Kris Kristofferson Biography
A native of Brownsville Kris Kristofferson is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Kris has released 18 studio albums, 3 live albums, 5 compilation albums, 6 collaboration albums.
He has also debuted in several films and TV series as well, for which he was honored with the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in the category of Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for A Star is Born in 1976. Let’s know more about him through this article.
Kris Kristofferson Age
Kristofferson was born on June 22, 1936, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S. She is 85 years old as of 2021. She celebrates all of her birthdays every 22 of June every year.
Kris Kristofferson Height and Weight
He has a standing height of 5feet 10inches and weighs 90 kilograms. He has black eyes and grey hair.
Kris Kristofferson Parents and Siblings
He was born in Brownsville, Texas, to a mother named Mary Ann and Lars Henry Kristofferson, a U.S. Army Air Corps officer and later a U.S. Air Force major general. Kristoffer’s paternal grandfather was an officer in the Swedish Army. When Kristofferson was a child, his father pushed him towards a military career.
Kris Kristofferson Wife
He got married to Frances “Fran” Mavia Beer. The two were blessed with a daughter named Tracy who was born in 1962 and a son Kris who was born in 1968 but then eventually they divorced. He then got married to his second wife named Rita Coolidge and they had a daughter named Casey. Kris then married Lisa Kristofferson and they have four children together, Jesse, Jody, Johnny, Kelly Marie, and Blake.
Kris Kristofferson Children
Kris has eight children daughter Tracy born in 1962 and son Kris born in 1968, Casey who was born in 1974, Jesse who was born in 1983, Jody born in 1985, Johnny born in 1988, Kelly Marie born in 1990, and Blake born in 1994.
Kris Kristofferson Education
He graduated from San Mateo High School in 1954. He then went to Pomona College. Kristofferson graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in literature. He then got a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he studied at Merton College. He graduated with a B.Phil. degree in English literature.
Kris Kristofferson Career
Kris left the army in 1965 and moved to Nashville. He worked a variety of odd jobs while struggling for success in music while burdened with medical expenses resulting from his son’s defective esophagus. He and his wife soon divorced. He got a job sweeping floors at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville.
He met June Carter there and asked her to give Johnny Cash a tape of his. She did, but Cash put it on a large pile with others. He also worked as a commercial helicopter pilot for south Louisiana firm Petroleum Helicopters International (PHI), based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kristofferson recalled his days as a pilot, “That was about the last three years before I started performing before people started cutting my songs. I would work a week down here [in south Louisiana] for PHI, sitting on an oil platform and flying helicopters. Then I’d go back to Nashville at the end of the week and spend a week up there trying to pitch the songs, then come back down and write songs for another week. I can remember ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night’ I wrote sitting on top of an oil platform. I wrote ‘Bobby McGee’ down here, and a lot of them [in south Louisiana].”
Weeks after giving Carter his tapes, Kristofferson landed a helicopter in Cash’s front yard, gaining his full attention. A story about Kristofferson having a beer in one hand and some songs in the other upon arrival was reputed but has been disproven, with Kristofferson saying, “It was still kind of an invasion of privacy that I wouldn’t recommend. To be honest, I don’t think he was there… John had a pretty creative memory.” But upon hearing “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” Cash decided to record it, and that year Kristofferson won Songwriter of the Year at the Country Music Awards.
In 1966, Dave Dudley released a successful Kristofferson single, “Viet Nam Blues.” In 1967, Kristofferson signed to Epic Records and released a single, “Golden Idol/Killing Time,” but the song was not successful. Within the next few years, more Kristofferson originals hit the charts, performed by Roy Drusky (“Jody and the Kid”); Billy Walker & the Tennessee Walkers (“From the Bottle to the Bottom”); Ray Stevens (“Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”); Jerry Lee Lewis (“Once More with Feeling”); Faron Young (“Your Time’s Comin'”); and Roger Miller (“Me and Bobby McGee”, “Best of all Possible Worlds”, and “Darby’s Castle”). He achieved some success as a performer himself, following Johnny Cash’s introduction of him at the Newport Folk Festival.
In 1972, Kristofferson appeared with Rita Coolidge on British TV on BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test, performing a physically intimate version of “Help Me Make It Through the Night”. In 1972 Al Green released his version of “For the Good Times” on the album I’m Still in Love with You.
Kris Kristofferson Net Worth
Kris has earned a fortune from his career as a singer and actor. He has also earned from his record sales and musical concerts. He has an estimated net worth of $160 million.
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