Fast Facts

  • Began singing as a kid with his dad's Crownsmen gospel quartet.
  • Attended Georgetown College on a baseball scholarship, but quit to form a bar band called Sly Dog.
  • Big break came in 1992 with the hit "Achy Breaky Heart," which was a line lifted from George Jones' 1962 song "Aching, Breaking Heart"; it spawned a national line-dance craze and was named the Country Music Association's Single of the Year.
  • Debut album Some Gave All spent 17 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, the most for any debut album.
  • In 1995, became the first recipient of the Bob Hope Congressional Medal of Honor Society Entertainer's Award for his support of Vietnam veterans.
  • Became serious about acting in 2001 and was cast as Gene the Pool Man in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
  • Starred in the title role of the PAX TV series Doc for four seasons; cut off his signature mullet during a May 2003 episode.
  • In 2006, appeared with daughter Miley on Disney's Hannah Montana, which ran for four seasons.
  • In 2007, was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
  • Formed rock band Brother Clyde in 2010 and released a self-titled album.


  • 2008, CMT Music Awards — Tearjerker Video of the Year: Nominee


  • Cindy Smith — Ex-wife
  • Mick — Brother
  • Angie — Sister
  • Noah Cyrus — Daughter
  • Ron Cyrus — Father
  • Ruth Ann Adkins — Mother
  • Braison Chance Cyrus — Son
  • Brandi Cyrus — Stepdaughter
  • Christopher Cody Cyrus — Son
  • Joan Cyrus — Stepmother
  • Miley Cyrus — Daughter
  • Kevin — Brother
  • Lisa — Sister
  • Cherie — Sister
  • Trace Cyrus — Stepson
  • Cletis Adkins — Stepfather
  • Tish Cyrus — Wife
  • Kristen Luckey — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky, United States


  • Birth Name: William Ray Cyrus
  • Birth Place: Flatwoods, Kentucky, United States
  • Profession: Country singer, Actor

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