Ron White (born 1956) is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor, chiefly known for his work on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and for his book “ I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn’t Have the Ability“, which made it onto the New York Times bestseller list.
He has been active in the comedy industry since 1987, with his main focus being country comedy, blue comedy, observational comedy, and satire. He is known for drinking Scotch whiskey and smoking cigars or cigarettes as a part of his act.
Examples of accolades
- The State of Texas designated April 27, 2009, Ron White Day.
- For his work raising money to help injured soldiers, White received the Armed Forces Foundation’s Patriot Award in 2009.
- His comedy album A Little Unprofessional (2013) was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Comedy Album.
Ronald Dee White was born in Fritch, Texas, in 1956, to Charles Don White and Barbara Joan Craig.
As a teenager, he joined the United States Navy. Near the end of the Vietnam War, he served on the auxiliary rescue and salvage ship USS Conserver.
For a brief period he lived in Mexico where he purchased a pottery factory, before returning to the United States to pursue his dream of being a comedian.
The Blue Collar Comedy Tour (BCCT)
From January 2000 through March 2003, White toured with the successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour, together with fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Daniel Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy). They performed at sold-out venues in over 90 cities across the United States, with the tour grossing over $15 million.
White has made several guest appearance on Blue Collar TV.
The Ron White Show
The Ron White Show was a 2005 TV special aired on WB, written by Donick Cary and directed by C.B. Harding. It was a single-episode (pilot) variety show starring White, with various sketches and two cartoon segments. Several celebrities made guest appearances, such as Dave Attell, ”Dr Phil” McGraw, Rip Taylor, and White’s Blue-Collar comrades Foxworthy, Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy.
Some examples of what White has been up to after the BCCT:
- Being celebrity judge at several episodes of The Gong Show with Dave Attell.
- Appearing in TV shows such as Reno 911!, Kath & Kim, and 12 Miles of Bad Road. He also starred in Showtime’s series Roadies.
- Appearing in the movies Sex and the City 2 and Horrible Bosses.
- A cameo in Rascal Flatts music video for Why Wait.
In 2010, Ron White and producer Michael Blakey formed Organica Music Group (OMG), a label for the promotion of both emerging and established comedians and musicians.
|Wifes||Lori Brice (m. 1981–93)|
Barbara Dobbs (m. 2004–08)
Margo Rey (m. 2013-2017)
With Lori Brice, he has the son Marshall.
In addition to the Blue Collar Comedy Tour releases, White released 7 solo projects in 1990 – 2018.
- Tater Salad aka. Busted in Des Moines (1990) (CD)
- Drunk in Public (2003) (CD)
- They Call Me “Tater Salad” (2004) (DVD)
- You Can’t Fix Stupid (2006) (DVD & CD)
- Behavioral Problems (2009) (DVD & CD)
- A Little Unprofessional (2012) (DVD)
- If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up (2018) (Netflix)
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|Tater Salad aka. Busted in Des Moines||—||—||—||—|
|Drunk in Public||2||11||83||2|
|You Can’t Fix Stupid||1||2||14||—|
|A Little Unprofessional||1||44||—||—|