Rod McKuen Net Worth

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Structural info

  • Full Name: Rod McKuen
  • Net Worth: $20 Million
  • Date Of Birth: April 29, 1933
  • Died: 2015-01-29
  • Place Of Birth: Oakland, California, U.S.
  • Profession: Soundtrack, Actor, Composer
  • Nationality: American
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0572106
  • Awards: Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, If You Go Away, Love’s Been Good to Me, Seasons in the Sun
  • Nominations: Academy Award for Best Original Song, Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, If You Go Away, Love’s Been Good to Me, Seasons in the Sun
  • Movies: Wild Heritage, Summer Love, Rock, Pretty Baby, Dolly Parton & Friends

Facts

  • Portrayed one of the impostors on To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 18 June 1962 (1962). He was an impostor for gambler Donald Harris, who claimed never to have had a losing day at the roulette table. McKuen introduced himself as, “a published poet and a twist singer, currently appearing at the Versailles in New York.”.
  • While speaking at a meeting of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse in 1982, McKuen told a packed room of 600 people how he was sexually molested by an aunt and uncle when he was seven years old. He advises victimized children to “tell somebody immediately”.
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1501 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
  • At the height of his popularity, his songs were recorded by a wide variety of artists, including The Kingston Trio, Bing Crosby, Jimmie Rodgers, The Smothers Brothers (Tom Smothers & Dick Smothers), Perry Como, Glenn Yarbrough, Oliver, and Frank Sinatra. The latter recorded an entire album of McKuen songs in 1969, entitled “A Man Alone.” Soft rocker Terry Jacks had a number-one single in 1974 with McKuen’s best-known song, “Seasons in the Sun.”.
  • According to legendary guitar sessioneer Vic Flick, he loved the sound of the ukulele in his music, but was never happy with the sound on his recording sessions in London. So, on the first morning of a new series of sessions, he handed Vic a brand new Martin uke he’d brought straight in from Los Angeles. He insisted Vic kept it after the session so he would always know where to find a decent instrument in London.
  • Developed his distinctively scratchy voice in the late 1950s when, as an aspiring rock ‘n’ roll singer, he had to make himself heard over an especially loud band, night after night, for weeks.
  • Although a favorite target of both critics and non-admirers, who have routinely dismissed his verse as not much above the level of greeting-card poetry, he is the most financially successful poet of all-time. At the height of his popularity (roughly 1967-1973), his books, such as “Listen to the Warm,” “Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows,” and “In Someone’s Shadow,” regularly appeared on the best-seller lists and sold in the millions, as did his albums, primarily for RCA Victor and Warner Brothers Records.
  • Prior to becoming known as a poet and songwriter, he worked as a day laborer, stunt man, disc jockey, newspaper columnist and actor.
  • His autobiographical book “Finding My Father: One Man’s Search for Identity”, dealt with his search for his biological father, and was the subject of a nationwide debate on illegitimate births.
  • Claims to have been a psychological warfare script writer during the Korean War.
  • He is a poet-songwriter.
  • Suffered from clinical depression from 1982-1992.
  • He has had two children with his live in girlfriend.

