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Net Worth$25 million
Date Of BirthOctober 7, 1951
SpouseElaine Irwin, Victoria Granucci, Priscilla Mellencamp, Jack & Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, Elaine Irwin, Victoria Granucci, Priscilla Mellencamp
MarkPatriotic or working-class songs
FactSon of Richard Mellencamp.

John Mellencamp is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. He is known for his catchy, heartland rock-influenced songs. Mellencamp has released 23 studio albums, including his 1982 breakthrough album, American Fool. His latest album, Other People’s Stuff, was released in December 2018.

Mellencamp was born on October 7, 1951, in Seymour, Indiana. His parents, Richard Mellencamp and Marilyn Lowe, divorced when he was a young child. Mellencamp has three sisters: Cindy, Michelle, and Lisa. He was raised in a musical family; his grandfather, Joseph Hubert “Joe” Mellencamp, was a jazz musician and his uncle, John J. Mellencamp, was a classical pianist.

Mellencamp began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 14. He dropped out of high school in 1969 and moved to New York City to pursue a career in music. He played in various clubs and bars around the city before moving back to Indiana in 1974.

Mellencamp’s breakthrough album, American Fool, was released in 1982. The album featured the hit single, “Jack & Diane”, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. American Fool was followed by a string of successful albums including Uh-Huh (1983), Scarecrow (1985), and The Lonesome Jubilee (1987).

Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and has won one for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for his song “Hurts So Good”. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Mellencamp has been married three times. His first marriage was to Victoria Granucci from 1981 to 1989. The couple had two daughters: Teddi Jo and Justice. Mellencamp married model Elaine Irwin in 1992. The couple have two sons: Hud and Speck. Mellencamp and Irwin divorced in 2011. Mellencamp married actress Meg Ryan in 2018.

Mellencamp has a net worth of $25 million. His salary is not publicly available but he has earned millions from album sales, concert tours, and endorsements.

General Info

Full NameJohn Mellencamp
Net Worth$25 million
Date Of BirthOctober 7, 1951
Height1.72 m, 1.72 m
ProfessionSinger-songwriter, Actor, Painter, Jack & Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, Actor, Painter, Singer-songwriter
EducationVincennes University, Indiana University Bloomington, Jack & Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, Vincennes University, Indiana University Bloomington
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseElaine Irwin, Victoria Granucci, Priscilla Mellencamp, Jack & Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, Elaine Irwin, Victoria Granucci, Priscilla Mellencamp
ChildrenHud Mellencamp, Michelle Mellencamp, Justice Mellencamp, Speck Mellencamp, Teddi Jo Mellencamp, Jack & Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, Teddi Jo Mellencamp, Hud Mellencamp, Speck Mellencamp, Michelle Mellencamp, Justice Mellencamp
ParentsRichard Mellencamp, Marilyn Lowe, Jack & Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, Richard Mellencamp, Marilyn Lowe
SiblingsTed Mellencamp, Janet Kiel, Joe Mellencamp, Laura Hackman, Jack & Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, Ted Mellencamp, Joe Mellencamp, Janet Kiel, Laura Hackman


AwardsBillboard Music Century Award, Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Jack & Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, Billboard Music Century Award, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/...
NominationsGrammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video, Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography, Juno Award for Inter...
MoviesIts About You, Happiness Is, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, Lone Star State of Mind, After Image, Falling from Grace, Rock the Universe, Farm Aid: 20th Anniversary, Falling from Grace, After Image, Lone Star State of Mind, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, Happiness Is, Its About You, I...

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#Marks / Signs
1Patriotic or working-class songs


1[on Jack & Diane] It was 1980, and I was down in Miami again, making a record. We had spent $300,000, and I had three songs done. The record company was not happy. Finally the president of the company came down and was like, "You're spending money like crazy!" He went nuts. The three songs were "Jack & Diane," "Hurts So Good" and "Hand to Hold On To." He hated them. Hated them! He said, "We expect you to become the next Neil Diamond. What is this shit?" "Jack & Diane" was originally about race. I was playing nightclubs and I was seeing new American couples, mixed-race couples. I thought it was cool. The song was my effort to make a song about that, but of course the record-company guy didn't like it. He said, "Maybe if you put some horns on this song and really build the chorus up, then maybe you have a shot. But take the race thing out." I took his advice and made Jack a football star. I think people, particularly in the Midwest, really identified with these characters. I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and said, "I'm Jack and I'm Diane. You wrote about my life." To me, that's a successful song.
2[on Crumblin' Down] Radio was my friend after "Jack & Diane" and "Hurts So Good." I was coming off this huge fucking record, but it wasn't a good one. Very uneven. My task with Uh-Huh was to make a more even record and get away from juvenile topics like "Hurts So Good." But I also knew if I wanted to continue, I had to have more hits. "Crumblin' Down" is a very political song that I wrote with my childhood friend George Green. Reagan was president - he was deregulating everything and the walls were crumbling down on the poor. The song was the last one recorded and the first single. It was a hit immediately. I felt like I was pulling the wool over everyone's eyes.
3[on Between A Laugh And A Tear] There's a great line in this song: "I know there's a balance/I see it when I swing past." I suffered severely from panic disorders and anxiety around this time. Still do. I'm also very excitable and get angry very quickly. This was the peak of my success, but I didn't enjoy any of it. I blame it on the fact that I was born with spina bifida. I had one of the first successful operations for it in the world. It meant I had a hole in my spine and all my nerve endings were on the outside of my body. They were all exposed to air, so it's no wonder I go up and down so quickly.
4You think I'm an asshole now, you should have seen me when I was drunk.
5What Springsteen does is a marathon. What we do is a sprint.
6I used to think that eating healthy was ordering a fish sandwich at McDonalds.


