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12 Famous Actors Who Have Evoked Elvis Presley on Film

August 15, 2017

August 16th marks the 40th anniversary of the death of rock and roll’s most influential figure, Elvis Presley. He signed his first major contract with RCA Victor in 1955, at the age of 20, and made his film debut the following year in Love Me Tender as a young man of the American Civil War period. Though his movie career ended in 1969 with over 30 acting credits to his name, his legacy lives on in movie soundtracks, impersonations, song performances, and portrayals by various actors. Below is a list of 12 actors who have brought ‘The King’ back to life, whether it was by portraying him, skydiving in his garb, singing one of his hits, or robbing a casino dressed like him. And tune into HDNET MOVIES on August 16th to honor his legacy with six films that either star Presley or biographically portray his highly influential music career (see below for further details).

1. Kurt Russell in Elvis (1964)


2. Kurt Russell in Forest Gump (1994)

FUN FACT: Kurt Russell provided the voice for Elvis Presley in Forrest Gump (1994), but was uncredited.

3. Nicolas Cage in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)


4. Don Johnson in Elvis and the Beauty Queen (1981)


5. David Keith in Heartbreak Hotel (1988)


6. Harvey Keitel in Finding Graceland (1998)


7. Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Elvis (2005)


8. Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon (1999)


9. Michael Shannon in Elvis & Nixon (2016)


10. Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Christian Slater & David Arquette in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)


11. Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)


Tune into HDNET MOVIES on August 16th for a marathon of Elvis films:

Frankie and Johnny – 7/6c
Presley stars as a riverboat entertainer who loses both his money and his girlfriend by spending too much time in the casino.

Paradise, Hawaiian Style – 8:30/7:30c
Presley stars as an airline pilot who goes into the helicopter charter business with his friend, and risks losing it all after being grounded for recklessness.

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is – 10:05/9:05c
Backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley preparing for an opening-night performance in Las Vegas.

Clambake – 11:45/10:45c
Presley rocks as a lovelorn million-heir in this sizzling comedy that includes Shelley Fabares and Bill Bixby and features eight new songs and bikinis galore.

Elvis on Tour – 1:35a/12:35c
Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Documentary Film, the relationship between Presley, those closest to him, and his devoted concert fans, is revealed.

This is Elvis – 3:20a/2:20c
This definitive biography of the legendary hero combines documentary footage with sequences of actors playing Presley at various stages of his life.