Cultural depictions of Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley has inspired artistic and cultural works since he entered the national consciousness. From that point, interest in his personal and public life has never stopped. Some scholars have even studied many aspects of his profound cultural influence.[1] Billboard historian Joel Whitburn declared Presley the "#1 act of the Rock era".

The following lists cover various media which include items of historic interest, enduring works of high art, and recent representations in popular culture. Only people and works with Wikipedia articles are included.

For purposes of classification, popular culture music is a separate section from operas and oratorios. Television covers live action series, TV movies, miniseries, and North American animation but not Japanese anime, which appears with manga and graphic novels.



  • i) Double Elvis, 1963, sold in 1989 by the Estate of Albert Grossman (previous owner, Bob Dylan), to the NY's MOMA for US750,000. Another 21 copies are said to exist.
  • ii) Campbell' s Elvis, 1964, sold at Christie's on 9 November 2010 for US$1.45 million
  • iii) Red Elvis, 1961, sold privately in February 2000, for US$2.9 million
  • iv) Elvis X2 , 1963, sold at Christie's in November 2007 for US$15.7 million.
  • v) Double Elvis, 1963, sold at Sotheby's in May 2012 for US$37.1 million (not the same silkscreen as in i) above.
  • vi) Triple Elvis, 1963, sold at Christies's in November 2014 for US$81.9 million.
  • vii) Eight Elvises, 1963, sold privately, in December 2008, for US$100 million.
  • viii) Gold (en) Boot (Slippers) Elvis Presley, 1957, (price paid and year of sale unknown)

See also: Elvis + Marilyn: 2x Immortal Geri DePaoli (Ed.), Rizzoli (1994), ISBN 0-8478-1840-3

See also: Elvis in Art Roger G. Taylor, St. Martin's Press (1997), ISBN 0-3120-1381-7







Popular Culture[edit]


  • Alf: "Suspicious Minds", Alf and Willie suspect their new neighbor is Elvis
  • Boy Meets World: "Danger Boy", Elvis eats at Chubbie's and plays poker with Alan
  • Civil Wars: "Pilot", an Elvis impersonator is served with divorce papers
  • Crossing Jordan: "Miracles & Wonders", Nigel thinks a dead Elvis impersonator may actually be Elvis
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: "Blood Moon", the team encounters an Elvis vampire
  • Designing Women:
    • Charlene is an Elvis fan
    • "E.P. Phone Home", the ladies travel to Memphis for a tour of Graceland
    • "Shovel Off to Buffalo", Mary Jo's shovel has Elvis's face impressed on it
  • E Street: "Episode 385", Ernie and Sally are married by an Elvis impersonator
  • Eerie, Indiana: Elvis walks of out his home to get the newspaper in several episodes
  • Elvis TV series
  • Elvis TV mini-series
  • Father Ted: "Competition Time"
  • Fireman Sam: a firefighter is named Elvis
  • Full House : Uncle Jesse once had a job as an Elvis[7] impersonator
  • Give My Head Peace: Uncle Andy is an Elvis fan
  • Hannah Montana: the title character's brother, Jackson, is an avid impersonator of celebrities, most notably of Elvis Presley and Ozzy Osbourne.
  • The Golden Girls:
    • "The President's Coming! The President's Coming! Part 1", the ladies encounter an Elvis impersonator
    • "Sophia's Wedding: Part 1", Sophia is married before an audience of Elvis impersonators
  • The Killing: "Unraveling", Holder references a Velvet Elvis
  • Las Vegas: theme song is "A Little Less Conversation"
  • The Last Precinct: King is an Elvis impersonator
  • Married... with Children: "I'm Going to Sweatland", the Bundys are inundated with fans when a perspiration stain on Al's shirt resembles a silhouette of Elvis
  • Miami Vice: Crockett owns an alligator named Elvis; Switeck is an Elvis fan
  • The Miraculous Mellops: several episodes features Elvis impersonators
  • The New WKRP in Cincinnati: "Long Live the King", Les's editorial denouncing a rival station's Elvis look-alike contest prompts a call from a man who claims to be Elvis
  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes: "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band", Elvis is the Mayor of Oregon
  • Nip/Tuck: "Joyce & Sharon Monroe", an Elvis impersonator wants to look more like Elvis
  • Pizza: "Dangerous Pizza", a group of Elvis impersonators get into a fight with a group of KISS impersonators
  • Quantum Leap: "Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954", Sam leaps into Elvis
  • Red Dwarf: "Meltdown", Elvis is part of a group Rimmer and Kryten lead against Adolf Hitler, who has taken Lister and Cat prisoner
  • Renegade: "The King and I", Reno thinks a stranger who helped him during a fight may be Elvis
  • Saturday Night Live:
  • 7th Heaven: "The Heart of the Matter", an anesthetized Eric thinks he's Elvis
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Viva Ned Flanders"
    • "Viva Los Simpsons" 2005 DVD episode collection, Homer apes Elvis on the cover
  • Sledge Hammer: "All Shook Up", Hammer goes undercover as an Elvis impersonator to catch an Elvis impersonator killer
  • Sliders: "Pilot", Quinn sees a billboard of an elderly Elvis in Las Vegas
  • Spitting Image: Elvis parody "I'm Sure Livin' Since I Died"
  • The Twilight Zone: "The Once and Future King"
  • Vinyl, Richie Finestra president of record label American Century, attempts to bring Elvis to AC. The Colonel gets furious when he finds out Richie was going behind his back has Elvis point a gun at him.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: "Suspicious Minds", the daughter of an Elvis impersonator witnesses a murder
  • The X-Files: "Never Again", Mulder travels to Graceland

