Country-western star, onscreen from 1966.
Biography by Rovi
- Was originally named Wayland, but his mother changed the spelling because a preacher assumed she named him after the local college. It was never changed on his birth certificate.
- Started as a disc jockey when he was just 12 years old.
- Gave up his seat on the airplane that would eventually crash and take the lives of the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in 1959.
- Was a member of the Highwaymen, a band that also consisted of Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson; they were credited with bringing country back to its roots.
- Sang the theme song for The Dukes of Hazzard and was the off-screen narrator for the show.
- Struggled with a decades-long addiction to cocaine; claimed that he often spent more than $1500 a day to support the habit.
- Earned his GED in 1989 at the age of 52.
- Released a children's album, Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals & Dirt, in 1993.
- His son Shooter Jennings played him in the 2005 movie Walk the Line.