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Short Info

Net Worth$200 million
Date Of BirthJuly 22, 1947
SpouseSharon Summerall
FactEagles were voted the 75th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all-time by Rolling Stone.

Don Henley was born in Gilmer, Texas, on July 22, 1947. His father, C.J. Henley, was a postman, and his mother, Hughlene, was a schoolteacher. He has two younger brothers, Stan and Bill. Henley was raised in the small town of Linden, Texas, where he attended Linden-Kildare High School. He was a talented athlete and played football and basketball. He was also a member of the school band and choir. After high school, Henley attended the University of North Texas, where he studied English and journalism. He was a member of the school’s jazz band, The Eagles, and he also played in a country-rock band called Shiloh.

Henley’s career began in 1970 when he co-founded the rock band Eagles. The band released their debut album, “Eagles”, in 1972. The album was a huge success, selling over 10 million copies in the United States. The band went on to release four more studio albums, “Desperado”, “On the Border”, “One of These Nights”, and “Hotel California”. “Hotel California” was the Eagles’ most successful album, selling over 26 million copies worldwide. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1977.

The Eagles disbanded in 1980, but Henley continued his solo career. He released his debut solo album, “I Can’t Stand Still”, in 1982. The album was a moderate success, reaching #25 on the Billboard 200 chart. Henley’s next album, “Building the Perfect Beast”, was released in 1984. The album was a commercial success, reaching #5 on the Billboard 200 chart. It also spawned the hit single “The Boys of Summer”, which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Henley’s third solo album, “The End of the Innocence”, was released in 1989. The album was a huge success, reaching #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over 5 million copies in the United States. It also spawned the hit singles “The End of the Innocence” and “New York Minute”.

Henley has released two more solo albums, “Inside Job” (2000) and “Cass County” (2015). He has also toured extensively throughout his career.

Henley has been married twice. His first marriage was to Sharon Summerall from 1995 to 2001. The couple had one child together, a son named Dylan. Henley’s second marriage is to Patty Smyth, with whom he has two daughters, Maeve and Annabelle.

Henley has an estimated net worth of $200 million. He has earned his fortune through his successful career as a musician and songwriter.

General Info

Full NameDon Henley
Net Worth$200 million
Date Of BirthJuly 22, 1947
Height1.78 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Multi-instrumentalist, Lyricist, Singer, Songwriter, Drummer, Perth WA, Australia, Melbourne VIC, Australia, Sydney NSW, Australia, Hotel California, Boys of Summer, Take It Easy
EducationStephen F. Austin State University, University of North Texas, Perth WA, Australia, Melbourne VIC, Australia, Sydney NSW, Australia, Hotel California, Boys of Summer, Take It Easy


SpouseSharon Summerall
ParentsC.J. Henley, Hughlene Henley, Perth WA, Australia, Melbourne VIC, Australia, Sydney NSW, Australia, Hotel California, Boys of Summer, Take It Easy


AwardsMTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, Perth WA, Australia, Melbo...
Music GroupsEagles
NominationsGrammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Perf...
MoviesThe Country Bears, Cry Blood, Apache, Perth WA, Australia, Melbourne VIC, Australia, Sydney NSW, Australia

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1Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.
2A man with a briefcase can steal millions more than any man with a gun.
3I don't care what anybody says about Ringo. I cut my rock-n-roll teeth listening to him.
4Lawsuits should not be used to destroy a viable and independent distribution system. The solution lies in the marketplace and not the courtroom.
5Mick Jagger can't even make a successful solo album, and the Stones are the biggest rock group that ever was.
6I'm always jotting things down on pieces of paper. I've got pieces of paper all over my house.
7I'm certainly not thrilled with everything the Eagles did, but there are some things I'm quite proud of.
8Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Don't look back, you can never look back.
9The Eagles ended on a rather abrupt note, although in retrospect I realize now that it had been ending for quite some time.
10I could stand out front and sing Eagles songs that I sing in my set, but I think people enjoy watching me sing and play the drums. It seems to fascinate people. I don't know why.
11Sometimes songwriters and singers forget that. They get a melody in their head and the notes will take precedence, so that they wind up forcing a word onto a melody. It doesn't ring true.
12I could have played more complex stuff. I could have been a busier player. But that's not what I wanted to do. I played what I wanted to play.
13I don't mind doing two or three Eagles songs and playing the drums. I'm not one of those artists who's going to sit here and deny the past.
14I have a bad back partially from playing the drums and singing. I used to have to hold my body in such a position that my spine got out of alignment.
15I played drums on Keith Carradine's first record.
16I think my first instrument was a ukulele that they gave me. I used to know how to play that pretty well.
17I try to write conversationally; I try to write like people speak and put the emphasis on the right syllable.
18I'm blessed with a pretty good voice. So just sitting back there banging on the tubs wasn't enough.
19I'm fortunate that I've been in this business long enough that I've earned the right to be left alone by my record company.
20I'm not on any crusade.
21It was pretty frightening because as we all know, when large, famous groups breakup, a lot of the members don't survive in solo careers.
22Playing the drums hurts my back.
23Selling eight million copies of your first album will mess you up.
24Some records with drum machines on them sound phony and plastic. It all depends on how you use the tools.
25The Eagles and the critics were not the best of friends.
26Between each album I try to gain a new insight that I didn't have before and perhaps write a song about something that I've written about before, but from a fresh viewpoint.
27I have a certain pool of subject matter that I like to write about, things that interest me: politics, religion, ecology, and relationships between men and women. And that's usually what I focus on.
28My father was an avid gardener. On many a summer morning he rousted me out of bed well before sunup and handed me a hoe. We had more than an acre to tend, and the objective was to get as much as possible done before the sun got too high in the sky and the temperature rose above 100. The humidity in that region, while good for the skin and for growing vegetables, is oppressive, and heat exhaustion is always a possibility in summer. On several occasions my thoughts turned patricidal. But as the years have passed, I have grown to appreciate what my dad taught me, not only about growing things in the earth, but also about responsibility and the value of hard, physical work. I now derive physical and spiritual pleasure from gardening. All this galls me a little, because my dad always said it would turn out this way.


