- Category : Singer - Folk
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (41,55,59)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 2
American singer of folk music and early American ballads and an actor in movies and TV. Ives was known as the mightiest ballad singer of the century with songs that included "Jimmy Crack Corn" and "Blue Tail Fly." He had a wonderful teddy-bear warmth and was an imposing 6'2" and 270 lbs.
Born on a farm, Ives sang from the time he was four. He was a football fullback in high school before making entertainment a full time career. Ives appeared in about a dozen plays and 26 movies, winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in "The Big Country," 1958. His role was memorable in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Ives married Helen Ehrlich in 1945. They had one adopted son, Alexander, and separated in the late '60s. In 1990, he was married for the second time to Dorothy; he had three step kids with her.
Ives died of mouth cancer on 4/14/1995 at his home in Anacortes, WA.