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Roy Orbison net worth:
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Roy Orbison information

Birth date: April 23, 1936
Birth place: Vernon, Texas, United States
Death date: December 6, 1988, Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Profession:Singer-songwriter
Nationality:American
Spouse:Barbara Orbison (m. 1969–1988), Claudette Frady (m. 1965–1966), Claudette Frady (m. 1957–1964)
Children:Anthony King Orbison, Wesley Orbison, Roy Kelton Orbison, Alexander Orbison, Roy Dewayne Orbison
Parents:Nadine Shultz, Orbie Lee Orbison

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Roy Orbison was born on the 23rd April 1936 in Vernon, Texas, USA, and was a musician and singer-songwriter, best known for his distinctive voice and dark love ballads. Orbison had over 20 songs that were placed in the Billboard Top 40, including such hits as “Only the Lonely” (1960), “Crying” (1961), and “”Oh, Pretty Woman” (1964). He has been a Rock ;n’ Roll Hall of Famer since 1987, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, and the Songwriters Hall of Famer. Roy received six Grammy Awards, and since 2010 he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Orbison’s career started in 1953 and ended in 1988, when he passed away..

Have you ever wondered how rich Roy Orbison was at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Orbison’s net worth was as high as $15 million, an amount earned through his successful career in music.

Roy Orbison Net Worth $15 Million

Roy Orbison was a son of Orbie Lee Orbison, an oil well driller and car mechanic, and Nadine Shultz, a nurse. His father bought him a guitar when was six, and by the late ‘40s, Roy already hosted a show on local radio. He went to the Wink High School, where he formed a band with some friends, called the Wink Westerners, even performing on KERB radio station in Kermit. Later Orbison enrolled at the North Texas State College in Denton, but dropped out after a year to return home to Wink.

Roy then moved to Odessa, Texas, where he went to the Odessa Junior College, while the Wink Westerners changed the name to Teen Kings and performed on local TV stations. While in Odessa, Orbison saw live shows of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and when Roy decided to make a living out of music, approaching Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Phillips offered a contract to the Teen Kings in 1956, but in 1961, Roy recorded his debut solo album entitled “Roy Orbison at the Rock House”. The first studio album that entered Billboard 200 chart was “Crying” in 1962, peaking in No. 21 place, while it reached No. 17 on the UK Albums chart.

In 1963, Roy released “In Dreams”, which reached No. 35 on the Billboard 200 and No. 6 on UK Albums chart; the singles “In Dreams”, “Dream”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, and “My Prayer” were among his most popular. Two years later, he recorded “Orbisongs” and the album peaked at the No. 136 on Billboard 200, and No. 40 on UK chart, while the single “Oh, Pretty Woman” became a worldwide hit, and is still one of the most recognizable songs of all time. This increased Roy`s net worth to a large degree.

Until 1987 and the release of “In Dreams: The Greatest Hits”, neither of Orbison’s albums made it to Billboard 200 chart. In 1988, the album called “Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1” – recorded with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne – achieved triple platinum status in the US, peaked at No. 3 on Billboard 200, and at No. 16 on the UK chart. His next release called “Mystery Girl” (1989) achieved platinum status in both US and the UK, adding further to his net worth.

Most recently, the posthumous album entitled “One of the Lonely Ones” came out in December 2015. Roy recorded almost 30 compilation albums which helped him to increase his net worth additionally.

