1. He was surprisingly straitlaced when he was young Willie.
2. He was a pioneer in outlaw country music, which challenged the conservative Nashville music scene.
3. He played a veteran country musician performer in this movie.
The film featured the song “On the Road Again,” which earned Nelson an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
4. He was in a supergroup with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.
5. He started Willie Nelson’s Biodiesel that makes fuel for trucks out of vegetable oil.
6. He supported same-sex marriage in the most awesome way possible.
Read more of what Nelson said in his interview with Texas Monthly here.
8. He fights for marijuana legalization and is co-chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Nelson has been featured on the cover of High Times.
10. After he was arrested in 2010 for possession of marijuana, he created the Tea Pot Party.
With the motto: “Tax it, regulate it and legalize it!”