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Ronnie Van Zant

Biography

Lyricist, vocalist, and founding person in the southern rock and roll group Lynyrd Skynyrd, the group that released basic hits want “Sweet House Alabama” and “Free of charge Parrot.” He was extremely interested in sports activities and had dreams to play football, be considered a boxer, and competition stock vehicles. He was wiped out inside a aircraft crash on Oct 20, 1977. His young brothers are Johnny and Donnie Vehicle Zant, the previous was another founding person in Lynyrd Skynyrd. He and Gary Rossington had been bandmates in Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ronnie Van Zant
Date Of Birth January 15, 1948
Died October 20, 1977, Gillsburg, Mississippi, United States
Place Of Birth Jacksonville, FL
Height 1.88 m
Profession Rock Singer
Education Robert E. Lee High School
Nationality American
Spouse Judy Seymour, Nadine Inscoe, Sweet Home Alabama, That Smell, The Ballad of Curtis Loew
Children Melody Van Zant
Parents Marion Virginia Hicks Van Zant, Lacy Van Zant, Sweet Home Alabama, That Smell, The Ballad of Curtis Loew
Siblings Johnny Van Zant, Donnie Van Zant, Joanne Morris Van Zant, Darlene Grant, Marlene Hodge, Sweet Home Alabama, That Smell, The Ballad of Curtis Loew
Music Groups Lynyrd Skynyrd
Movies Freebird... The Movie
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Was the subject of the 2001 Southern Rock Opera album by The Drive-by Truckers.
2Planned to produce the debut album for fellow southern rockers Molly Hatchet, but was tragically killed in the plane crash before he could do so.
3A character in the supernatural thriller called The Coffin (2010) was named after him, in his honor. One of the writers is a big Lynyrd Skynyrd fan.
4The song "Free Bird" was written as a simple love song, but later came to be dedicated in concert to guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, who died in a motorcycle crash October 1971.
5Brother Donnie was a founding member of rock band .38 Special. After Ronnie's death, his brother Johnny was hired to replace him in Lynyrd Skynyrd.
6The first pressing of Lynyrd Skynyrd's final album "Street Survivors" showed a photo of the band members engulfed in flames on the cover. It had been on the market for only 3 days at the time of the band's plane crash, so it was recalled and replaced with a photo that originally appeared on the back cover. In both of the photos, Van Zant is wearing a Neil Young "Tonight's the Night" t-shirt (an album which thematically explores premature rock star death). "Street Survivors" was released on Monday October 17 1977, Ronnie died on Thursday October 20 1977, about 18.52 Central Daylight Time, according to the N.T.S.B. crash report.
7His body has been moved to Riverside Memorial Park, however his original Memorial Mausoleum is still located at Jacksonville Memory Gardens.
8One of his biggest sources of support was his father Lacy Van Zant. The elder Van Zant died on August 3, 2004 in Jacksonville, Florida of pulmonary problems. He was 89 years old.
9Had a closed casket funeral. Many thought this to be because he was horribly disfigured or even decapitated during the 1977 plane crash. That is not true. Ronnie had a bruise about the size of a quarter on his temple (which was the cause of death - blunt head trauma). His wife, Judy, remembered that Ronnie once said he did not wish to have people "gawking" at his body, so she made it a closed casket funeral.
10The song "I Take A lot Of Pride In What I Am" was played as Ronnie was laid to rest.
11Ronnie was buried with his fishing pole and his trademark black hat.
12Was buried next to Steve and Cassie Gaines at Jacksonville Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida
132 brothers: Johnny Van Zant and Donnie Van Zant.
14The song "Freebird" is now played as a musical tribute in Ronnie's memory.
15On June 29 2000, his grave was vandalized, this prompted his family to move his remains to an unknown location.
16His grand-daughter is named after him.
17Had 2 daughters: Tammy and Melody


