Biography

Mac Davis has established himself as an all around entertainer: songwriter, singer, film and stage actor, TV and radio personality, performer. He has enjoyed success in almost every facet of show business, from the late sixties to the present.

Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Mac moved to Atlanta, Georgia after he graduated from high school, and attended Emory University and Georgia State College. Inspired by another Lubbock boy, Buddy Holly, Mac formed a band of his own while in college, and moonlighted playing fraternity parties, high school hops, and local clubs around Atlanta.

He also worked for the Georgia State Board of Probation, and later continued his music interests as a Regional Sales & Promotion Manager for Vee Jay Records, followed by a stint with Liberty Records' publishing division.

In the late sixties, Mac's songwriting talent paid off: he wrote several hits for Elvis Presley, including "In the Ghetto," "Memories," "Don't Cry Daddy," and "A Little Less Conversation," which was re-released in 2002 and became a #1 hit in 26 countries around the world.

Over the years, he has written hits for Kenny Rogers ("Somethin's Burnin',") Bobby Goldsboro ("Watchin' Scotty Grow,") Gallery ("I Believe in Music,") O.C. Smith, Freddie Hart, Ray Price, Lou Rawls, Dolly Parton, and Rascal Flatts, among others. Hit songs that Mac wrote and recorded himself include "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me," "My Bestest Friend," "It's Hard to be Humble," and "Texas in my Rearview Mirror."

His successful TV series The Mac Davis Show on NBC, and many TV specials over the years enabled him to be selected as the Academy of Country Music's "Entertainer of the Year," and The People's Choice Award's very first "Favorite Male Singer."

As for movies, Mac co-starred with Nick Nolte in one of the greatest football movies of all time, North Dallas Forty, and went on to starring roles in The Sting II, Cheaper to Keep Her, and the family film Possums, which had audiences cheering at the Sundance Film Festival.

Over the last few years, Mac has received his Star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, The Nashville Song-writer's Hall of Fame; and had a street named after him in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

Beginning in 1992, Mac spent almost two and a half years portraying Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies on Broadway and in the National Touring Company, drawing rave reviews in New York City, as well as around the nation.

In addition to his acting assignments and various voiceovers, Mac hosted a Live Radio Show in Los Angeles, as a "Labor of Love;" playing classic country music and interviewing artists and songwriters from all around the country.

Most recently, Mac has been dividing his time between songwriting and playing Rodney Carrington's irascible fatherin-law, "Carl," on ABC's new hit series Rodney. He currently lives in Los Angeles, is married to Lise and has three sons, Scott, Noah and Cody.

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Discography Highlights

IN THE GHETTO Mac Davis
Elvis Presley Music/Chrysalis Standards, Inc./Sony-ATV Songs LLC

DON’T CRY DADDY Mac Davis
Elvis Presley Music/Chrysalis Standards, Inc./Sony-ATV Songs LLC

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