Elvis Presley filmography

Elvis Presley filmography

King Creole 1958
King Creole (1958)

Elvis Presley (1935–1977) was an American entertainer who achieved initial success as a singer with "That's All Right" on Sun Records, and as a performer on the Louisiana Hayride. Presley admired actors such as James Dean and Marlon Brando, expressing early career goals of becoming a top dramatic actor.[1] While under the management of Memphis promoter Bob Neal, he came to the attention of Hank Snow's former manager Colonel Tom Parker who took over Presley's career and negotiated the sale of his recording contract to RCA Records.[2] "Heartbreak Hotel" was released on the RCA label January 27, 1956,[3] followed by guest appearances on national television shows.

Parker's persistent lobbying of William Morris Agency president Abe Lastfogel for a Presley screen test paid off on March 26, 1956, when the singer auditioned at Paramount for a supporting role in The Rainmaker.[4] Although not chosen for the part, he signed a contract with Paramount producer Hal Wallis on April 25 that allowed him one film a year with other studios. The Wallis contract would be renegotiated several times over the span of nine pictures.[5] His feature debut was in Love Me Tender for 20th Century Fox, with the commercial success of the soundtrack EP being a bellwether for the next three Presley films. Loving You, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole were dramatic story lines written around Presley in the role of a musical entertainer.[6] He would later state that King Creole was his favorite of all his films.[7]

Elvis Presley in a publicity photo for Jailhouse Rock
Presley in a publicity photo for Jailhouse Rock

Presley was granted a 60-day military service deferment to complete King Creole after he received his December 1957 draft notice. Mobbed by fans and the media at his March 24, 1958 army induction,[8] he was eventually assigned to the 3rd Armored Division in Germany. Wallis began background location shooting for G.I. Blues in August 1959,[9] and Presley began working on the picture at the end of his military service in 1960. His displeasure with the soundtrack was compounded by the arbitrary exclusion of Leiber and Stoller tracks he preferred.[10]

Blue Hawaii for Paramount had a soundtrack containing 15 songs recorded in three days, and was shot in between the release of two 20th Century Fox dramatic films, Flaming Star and Wild in the Country. According to music historian Peter Guralnick, when the musical was more profitable than the dramatic pictures, Wallis felt justified with limiting Presley to musicals.[11]

Beginning with Jailhouse Rock, Presley made 14 musicals for MGM.[12] Viva Las Vegas was his most successful through the end of that decade,[13] but subsequent films were less profitable. He became bitter that his hopes for dramatic roles were not coming to fruition,[14] stating that Clambake for United Artists was his worst. Presley began to complain about the deteriorating quality of the films and his belief that Parker's objectives were more monetary than anything else.[15]

Upon completion of all film obligations, Presley returned to live entertaining. MGM produced two concert documentaries. [18]

For his contributions to the entertainment industry, Presley received a star at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960.[19]


  • Acting credits of Elvis Presley 1
    • Television 1.1
    • Feature films 1.2
  • Notes 2
  • References 3

Acting credits of Elvis Presley


Television credits of Elvis Presley (as himself)
Year Title Notes Ref(s)
1956 Stage Show 6 episodes at the CBS studios in New York City, NY: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, March 17, 24; Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's show, produced by Jackie Gleason as a lead-in for his show [20]
1956 Texaco Star Theatre 2 episodes: April 3 aboard the USS Hancock in San Diego, CA; June 5 NBC studios Los Angeles, CA [21]
1956 Teenage Dance Party June 16; hosted by Wink Martindale, WHBQ-TV Memphis, TN [22]
1956 Hy Gardner Calling July 1 television interview, WRCA-TV, New York City, NY [23]
1956 The Steve Allen Show July 1; NBC, New York City, NY [23]
1956–57 The Ed Sullivan Show 3 episodes: September 9, October 28, 1956; January 6, 1957, CBS New York City, NY [24]
1960 The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis Taped March 26, in Miami, FL; aired on ABC May 12 [25]
1968 Elvis Also known as the Elvis Comeback Special, the '68 Comeback Special, and One Night With You; June taping at NBC Los Angeles, CA; air date December 3 [26]
1973 Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite Kui Lee Cancer Fund benefit concert at Honolulu's Neal S. Blaisdell Center broadcast by NBC world-wide live January 14 [27]
1977 Elvis in Concert The last concert tour before Presley died; CBS broadcast after his death [18]

