Cultural depictions of Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley has inspired artistic and cultural works since he entered the national consciousness. From that point, interest in his personal and public life has never stopped. Some scholars have even studied many aspects of his profound cultural influence. [1] Billboard historian Joel Whitburn declared Presley the "#1 act of the Rock era".

The following lists cover various media which include items of historic interest, enduring works of high art, and recent representations in popular culture. Only people and works with Wikipedia articles are included.

For purposes of classification, popular culture music is a separate section from operas and oratorios. Television covers live action series, TV movies, miniseries, and North American animation but not Japanese anime, which appears with manga and graphic novels.



See also: Elvis + Marilyn: 2x Immortal Geri DePaoli (Ed.), Rizzoli (1994), ISBN 0-8478-1840-3

See also: Elvis in Art Roger G. Taylor, St. Martin's Press (1997), ISBN 0-3120-1381-7







Popular Culture[edit]


See also: imdB Elvis Presley Character Page


Video Games[edit]

  • Fallout: New Vegas: one faction is called "The Kings", raiders who come across an Elvis Impersonator School


Wackel-Elvis dashboard figure from a 2001 Audi TV commercial
  • Elvis died three days before Groucho Marx; Groucho fans blamed Elvis's death for Groucho's death not getting as much publicity. [7] Elvis and Groucho were next door neighbors in Beverly Hills, California
  • In 2006, Elvis's teddy bear Mabel, made in 1909 by Steiff, was on display at a children's museum near Wookey Hole Caves when an Doberman destroyed it. The insurance company had insisted that the teddy bears be protected by guard dogs.

According to several non music magazines and publications, Presley ranks amongst the most significant icons, both in America and worldwide and not just in the recent past, or in the XXth Century but since time began and not just in music, but overall. Here are a few examples:

  • In 2006, the "Atlantic Magazine"" ranked him the #66th most influential American ever. No other person involved in entertainment, other than Walt Disney, ranked higher.
  • In 2008, the MIT-launched "Pantheon" programme, which maps cultural production, ranked him the 117th most significant person, of any nationality, since 4,000 BC. Only the Rev. Martin Luther King, a Nobel Peace prize winner outranks him amongst all Americans.
  • In 2015, "National Geographic Magazine" deemed his advent (and that of Rock Music) in 1956 an event of such importance, that it ranked #79 in their list of the 100 most significant events that changed the world since time began. No other entertainer appears on the list.

Actors who have played Elvis Presley[edit]

Actor Credited character Title (year of theatrical release, unless otherwise noted)
Jason Biggs (fictional) Elvis Presley Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2008)
Michael Shanoon Elvis Presley at age 35 Elvis & Nixon (2015)
Bruce Campbell (fictional) Elvis Presley Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Peter Dobson i) (fictional) young Elvis Presley

ii) The King

i) Forrest Gump (1994)

ii) Protecting the King (2007)

Johnny Harra Elvis Presley, age 42. This Is Elvis (1981)
Tyler Hilton young Elvis Presley Walk the Line (2006)
Paul Hipp Elvis Presley Liberace: Behind the Music (1988) (TV-made)
Don Johnson Elvis Presley Elvis and the Beauty Queen (1981) (TV-made)
Harvey Keitel (fictional) Elvis Presley Finding Graceland (1998)
David Keith (fictional) Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel (1988)
Steve Martin The visitor (Elvis Presley, age 21). Picasso at the Lapin Agile (1993, play)
Gil McKinney (fictional) Elvis Presley Elvis Has Left the Building (2004, video release only)
Dale Midkiff Elvis Presley Elvis and Me (1988) (TV-made)
Chunkey Pandey (fictional) Elvis Presley Hello, Darling (2008)
Robert Patrick (fictional) Mr. Aaron Lonely Street (2008)
Ron Perlman (fictional) Elvis Presley, age 27 Bubba Ho-Tep (2009)
Rick Peters Elvis Presley Elvis meets Nixon (1997) (TV-made)
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Elvis Presley Elvis: The Early Years (2005)
Kurt Russell Elvis Presley Elvis (1979) (TV-made)
Martin Shaw Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1985, play)
Frank Stallone (fictional) Elvis Presley Angels with angles (2005)
Michael St. Gerard i)and ii) young Elvis Presley

iii)(fictional) young Elvis Presley

i) Elvis (1990) (TV mini-series)

ii) Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

iii)Heart of Dixie (1989)

George Thomas (fictional) Elvis Presley, as John Burrows Memphis rising, Elvis returns- (2009)
Jeff Yagher (fictional) Elvis Presley The Twilight Zone Season 2, "The Once And Future King" (1986)
Jack White (fictional) Elvis Presley Walk Hard (2007)
Lloyd Ahlquist Elvis Presley Epic Rap Battles of History, episode "Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley" (Season 2, 2012.)
Michael Shannon Elvis Presley Elvis & Nixon (2016) (upcoming film)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richard A. Koenigsberg, "'I MOVE, THEREFORE I AM:' Elvis Presley, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Liberation of the American Body," keynote address at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELVIS PRESLEY (Monday, May 19, 2008).
  2. ^ Fans Waiting in Line for Release of Wackel-Elvis, 06/11/2001, Die Welt (German)
  3. ^ Audi Wackel-Elvis commercial (2001, British version)
  4. ^ Audi Wackel-Elvis commercial (2001, German version)
  5. ^ "State Farm: Magic Jingle Elvis" The Mill Accessed May 21, 2015
  6. ^ List of minor The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy characters#Elvis Presley
  7. ^ Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House, Steve Soliar, 1996, Stoddart Publishing

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