1Resided with his wife Elaine in Bloomington, Indiana [2005]
2Performed at the Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheatre at Lake Tahoe on 7/14/2006. [July 2006]
3Became a grandfather at age 38 when his eldest child, Michelle Mellencamp, had her daughter, Elexis Suzanne Peach, in 1989.
4Son of Richard Mellencamp.
5The albums "Nothin' Matters and What if it Did," "Best That I Could Do," and "Words and Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits" were all produced, engineered, and mixed by Bruce Robb in association with Bruce Robb Productions.
6Smoked five packs of cigarettes a day until his heart attack. He still continues to smoke three packs a day.
7On April 29 through May 4, in 1999, John Mellencamp's paintings were on display in Vincennes University's Shircliff Gallery of Art. He had 10 paintings in the exhibit. There is a book called "Mellencamp: Painting and Reflections," with 75 of his paintings.
8Graduated from Vincennes University in 1973 with an associate degree in broadcasting.
9He was born with a mild form of spina bifida.
10He won an American Music Award for "Jack & Diane" in 1982.
11In fall of 2004 he participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to encourage the defeat of George W. Bush in the U.S. presidential election.
12Avid oil painter.
13Co-founded Farm Aid (benefitting family farmers) with Neil Young and Willie Nelson.
14Honorary doctorate from Indiana University in May 2000.
15Named his son Hud, after Paul Newman's character in the movie Hud (1963).
16Suffered a mild heart attack in the midst of a 1994 tour.
17Father of Michelle Mellencamp (born December 4, 1970), with Priscilla Esterline; Teddi Jo Mellencamp (born July 1, 1981) and Justice Mellencamp (born 1985), with Victoria Granucci; and Hud Mellencamp (born 1994) and Speck Mellencamp (born 1995), with Elaine Irwin.




Roadies2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Mike & MikeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American RockTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
True Blood2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2012TV Series writer - 3 episodes
20 to 1TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Late Show with David LettermanTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Glee2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
NCISTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2007 - 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright2009Video performer: "Glad All Over"
Guitar Hero 52009Video Game "Hurts So Good" / writer: "Hurts So Good"
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...2009TV Series 1 episode
Fields of Fuel2008Documentary performer: "Pink Houses" 1983 / writer: "Pink Houses" 1983
The Singing Bee2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Criminal MindsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Guiding Light2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentary performer: "Small Town" / writer: "Small Town"
Cold Case2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Will & GraceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Welcome to Mooseport2004performer: "Small Town" / writer: "Small Town"
The SimpsonsTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2003 music - 1 episode, 1999
OT: Our Town2002Documentary writer: "Pink Houses"
Pat Benatar: Summer Vacation2002TV Special documentary writer: "I Need A Lover"
Ed2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Perfect Storm2000performer: "Yours Forever" / producer: "Yours Forever" / writer: "Yours Forever"
Pushing Tin1999performer: "I'm Not Running Anymore" / writer: "I'm Not Running Anymore"
The Waterboy1998performer: "Small Town" / writer: "Small Town"
My Fellow Americans1996performer: "Pink Houses" / writer: "Pink Houses"
Renaissance Man1994performer: "R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A." / writer: "R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A."
Blue Chips1994performer: "Baby, Please Don't Go" / producer: "Baby, Please Don't Go"
Beavis and Butt-Head1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
Honeymoon in Vegas1992performer: "JAILHOUSE ROCK"
NBA Superstars1990Video documentary performer: "Small Town" / writer: "Small Town"
The Ryan White Story1989TV Movie performer: "Small Town", "Authority Song" / writer: "Small Town", "Authority Song", "Authority Song" uncredited
Cocktail1988performer: "Rave On" - as John Cougar Mellencamp / producer: "Rave On" - as John Cougar Mellencamp
Colors1988performer: "CRUMBLIN' DOWN" - as John Cougar Mellencamp / writer: "CRUMBLIN' DOWN" - as John Cougar Mellencamp
Footloose1984performer: "Hurts So Good" - as John Cougar
Knight RiderTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1984 writer - 1 episode, 1983
Top of the PopsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1982 writer - 1 episode, 1982
Saturday Night Live1982TV Series performer - 1 episode
Private Lessons1981performer: "I Need A Lover" - as John Cougar / writer: "I Need A Lover" - as John "Cougar" Mellencamp
The Midnight SpecialTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980