Feature films

Feature film credits of Elvis Presley
Year Title Role Director Producer Studio/Distributor Other cast members Notes Ref(s)
1956 Love Me Tender Clint Reno Webb, Robert D.Robert D. Webb Weisbart, DavidDavid Weisbart 20th Century Fox Richard Egan, Debra Paget Conceived as The Reno Brothers prior to casting Elvis [28]
1957 Loving You Jimmy Tompkins (Deke Rivers) Kanter, HalHal Kanter Wallis, Hal B.Hal B. Wallis Paramount Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey, Dolores Hart Working title Lonesome Cowboy [29]
1957 Jailhouse Rock Vince Everett Thorpe, RichardRichard Thorpe Berman, Pandro S.Pandro S. Berman MGM Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy Added to the United States National Film Registry in 2004 [30]
1958 King Creole Danny Fisher Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz Wallis, Hal B.Hal B. Wallis Paramount Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger, Dolores Hart Presley's personal favorite; adaptation of the Harold Robbins novel A Stone for Danny Fisher [31]
1960 G.I. Blues Tulsa McLean Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Wallis, Hal B.Hal B. Wallis Paramount Juliet Prowse Soundtrack album nominated Grammy award Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television; Nominated Grammy award Best Vocal Performance Album, Male, Elvis Presley; Golden Laurel Award, Top Musical, second place; Writers Guild of America Award nomination, Best Written American Musical, Edmund Beloin and Henry Garson screenwriters [32]
1960 Flaming Star Pacer Burton Siegel, DonDon Siegel Weisbart, DavidDavid Weisbart 20th Century Fox Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Dolores del Rio, John McIntire Adaptation of the Clair Huffaker novel Flaming Lance [33]
1961 Wild in the Country Glenn Tyler Dunne, PhilipPhilip Dunne Wald, JerryJerry Wald 20th Century Fox Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins Clifford Odets adaptation of the J. R. Salamanca novel The Lost Country [34]
1961 Blue Hawaii Chad Gates Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Wallis, Hal B.Hal B. Wallis Paramount Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury Grammy award nomination for soundtrack – Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television; Golden Laurel Award – Top Musical, fourth place; Photoplay Gold Medal Award, Favorite Male Star, Elvis Presley;Favorite Female Star, Joan Blackman; Writers' Guild of America nomination – Best Written American Musial, Hal Kanter screenwriter. [35]
1962 Follow That Dream Toby Kwimper Douglas, GordonGordon Douglas Weisbart, DavidDavid Weisbart United Artists Arthur O'Connell, Anne Helm60; Adaptation of Richard P. Powell novel Pioneer, Go Home! [36]
1962 Kid Galahad Walter Gulick / Kid Galahad Karlson, PhilPhil Karlson Weisbart, DavidDavid Weisbart United Artists Charles Bronson, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman Adaptation of the Francis Wallace novel of the same name [37]
1962 Girls! Girls! Girls! Ross Carpenter Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Wallis, Hal B.Hal B. Wallis Paramount Stella Stevens, Jeremy Slate, Laurel Goodwin Hollywood Foreign Press Association nomination for Best Musical;Golden Globe Nomination, Best Motion Picture – Musical; Golden Laurel Award, Top Male Musical Performance, Elvis Presley, 2nd place; Top Musical, third place [38]
1963 It Happened at the World's Fair Mike Edwards Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Richmond, TedTed Richmond MGM Joan O'Brien, Gary Lockwood, Vicky Tiu Location filming at the Seattle World's Fair [39]
1963 Fun in Acapulco Mike Windgren Thorpe, RichardRichard Thorpe Wallis, Hal B.Hal B. Wallis Paramount Ursula Andress, Elsa Cardenas, Alejandro Rey Location filming in Mexico was shelved due to security concerns [40]
1964 Kissin' Cousins Josh Morgan / Jodie Tatum Nelson, GeneGene Nelson Katzman, SamSam Katzman MGM Arthur O'Connell, Glenda Farrell, Jack Albertson, Pamela Austin, Yvonne Craig Writers Guild of America Award nomination, Best Written American Musical, Gene Nelson and Gerald Drayson Adams screenwriters [41]
