Lyle Lovett

Active - 1983 - 2015  |   Born - Nov 1, 1957 in Klein, Texas, United States  |   Genres - Music, Comedy, Drama

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Biography by Hal Erickson

With his giraffe-like countenance and unusually tall haircut, American musician/actor Lyle Lovett may look like the archetypal rube, but don't be fooled: he is well educated (he earned journalism and foreign language degrees from Texas A&M), extremely articulate, and highly disciplined. Achieving his first big success in the mid-1980s, Lovett successfully straddled two musical forms on the verge of renewed popularity, folk-rock and country. Lovett also proved himself an adept actor with important roles in three Robert Altman films, The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993), and Ready to Wear (1994), a reputation he has sustained in a handful of TV guest star shots. Lovett found himself the reluctant recipient of gaudy publicity hype in 1993 when he married movie superstar Julia Roberts, a union that disintegrated (thanks in no small part to incessant and intrusive press coverage) less than two years later. He would go on to make occasional acting appearances in movies like Three Days of Rain and on TV shows like Castle.

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  • Was born and resides in Klein, Texas, which was named after his great-great-grandfather, Adam Klein.
  • As a journalism student at Texas A&M, interviewed performers such as Nanci Griffith and Michael Martin Murphey.
  • Studied in Germany as a graduate student.
  • Released his self-titled debut album in 1986.
  • Gained widespread popularity not for his music but for his marriage to Julia Roberts, whom he met on the set of The Player. The two married after a three-month courtship.
  • In 2004, suffered a broken leg and several fractured ribs after a bull charged at him as he was walking on his uncle's farm.