Roadies2016TV SeriesJohn Mellencamp
IHeartRadio Icons Live: John Mellencamp2014TV Movie
John Mellencamp Live at Walter Reed Hospital2007TV MovieLead Vocal, Guitar
Lone Star State of Mind2002Wayne
After Image2001Joe MacCormack
Madison2001Adult Mike McCormick (voice)
John Mellencamp: Ain't That America1992TV Movie
Falling from Grace1992Bud Parks


Falling from Grace1992

Music Department

Ithaca2015original song: "Sugar Hill Mountain"
Falling from Grace1992music producer


Falling from Grace1992


CMT Greatest Moments: Johnny Cash2006TV SpecialHimself
CMT Greatest Moments: Willie Nelson2006TV SpecialHimself
The Drug Years2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Love Monkey2006TV SeriesHimself
Celebrating the Man in Black: The Making of 'Walk the Line'2005TV Short documentaryHimself - Musician / Friend
Live by Request: John Mellencamp2004TV SpecialPerformer
Tanner on Tanner2004TV SeriesHimself
Trouble No More: The Making of a John Mellencamp Album2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute2003TV MovieHimself - Performer
Soundstage2003TV Series documentaryHimself
CMT Crossroads2003TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Macy's 4th of July Spectacular2003TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2003TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2002TV MovieHimself
MTV Unplugged Uncensored2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 2001 Billboard Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The Concert for New York City2001TV Special documentaryPerformers
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Testimony: 20 Years of Rock on MTV2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1 Storytellers1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-1998TV SeriesHimself
Farm Aid '971997TV Special documentaryHimself
Howard Stern1997TV SeriesHimself
Farm Aid '961996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Farm Aid: The Tenth Anniversary Concert1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame1995TV Special documentaryHimself
1994 MTV Movie Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration1993TV Special documentaryHimself
Unplugged1992TV Series documentary
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special1992TV MovieHimself
1991 Billboard Music Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Grammy Legends1990TV SpecialHimself
Decade1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1985-1989TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1982-1989TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
America's Top 101989TV SeriesHimself
MTV Rockumentary1989TV Series documentaryHimself
A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly1988Video documentaryHimself
Farm Aid '871987TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19851985TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Album Flash1984TV Series documentaryHimself / Interviewed (as John Cougar)
The New Show1984TV SeriesHimself
The 10th Annual American Music Awards1983TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight1983TV SeriesHimself
SCTV Network1982TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651980-1982TV SeriesHimself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards1981TV SpecialHimself (as John Cougar)
The Midnight Special1980TV SeriesHimself (as John Cougar)
The 6th Annual American Music Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
Farm Aid 20162016TV MovieHimself
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2016TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007-2016TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Farm Aid: 30th Anniversary Concert2015TV MovieHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Johnny Cash: American Rebel2015DocumentaryHimself
Red Nose Day2015TV SpecialHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest / Himself - Guest / ...
The Library of Congress: Gershwin Prize for Popular Song - Billy Joel2015TV MovieHimself
CBS This Morning2014TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Today1990-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Farm Aid 20142014TV MovieHimself
The Colbert Report2007-2013TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Charlie Rose1996-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2012TV MovieHimself - Presenter
CMT Insider2008-2011TV SeriesHimself
It's About You2010DocumentaryHimself
Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America2010TV MovieHimself
Tavis Smiley2010TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2009TV SpecialHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Message of Love2009VideoHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Start Me Up2009VideoHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Feelin' Alright2009VideoHimself
Farm Aid 20092009TV MovieHimself
Happiness Is2009DocumentaryHimself
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...2009TV SeriesHimself
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial2009TV SpecialHimself
It's Easy Being Green2008TV SeriesHimself
Homeward Bound: John Mellencamp2008DocumentaryHimself
Later... With Jools Holland2008TV SeriesHimself
Johnny Cash's America2008DocumentaryHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2008TV SpecialHimself
Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Special2007TV MovieHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2003-2007TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2007TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-2007TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
Walmart Soundcheck2007TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2007TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Ok! TV2015TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - 'Patriot' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
CMT Crossroads2006TV SeriesHimself
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

2008GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Solo Rock Vocal PerformanceFor the song "Our Country."

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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