Mel Tillis (1932–2017)

Soundtrack | Actor | Composer
Visit on IMDb
KNOWN FOR 
The Help (2011) | Dallas Buyers Club (2013) | Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
AWARDS 
1 win More »
AKA 
M-m-m-mel Tillis
BORN 
Aug 8, 1932 (died Nov 19, 2017)
HEIGHT 
6' 0" (1.83m)

Filmography Filter

Past Film & Video (38 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Logan LuckyLogan Lucky Writer ("So Wrong")  Less 2017 $29MM $28MM / —
  • Primary photo for No EscapeNo Escape Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")  Less 2015 $16MM $27MM / —
  • Primary photo for Dallas Buyers ClubDallas Buyers Club Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")  Less 2013 $5MM $27MM / $55MM
  • Primary photo for Walk on BoyWalk on Boy (Short) Writer ("Walk on Boy")  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for GrabbersGrabbers Writer ("Bop-a-Lena") (as Tillis)  Less 2012 £4MM
  • Primary photo for The HelpThe Help Writer ("I Ain't Never")  Less 2011 $25MM $170MM / $217MM
  • Primary photo for The RunwayThe Runway Writer ("Bop-A-Lena")  Less 2010 $4MM
  • Primary photo for Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 (Video) Himself (archive footage), Performer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town"), Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town")  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for The Queens of CountryThe Queens of Country (Video) Writer ("So Wrong")  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Palo Pinto GoldPalo Pinto Gold Storyteller #2  Less 2009 $200K $50K / —
  • Primary photo for Beer for My HorsesBeer for My Horses Bob the Plumber, Performer ("Burning Memories"), Writer ("Burning Memories")  Less 2008 $666K / —
  • Primary photo for Huntin' BuddiesHuntin' Buddies (Video) Mel, Composer  Less 2008 $200K
  • Primary photo for A West Texas Children's StoryA West Texas Children's Story Writer ("I Ain't Never")  Less 2007 $5MM
  • Primary photo for Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk HeroesOpry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes (Video) Writer ("Detroit City")  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for ExpiredExpired Writer ("Emotions")  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Anita & MeAnita & Me Writer ("Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town" (as "Baby Don't Take Your Love To Town"))  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for RumbleRumble Writer ("Bop-a-Lena")  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for A Texas FuneralA Texas Funeral Writer ("Emotions")  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for Happy, TexasHappy, Texas Writer ("Honky Tonk Song")  Less 1999 $1.7MM $1.9MM / —
  • Primary photo for A Life Less OrdinaryA Life Less Ordinary Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")  Less 1997 $12MM $4.3MM / $4.7MM
  • Primary photo for Grosse Pointe BlankGrosse Pointe Blank Writer ("Detroit City")  Less 1997 $15MM $28MM / —
  • Primary photo for Nobody's FoolNobody's Fool Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town")  Less 1994 $20MM $39MM / —
  • Primary photo for A Home of Our OwnA Home of Our Own Writer ("Emotions")  Less 1993 $12MM $1.7MM / —
  • Primary photo for The Beverly HillbilliesThe Beverly Hillbillies Writer ("I AIN'T NEVER")  Less 1993 $44MM / $57MM
  • Primary photo for Pure CountryPure Country Writer ("THOUGHTS OF A FOOL")  Less 1992 $15MM / —
  • Primary photo for Next of KinNext of Kin Writer ("Pyramid of Cans")  Less 1989 $12MM $16MM / —
  • Primary photo for Tough Guys Don't DanceTough Guys Don't Dance Performer ("You'll Come Back (You Always Do)")  Less 1987 $5MM $858K / —
  • Primary photo for Hamburger HillHamburger Hill Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town")  Less 1987 $14MM / —
  • Primary photo for Uphill All the WayUphill All the Way Booger Skaggs, Executive Producer, Lyrics ("Uphill All the Way", "Stonin' Around"), Music ("Uphill All the Way", "Stonin' Around"), Performer ("Uphill All the Way", "Is We Goin' Somewheres", "Stonin' Around")  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for Cannonball Run IICannonball Run II Mel  Less 1984 $20MM $28MM / —
  • Primary photo for The Cannonball RunThe Cannonball Run Mel  Less 1981 $18MM $72MM / —
  • Primary photo for Fort Apache the BronxFort Apache the Bronx Performer ("Steppin' Out")  Less 1981 $29MM / $65MM
  • Primary photo for Smokey and the Bandit IISmokey and the Bandit II Fairground Owner, Performer ("Here's Lookin' At You")  Less 1980 $66MM / —
  • Primary photo for The VillainThe Villain Telegraph Agent, Performer ("The Villain", "Handsome Stranger", "Charmin'")  Less 1979 $5MM
  • Primary photo for Every Which Way But LooseEvery Which Way But Loose Himself (uncredited), Performer ("Coca Cola Cowboy", "Send Me Down To Tucson")  Less 1978 $5MM $106MM / —
  • Primary photo for W.W. and the Dixie DancekingsW.W. and the Dixie Dancekings Good Ole Boy #2, Performer ("The Losing End") (uncredited)  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for The Road to NashvilleThe Road to Nashville Writer ("Send me a letter")  Less 1967
  • Primary photo for Cottonpickin' ChickenpickersCottonpickin' Chickenpickers Hound-Dog Berrigan, Performer ("Dirty Ole Egg Suckin' Dog"), Writer ("Dirty Ole Egg Suckin' Dog")  Less 1967
