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Who is Ronald White?

Who is Ronald White? The entertainment and comedy world knows Ron White as an American stand up comedian who is also known as  "Tater Salad". Ron  has had two Grammy Award-nominations, and is RIAA certified 10x Platinum for CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units.[1] He is a charter member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and authored the book I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn't Have the Ability (Dutton 2006, ISBN 978-0525949619), which appeared on the New York Times best seller list. White is well-known for his famous punchline, "...You can't fix stupid."[2]

Early life

Ron White was  born December 18, 1956  in Fritch, Texas on December 18, 1956.[3] He served in the United States Navy where he was given the nickname "Tater Salad" by fellow sailors who teased White for his love of potato salad.[4] White is an avid fisherman and has always loved fishing as a hobby, but from an early age his dream was to become a comedian. When he returned from the Navy, White struggled financially for years as he pursued this dream, going from gig to gig in a beat-up Nissan truck and selling windows to help make ends meet.[5] He also pursued a career as a bronco rider for several years in the early 80's. White included stories from his youth in his book I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn't Have the Ability. White's comedy revolves around observations and personal experiences retold in his smoking, drinking, Southern United States persona.[6]


Ron White found success during January 2000 through March 2003, when he performed with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy as part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour – a show that sold out across the United States in over 90 cities and grossed over $15 million.[7] White is the only member of the Blue Collar crew who did not go on to star in the Blue Collar TV series because he did not want to be typecast as "blue collar," although he jokes in his performances that he simply does not have "the work ethic for a television show". He did, however, make seven guest appearances on the show. In 2005, The WB Television Network aired the pilot for The Ron White Show, a variety show that combined a number of celebrity cameos, cartoons, and sketches. He recently taped several episodes of The Gong Show with Dave Attell as one of the celebrity judges. White has had appearances in the TV shows Kath & Kim, Reno 911!, 12 Miles of Bad Road, the film Sex and the City 2, and a cameo in a Rascal Flats music video, "Why Wait".[8]
White is best known for smoking cigars and drinking Scotch as part of his act. He stated during his You Can't Fix Stupid show, "Somebody asked what I was drinking. If the company that made the stuff I was drinking was paying me, I'd have it in their bottle and not mine. But it's the kind of scotch that people drink that are going to die penniless. It's good though!" [9]

Personal life

Margo Rey.
White has been married three times. He married his first wife, Lori Brice in 1980. They divorced in 1992. They have a son, Marshall, born July, 1990. In June 2004, he married Barbara Dobbs; they divorced in 2008.[10] He is currently married to singer-songwriter Margo Rey.
Currently, Ron White has partnered with producer Michael Blakey to form Organica Music Group (distributed by Universal Music Group), a label that will promote both emerging and established musicians and comedians. He will be releasing all his future DVDs and CDs through Organica Music Group.[11]

Marijuana arrest

On September 10, 2008, White was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after an anonymous tip informed Vero Beach, Florida police that White’s private plane would be carrying narcotics. This tip likely came from a disgruntled pilot who had been recently fired by White.[12] White had allegedly been involved in an altercation with his flight crew on his private plane involving his use of marijuana on board during flights.[13] White was found to be in possession of 7/8 of a gram of marijuana.[14] He was reportedly very cooperative with Florida police.[15] Ron White has a valid medicinal marijuana license from California.[16]


April 27, 2009 was designated as "Ron White Day" in the State of Texas by Texas legislative officials.[17] White received the Armed Forces Foundation's "Patriot Award" in March 2009 for his work in raising money to help wounded soldiers.[18] White also held benefit shows for Hurricane Katrina relief.[19]




Comedy releases

Besides the Blue Collar Comedy Tour CDs and movies, White has released five solo projects to date:
  • Tater Salad aka. Busted in Des Moines
  • Drunk in Public
  • They Call Me "Tater Salad"
  • You Can't Fix Stupid
  • Ron White: Behavioral Problems
He has appeared on the following compilation albums:


Year Album Peak chart positions RIAA
US Country US US Comedy US Heat
Tater Salad aka. Busted in Des Moines
2003 Drunk in Public
83 2 2 Gold
You Can't Fix Stupid
2 14 1
2009 Behavioral Problems
51 1
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, not released, or not certified


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