Regarding his personal life, Roy Orbison was married twice to Claudette Frady until her tragic death in 1966, when she was killed in a motorcycle accident in Gallatin, Tennessee. Only two years later, his two sons died in a fire that took over his house in Hendersonville, Tennessee, while Roy was on tour in England. He married Barbara in 1969, and they were together until his death – Orbison suffered from heart disease for the most of his life, and on 6 December 1988, he died of a heart attack in Hendersonville, aged just 52.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Willkommen Österreich 2008 TV Series music - 1 episode
Crazy 2008/II performer: "Dream Baby How Long Must I Dream"
Memòries de la tele TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
It Takes Two 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Prison Break 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Samyy luchshiy film 2008 performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" - as R.Orbison
Live from Austin Tx: Norah Jones 2008 Video documentary writer: "Blue Bayou"
The Singing Bee 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Gangster 2007 writer: "Only The Lonely Know the Way I Feel" 1960
Repressions 2007 Short writer: "Crying"
Danny - Tähti ja tähtien tekijä 2007 Video documentary writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Mania 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Canadian Idol 2005-2006 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
7th Heaven TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1996 - 2006 writer - 2 episodes, 1996 - 2006
Parashat Ha-Shavua 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Medium 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gymnaslærer Pedersen 2006 writer: "Oh! Pretty Woman"
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2003-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Date Movie 2006 performer: "Oh Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
Sleeping Dogs Lie 2006/I performer: "You Got It" / writer: "You Got It"
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found 2005 TV Special documentary performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
William Eggleston in the Real World 2005 Documentary performer: "In the Real World"
Miss Montigny 2005 writer: "Oh ! Pretty Woman"
American Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Iznogoud 2005 writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" - as Orbison
Plauto, recuerdo distorsionado de un tonto eventual 2004 "Blue Angel" / performer: "Blue Angel"
Man on Fire 2004 writer: "Blue Bayou"
The Sopranos TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Shabatot VeHagim 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Operación triunfo 2003 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Kal Ho Naa Ho 2003 writer: "Pretty Woman"
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dreamcatcher 2003 performer: "Blue Bayou" / writer: "Blue Bayou"
Hundtricket - The Movie 2002 performer: "Oh Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
Jos sais kerran 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bad Company 2002 writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle 2001 TV Short documentary writer: "HANDLE WITH CARE"
Last Orders 2001 performer: "Blue Bayou" 1961 / writer: "Blue Bayou" 1961 - as Roy K. Orbison
Mulholland Dr. 2001 writer: "Crying" Llorando
Futurama TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary performer: "Pretty Woman" / writer: "Pretty Woman"
Live by Request: K.D. Lang 2000 TV Movie writer: "Crying"
A Many Splintered Thing TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2000 music - 1 episode, 2000 performer - 1 episode, 2000
The Guilty 2000 writer: "Crying"
Stars in Their Eyes 1990-2000 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Our Friend, Martin 1999 Video writer: "As Long As I Can Dream"
K-911 1999 Video performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Roy Orbison: The Anthology 1999 Video documentary performer: "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Blue Bayou", "In Dreams" / writer: "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Blue Bayou", "In Dreams"
The Love Letter 1999 performer: "Only The Lonely" / writer: "Only The Lonely"
Paperback Hero 1999 performer: "Cryin'", "I Drove All Night", "Only the lonely" / writer: "Cryin'", "Oh Pretty Woman", "Only the lonely"
Kill the Man 1999 performer: "Workin' For The Man" / writer: "Workin' For The Man"
In Dreams 1999 performer: "IN DREAMS" / writer: "IN DREAMS"
Ramat Aviv Gimmel TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
You've Got Mail 1998 performer: "Dream"
Little Voice 1998 writer: "It's Over"
Dance with Me 1998 performer: "Dream Baby"
A Cool, Dry Place 1998 writer: "Claudette"
Girls' Night 1998 "Oh, Pretty Woman" / performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Mean Woman Blues"
Gypsy Magic 1997 performer: "California Blue" / writer: "California Blue"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gravesend 1997 performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
Gummo 1997 performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
The End of Violence 1997 performer: "You May Feel Me Crying"
Tohuwabohu TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1994 - 1997 writer - 2 episodes, 1994 - 1997
Dollywood: A Memory Worth Repeating 1996 Video documentary writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Die Harald Schmidt Show 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Star Trek: First Contact 1996 performer: "Ooby Dooby"
Du bist nicht allein - Die Roy Black Story 1996 TV Movie performer: "In Dreams", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Candy Man" - uncredited / writer: "In Dreams", "Oh, Pretty Woman" - uncredited
The Sunchaser 1996 performer: "So Young", "Blue Bayou", "Blue Rain" / writer: "So Young", "Blue Bayou", "Blue Rain"
Moonshine Highway 1996 TV Movie performer: "Go, Go, Go"
Syrjähyppyjä 1996 TV Movie performer: "Blue Angel"
Vacanze di Natale '95 1995 performer: "Pretty Woman" / writer: "Pretty Woman"
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "Pretty Woman" / writer: "Pretty Woman"
Suolaista ja makeaa 1995 writer: "Kaunis nainen Oh, Pretty Woman"
Boys on the Side 1995 writer: "You Got It"
Dumb & Dumber 1994 performer: "Oh Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
The Critic 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Comic Timing TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
The Thing Called Love 1993 writer: "WHAT KIND OF LOVE"
Indecent Proposal 1993 "A Love So Beautiful" / performer: "A Love So Beautiful"
Lo Kolel Sherut 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
That Night 1992 performer: "DREAM BABY"
Saved by the Bell 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1977 - 1992 performer - 1 episode, 1992
Roy Orbison: I Drove All Night 1992 Video short performer: "I Drove All Night"
Zeg 'ns Aaa TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1991 writer - 1 episode, 1991
Lena's Holiday 1991 performer: "Dream Baby" - uncredited
Only the Lonely 1991 performer: "ONLY THE LONELY" / writer: "ONLY THE LONELY"
Only Fools and Horses.... 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get a Life 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pretty Woman 1990 performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Rockopop TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
Tulilinja 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zwei Münchner in Hamburg 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Coming Home: A Rockin' Reunion 1989 TV Movie performer: "Big Train from Memphis"
Dream Baby 1989 TV Movie writer: "Blue Angel", "Only the Lonely" - uncredited
Mystery Train 1989 performer: "Domino" / writer: "Domino"
Checking Out 1989 performer: "ONLY THE LONELY" / writer: "ONLY THE LONELY"
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night 1988 TV Movie documentary writer: "Only The Lonely", "Blue Bayou", "Leah", "Running Scared", "Uptown", "In Dreams", "Crying", "Go, Go, Go Down The Line", "Claudette", "It's Over", "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Running on Empty 1988 writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
Dolly 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Moonlighting 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Satisfaction 1988 "Talk to Me"
Hiding Out 1987 performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
Less Than Zero 1987 performer: "Life Fades Away" / writer: "Life Fades Away"