Trademarks

  • Converse sneakers
  • Warm, scratchy voice

Filmography

Soundtrack
Title Year Status Character
U2: Innocence + Experience, Live in Paris 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: “Seasons In The Sun”
Mr. Robot 2015 TV Series writer – 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary lyrics – 1 episode
One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard – September 26,2009 2010 Video lyrics: “If You Go Away Ne Me Quitte Pas”
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary lyrics: “Seasons in the Sun”
The Queens of Country 2009 Video “Feelings” / performer: “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, “‘Til That Day”, “China Grove”, “All I Can Do”, “Every Loner Has To Go Alone” / writer: “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, “Every Loner Has To Go Alone”
Eros 2009 Short performer: “Eros” / writer: “Eros”
Zodiac 2007 writer: “Jean”
Dolly Parton & Friends 2007 Video “Feelings” / performer: “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, “‘Til That Day”, “China Grove”, “All I Can Do”, “Every Loner Has To Go Alone” / writer: “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, “Every Loner Has To Go Alone”
Inspector Lewis 2007 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live from London 2006 TV Movie documentary writer: “Drowned World/Substitute for Love”
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series writer – 1 episode
I’m Going to Tell You a Secret 2005 Documentary writer: “Drowned World/Substitute For Love”
High Chaparall 2003 TV Series documentary writer – 1 episode
Merci Docteur Rey 2002 “If You Go Away”
Cherish 2002 writer: “Seasons in the Sun”
Pumpkin 2002 writer: “If You Go Away”
Madonna: Drowned World Tour 2001 2001 TV Movie documentary writer: “Drowned World/Substitute for Love”
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: “Teenage Crush”
Top of the Pops 2000 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 1999 Video writer: “Drowned World/Substitute for Love”
Mystery Science Theater 3000 TV Series writer – 1 episode, 1992 lyrics – 1 episode, 1989
Get a Life 1991 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Cheers 1989 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Better Off Dead… 1985 writer: “A Man Alone”
Emily 1976 performer: “Sweet Emily”, “God’ll Get You”, “Rah, Rah, Ragtime”, “And How” / writer: “Sweet Emily”, “God’ll Get You”, “Rah, Rah, Ragtime”, “And How”, “Trash”, “Honey, Don’t You Know”
Dolly 1976 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series writer – 3 episodes
The Borrowers 1973 TV Movie performer: “Isn’t It Something” / writer: “Isn’t It Something”, “Borrowers Theme”
The Graham Kennedy Show 1972-1973 TV Series writer – 2 episodes
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O’Connor Show 1971 TV Series lyrics – 1 episode
Scandalous John 1971 performer: “Pastures Green Vocal”, “Pastures Green Vocal Reprise” / writer: “Pastures Green Vocal”, “Pastures Green Vocal Reprise”
The Two Ronnies 1971 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards 1970 TV Special writer: “Jean”
The Lawrence Welk Show 1970 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The Johnny Cash Show TV Series writer – 2 episodes, 1970 performer – 1 episode, 1970
A Boy Named Charlie Brown 1969 lyrics: “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, “Champion Charlie Brown”, “Failure Face” / music: “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, “Champion Charlie Brown”, “Failure Face” / performer: “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”
Sinatra 1969 TV Special writer: “Out Beyond the Window”, “A Man Alone”, “Love’s Been Good to Me” – uncredited
Music Scene 1969 TV Series writer – 2 episodes
Me, Natalie 1969 lyrics: “Natalie”, “We”, “Off-Ramp To Nowhere” uncredited / performer: “Natalie”, “We”
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1969 performer: “Jean” 1969 – uncredited / writer: “Jean” 1969 – uncredited
Joanna 1968 lyrics: “Joanna”, “I’ll Catch The Sun”, “Ain’t You Glad You’re Living Joe”, “Hello Heartaches”, “Joanna Reprise” / music: “Joanna”, “I’ll Catch The Sun”, “Run To Me, Fly To Me Waltz For Joanna”, “I’m Only Me Two Girls Bathing”, “When Am I Ever Going Home”, “Ain’t You Glad You’re Living Joe”, “Till We’re Together Again Cas’s Theme”, “Joanna And Clyde”, “Peter’s Theme Before I Die”, “Joanna Hits Town”, “Saturday Night In Knightsbridge”, “Morocco”, “Some August Day”, “Hello Heartaches”, “Harpsichor
Heidi 1968 TV Movie lyrics: “A Place of My Own”
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The Young Swingers 1963 lyrics: “You Pass Me By” / music: “You Pass Me By”
Wild Heritage 1958 performer: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, “Abide With Me”
Summer Love 1957 writer: “Calypso Rock”
Golden Ladder 1957 Short performer: “Golden Ladder”
Rock, Pretty Baby 1956 lyrics: “Picnic By The Sea” / music: “Picnic By The Sea”
Music Department
Title Year Status Character
The Unknown War TV Mini-Series documentary composer – 21 episodes, 1978 lyrics – 3 episodes, 1978
Forever Young, Forever Free 1975 lyrics
A Boy Named Charlie Brown 1969 songs: music and lyrics by
Me, Natalie 1969 lyrics: songs
Actor
Title Year Status Character
The Boneyard Collection 2008
The Critic 1994 TV Series Rod McKuen
The Little Mermaid 1993 TV Series Archimedes
The Little Mermaid 1989 voice, uncredited
General Electric Theater 1959 TV Series Hal
Shirley Temple’s Storybook 1958 TV Series Simple Simon
Wild Heritage 1958 Dirk Breslin
Summer Love 1957 Ox Bentley
Golden Ladder 1957 Short Rod McKuen
West Point 1957 TV Series Cadet Tiger Pulaski
Shower of Stars 1957 TV Series
Rock, Pretty Baby 1956 ‘Ox’ Bentley
Composer
Title Year Status Character
Emily 1976
The Borrowers 1973 TV Movie
Lisa, Bright and Dark 1973 TV Movie
Scandalous John 1971
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1969 original music composed by
Joanna 1968
Writer
Title Year Status Character
The Unknown War 1978 TV Mini-Series documentary script adaptation – 4 episodes
Miscellaneous
Title Year Status Character
Legends 2006 TV Series documentary archive provided by – 1 episode
Thanks
Title Year Status Character
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon 2008 Documentary special thanks
Self
Title Year Status Character
Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon 2008 Documentary Himself – Friend
Her Morbid Desires 2008 Video Himself
Legends 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Petula Clark: This Is My Song 2001 TV Movie Himself
Grizzly: The Shining Mountains 1986 Documentary Himself – Narrator
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Himself
Family Feud 1985 TV Series Himself
The Paul Ryan Show 1977 TV Series Himself
A.M. Chicago 1977 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1974-1977 TV Series Himself
The Shirley Bassey Show 1976 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1976 TV Series Himself
The 48th Annual Academy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself – Co-Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song Score and Adaptation
Dolly 1976 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969-1976 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
Dinah! 1974-1976 TV Series Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1969-1975 TV Series Himself – Vocalist / Guest / Himself / …
Stars on Sunday 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1971-1975 TV Series Himself
The Joker’s Wild 1974 TV Series Himself
The Helen Reddy Show 1973 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Himself
Engelbert with the Young Generation 1972 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970-1971 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest Host
In Concert 1971 TV Series Himself
Say Goodbye 1971 Documentary Narrator
Top of the Pops 1970 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1970 TV Series Himself – Singer
Frost on Sunday 1970 TV Series Himself – Guest Star
The Val Doonican Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series Himself – Singer
The 27th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1970 TV Special Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1969 TV Series Himself
Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz 1969 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Spring Thing 1969 TV Movie Himself
Dream Girl of ’67 1967 TV Series Himself – Bachelor Judge
The Kraft Summer Music Hall 1966 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Folk World of Jimmie Rodgers 1964-1965 TV Series Himself (Guest Host) / Himself
To Tell the Truth 1962 TV Series Contestant – Imposter
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
My Music: John Sebastian Presents Folk Rewind 2010 TV Movie Himself
The Queens of Country 2009 Video Himself – Performer
Dolly Parton & Friends 2007 Video Himself

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