Past Television (25 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for The Marty Stuart ShowThe Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) Performer ("Sawmill", "Detroit City", "Heart over Mind") ( 1 episode, 2009 ) , Writer ("Sawmill", "Detroit City", "Heart over Mind") ( 1 episode, 2009 ) , Writer ("Detroit City") ( 1 episode, 2012 ) , Writer ("All the Time") ( 1 episode, 2013 ) , Writer ("I Ain't Never") ( 1 episode, 2014 ) , Writer ("The Violet and a Rose") ( 1 episode, 2014 ) , Himself - Special Guest ( 1 episode, 2009 )  Less 2009–2014 5
    • Bobby Braddock (Jun 7, 2014) Writer ("I Ain't Never") (uncredited)  Less
    • Jesse McReynolds (May 31, 2014) Writer ("The Violet and a Rose") (uncredited)  Less
    • Corb Lund (Jun 15, 2013) Writer ("All the Time") (uncredited)  Less
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Kenny Rogers: The First 50 YearsKenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (TV Movie) Writer ("Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town")  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for The Road to Coronation StreetThe Road to Coronation Street (TV Movie) Writer ("Rock the Bop") (uncredited)  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Independent LensIndependent Lens (TV Series) Writer ("Detroit City") ( 1 episode, 2006 )  Less 2006 1
  • Primary photo for ERER (TV Series) Writer ("Emotions") ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005 1
    • CaƱon City (Sep 22, 2005) Writer ("Emotions") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Crossing JordanCrossing Jordan (TV Series) Writer ("Burning Memories") ( 1 episode, 2002 )  Less 2002 1
    • Scared Straight (Nov 18, 2002) Writer ("Burning Memories") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Bat Yam - New YorkBat Yam - New York (TV Series) Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town") ( 2 episodes, 1996–1997 )  Less 1996–1997 2
    • Eshet Ha'il: Part 1 (1997) Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town") (uncredited)  Less
    • America (1996) Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Bandit: Bandit Goes CountryBandit: Bandit Goes Country (TV Movie) Mel  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for Stars in Their EyesStars in Their Eyes (TV Series) Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town") ( 1 episode, 1993 )  Less 1993 1
    • Episode #4.3 (Jun 5, 1993) Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")  Less
  • Primary photo for 20th Annual Music City News Awards20th Annual Music City News Awards (TV Special) Himself - Host, Performer ("Memory Maker")  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for The Love BoatThe Love Boat (TV Series) Danny Hartman ( 2 episodes, 1983 )  Less 1983 2
  • Primary photo for StockersStockers (TV Movie) Curtis Witlock  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for The Dean Martin Christmas SpecialThe Dean Martin Christmas Special (TV Movie) Actor  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for The Dukes of HazzardThe Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series) Burl Tolliver ( 1 episode, 1979 )  Less 1979 1
  • Primary photo for Skinflint: A Country Christmas CarolSkinflint: A Country Christmas Carol (TV Movie) Dennis Pritchett  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for Country Superstars of the 70sCountry Superstars of the 70s (TV Movie) Himself, Performer ("Country Is")  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for 12th Annual Music City News Awards12th Annual Music City News Awards (TV Special) Himself - Host, Performer ("Good Woman Blues", "What Did I Promise Her Last Night", "I Got The Hoss")  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Nashville 99Nashville 99 (TV Series) Actor ( 1 episode, 1977 )  Less 1977 1
  • Primary photo for DollyDolly (TV Series) Performer ("Don't Let Go") ( 1 episode ) , Himself ( 1 episode )  Less 1976–  1
    • Episode #1.21 Himself, Performer ("Don't Let Go")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Ernie Sigley ShowThe Ernie Sigley Show (TV Series) Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town") ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for Love, American StyleLove, American Style (TV Series) Cleyon Potts (segment "Love and the Cryin' Cowboy") ( 1 episode, 1973 )  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for The Porter Wagoner ShowThe Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) Himself / Himself - Guest ( 6 episodes, 1967–1969 ) , Writer ("Pastor's Absent on Vacation") ( 2 episodes, 1970–1973 ) , Performer ("All Right (I'll Sign the Papers)", "If I Could Only Start Over") ( 1 episode, 1968 ) , Performer ("If I Could Only Start Over", "I Wish I Felt This Way at Home", "Julie") ( 1 episode, 1967 ) , Performer ("Honky Tonkin'") ( 1 episode, 1969 ) , Performer ("Gonna Quit My Cryin' Over You", "The World Needs A Washin'") ( 1 episode, 1967 ) , Writer ("Pastor's Absent On Vacation") ( 1 episode, 1970 ) , Performer ("Could You Love That Kind of Man", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee") ( 1 episode, 1969 ) , Writer ("Gonna Act Right") ( 1 episode, 1967 ) , Performer ("I Went Wrong") ( 1 episode, 1969 ) , Writer ("Detroit City") ( 1 episode, 1971 ) , Writer ("The Snakes Crawl at Night") ( 1 episode, 1966 ) , Writer ("I Went Wrong") ( 1 episode, 1969 )  Less 1966–1973 12
    • Jimmy Driftwood (Dec 3, 1973) Writer ("Pastor's Absent on Vacation")  Less
    • Bobby Bare (Apr 1971) Writer ("Detroit City")  Less
    • The Cates Sisters (Dec 17, 1970) Writer ("Pastor's Absent on Vacation")  Less