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dazed and Confused1993writer: "Tuesday's Gone"
Kalifornia1993writer: "Freebird"
Rush1991writer: "Free Bird"
Miami Vice1986TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mask1985writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Knight Rider1983TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Pop1981writer: "Free Bird"
Blue Collar1978writer: "Saturday Night Special"
The Longest Yard1974writer: "Saturday Night Special"
Roadies2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
312016writer: "That Smell"
Mike & Mike2014-2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Woodlawn2015writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "Simple Man"
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser2015Video writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "Freebird"
Kingsman: The Secret Service2014writer: "Free Bird"
A Free Bird2014lyrics: "Free Bird"
Independent Lens2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Rick and Morty2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mountain Men2012-2013TV Series writer - 24 episodes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV Series writer - 5 episodes
House of Cards2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Muscle Shoals2013Documentary writer: "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama'
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013Documentary writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Deuce and a Quarter2012Short writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
The Walking Dead2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Waterloo Road2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Baytown Outlaws2012writer: "Free Bird" - as Ronald Van Zant
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Marty Stuart Show2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Californication2008-2012TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The House I Live In2012Documentary writer: "FREE BIRD"
Supernatural2005-2011TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Hawaii Five-02011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Straw Dogs2011writer: "Gimme Three Steps"
Machine Gun Preacher2011writer: "Saturday Night Special" - as Ronald Van Zant
Late Show with David Letterman2010-2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Deliver-E2010Short writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Call Me Fitz2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
L'avocat2010writer: "Free Bird" - as Van Sant
Rich Hall's the Dirty South2010TV Movie documentary writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Despicable Me2010writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
The Simpsons1992-2010TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Angel Camouflaged2010writer: "Gimme Three Steps"
American Idol2003-2010TV Series writer - 4 episodes
50 años de2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Slow Southern Steel2010Documentary writer: "Free Bird" - as VanZant
Jeopardy!2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony2009Video Game writer: "Saturday Night Special"
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Beautiful Life: TBL2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Halloween II2009writer: "What's Your Name?"
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video Game writer: "Tuesdays Gone"
Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy2009TV Special documentary writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned2009Video Game writer: "Saturday Night Special"
Kosketuksessa2009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Näin se tehtiin2009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
My Name Is Earl2005-2009TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Freedom Hall2008TV Movie writer: "What's Your Name?", "That Smell", "Simple Man", "Down South Jukin", "The Needle And The Spoon", "Ballad Of Curtis Loew", "Gimme Back My Bullets", "Tuesday's Gone", "Gimme Three Steps", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Free Bird"
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special2008TV Special documentary writer: "Free Bird" - uncredited
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "Sweet Home Alabama Live"
An American Carol2008writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
True Blood2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Speed Racer2008writer: "Free Bird"
Banda sonora2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Life2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wild Hogs2007writer: "That Smell"
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Tree Hill2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero II2006Video Game writer: "FREEBIRD"
Canadian Idol2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby2006writer: "Gimme Three Steps" 1973
The Sopranos2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
SingStar Rocks!2006Video Game writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Elizabethtown2005writer: "Free Bird" 1973
The Devil's Rejects2005writer: "Saturday Night Special", "Free Bird"
The Longest Yard2005"Saturday Night Special"
Sahara2005writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards2005TV Special writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game writer: "Free Bird" - as Ronald Vanzant
Surviving Christmas2004writer: "What's Your Name?"
Entourage2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Volume 22004Video Game "Sweet Home Alabama"
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience2004Documentary short writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
The Girl Next Door2004writer: "SWEET HOME ALABAMA"
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre2003writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Idool 20032003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie2003Documentary lyrics: "Don't Ask Me No Questions" / music: "Don't Ask Me No Questions"
Sweet Home Alabama2002writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
8 Mile2002writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Will & Grace2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ash Wednesday2002writer: "Saturday Night Special", "Tuesday's Gone" - as Ronnie Van Zandt
Six Feet Under2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Run Ronnie Run2002writer: "Freebird"
The Shipping News2001writer: "What's Your Name"
Joe Dirt2001writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "That Smell"
Blow2001writer: "That Smell"
Boycott2001TV Movie writer: "Home Sweet Alabama"
WWF Armageddon2000TV Special writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited
Duets2000writer: "Free Bird"
Almost Famous2000writer: "Simple Man"
Die Harald Schmidt Show2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Malcolm in the Middle2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Accidents2000writer: "Freebird", "Freebird" uncredited
Zwei Männer am Herd1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boys Don't Cry1999writer: "Tuesday's Gone"
Outside Providence1999writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "Free Bird"
That '70s Show1998-1999TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Joe the King1999writer: "Gimme Three Steps"
Radiofreccia1998writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
No Looking Back1998writer: "What's Your Name?"
Excess Baggage1997writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Con Air1997writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Prefontaine1997writer: "Tuesday's Gone"
Mysteriet på Greveholm1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Gilmore1996writer: "Tuesday's Gone"
Chicago Hope1995-1996TV Series writer - 2 episodes
To Die For1995writer: "SWEET HOME ALABAMA"
Crimson Tide1995writer: "SWEET HOME ALABAMA"
Forrest Gump1994"Free Bird" 1973, "Sweet Home Alabama" 1974
Total Balalaika Show1994Documentary lyrics: "Sweet Home Alabama" / writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live from Austin, TX2006Video

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Old Grey Whistle Test1975TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd2018Documentary pre-productionHimself
Muscle Shoals2013DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Behind the Music1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Freebird... The Movie1996DocumentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsMountain Men (2012)


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#Trademark
1Long hair
2Black cowboy hat
3Soulful voice


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