Dwight David Yoakam was born on the 23rd October 1956, in Pikeville, Kentucky USA. Dwight is best known to the world as country musician, having released more than 25 albums so far. However, what also increased his popularity and net worth are film roles such as Joseph in “Dirty Girl” (2010), Reverend Early Pride in the film “The Last Rites Of Ransom Pride” among others.
Have you ever wondered how rich Dwight Yoakam is? According to sources, it has been estimated that Dwight Yoakam`s overall net worth is $45 million, an amount he owes to his various talents employed in the entertainment industry.
Dwight Yoakam Net Worth $45 Million
Although born in Pikeville, Dwight grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and was educated at Northland High School until 1974, where he showed his talents, participating in school shows, such as Flowers For Algernon and various others. After school, he used to play in local bands, and also did some impersonations such as of Richard Nixon among others.
Dwight enrolled at Ohio State University, but dropped out, as he wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He moved to Los Angeles, and started to write and record his own songs, but also managing to find engagements in some punk and rock clubs in around LA.
Dwight`s debut release was the 1986 EP entitled “Guitars, Cadilacs, Etc., Etc.”, which Dwight paid for out of his pocket. The EP was a tremendous accomplishment as it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart, which encouraged Dwight to continue to make music, and the next year he released his second album, entitled “Hillbilly Deluxe”, which also became a No. 1 album. Furthermore, his third album “Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room” released in 1988, also reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. These three albums increased Dwight`s net worth by a large margin.
As of 2015, Dwight has released a total of 27 albums, some of which include “If There Was A Way” (1990), “Gone” (1995), “Tomorrow`s Sounds Today” (2000), “Come On Christmas” (1997), “This Time” (1993), which was certified platinum three times, “Population Me” (2003, “Blame The Vain” (2005), and his latest album “Second Hand Heart” (2015).
During his career, Dwight has earned several prestigious awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1994, and Americana Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2013, amid numerous other nominations.
Apart from his successful career in music, Dwight can praise himself for his acting career as well, starting in 1991, when he portrayed the role of Harlan Justice in the TV series “P.S I Luv U”. In 1993 he was a truck driver in the film “Red Rock West”, but soon his acting career prospects improved, and he began to feature in bigger roles, some of which are in films such as “South Of Heaven, West Of Hell” (2000) – for which he wrote soundtrack as well – “Panic Room” (2002), “Hollywood Homicide” (2003), “90 Minutes In Heaven” (2015), and he is now to appear in the film “Boomtown”, which is scheduled for a release in 2016.
Regarding his personal life, little is known about Dwight in the media, however it is known that he was in a relationship with Bridget Fonda from 1999 until 2001.
Born by emergency C-section. The doctor had to use forceps. As a result, Dwight has a scar on his forehead.
Has performed in Italy for the first time in 1994.
Was born with colic and has motion sickness.
Has been living in Los Angeles, California since 1977.
Used to have a Weimaraner named Jack, and a blue tick hound named Annie.
Dwight created and owns Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuit Brand food line, which is sold in Walmart, Walgreens, Giant, Food City, Meijers, and other supermarket chains nationwide.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 5, 2003.
U.S. Route 23 was the subject of Dwight's song "Readin', Rightin', Route 23". The stretch of U.S. Route 23 that runs through Floyd County, Kentucky where Dwight lived as a child and often visited after moving to Ohio is named in his honor. It is known as the Dwight Yoakam Highway. The entire stretch of U.S. Route 23 that runs through Kentucky is known as the Country Music Highway, with each stretch through the connecting counties named in honor of a local country music star.
Broke the Tonight Show record of musical guest appearances on May 15, 2008.
Inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on February 21, 2008.
Buck Owens gave Dwight a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville to congratulate him on his first number one song.
Won his second Grammy Award in "Best Country Collaboration" for "Same Old Train" (1999).
Received the Premiere Performance Award at the 57th Annual Motion Picture Club Awards for his role as Doyle Hargraves in Sling Blade (1996).
