ELVIS Presley’s untimely death aged just 42 shocked the world in 1977. But The King’s legacy long lives on, and his life has been relived many times on the big screen.
Who has played Elvis Presley on screen?
Shortly after Elvis Presley’s death, Kurt Russell played the music icon in the 1979 TV movie Elvis.
The film covered The King’s early life and career.
The movie was so well received it earned a Golden Globe nomination and two Primetime Emmy nods.
In 2001 Kurt also played Elvis in the 3000 Miles to Graceland movie.
In the 1981 made-for-TV movie Elvis and the Beauty Queen, actor Don Johnson starred as Elvis during his later years.
The film was about the woman he loved following the end of his marriage to Priscilla Presley.
The film co-starred Stephanie Zimbalist as Elvis’ beauty pageant girlfriend Linda Thompson, who was in a relationship with him from 1972 to 1976.
Fun fact, in real life Linda is Brody and Brandon Jenner’s mum.
Although the 2005 biopic Walk the Line told the story of Johnny Cash and his relationship with his future wife, June Carter Cash, Elvis Presley did make a few appearances.
Actor Tyler Hilton played The King in four scenes as he and Johnny were both signed to Sun Records for a short time.
The movie went on to win an Oscar and three Golden Globes.
In the 2016 historical comedy Elvis & Nixon actor Michael Shannon took on the role of Elvis.
The movie was based on the real-life meeting between President Richard Nixon and Elvis in the Oval Office.
It was about a reported moment where Elvis asked to be made “a federal agent at large” due to his belief that he could positively influence the war on illegal drugs.
In 2022 Austin Butler took on the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 movie Elvis.
The actor – who is the spitting image of Elvis Presley – was given high praise by the singer’s family for his portrayal.
In 2023 he won a best actor Golden Globe for his portrayal of the legendary star.