Rags to Riches 1987 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars 1987 Video short performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Blue Velvet 1986 performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
Down by Law 1986 writer: "Crying"
Weird Science 1985 writer: "OH, PRETTY WOMAN"
Insignificance 1985 lyrics: "Wild Hearts" / music: "Wild Hearts" / performer: "Wild Hearts" / producer: "Wild Hearts"
Austin City Limits TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1983 writer - 1 episode, 1983
Siamo fatti così: Aiuto! 1980 performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" electronic version / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" electronic version
Roadie 1980 performer: "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again", "Eyes of Texas" / writer: "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again"
Pink Lady TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 performer: "Blue Bayou" / writer: "Blue Bayou"
Roy Sings Orbison 1975 TV Movie performer: "Only the Lonely Know The Way I Feel", "Crying", "Penny Arcade", "Blue Bayou", "Running Scared", "Candy Man", "In Dreams", "Mean Woman Blues", "It's Over", "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Only the Lonely Know The Way I Feel", "Crying", "Blue Bayou", "Running Scared", "In Dreams", "It's Over", "Oh, Pretty Woman"
The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club 1974 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Johnny Cash Show TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 1969 - 1970 writer - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1970
Zig Zag 1970 performer: "Zig Zag"
Zabriskie Point 1970 performer: "So Young" / writer: "So Young"
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 1969 TV Movie writer: "Go, Go, Go Down The Line"
The Fastest Guitar Alive 1967 performer: "The Fastest Guitar Alive", "Pistolero", "Good Time Party", "River", "Whirlwind", "Medicine Man", "Rollin' On" / writer: "The Fastest Guitar Alive", "Pistolero", "Good Time Party", "River", "Whirlwind", "Medicine Man", "Rollin' On"
Jongens, jongens, wat een meid 1965 Short performer: "Pretty Woman" - uncredited / writer: "Pretty Woman" - uncredited
Un callejón sin salida 1965 writer: "Ay Preciosa Oh, Pretty Woman"
The Beverly Hillbillies 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 1964 - 1965 performer - 1 episode, 1964
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Swinging U.K. 1964 Short writer: "Running Scared"
The Dick Clark Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1960 writer - 1 episode, 1960
The Walking Dead TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Mafia III 2016 Video Game performer: "Running Scared" - uncredited / writer: "Running Scared" - uncredited
Nerve 2016 performer: "You Got It" / writer: "You Got It"
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Morfi, todos a la mesa TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Ochéntame... otra vez TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
La gent normal TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Acció política TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones 2015 TV Movie documentary performer: "Up Town", "Only the Lonely", "Running Scared", "Crying", "Mean Woman Blues", "Oh Pretty Woman", "It's Over", "Twinkle Toes", "One of the Lonely Ones", "Lana", "In Dreams", "Leah" / writer: "Up Town", "Only the Lonely", "Running Scared", "Crying", "Oh Pretty Woman", "It's Over", "Twinkle Toes", "One of the Lonely Ones", "Lana", "Blue Bayou", "In Dreams", "Leah", "Only the Lonely" uncredited, "Oh Pretty Woman" uncredited
The Hateful Eight 2015 performer: "There Won't Be Many Coming Home" / writer: "There Won't Be Many Coming Home"
Overspel TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The Grinder TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2015 music - 1 episode, 2015 performer - 1 episode, 2015
Doctor Who 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC 2015 TV Movie performer: "Running Scared" / writer: "Running Scared"
Trainwreck 2015 performer: "She's a Mystery to Me"
Britain's Got Talent TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
WPC 56 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Call the Midwife TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Parks and Recreation 2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 2015 performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
Matzav Ha'Uma 2014 TV Series music - 1 episode
The World's Greatest Tribute Bands 2014 TV Series 1 episode
Chelsea Lately 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
True Blood TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Today at Wimbledon TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Wimbledon TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
The Little Death 2014 performer: "Beautiful Dreamer"
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 TV Movie writer: "Blue Bayou"
Granite Flats TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
A Most Wanted Man 2014 performer: "Falling" / writer: "Falling"
The Art of the Steal 2013 performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
Boom Town TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Newsroom TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Vegas 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
De wereld draait door 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Warm Bodies 2013 performer: "Oh Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
The Richest Songs in the World 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Pretty Woman" / writer: "Pretty Woman"
Tu cara me suena 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Joy of the Single 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "It's Over" - uncredited / writer: "It's Over" - uncredited
Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
Rage TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Die große Chance TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Madea's Witness Protection 2012 performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Dancing with the Stars 2010-2012 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Eastbound & Down TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
La baie d'Alger 2012 TV Movie performer: "Go, go, go" / writer: "Go, go, go"
Leah 2011 Short lyrics: "Leah" / music: "Leah" / performer: "Leah"
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "Pretty Paper"
50/50 2011 performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
Waga haha no ki 2011 writer: "She Wears My Ring"
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gent de paraula TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
My Piece of the Pie 2011 performer: "Oh Pretty woman"
Rock & Chips TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Dokonalý svet TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
20 to 1 TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010 writer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010
Alan Wake 2010 Video Game performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
EastEnders TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Uma Rosa com Amor 2010 TV Series performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
50 años de TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Guitar Hero: Van Halen 2009 Video Game writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
House of Boys 2009 lyrics: "Only the Lonely Know the Way I Feel", "In Dreams" / music: "Only the Lonely Know the Way I Feel", "In Dreams" / performer: "Only the Lonely Know the Way I Feel", "In Dreams", "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
Miranda TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Fringe TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Heroes TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Miss Austria 2009 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Cyprien 2009 writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
Legends 2008 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Other End of the Line 2008 writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Walking Vengeance 2008 writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
W. 2008/I performer: "Claudette" / writer: "Claudette"
Billy: The Early Years 2008 performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
My Name Is Earl TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
60/90 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Banda sonora TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fastest Guitar Alive 1967 Johnny