1Estimated in 2012 to have a $200 million fortune, making him the fourth richest drummer in the world, behind Ringo Starr of The Beatles, Phil Collins (solo artist and Genesis singer) and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana.
2Hotel California tour with Eagles. [September 2005]
3Provided backing vocals on Bob Seger's 1980 hit, "Against The Wind".
4Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.
5Attended Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas.
6Sang 2 duets with Trisha Yearwood, "I Want To Know You Inside Out" and "Walkaway Joe".
7Eagles were voted the 75th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all-time by Rolling Stone.
8Sang a duet with Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks. The song was called Leather and Lace, which was written by Nicks.
9Is one of only two members of Eagles to have been with the band since its creation (the other being Glenn Frey).
10Along with actor Peter Weller (RoboCop (1987)), a 1969 graduate of North Texas State University (became University of North Texas - May 1988) in Denton, Texas, USA.




Morfi, todos a la mesa2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mike & Mike2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Horror StoryTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2015 performer - 1 episode, 2013
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ray Donovan2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Beer and Board Games2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland2013TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
HaKochav HaBa2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice of the Philippines2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The League2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
History of the Eagles2013TV Mini-Series documentary writer: "Tequila Sunrise", "Out of Control", "Desperado", "Certain Kind of Fool", "On the Border", "James Dean", "One of these Nights", "Lyin' Eyes", "Take it to the Limit", "Hotel California", "Life in the Fast Lane", "Wasted Time", "Victim of Love", "The Long Run", "I Can't Tell you Why", "Heartache Tonight"
De wereld draait door2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Night Ranger: 24 Strings and a Drummer2012Video documentary writer: "Boys of Summer" - uncredited
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera2011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Formula 1: BBC SportTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2010 performer - 2 episodes, 2010
20 to 12010TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Misfits2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Loose WomenTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Banda sonora2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "Hotel California"
The X Factor2005-2008TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Sex and the City2008writer: "Heart of The Matter"
The Reinactors2008Documentary lyrics: "Hotel California" / music: "Hotel California"
Idols2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol2005-2007TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Hot Tub: The Urban Legend2007Short writer: "Life in the Fast Lane"
My Name Is Earl2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cesko hledá SuperStar2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2005-2006TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found2005TV Special documentary performer: "The Last Worthless Evening" / writer: "The Last Worthless Evening"
The Simpsons2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Winter Passing2005writer: "I Can't Tell You Why" 1979
Bewitched2005writer: "Witchy Woman" 1971
Eagles: The Farewell 1 Tour - Live from Melbourne2005Video performer: "The Boys of Summer", "Dirty Laundry" / writer: "The Long Run", "New Kid in Town", "Wasted Time: Wasted Time/Wasted Time Reprise", "I Can't Tell You Why", "One of These Nights", "Lyin' Eyes", "The Boys of Summer", "Tequila Sunrise", "Hole in the World", "Take It to the Limit", "Sunset Grill", "Dirty Laundry", "Heartache Tonight", "Life in the Fast Lane", "Hotel California"
Cold CaseTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2003 - 2005 performer - 2 episodes, 2003 - 2004
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism2004Documentary performer: "Dirty Laundry" / writer: "Dirty Laundry"
Ha-Pijamot2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
American Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
High Chaparall2004TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Ídolos2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Idol2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nouvelle Star2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
In America2002writer: "Desperado" 1973
America's Sweethearts2001writer: "Witchy Woman"
The Sopranos2000-2001TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The West WingTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Vertical Limit2000writer: "Take It To The Limit"
Space Cowboys2000writer: "TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT"
Coyote Ugly2000performer: "All She Wants to Do Is Dance"
ERTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
The '70s2000TV Movie writer: "Hotel California" - uncredited
Never Mind the Buzzcocks1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Big Lebowski1998writer: "Hotel California"
Mystery Science Theater 30001993-1997TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Michael1996performer: "Through Your Hands" 1990 / producer: "Through Your Hands" 1990
Seinfeld1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Leaving Las Vegas1995performer: "Come Rain Or Come Shine"
To Die For1995performer: "DIRTY LAUNDRY"
FriendsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1995
Eagles: Hell Freezes Over1994TV Special documentary writer: "Hotel California", "Tequila Sunrise", "The Heart of the Matter", "Learn to Be Still", "Wasted Time", "I Can't Tell You Why", "New York Minute", "The Last Resort", "Life in the Fast Lane", "Get Over It", "Desperado"
Absolutely Fabulous1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X-Files1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
Leap of Faith1992performer: "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat" / producer: "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat"
Another Girl Another Planet1992writer: "Hotel California"
Glenn Frey Strange Weather Live in Dublin1992Video documentary writer: "New Kid In Town", "Lyin' Eyes", "Heartache Tonight", "Desperado" - as D. Henley
The Wonder Years1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sjans1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
MTV Video Music Awards 19911991TV Special performer: "The Heart of the Matter" / writer: "The Heart of the Matter"
DerrickTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1990 writer - 2 episodes, 1990
Miami ViceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1988 writer - 1 episode, 1988
Desperado1987TV Movie "Desperado"
Square Dance1987arranger: "THE UNCLOUDED DAY" / performer: "THE UNCLOUDED DAY"
The Color of Money1986performer: "Who Owns This Place?" / writer: "Who Owns This Place?"
Real Genius1985performer: "All She Wants to Do Is Dance"
Vision Quest1985performer: "She's On The Zoom" / producer: "She's On The Zoom" / writer: "She's On The Zoom"
The Sure Thing1985writer: "Heartache Tonight"
Street Hawk1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shake, Rattle & Roll1984writer: "Hotel California"
Don Henley: The Boys of Summer1984Video short lyrics: "The Boys of Summer" / performer: "The Boys of Summer" / writer: "The Boys of Summer"
Fast Times at Ridgemont High1982performer: "Love Rules" / writer: "Love Rules", "Life In The Fast Lane"
Shoot the Moon1982writer: "I Can't Tell You Why"
The Best Little Girl in the World1981TV Movie writer: "Heartache Tonight"
Urban Cowboy1980writer: "Lyin' Eyes"
Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights1980TV Special writer: "Heartache Tonight"
WKRP in Cincinnati1980TV Series writer - 1 episode
FM1978writer: "Life In The Fast Lane"
Top of the Pops1977TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Frank Rosenthal Show1977TV Series writer: "Life in the Fast Lane"
A Concert: Behind Prison Walls1977TV Movie documentary writer: "Desperado"
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dolly1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
Evening of AnExchange1972TV Movie writer: "Desperado"


