William "Billy" Ray Cyrus (born August 25, 1961) is an American country music singer-songwriter and actor.
Having released twelve studio albums and forty-four singles since 1992, he is best known for his number one single "Achy Breaky Heart", which became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia. It was also the best-selling single in the same country in 1992 and was translated into more than 100 languages. Thanks to the video of this hit, the line dance catapulted into the mainstream, becoming a worldwide craze.
Cyrus, a multi-platinum selling recording artist, has scored a total of eight top-ten singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart. His most successful album to date is his debut Some Gave All, which has been certified 9× Multi-Platinum in the United States and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at number one on the Billboard 200 (17 consecutive weeks) and most consecutive chart-topping weeks in the SoundScan era. It is the only album (from any genre) in the SoundScan era to log 17 consecutive weeks at number one and is also the top-ranking debut album by a male country artist. It ranked 43 weeks in the top 10, a total topped by only one country album in history, Ropin' the Wind by Garth Brooks. Some Gave All was also the first debut album to enter at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album has also sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling debut album of all time for a solo male artist. Some Gave All was also the best-selling album of 1992 in the US with 4,832,000 copies. In his career, he has released 35 charted singles, of which 15 charted in the Top 40.
From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television show Doc. The show was about a country doctor who moved from Montana to New York City. From 2005 to 2011 he co-starred in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus.
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.
He was born on the same day as actor Van Johnson, singer Gene Simmons, actor Mel Ferrer, game show host Monty Hall, & actor Sean Connery.
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 1992-2007. 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), and Home At Last (2007).
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.