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Now Here 2010/I very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The True History of the Traveling Wilburys 2007 Video documentary short Himself (as Lefty Wilbury)
Roy Orbison: Live from Australia 1972 2005 Video Himself
Coming Home: A Rockin' Reunion 1989 TV Movie Himself
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
She's Having a Baby 1988 Himself (uncredited)
Live from Her Majesty's 1987 TV Series Himself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross 1987 TV Series Himself
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 1987 Documentary Himself - DVD only
Saturday Night Live 1987 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Roy Orbison Live in Texas 1986 Video Himself
Everyman 1985 TV Series documentary
Wogan 1985 TV Series
Blue Suede Shoes 1985 TV Special Himself - Narrator
Just Our Luck 1983 TV Series Himself
Austin City Limits 1983 TV Series documentary Himself
SCTV Network 1981 TV Series Himself
The Dukes of Hazzard 1981 TV Series Himself
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself
Roadie 1980 Himself
The Midnight Special 1974-1980 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
Pink Lady 1980 TV Series Himself
Nashville Remembers Elvis on His Birthday 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 TV Movie Himself
Saturday Night at the Mill 1977 TV Series Himself
Roy Sings Orbison 1975 TV Movie Himself
The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club 1974 TV Series Himself
Sez Les 1972 TV Series Himself
The Golden Shot 1970-1972 TV Series Himself
Stars on Sunday 1970-1971 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Johnny Cash Show 1969-1970 TV Series Himself - Singer
Mike and Bernie's Scene 1970 TV Series Himself
Crackerjack! 1966-1967 TV Series Himself - Guest
The London Palladium Show 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
Where the Action Is 1966 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1963-1966 TV Series Himself
Juke Box Jury 1965-1966 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Five O'Clock Club 1966 TV Series Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1963-1966 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1964-1965 TV Series Himself - Audience Bow / Singer
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1964-1965 TV Series Himself - Top Of The Bill / Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1963-1965 TV Series Himself
Shindig! 1964 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Roy Orbison Show 1964 TV Movie Himself
The Dick Clark Show 1960 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC 2015 TV Movie Himself
Strange Inheritance 2015 TV Series Himself
My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind 2014 TV Movie Himself
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville 2013 Documentary Himself
The Richest Songs in the World 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
100 Years of the London Palladium 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Light My Fire 2009 Video Himself
30 for 30 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
20 to 1 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Legends 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
60/90 2008 TV Series Himself
Banda sonora 2008 TV Series Himself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream 2007 Documentary Himself
U2: Window in the Skies 2007 Video short Himself
Duet Impossible 2006 TV Special Himself - Performer
Jeopardy! 2006 TV Series Himself
One for the Money: The Birth of Rock N' Roll 2006 Video documentary Himself - Singer / Songwriter
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats 2003 Video Himself
Lubbock Lights 2003 Documentary Himself
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle 2001 TV Short documentary Himself
Classic Albums: Elvis Presley 2001 Video documentary Himself
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'Roll 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Roy Orbison: The Anthology 1999 Video documentary Himself
In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Life and Times of Roy Orbison 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
Roy Orbison: I Drove All Night 1992 Video short Roy Orbison
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 1991 TV Special Himself
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll 1991 TV Series documentary
Saturday Night Live 1988 TV Series Himself
The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars 1987 Video short Himself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1985 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On 29 January 2010. At 1750 N. Vine Street.


