|Burl Ives Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||June 14, 1909|
|Date of Death||April 14, 1995|
Burl Ives was an American musician, singer, actor, and author who starred in popular films like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Big Country (1958), East of Eden (1955), Our Man in Havana (1959), Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon (1967), The Spiral Road (1962), Day of the Outlaw (1959), Just You and Me, Kid (1979), etc. during his 60-year-long career. Additionally, his fame grew further with hit singles like Lavender Blue, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Blue Tail Fly, On Top of Old Smoky, The Wild Side of Life, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, to name a few.
Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives
He was born on June 14, 1909.
On April 14, 1995, he passed away from oral cancer at the age of 85 years in Anacortes, Washington.
Hunt City, Illinois, United States
Musician, Singer, Actor, Author
At the time of his death, Burl Ives’ net worth was $5 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
Country Music, Blues, Folk, Christmas, Traditional Pop
Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
- Okeh Records
- Asch Records
- Columbia Records
- Decca Records
- United States Navy Band
- Caedmon Records
6 ft or 183 cm
95 kg or 209.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Burl Ives had dated –
- Helen Peck Ehrlich (1945-1971) – The Summer Magic (1963) actor wed Helen Peck Ehrlich, a scriptwriter, on December 6, 1945. The couple became parents to a son named Alexander in 1949. However, after staying together for more than 25 years, they got divorced in February 1971.
- Dorothy Koster Paul (1971-1995) – Burl was married to the interior designer Dorothy Koster Paul from April 16, 1971, until his death on April 14, 1995. During their marriage, he was the stepfather of Dorothy’s 3 kids – Kevin Murphy, Barbara Vaughn, and Rob Grossman.
Race / Ethnicity
He had English, German, Scottish, Dutch, Irish, French Huguenot, and Cherokee Native American (1/64th) ancestry.
However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ by the time of his death.
- He sported a goatee.
- Voiced the character of Sam the Snowman in the television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Burl Ives Facts
- He served as the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of Hector Hammond, Green Lantern/Hal Jordan’s archenemesis. Actor Peter Sarsgaard played the super-villain in the film Green Lantern (2011), which starred Ryan Reynolds in the titular role.
- Burl had participated in pro-Communist organizations in the 1930s and early 1940s. However, in order to secure his career prospects and avoid getting blacklisted, he willingly testified to the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1952 and named other possible communists, including his fellow folk singer Pete Seeger.
- In June 1994, he was inducted into the DeMolay International Hall of Fame. Furthermore, he received the Order of Lincoln, the highest honor in the state of Illinois, in 1976.
- His most recognizable single, A Holly Jolly Christmas entered the US Billboard Hot 100 list at #89 during the year-end chart performance of 2022; 27 years after Burl’s death.
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