Americana Music Honors & Awards2015TV Movie
Don Henley: The Boys of Summer1984Video shortDon Henley


Don Henley: The Garden of Allah1995Video short co-composer
Don Henley: The Boys of Summer1984Video short


Don Henley: Live Inside Job2000TV Movie documentary

Music Department

Don Henley: The Boys of Summer1984Video short lyricist


Don Henley: Live Inside Job2000TV Movie documentary executive producer


The Panama Deception1992Documentary additional supporter


Return to 'Giant'2003Video documentary special thanks


CBS This Morning2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Austin City Limits2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Musical guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Musician
Great Performances2007-2013TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2013TV MovieHimself - Presenter
History of the Eagles2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Last Play at Shea2010DocumentaryHimself
The 3rd Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2007TV Series documentaryHimself (segment "Eagles")
Later... With Jools Holland2007TV SeriesHimself
CMT Insider2007TV SeriesHimself
Eagles: The Farewell 1 Tour - Live from Melbourne2005VideoHimself - Vocals, Drums & Percussion
All We Are Saying2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bruce Hornsby & Friends2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Return to 'Giant'2003Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
Save Our History2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Country Bears2002Himself / Tennessee O'Neal (singing voice)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2000-2001TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Saturday Night Live1989-2001TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Don Henley: Live Inside Job2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 2000 Billboard Music Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
Intimate Portrait2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1996-2000TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Just Shoot Me!2000TV SeriesHimself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hard Rock Live1997TV SeriesPerformer
Politically Incorrect1997TV SeriesHimself
1996 VH1 Honors1996TV MovieHimself
Don Henley: The Garden of Allah1995Video shortHimself - Musician
Eagles: Hell Freezes Over1994TV Special documentaryHimself - Vocals, Drums & Percussion (as Eagles)
Jackson Browne: Going Home1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Today's Environment1994TV SeriesHimself
The 1993 Billboard Music Awards1993TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MTV Video Music Awards 19911991TV SpecialHimself
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19901990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Decade1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19861986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19851985TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Soul Train1985TV Series documentaryGuest
Top of the Pops1985TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Na sowas!1985TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1975TV SeriesHimself
In Concert1973TV SeriesHimself - Drums
New American Bandstand 19651971TV SeriesHimself (as Shiloh)

Archive Footage

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2007TV SeriesHimself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks1998TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2004OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongIn America (2002)
2003GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Pop Collaboration with Vocals
2001GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Pop Vocal AlbumFor the album "Inside Job."

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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