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#Fact
1 Is mentioned in the song "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen.
2 His natural hair color was platinum blond; however, he never liked his hair and began dyeing his hair black in his teens.
3 He was a huge fan of the original Star Trek (1966) series and would often play the series' theme at the beginning of his shows.
4 Following his death, he was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
5 The look of Marvel Comics supervillain and Spider-Man archenemy, Doctor Octopus is said to be based on him.
6 He was posthumously awarded a star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee in November 2006.
7 He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on January 29, 2010.
8 The steady drum beat signifying confrontation in Roy's recording of "Running Scared" is reminiscent of the arrangement used in Frankie Laine's recording of "High Noon".
9 Of Roy's early compositions "Down the Line" was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis (1957) and The Everly Brothers had a charted hit with "Claudette" (1958) #30 US Pop, #1 UK.
10 Recorded the song "Hound Dog Man" (1979) in the memory of Elvis Presley.
11 Was one of the Million Dollar singers for little record company Sun Records based in Memphis, Tennessee with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
12 Last met Elvis Presley in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1976 in the King's last concert in gambling city. Orbison was in the audience and Presley said on the microphone: "Quite simply, the greatest singer in the world, Roy Orbison.".
13 He offered his first big hit song "Only the Lonely" (1960) originally to Elvis Presley, but unfortunately all the material for Presley's next album had already been chosen. Roy later offered the song to The Everly Brothers who had a previous hit with another Roy Orbison composition, "Claudette" (1958). They suggested he record the song himself which he finally did.
14 First saw Elvis Presley in concert in 1955. Presley was in his concert and entered in backstage the next year. Orbison kept telling about Elvis' visit to his friends.
15 Both he and his friend Elvis Presley suffered a heart attack in their bathrooms. Orbison was hospitalized but died.
16 Made only one movie in his career: The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967), which was offered to him after his friend Elvis Presley turned down.
17 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 674-676. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
18 Was close friends with Elvis Presley and actor Martin Sheen.
19 Ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
20 Re-recorded many of his classic hits in 1987 to critical and commercial success.
21 Won Grammy Awards in 1981, 1987 and posthumously in 1991.
22 In 1977, Linda Ronstadt recorded a new version of "Blue Bayou" that became a major success and remained in the country music charts for months. In the early 1980s, Don McLean's recording of "Crying" charted all over the world, reaching No. 1 in the United Kingdom. A duet between Orbison and Emmylou Harris took him to the country music Top 10 and crossed over into the pop charts.
23 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1987), and the American Songwriters Hall of Fame (1989).
24 Recorded many of his most famous hits from the 1960s with legendary guitarist Hank Garland.
25 He smoked up to 80 cigarettes a day before he underwent triple heart bypass surgery in 1978.
26 Longtime neighbors with Johnny Cash in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
27 His identification with Wayfarer sunglasses began when he went on tour to England in the early 1960s, and forgot his regular specs. His lenses were prescription, but some fans mistook Orbison for being blind.
28 Was known to insist his backup performers give their best at every performance. Reportedly, one night while touring in Florida he dismissed his regular band (called the Candy Men, after an early hit), then invited the opening group, the Webs, to join him on tour, adopting the Candy Men name. One member of the Webs was singer/songwriter Bobby Goldsboro.
29 David Lynch frequently uses his songs in his films.
30 He was voted the 37th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
31 Children: Roy Dewayne Orbison (1958 - September 15, 1968), Anthony King Orbison (1962 - September 15, 1968) and Wesley Orbison (born 1965) by first wife Claudette. Roy Kelton Orbison Jr. (born October 18, 1970) and Alex Orbison (born 1975) by second wife Barbara.
32 Teamed up with Bob Dylan, Beatle George Harrison, Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra and Tom Petty in the group The Travelling Wilburys.
33 Near the end of his life, he became friends with k.d. lang after they recorded his hit single "Crying" (1961) as a duet.
34 Attended the University of North Texas and Odessa College.
35 Toured the United Kingdom three times during 1963 and with Eagles in 1980.
36 Scored his first minor hit single with "Ooby Dooby" (1956) and had a No. 1 hit single with "Oh, Pretty Woman" (1964).
37 In 1966, his wife, Claudette, died in a motorcycle accident. Two years later, two of his sons were killed in a housefire.
38 When Orbison was first in the United Kingdom, he toured with The Beatles.