1964 Viva Las Vegas Lucky Jackson Sidney, GeorgeGeorge Sidney Sidney, GeorgeCummings, JackJack Cummings MGM Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest Golden Laurel Award, Musical, second place;Musical Performance, Male, Elvis Presley, third place; Musical Performance, Female, Ann-Margaret, third place [42]
1964 Roustabout Charlie Rogers Rich, JohnJohn Rich Wallis, Hal B.Hal B. Wallis Paramount Barbara Stanwyck, Leif Erickson, Joan Freeman Writers Guild of America Award nomination, Best Written American Musical, Anthony Lawrence and Allan Weiss screenwriters [43]
1965 Girl Happy Rusty Wells Sagal, BorisBoris Sagal Pasternak, JoeJoe Pasternak MGM Shelley Fabares, Harold J. Stone, Mary Ann Mobley, Nita Talbot Golden Laurel Award, Musical, 4th Place [44]
1965 Tickle Me Lonnie Beale / Panhandle Kid Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Schwalb, BenBen Schwalb Allied Artists Julie Adams, Jocelyn Lane, Jack Mullaney Golden Laurel Award, Best Male Performance, Elvis Presley [45]
1965 Harum Scarum Johnny Tyronne Nelson, GeneGene Nelson Katzman, SamSam Katzman MGM Mary Ann Mobley, Fran Jeffries Colonel Parker wanted to add a talking camel [46]
1966 Frankie and Johnny Johnny de Cordova, FrederickFrederick de Cordova Small, EdwardEdward Small United Artists Sue Ane Langdon, Nancy Kovack Based on the song of the same name, which is based on a 19th-century murder [47]
1966 Paradise, Hawaiian Style Rick Richards Moore, Michael D.Michael D. Moore Wallis, Hal B.Hal B. Wallis Paramount James Shigeta, Julie Parrish, Donna Butterworth, Suzanna Leigh [48]
1966 Spinout Mike McCoy Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Pasternak, JoeJoe Pasternak MGM Shelley Fabares, Carl Betz, Diane McBain, Deborah Walley Targeted to the Viva Las Vegas audiences [49]
1967 Easy Come, Easy Go Lt. (j.g.) Ted Jackson Rich, JohnJohn Rich Wallis, Hal B.Hal B. Wallis Paramount Dodie Marshall, Pat Priest, Pat Harrington, Jr., Elsa Lanchester Conceived as a Jan and Dean film [50]
1967 Double Trouble Guy Lambert Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Winkler, IrwinIrwin Winkler, Bernard, JuddJudd Bernard MGM Annette Day, John Williams, Norman Rossington [51]
1967 Clambake Scott Heyward Nadel, Arthur H.Arthur H. Nadel Arthur Gardner, Arnold Laven, Jules Levy United Artists Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Gary Merrill, Bill Bixby [52]
1968 Stay Away, Joe Joe Lightcloud Tewksbury, PeterPeter Tewksbury Laurence, DouglasDouglas Laurence MGM Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell, Katy Jurado Adaptation of Dan Cushman novel of the same name [53]
1968 Speedway Steve Grayson Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Laurence, DouglasDouglas Laurence MGM Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon, William Schallert [54]
1968 Live a Little, Love a Little Greg Nolan Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog Laurence, DouglasDouglas Laurence MGM Michele Carey, Rudy Vallee, Don Porter, Dick Sargent Adaptation of the Dan Greenburg novel Kiss My Firm but Pliant Lips [55]
1969 Charro! Jess Wade Warren, Charles MarquisCharles Marquis Warren Warren, Charles MarquisCharles Marquis Warren National General Ina Balin, Victor French Working title Come Sundown, Come Hell [56]
1969 The Trouble with Girls Walter Hale Tewksbury, PeterPeter Tewksbury Welch, LesterLester Welch MGM Marlyn Mason, Sheree North, Vincent Price, Dabney Coleman Adaptation of the Day Keene-Dwight Babcock novel Chautauqua [57]
1969 Change of Habit Dr. John Carpenter Graham, William A.William A. Graham Connelly, JoeJoe Connelly Universal Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Edward Asner Conceived as a Mary Tyler Moore film [58]
1970 Elvis: That's the Way It Is Himself Sanders, DenisDenis Sanders Hutchinson, DaleDale Hutchinson MGM The Imperials, The Sweet Inspirations Concert documentary [59]
1972 Elvis on Tour Himself Abel, RobertRobert Abel, Adidge, PierrePierre Adidge Abel, RobertRobert Abel MGM J.D. Sumner & The Stamps 1973 Golden Globe winner for Best Documentary film [59]


