Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus


8/25/1961, Flatwoods, Kentucky

Birth Name

William Ray Cyrus



Also Known As

Billy Cyrus, William R. Cyrus, Billy R. Cyrus
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Billy Ray was born August 25, 1961, and raised in the small Eastern Kentucky town of Flatwoods. His paternal grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher, and his father Ron, sang in the gospel group, "The Crownsmen Quartet." His maternal grandfather was a hoedown fiddler, and his mother Ruth Ann…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He presented an award at the "Country Music Awards" with his daughter, Miley.

    • He took his daughter, Miley, on tour with him when she was only three years old.

    • Billy Ray Cyrus was on a DVD called Billy Ray Cyrus Live in 1992, where he performed some songs with his crew.

    • In 2005, Cyrus expanded his acting career in a stage production of Annie Get Your Gun in Toronto, in the role of "Frank Butler".

    • Billy Ray Cyrus albums from 1992-2009: Some Gave All, Storm in the Heartland (1994), Trail of Tears (1996), Shot Full of Love (1998), Southern Rain (2000), Time Flies (2004), The Other Side (2004), Wanna Be Your Joe (2006), Home At Last (2007) and Back to Tennessee (2009).

    • Billy plays the role of Spoade in the movie Death and Texas.

    • Billy Ray Cyrus plays as the father of Miley Stewart in the show Hannah Montana. Miley Stewart is Billy Cyrus's real daughter Miley Cyrus.

    • At the time of his success of "Achy Breaky Heart" from his first album Some Gave All, Billy Ray Cyrus was widely known for his signature mullet hairstyle.

    • After moving to Los Angeles by himself, Cyrus signed to Mercury Records in 1990.

    • The success of "Achy Breaky Heart" from his first album Some Gave All helped renew the popularity of line dancing and made Cyrus a star.

    • He attended Georgetown College on a baseball scholarship, but quit to form a band called Sly Dog with his brother.

    • His career has included three #1 singles and six Top Ten singles, including "It Could Have Been Me" and "When I'm Gone."

    • He holds the record for the longest time at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 album chart for a debut record.

    • Cyrus originally intended to play professional baseball.

    • Billy Ray is the son of the late Ron Cyrus, a notable politician and public servant from Greenup County, Kentucky.

    • Cyrus was a part of Russell, Kentucky's first state championship high school football team in 1978.

  • Quotes

    • Billy Ray: I don't like to argue. I hate confrontation. And I just, you know, I just want everything to be smooth. I want the whole world to be smooth. I want everyone to quit fighting and killing each other, and just love each other. If the whole world could just do something really nice for their fellow man on one given day, it might save us from self-destructing as a human race.

    • Billy Ray: I've never been big on discipline. I try to be a friend to all my kids. I try to be the one they want to talk to when they're having a problem. I think they're going to be all right, but I'm the last one to cast a stone at any of these kids, because heck, man, I've made mistakes along the way. I happen to be very good at making mistakes. But like my dad always said, "When you make a mistake, stand still, figure it out, and then take a step in the right direction".

    • Billy Ray: (about his career) It's going great. This is what I love to do--make music and throw in a little acting on the side.

    • Billy Ray: (about his daughter's official name change from Destiny Hope to Miley Ray) She was born Destiny Hope, but she's always gone by Miley. I tried to talk her out of it, but she had her heart set on it. My name is Billy Ray, and my father's name is Ronald Ray, so I think she just wanted to keep up the tradition. Now I'm changing my name, too. I'm going to be Billy Hope!

    • Billy Ray: There was one time where it got really crazy with Miley and the paparazzi, and I wasn't there. The next day, I found every single one of those guys and said, "Guys, this is man-to-man; put your cameras down, and let me talk to you." We sat underneath a shaded tree, and I said, "Look, my little girl is 15, and you guys scared her to death. Get yourselves together!" They apologized, and it's been different ever since.

    • Billy Ray Cyrus: (about his daughter) I tried to discourage Miley from pursuing the entertainment business, because it's a double-edged sword. For everything that makes you happy, there's something equally heartbreaking. I kind of tried to steer her away from being in this business. I told her, "Just stay in school and do cheerleading. Be a normal kid." Well, you can see now how well she listened to me!

    • (about his daughter, Miley)
      Billy: She was born with a song. Musically, she is, this is the only time I'm going to brag, she's the real deal musically. I can't wait for you to hear what she's been writing and the songs that come from inside of her. You know the saying she's got an old soul? Well, she's got an old soul, and her old soul's got a lot of soul.

    • Billy: Miley and I have a great relationship. I think it's important as parents and neighbors that we spend quality time with children and to encourage others in our communities to do the same.

  • One hit wonder.

    Can't act/dance/sing.
  • He is awesome!

    Billy Ray Cyrus was my first favorite country singer. I was barely five years old when I was first introduced to his music. The song that really got my attention was Achy Breaky Heart. I listened to that over and over and over again, and I loved it! My granddad even made me a Billy Ray Cyrus tape. Me being a little kid, I messed it up. Makes me sad to think about that. Well, I got the same one again. Now, almost 16 years later, I watch him on Hannah Montana, and I'm like, "Wow, he's an anwesome actor too!" I love his singing, but his acting rocks too! I also have his new CD, "Home Again." I think that's what it's called. It's an awesome CD! My favorite song on it is "Stand." Man, that song makes me wanna dance! I love Billy Ray Cyrus! He totally rocks!moreless