#Quote
1 [After seeing his song "In Dreams" being used in Blue Velvet (1986)] I was mortified because they were talking about the "candy colored clown" in relation to a dope deal... I thought, "What in the world...?". But later, when I was touring, we got the video out and I really got to appreciate what David gave to the song, and what the song gave to the movie - how it achieved this otherworldly quality that added a whole new dimension to "In Dreams".
2 Once I started singing, it was sort of a wonder. It was a great feeling, and it didn't hurt anybody, and it made me feel good, and some people even said, "Roy, that's nice.".
3 I was frustrated as a singer for a long time, particularly when some friendly rivalry broke out between me and a young guy in Texas named Buddy Holly, who, within a couple of months, had a couple of Number One singles and soon had stardom that reached to the Moon. I tried not to take it too hard, but when "Only the Lonely" happened in 1960, I reckoned it was about time too. I was an avid follower of the charts. I lived by them until "Only the Lonely" - and then I didn't look at them anymore.
4 I may be a living legend, but that sure don't help when I've got to change a flat tyre.
5 There was a lot of loneliness in West Texas where I grew up. We used to say it was the center of everything, five hundred miles away from anything.
6 I thought maybe in 1964 I could have been swamped by The Beatles. But it turned out the other way round and I was voted Number One vocalist in 1965.
7 Whether I'm in London, Sydney or Hong Kong, it makes no difference. There is always someone who knows me. I must be one of the most unloneliest people in the world!
8 People often ask me how would I like to be remembered and I answer that I would simply like to be remembered.

#Trademark
1 Dark emotional ballads
2 Often wears black clothes
3 Dark sunglasses
4 Flawless tenor voice with an unmistakable vibrato
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