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|Birth name||Ronald Dee White|
December 18, 1956 |
Fritch, Texas, U.S.
|Genres||Country comedy, observational comedy, satire, blue comedy|
|Influences||Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Jeff Foxworthy, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison, Bob Newhart|
|Spouse||Lori Brice (m. 1981–93)
Barbara Dobbs (m. 2004–08)
Margo Rey (m. 2013)
Ronald Dee "Ron' Tater Salad" White (born December 18, 1956) is an American stand up comedian and actor, best known as a charter member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Nicknamed "Tater Salad", he is the author of the book I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn't Have the Ability (Dutton 2006, ISBN 978-0-525-94961-9), which appeared on the New York Times best seller list.
White served in the United States Navy. According to his own account, White joined the service at age 17 and served on the auxiliary rescue and salvage ship USS Conserver near the end of the Vietnam War. He is an avid fisherman (and has always loved fishing as a hobby) but from a young age his dream was to become a comedian. He lived in Mexico for a brief period and bought a pottery factory there before returning to America to pursue comedy. He included stories from his youth in his book I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn't Have the Ability.
During January 2000 through March 2003, White toured with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy as part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour – a show that sold out across the United States in over 90 cities and grossed over $15 million. He made seven guest appearances on Blue Collar TV. In 2005, The WB Television Network aired the pilot for The Ron White Show, a variety show that combined a number of celebrity cameos, cartoons, and sketches. He taped several episodes of The Gong Show with Dave Attell as one of the celebrity judges. White has appeared in the TV shows Kath & Kim, Reno 911!, 12 Miles of Bad Road, the films Sex and the City 2 and Horrible Bosses, and a cameo in a Rascal Flatts music video, "Why Wait".
White is known for drinking Scotch as part of his act, as well as smoking cigars. He stated during his You Can't Fix Stupid show, "Somebody asked what I was drinking. If the company that made the stuff I was drinking was paying me, I'd have it in their bottle and not mine. But it's the kind of scotch that people drink that are going to die penniless. It's good though!" In 2009 Comedy Central released Ron's stand up DVD Behavioral Problems.
In 2010, Ron White and producer Michael Blakey formed Organica Music Group (OMG), a label that promotes both emerging and established musicians and comedians. OMG indicated that it would release all of White's future DVDs and CDs.
Ron White was an actor in the Showtime Series Roadies (Cameron Crowe) which had 10 episodes in its first season (over the summer 2016). He played Phil, the best roadie in the business. It is unclear if Roadies will have a Season 2, and the final episode of Season 1 was a tribute to the death of Ron White's character in the show.
On September 7, 2008, White was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after an anonymous tip informed Vero Beach, Florida police that White’s private plane would be carrying narcotics. He was found to be in possession of 7/8 of a gram of marijuana, which White described as being "out of marijuana".
White was married to Lori Brice from 1981 to 1993 and they had one son, Marshall. He was then married to Barbara Dobbs from 2004 to 2008.
In October 2013 he married singer-songwriter, musician and cancer survivor Margo Rey, proposing to her just weeks before her initial diagnosis. Her hairstyle, dubbed as "chemo-glam" by her husband, was cropped short for her wedding due to her chemotherapy. She continues her battle with cancer (now affecting her lymph nodes), describing White as "the best husband in the world."
Awards and recognition
April 27, 2009 was designated as "Ron White Day" in the State of Texas by Texas legislative officials. White received the Armed Forces Foundation's "Patriot Award" in March 2009 for his work in raising money to help wounded soldiers. He also held benefit shows for Hurricane Katrina relief. White's 2013 comedy album, A Little Unprofessional, was nominated for Best Comedy Album in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in January 2014.
Besides the Blue Collar Comedy Tour CDs and films, White has released 6 solo projects to date.
- 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)
He has appeared on the following compilation albums:
- Redneck Comedy Roundup (2005)
- Comedy Central Presents Southern Gents of Comedy (2006)
- Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy & Bill Engvall: Live from Las Vegas (2004)
- Redneck Kings of Comedy (2005)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|US Comedy||US Country||US||US Heat|
|Tater Salad aka. Busted in Des Moines||
|Drunk in Public||
|You Can't Fix Stupid||
|A Little Unprofessional||
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- Ron White, I Had the Right to Remain Silent... But I Didn't Have the Ability, 2007, Chapter 3
- Mark C. Anderson, Blue-collar Comedy Bad-Boy Ron White Totes Scotch and Surprising Sensitivity to Salinas, Monterey County Weekly, July 26, 2012
- "Ron White- Profile".
- "IMDB Ron White".
- "Ron White – Scotch Whisky".
- "Comedian Ron White and Acclaimed Music Producer Michael Blakey Partner to Form Organica Music Group".
- " 'Blue Collar' comedian Ron White announces he's running for president", AOL News. November 11, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
- "Comedian Ron White says disgruntled former employee tipped police off to drugs".
- "Blue Collar Comedy's Ron White Arrested in Fla.".
- "State of Texas Honors Comedian Ron White".
- "The Armed Forces Foundation Honors Ron White at Annual Congressional Gala".
- "Austin Hurricane Relief".
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