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Rio das MortesRio das Mortes (TV Movie) Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town")  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for The Johnny Cash ShowThe Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) Writer ("Detroit City") ( 2 episodes, 1969–1970 ) , Writer ("Ruby") ( 1 episode, 1970 ) , Writer ("I Ain't Never") ( 1 episode, 1971 ) , Writer ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town") ( 1 episode, 1969 )  Less 1969–1971 5
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Ozark JubileeOzark Jubilee (TV Series) Writer ("I've Got the Georgia Town Blues") ( 1 episode, 1960 ) , Writer ("Just Like I Knew") ( 1 episode, 1960 )  Less 1960 2
Self (68 titles)YEARBUDGETDOMESTIC / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Mama Mae: The Life and Music of Mae Boren AxtonMama Mae: The Life and Music of Mae Boren Axton Himself  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Gilley's PlaceGilley's Place (TV Series) Himself - Guest  Less 2012– 
  • Primary photo for Underground Entertainment: The MovieUnderground Entertainment: The Movie M..M..M..Mel  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for The Country Vibe with Chuck and BeccaThe Country Vibe with Chuck and Becca (TV Series) Himself - Guest ( 2 episodes, 2011 )  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for The Marty Stuart ShowThe Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) Himself - Special Guest ( 1 episode, 2009 )  Less 2009
    • Mel Tillis (Mar 7, 2009) Himself - Special Guest  Less
  • Primary photo for Country Music Across AmericaCountry Music Across America (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2007 )  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for 41st Annual Country Music Association Awards41st Annual Country Music Association Awards (TV Special) Himself  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Grand Ole OpryGrand Ole Opry (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2007 )  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: Where the Music BeganTootsie's Orchid Lounge: Where the Music Began (Video) Himself  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Inside FameInside Fame (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Spit It OutSpit It Out Himself  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Riders Radio TheaterRiders Radio Theater (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1996 )  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Crook & ChaseCrook & Chase (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1996 )  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Opryland's Country ChristmasOpryland's Country Christmas (TV Special) Himself  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for Music City TonightMusic City Tonight (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1994 )  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for A Day in the Life of Country MusicA Day in the Life of Country Music (TV Special) Himself  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for The Chuck Woolery ShowThe Chuck Woolery Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1991 )  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for Hee HawHee Haw (TV Series) Himself / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Special Guest ( 6 episodes, 1972–1989 )  Less 1972–1989
    Show more
  • Primary photo for The Real Patsy ClineThe Real Patsy Cline (Video) Himself  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for The New Hollywood SquaresThe New Hollywood Squares (TV Series) Himself - Panelist ( 6 episodes, 1986–1988 )  Less 1986–1988
    Show more
  • Primary photo for The Wil Shriner ShowThe Wil Shriner Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1987 )  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for The Child Help Benefit SpecialThe Child Help Benefit Special (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) Himself - Musical Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest ( 20 episodes, 1973–1985 )  Less 1973–1985
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Late Night with David LettermanLate Night with David Letterman (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 1984 )  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for The Glen Campbell Music ShowThe Glen Campbell Music Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode )  Less 1982–1983
  • Primary photo for Country GoldCountry Gold (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for The Dukes of HazzardThe Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1982 )  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for The Best Little Special in TexasThe Best Little Special in Texas (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for Country Comes HomeCountry Comes Home (TV Special) Self  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell SistersBarbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1981 )  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for All-Star Inaugural GalaAll-Star Inaugural Gala (TV Special) Himself  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for Horas doradasHoras doradas (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1980 )  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for The Tim Conway ShowThe Tim Conway Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1980 )  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for The Big ShowThe Big Show (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 1980 )  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for The Hollywood SquaresThe Hollywood Squares (TV Series) Himself - Panelist ( 5 episodes, 1977–1980 )  Less 1977–1980
