He adopted the name Johnny Cash when he signed a deal with Sun Records in 1955. Through time, he became known as The Man in Black as he always wore black ensemble, which was a lot different from how most country music stars dress up. Some of the songs that made him a household name include 'I Walk the Line,' 'Cocaine Blues' and humorous pieces like 'A Boy Named Sue' and Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog'.
Through time, he became involved with drugs that almost ruined his life. His first marriage had gone bad and his star started to lose its shine. In 1968, he married his second wife, June Carter, who influenced him to revert to Christianity and a drug-free life.
Aside from being good in music, Johnny Cash had his hit TV show during the latter part of the 60s entitled The Johnny Cash Show. He even paved the way to the likes of Bob Dylan to penetrate the scene.
Cash also made guest appearances on Jane Seymour's TV series, 'Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman'. He dubbed a cartoon cameo for an episode of 'The Simpsons'.
Johnny Cash died at the age of 71 on September 12, 2003. He had almost 90 million copies of his albums sold. He had a collection of awards from the Grammys and Country Music Awards. He was even inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Songwriters' Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Although his music career surpassed Johnny Cash acting career, he has proven a lot and has left a legacy that industry insiders could learn a lot from even up to this day.