Ron White, also known as Tater Salad, is an American stand-up actor and comedian who rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon.
His current routines relay tales from his real life, ranging from joining the ranks of some of the most successful comedians in America to growing up in a small town in Texas.
He was born on December 18, 1956, in Fritch, Texas, USA, to Barbara Joan Craig and Charles Don White.
At age 17, he joined the service and served on the auxiliary rescue and salvage ship USS Conserver near the end of the Vietnam War.
In 1976, he graduated from Deer Park High School, near Houston, Texas.
In September 1986, Ron was talked into telling jokes by a friend at an open mike at a comedy club in Arlington, Texas, in front of an audience which included a then-unknown Jeff Foxworthy (currently a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour).
From January 2000 to March 2003, Ron toured with Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and Jeff Foxworthy, as part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour – a show which sold out across the US in over 90 cities and grossed over $15 million.
At the end of the tour, Ron released his first solo album, “Drunk in Public,” with the classic line:
“I had the right to remain silent, but I didn’t have the ability.”
In 2005, The WB Television Network aired the pilot for ”The Ron White Show,” a show which combined a number of celebrity cartoons, cameos, and sketches.
In 2006, he received a Grammy nomination for the 3rd Blue Collar concert movie, Blue Collar Comedy Tour – One for The Road.
In 2010, producer Michael Blakey and Ron formed Organica Music Group (OMG), a label which promotes both emerging and established comedians and musicians.
In February 2012, Ron heads back to the Grand Ole Opry House for his 5th annual Comedy Salute to the Troops, that would premiere on CMT later that year.
He is spending much of 2019 on tour, with upcoming shows in:
- New Jersey;
- New Mexico;
- New York;
From 1981 to 1993, he was married to Lori Brice. From 2004 to 2008, Ron was married to Barbara Dobbs. His 3rd marriage, to singer Margo Rey, was from 2013 to 2017.
He has one son, named Marshall, with his first wife – Lori Brice.
Plane Crash (almost)
In 2009, Federal Aviation Administration officials received a claim made by two of the comedian’s former pilots who said that a drunken Ron nearly caused them to crash over New York City.
One of the pilots said:
“I wanted to get the airplane on the ground because it was a threat at that point. The safety of the airplane was being jeopardized.”
In March 2009, he received the Armed Forces Foundation’s “Patriot Award” for his work in raising money to help wounded soldiers.
April 27, 2009, was designated as “Ron White Day” in the State of Texas by Texas legislative officials.
On September 7, 2008, he was arrested on charges of possession of drugs (paraphernalia and marijuana) after an anonymous tip informed Vero Beach, Florida police that Ron’s private plane would be carrying narcotics.
White is a member of The Blue Collar Gang, along with his friends – Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, and Larry the Cable Guy.
Ron is the author of the book ”I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn’t Have the Ability,” that appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. The book was released by Penguin Books in 2006.
In 2018, it was reported that the comedian had to cancel a show which was scheduled for Oct. 25 in Bakersfield, California, after experiencing swelling in his neck which made it hard for him to breathe and move.
During his entire career, White has been nominated for three Grammys.
Ron White – Net Worth
White has sold more than 15 million albums in his career, and he is one of the top 3 grossing comedians to tour the United States. According to his third wife (Margo Rey), Ron White has an estimated net worth of $21 million.
” [referring to the high rate of executions in his home state] We have the death penalty, and we USE IT! That’s right… if you come to Texas and kill somebody, we will kill you back. That’s our policy.”
“The bulk of my fans are my age, and I’m aging at the same rate they are. That makes me relevant. They like hearing what I have to say. I work hard at it, but it’s addicting, really.”
”I believe that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Then find someone whose life gives them vodka and have a party.”
“I don’t pay attention to it. I hear some comics like Seinfeld saying, ‘Well these college kids today’ and I’m like, ‘Well, how about you perform for people your own age? These people are 45 years younger than you are. Maybe you’re just not making a connection.’”
”I believe that a bad Super Bowl halftime show is still better than a soccer game.”
”You work 45 minutes a day, so you’re looking for something to do. Golf fits in great. And usually, when I didn’t have any money, I could trade golf for tickets to see my show. We still do that.”
”I just broke all records at the Verizon Wireless Theater for any kind of performer, whether it’s a band or a comedian. It makes you feel great. Lots of friends, lots of family.”
“If you look at the common denominator of all the comics who have had a big success, it’s being true to their nature… that’s what takes a long time to learn.”
“I’ve been performing there since the comedy club days, so that’s about 25 years I’ve been going up there from time-to-time.”
“I don’t walk out on stage trying to offend the audience. The only thing I’m thinking about is beating the dog (bleep) out of the crowd.”