See also: imdB Elvis Presley Character Page


Video Games[edit]

  • Fallout: New Vegas: one faction is called "The Kings", raiders who come across an Elvis Impersonator School.
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventures: Elvis is one of sixteen "historical dudes" who can be rescued.
  • The SNES game Wayne's World Elvis appears as a level boss.


Wackel-Elvis dashboard figure from a 2001 Audi TV commercial
  • Elvis died three days before Groucho Marx; Groucho fans blamed Elvis's death for Groucho's death not getting as much publicity.[8] Elvis and Groucho were next door neighbors in Beverly Hills, California. In 2006, Elvis's teddy bear Mabel, made in 1909 by Steiff, was on display at a children's museum near Wookey Hole Caves when an Doberman destroyed it. The insurance company had insisted that the teddy bears be protected by guard dogs.

According to several non-music magazines and publications, Presley ranks among the most significant icons, both in America and worldwide:

  • In 2005, BBC 2 explored how photography had influenced world events and named the people who had been photographed the most in a 10 episode television series entitled The World's Most Photographed. Other than Presley, no musician merited a separate episode, which comprised four women among a list of political leaders, thinkers, heads of state and actors.
  • Also in 2005, LIFE Magazine highlighted Elvis's advent in 1956, and the rock and roll revolution he ignited and included them in a special issue published in September 2005 and which they named "The 100 events that shook our world: a history of Pictures in the last 100 years".
  • In 2006, the Atlantic Magazine ranked him the 66th most influential American ever. No other individual involved in entertainment, other than Walt Disney, ranked higher.
  • In 2008, the MIT-launched "Pantheon" programme, which maps cultural production, ranked him the 117th most significant person of any nationality in recorded history. Only the Reverend Martin Luther King, a Nobel Peace prize winner, outranks him among all persons born in the United States of America.
  • In 2010, LIFE Magazine ranked him #96 in their list of the 100 people who changed the world. Only Charles Chaplin and Louis Armstrong ranked higher among entertainers.
  • In 2014, the Smithsonian Magazine issued a listing of the 100 most significant Americans of all time, which included Presley as well as another six singers and musicians. No rankings were provided.
  • Also in 2014, Wikipedia made a study on the most popular historic figures, insofar as the number of internet searches, with Presley landing in the #69 position, a rank higher than that of any entertainer from the 20th Century.
  • In 2015, National Geographic Magazine deemed his advent (and that of Rock Music) in 1956 an event of such importance, that it ranked 79th in their list of the 100 most significant events that changed the world since time began. No other entertainer is listed separately.