    Show more
  • Primary photo for 13th Annual Country Music Association Awards13th Annual Country Music Association Awards (TV Special) Himself  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for The Alan Hamel ShowThe Alan Hamel Show (TV Series) Himself ( 3 episodes, 1976–1979 )  Less 1976–1979
  • Primary photo for The Mike Douglas ShowThe Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) Himself - Country Vocalist / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Vocalist / Himself - Country Singer / Himself - Country Performer / Himself - Country Vocaslist ( 27 episodes, 1965–1979 )  Less 1965–1979
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Joe NamathDean Martin Celebrity Roast: Joe Namath (TV Special) Himself  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for The Country Western MurdersThe Country Western Murders (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for Lucy Comes to NashvilleLucy Comes to Nashville (TV Special) Himself  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for 12th Annual Country Music Association Awards12th Annual Country Music Association Awards (TV Special) Himself  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Mel & Susan TogetherMel & Susan Together (TV Series) Himself - Co-Host ( 4 episodes, 1978 )  Less 1978
    Show more
  • Primary photo for 50 Years of Country Music50 Years of Country Music (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Super Night at the Super BowlSuper Night at the Super Bowl (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (TV Special) Himself  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for The Beatles ForeverThe Beatles Forever (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for The Merv Griffin ShowThe Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) Himself ( 3 episodes, 1976–1977 )  Less 1976–1977
  • Primary photo for Match Game PMMatch Game PM (TV Series) Himself - Panelist ( 1 episode, 1977 )  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for The Bob Braun ShowThe Bob Braun Show (TV Series) Himself - Vocalist ( 1 episode, 1977 )  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Match Game 73Match Game 73 (TV Series) Himself - Panelist ( 5 episodes, 1977 )  Less 1977
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Nashville on the RoadNashville on the Road (TV Series) Himself - Guest ( 2 episodes, 1977 )  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for The Phil Donahue ShowThe Phil Donahue Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1976 )  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for 10th Annual Country Music Association Awards10th Annual Country Music Association Awards (TV Special) Himself  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Dinah!Dinah! (TV Series) Himself ( 7 episodes, 1975–1976 )  Less 1975–1976
    Show more
  • Primary photo for DollyDolly (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode )  Less 1976– 
  • Primary photo for Tony Orlando and DawnTony Orlando and Dawn (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 1975 )  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for 9th Annual Country Music Association Awards9th Annual Country Music Association Awards (TV Special) Himself - Presenter  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for In ConcertIn Concert (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1975 )  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for 8th Annual Country Music Association Awards8th Annual Country Music Association Awards (TV Special) Himself - Presenter  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for The Midnight SpecialThe Midnight Special (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for The Dean Martin ShowThe Dean Martin Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for In SessionIn Session (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for Mel Tillis TimeMel Tillis Time (TV Series) Himself - Host ( 11 episodes, 1974 )  Less 1974
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Burt Reynolds' Late ShowBurt Reynolds' Late Show (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for The Glen Campbell Goodtime HourThe Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1970 )  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for The Porter Wagoner ShowThe Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) Himself / Himself - Guest ( 6 episodes, 1967–1969 )  Less 1967–1969
    Show more
  • Primary photo for Harper Valley, U.S.A.Harper Valley, U.S.A. (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1969
Domestic gross includes USA and Canada.

Filter by:

Select: All | None
Edit Page Submit additional information and/or report errors on this page. If it is approved by IMDb database managers, it will be added to the page in a future update.
Become an IMDbPro Member Today
Get access to the industry's most essential research tool
Get Connected Detailed contact & representation data
Stay Informed IMDb trends, shared credits & industry news
Discover New Opportunities In-Development projects & casting notices
Showcase Your Talent Enhanced profile control with photos, demo reels, & bio