of his career for 1996's "The Road to Ensanada" and appeared as The Road Person in gonzo cult classic "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998). After showing up as Sheriff Carl Tippett in subversive romantic comedy "The Opposite of Sex" (1998) Lovett reunited with Robert Altman to play voyeur Manny Hood in crime caper "Cookie's Fortune" (1999) and compose the soundtrack to his ensemble drama "Dr. T & The Women" (2000). Roles in teen comedy "The New Guy" (2002) and Chekhov short story collection "Three Days of Rain" (2002) then followed, as did his first US Top 20 album, 2007's It's Not Big It's Large. Lovett then played himself in musical biopic spoof "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007), a bartender in Southern dramedy "The Open Road" (2008) and a high-spirited neighbor in festive family film "Angels Sing" (2013), released his tenth studio effort, 2009's Natural Forces, and enjoyed a ten-episode stint as Monte P. Flagman, the lawyer of an immigrant smuggler in acclaimed Scandi noir adaptation "The Bridge" (FX, 2013-14).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Penguins (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 When Angels Sing (2013)
3.
 Open Road, The (2009)
5.
 New Guy, The (2002) Bear
6.
7.
 Cookie's Fortune (1999) Manny Hood
8.
 Breast Men (1998) Research Scientist
9.
 Opposite of Sex, The (1998) Sheriff Carl Tippett
10.
 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) Road Person
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Milestones close milestones

1999:
Boston Ballet premiered "Nine Lives: The Songs of Lyle Lovett"
1998:
Cast opposite Lisa Kudrow in "The Opposite of Sex"
1993:
Provided the voice of Delbert Parnham for the documentary "Wild West"
1996:
Had small role in "Bastard Out of Carolina" (Showtime)
1984:
Moved to Nashville; sang back-up on Nanci Griffith's first album
1993:
Reteamed with Altman for "Short Cuts"
1994:
Third film with Altman, "Ready-to-Wear (Pret-a-Porter)"
1986:
Released first solo album, the eponymous "Lyle Lovett"
1983:
TV acting debut, played a singer in the CBS TV-movie "Bill on His Own"
1994:
Co-directed (with Wayne Miller) the comedy short "Penguins"
2003:
Received 2 grammy nominations, including Best Country Album
1992:
Made big screen debut in "The Player"
1985:
Signed to Curb/MCA records
1995:
With Randy Newman, sang the theme song ("You've Got a Friend in Me") from "Toy Story"
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Known for such albums as "Joshua Judges Ruth" and "The Road To Ensenada"
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Popular songs include "Cowboy Man" and "Up In Indiana".
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Won first Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
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Achieved first Billboard Top 20 album with <i>It's Not Big, It's Large</i>
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Education

Texas A&M University: College Station, Texas - 1975
Texas A&M University: College Station, Texas - 1975

Notes

"When I went to Nashville in 1984, there was a huge disparity between radio hits and numbers of records sold. People could have big No. 1 records and not sell any records. I think they were trying anything, and I was lucky enough to get in on that. . . . Maybe my songs require a bit more from the listener; maybe they really aren't as good for mainstream country radio as much as they are for other types of radio." --Lyle Lovett to Lisa Robinson in DAILY NEWS, July 4, 1997

"I would write a hit song if I could. I feel like my work is much more a product of my limitations than any conscious choice to be so high-minded as to not be on the radio." --Lovett to US, August 1996

"All my life people have said I was shy, but I've never felt particularly shy. I know I don't have the kind of personality tha walks into a room and commands everyone's attention. Plue, I'd much rather be quiet until I get to know someone a little bit." --Lovett to NEW YORK NEWSDAY, January 3, 1995

"I'm sort of an oddball-weirdo guy--that's the appeal I've got!" --Lovett to Sam Robards in INTERVIEW, May 1994

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companion:
Ashley Judd. Actor. Dated in the early 1990s.
wife:
Julia Roberts. Actor. Married June 27, 1993 in Marion, Indiana; announced separation March 1995; divorced.
companion:
Elizabeth Vargas. Newscaster. Worked at ABC; dated briefly in 1996.
companion:
April Kimble. Former personal assistant; engaged as of March 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

great-great-grandfather:
Adam Klein. German immigrant who founded the town of Klein, TX, where Lovett was born.
father:
Bill Lovett. Marketing executive. Worked for Exxon.
mother:
Bernell Lovett. Training specialist. Worked for Exxon.

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