Made his television acting debut on the short-lived crime drama P.S.I. Luv U (1991).
In 1995, he toured Australia for the very first time in support of his CD "Gone".
Gibson Guitars issued a Dwight signature acoustic guitar called the Y2K. A very limited amount was manufactured.
Los Lobos was the first band to take Dwight on tour as an opening act.
Won a Grammy Award for "Ain't That Lonely Yet" (1993).
Was announced as the CMA International Artist Achievement Award winner for 2007 at the 41st CMA Awards.
Bought his famous cowboy hat in 1979 for less than $50.
Received an honorary degree from Ohio Valley University in Vienna, West Virginia on May 7, 2005. In addition to giving a speech, he congratulated each graduate personally, and the mayor gave him the key to the city.
Honored with the Governors' Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Injured while filming Hollywood Homicide (2003). He cut his index finger on a police barricade. He went to Cedars Sinai Hospital and needed four stitches in his finger.
Studied history and philosophy at Ohio State University.
Is a vegetarian.
Has two dogs, Luke and Uma.
Played the drums in his high school's marching band.
Dwight was injured while filming Panic Room (2002). He burst a bursa sac on his elbow, hyper-extended both his thumbs, and had a few cracked ribs.
Best subject in school was history, and worst subject was math.
Sang a cover of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen. This was meant to be used only as a jingle in a television commercial for the Gap's blue jeans, but there was such a huge demand for the song, he ended up releasing this as a single.
Johnny Cash called Yoakam his favorite modern country artist.
While on location in Texas shooting the film The Newton Boys (1998), he wrote the songs he used for the album "A Long Way Home" (1998).
Attended and graduated from Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio (1974).
[When asked about bull riding] I like to stay as far away as possible!
I'm an info junkie and watch CNN a lot. Also Nick at Nite - mostly "The Honeymooners".
I've been to Graceland twice - Priscilla and Sam Phillips gave me a personal tour.
I save a lot of things, but I weed through them from time to time. I like to think of myself as an orderly pack-rat.
[on his injuries while filming Panic Room (2002)] I got a little bashed up, but thanks to David [Fincher] it was well worth it. I burst a bursa sac on my elbow and cracked ribs and (suffered) hyper-extended thumbs.
performer: "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere", "Send a Message to My Heart" / writer: "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere"
South of Heaven, West of Hell
"A VACANT SEA BRIGADIER SMALLS' THEME", "IN A SENSE LOST AND FOUND LITTLE MARGARET'S THEME", "MOURNING'S LOSSES ADALYNE'S THEME", "A STRANGE DISTANCE LELAND'S THEME" / lyrics: "WORDS LOVE THEME", "WHAT'S LEFT OF ME", "COME ON/I CAUGHT IT...NOGALES' THEME", "THE FIRST THING SMOKIN'", "THROUGH HIS PAST DARKLY THE HENRYS' THEME / music: "WORDS LOVE THEME", "WHAT'S LEFT OF ME", "COME ON/I CAUGHT IT...NOGALES' THEME", "THE FIRST THING SMOKIN'", "THROUGH HIS PAST DARKLY THE HENRYS' THEME
Me and Will
performer: "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere" / writer: "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere" - as Yoakam
performer: "Doin' What I Did" 1994 / writer: "Doin' What I Did" 1994
A Cool, Dry Place
performer: "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere" / writer: "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"
29th Annual Country Music Association Awards
TV Special performer: "King of the Road"
performer: "Doin' What i Did" / writer: "Doin' What i Did"
performer: "DOIN' WHAT I DID", "1000 MILES FROM NOWHERE", "GUITARS, CADILLACS" / writer: "DOIN' WHAT I DID", "1000 MILES FROM NOWHERE", "GUITARS, CADILLACS"
D2: The Mighty Ducks
performer: "LET'S WORK TOGETHER"
Red Rock West
performer: "1,000 MILES FROM NOWHERE" / writer: "1,000 MILES FROM NOWHERE"