Actors who have played Elvis Presley[edit]

Actor Credited character Title (year of theatrical release, unless otherwise noted)
Jason Biggs (fictional) Elvis Presley Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2008)
Bruce Campbell (fictional) Elvis Presley Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Peter Dobson i) (fictional) young Elvis Presley

ii) The King

i) Forrest Gump (1994)

ii) Protecting the King (2007)

Johnny Harra Elvis Presley, age 42. This Is Elvis (1981)
Tyler Hilton young Elvis Presley Walk the Line (2006)
Paul Hipp Elvis Presley Liberace: Behind the Music (1988) (TV-made)
Don Johnson Elvis Presley Elvis and the Beauty Queen (1981) (TV-made)
Harvey Keitel (fictional) Elvis Presley Finding Graceland (1998)
David Keith (fictional) Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel (1988)
Steve Martin The visitor (Elvis Presley, age 21). Picasso at the Lapin Agile (1993, play)
Gil McKinney (fictional) Elvis Presley Elvis Has Left the Building (2004, video release only)
Dale Midkiff Elvis Presley Elvis and Me (1988) (TV-made)
Chunkey Pandey (fictional) Elvis Presley Hello, Darling (2008)
Robert Patrick (fictional) Mr. Aaron Lonely Street (2008)
Ron Perlman (fictional) Elvis Presley, age 27 Bubba Ho-Tep (2009)
Rick Peters Elvis Presley Elvis meets Nixon (1997) (TV-made)
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Elvis Presley Elvis: The Early Years (2005) (miniseries)
Kurt Russell Elvis Presley Elvis (1979) (TV-made)
Martin Shaw Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1985, play)
Rob Youngblood Elvis Presley Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story
Frank Stallone (fictional) Elvis Presley Angels with angles (2005)
Michael St. Gerard i)and ii) young Elvis Presley

iii)(fictional) young Elvis Presley

i) Elvis (1990) (TV mini-series)

ii) Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

iii)Heart of Dixie (1989)

George Thomas (fictional) Elvis Presley, as John Burrows Memphis rising, Elvis returns- (2009)
Jeff Yagher (fictional) Elvis Presley The Twilight Zone Season 2, "The Once And Future King" (1986)
Jack White (fictional) Elvis Presley Walk Hard (2007)
Lloyd Ahlquist Elvis Presley Epic Rap Battles of History, episode "Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley" (Season 2, 2012.)
Michael Shannon Elvis Presley, age 35 Elvis & Nixon (2016)
Drake Milligan Elvis Presley Sun Records (2017)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richard A. Koenigsberg, "'I MOVE, THEREFORE I AM:' Elvis Presley, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Liberation of the American Body," keynote address at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELVIS PRESLEY (Monday, May 19, 2008).
  2. ^ Fans Waiting in Line for Release of Wackel-Elvis, 06/11/2001, Die Welt (German)
  3. ^ Audi Wackel-Elvis commercial (2001, British version)
  4. ^ Audi Wackel-Elvis commercial (2001, German version)
  5. ^ "State Farm: Magic Jingle Elvis" The Mill Accessed May 21, 2015
  6. ^ List of minor The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy characters#Elvis Presley
  7. ^ mahmoud1882 (2007-11-24), Full house-Jesse dressed as ELvis, retrieved 2017-01-01 
  8. ^ Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House, Steve Soliar, 1996, Stoddart Publishing

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