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  2. ^ Guralnick (1994), pp. 227–233.
  3. ^ "110 Musical Milestones". Billboard 116 (48): 14. November 27, 2004. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ Guralnick (1994), pp. 144, 241.
  5. ^ Guralnick (1994), p. 262; Guralnick and Jorgensen 1999, pp. 67, 127.
  6. ^ Guralnick, Jorgensen (1999), pp. 112–113, 118–119; Jorgensen, Guralnick (1998), p. 78–80, 1962.
  7. ^ Guralnick 1999, p. 209.
  8. ^ Guralnick, Jorgensen (1999), p. 1120; Guralnick (1994), pp. 443, 445–446, 461–464, 550–551.
  9. ^ Guralnick, Jorgensen (1999), p. 140; Guralnick 1999, p. 36.
  10. ^ Guralnick, Jorgensen (1999), pp. 152–154; Guralnick 1999, p. 70.
  11. ^ Guralnick 1999, p. 122.
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  13. ^ Guralnick, Jorgensen (1999), p. 199.
  14. ^ Guralnick 1999, p. 212.
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  16. ^ Guralnick, Jorgensen (1999), pp. 271, 305, 321.
  17. ^ Guralnick 1999, pp. 475, 478–484.
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  26. ^ Guralnick, Jorgensen (1999), pp. 242–248, 251.
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  31. ^ In a 1992 interview King Creole co-star Jan Shepard told historian Peter Guralnick that Elvis told her in 1965, "Honey, that was my favorite picture." Guralnick 1999, p. 209; Guralnick (1994), p. 442; Marsh (1982), p. 241.
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  34. ^ Guralnick (1999), p. 84; Marsh (1982), p. 241.
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  37. ^ Marsh (1982), p. 241; "Kid Galahad". AFI Catalog of Featured Films. AFI. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
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  49. ^ Neibaur (2014) p. 207; Marsh (1982), p. 241.
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  51. ^ Neibaur (2014) pp. 213–214 ; Marsh (1982), p. 241.
  52. ^ Neibaur (2014) pp. 219–220; Marsh (1982), p. 241.
  53. ^ Gulick (2006), pp. 143–144; Marsh (1982), p. 241.
  54. ^ Neibaur (2014) p. 229; Marsh (1982), p. 241.
  55. ^ Guralnick, Jorgensen (1999) pp. 239–240; Marsh (1982), p. 241; "Live a Little, Love a Little". AFI Catalog of Featured Films. AFI. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  56. ^ Neibaur (2014) p. 242; Marsh (1982), p. 241.
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