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.



  • Known Andy Warhol's Elvis sikscreens and their current whereabouts, including art museums worldwide, and prices met, when applicable.

i) "Single Elvis", 1963, acquired in 2009 for a price still undetermined by billionaire Eli Broad, founder and owner of The Broad Museum, in Los Angeles, CA, where it is now located. Similar original silkscreens, all from 1963, are located at 1) the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, 2) the National Gallery of Australia in Parkes, Canberra, 3) the Akron Art Museum, in Akron OH 4) The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA and 5) the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, in Chicago Il.

ii) "Elvis I and II", 1963-64, one located at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, with another also found at the Berlin Pergamon Museum of Art in Berlin, Germany.

iii) "Double Elvis", 1963, sold privately in 1989 by the Estate of Albert Grossman, (previous owner, Grossman's main client, Bob Dylan) to the New York Museum of Modern Art for US750,000. Another 17 original silkscreens similar to the aforementioned are said to exist, including those located at the 1) Seattle Art Museum, in Seattle, WA ( for which Warhol made a second, blank panel to be paired with the painting to emphasize absence and loss, 2) the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in Bilbao, Spain, 3) the Kunsthalle Hamburg Museum, in Hamburg Germany, 4) the Fukuoka Art Museum, in Japan, and 5) "Ghost Elvis" because it is the final and most opaque image in the series, as exhibited in July 2012 at the Halcyon Gallery in London England. See also v) below,

iv) "Double Elvis", 1963, sold at Sotheby's on May 9, 2012 for US$37.1 million (not the same silkscreen as any of those mentioned in iii) above, the buyer being billionaire Jose Mugrabi. Another original, also quite alike the latter and entitled "Elvis 2 times" 1963, can be found at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York

v) "Elvis X2", 1963, bought for US$15.7 million. at Christie's on 13 November 2007 and currently located at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Canada-

vi) "Triple Elvis", 1963, purchased at Christie's in November 13, 2014 for US$81.9 million by billionaires Doris and Donald Fisher, who lent it to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A similar silkscreen, also from 1963, can be found at the Richmond Art Museum in Richmond, VA, its original owners being philanthropists Frances and Sydney Lewis.It is currently in loan at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS and shall remain there until July 8, 2018. Another "Triple Elvis" with two of the figures closely mixed and a third, isolated, can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.

vii) "Elvis five" located at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.

vii) "Eight Elvises", 1963, a one of a kind large silkscreen sold privately on 26 October 2008 by Italian art collector Annibale Berlingieri, for US$100 million (US$111.2 million with fees). It is thought to have been purchased by the House of Thani's Qatari Royal family.

viii) "Elvis eleven times", 1963, the largest Elvis by Warhol in existence, as well as being a unique piece, currently located at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA

ix) "Campbell' s Elvis", 1962, Warhol's first painting in which he superimposed two images onto a single canvas, auctioned at Christie's on 10 November 2010 for US$1.45 million.

x) "Gold (en) Boot (Slippers) Elvis Presley", 1957. Currently in the private collection of actor Tom Lacy of the NBC TV series Law & Order

xi) "Red Elvis," 1962, bought privately in February 2000, for US$2.9 million and later adjudicated, after a Connecticut Superior Court ruling, to its original owner, billionaire Peter M. Brant

xii) "Elvis 21 times", 1962, sold at Sotheby's on 3 May 1993 for a still undisclosed amount. The seller was the Andy Warhol Foundation, the buyer being Warhol collector and actress Jane Holzer, it is now on loan at the Joseph K. Levene Fine Art Gallery in Nueva York.

xiii) "Elvis 49 times" Current location, propietor unknown.

xiv) "Elvis Presley Rock Close up", 1964, at the Art NY Gallery.

  • Totals paid (at either auctions houses or privately) for the seven above silkscreens whose prices are known, as of March of 2018: US$239,800,000.
  • Other Elvis-related works (Artists listed in alphabetical order, for ease of reference)
  • Craig Alan's "Elvis", at the Whitewall Galleries, headquartered in High Wycombe, London.
  • Knowledge Bennett' Elvis (Cojones series) as shown at the SCOPE Art Show in NYC in March 2017 with an estimated worth of US$17,500.
  • Steve Kaufman's "Elvis" as shown in 2017 at the Gallery Hotel Art, in Florence, Italy
  • Jeff Koons's "Triple Elvis " sold at Christie's on May 13, 2015 for US$8,565,000
  • Ronnie McDowell's "Reflections of the King", published in connexion with his TV series “Ronnie McDowell Painting America,”
  • Vik Muniz's "Double Elvis" , 1999, shown at the Chicago Art Institute and currently at the home of Lio Malka, owner of New York's "Lio Malca Gallery".
  • Steve Payne 's "Elvis" ( dovetailing George Dawe's Russian general portraits with Payne's 2018 Replace a Face technique.
  • George Dawe Guy Peellaert]]'s "Elvis Presley's Last Supper", in Rock Dreams (1970-1973)
  • David Scheinmann's “Elvis/Marilyn”, silkscreen located at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville,KY. Also, Scheinmann's "Elvis Playboy", sold for US$ 5,400 in 2018.
  • David Willardson's "Elvis I &II" as shown in the Rebecca Molayem Gallery in West Hollywood, CA

Audio Fiction[edit]







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
  • Celebrity Deathmatch: "Nick In A Coma", in a morphene-induced dream, Nick dreams of a fight between Elvis and Grateful Dead vocalist Jerry Garcia.
  • 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
  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Amazing Grace", the Legends encounter Elvis after he comes into possession of the Death Totem affixed to the top of his guitar
  • 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' 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: Fireman Elvis Cridlington is named after and inspired by 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.
  • The Extra-terrestrial Maian Diplomat, known as Protector1 in Perfect Dark adopts the name Elvis as he becomes enamored with terrestrial culture, going as far to own a pair of blue suede shoes during the climax of the game.

Non-musical lauds[edit]

Wackel-Elvis dashboard figure from a 2001 Audi TV commercial

According to several non-music magazines, channels 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 ranked him the 66th most influential American ever. No other individual involved in entertainment, other than Walt Disney, ranked higher.
  • Also in 2006, The History Channel selected September 9, 1956, the date of the first of his three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show], as one of the “10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America.”
  • 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 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.


  • 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 a Doberman destroyed it. The insurance company had insisted that the teddy bears be protected by guard dogs.
  • In July 2014, the BMW Group announced that one of Elvis' two BMW 507, found in California that year and in a dire state after 5 decades of use and misuse would be put on display for a short period at the BMW Museum in Munich, before being entirely restored by its Classic department. The fully restored car, which had been painted red by Presley himself in 1959, was to be given its original white color, then put on display in the newly renovated BMW Zentrum Museum located at their US manufacturing center in Greer, SC; in 2017, it was returned to the Munich Museum, where it is now located for posterity as one of only 252 BMW 507 models ever built.
  • In 2017, the Washington DC-based Museum of the Bible which opened in mid November of that year, showcased his "King James" Bible, which, according to the Vice President of the Museum and as evidenced by his own handwritten notes, proved not just that the Bible had a profound impact on him, but that he was, as well, a prime example of the unparalleled influence of the book.

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)
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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