John Lurie Bio, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Health, Music, Painting, Net Worth

John Lurie Biography

A native of Minneapolis John Lurie is an American musician, painter, actor, director, and producer. He co-founded the Lounge Lizards jazz ensemble; acted in 19 films, including Stranger than Paradise and Down by Law; composed and performed music for 20 television and film works; and produced, directed, and starred in the Fishing with John television series.

In the year 1996 his soundtrack for Get Shorty was nominated for a Grammy Award, and his album The Legendary Marvin Pontiac: Greatest Hits has been praised by critics and fellow musicians.

Since the year 2000, he has suffered from symptoms attributed to chronic Lyme disease and has focused his attention on painting. His art has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. His primitivist painting Bear Surprise became an internet meme in Russia in the year 2006.

His new television series, Painting along with John, debuted on HBO in January 2021. Robert Lloyd of Los Angeles Times wrote, “Painting With John represents HBO at its most worthwhile: arty and unpredictable.”. Lurie’s 1980s NYC memoir, The History of Bones, was published by Penguin Random House in August 2021.

John Lurie Age

Lurie is 69 years old as of 2021. He was born on 14 December 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and United States.

John Lurie Height

Lurie stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches.

John Lurie Education

In high school, he played basketball and harmonica and jammed with Mississippi Fred McDowell and Canned Heat in 1968.

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John Lurie Family

Lurie was born and raised in Minneapolis with his brother Evan and sister Liz in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Worcester, Massachusetts. He has not shared information about his parents.  This section as soon as the information is available.

John Lurie Wife

Lurie is not married. In August 2010, Lurie was reported to be dating a woman named Jill Goodwin (born c. 1979). He detailed many of his romantic relationships between the 1970s and 1990s in his 2021 memoir The History of Bones.

John Lurie Health

In 1994, Lurie became ill with neurological symptoms and has experienced debilitating ill health since the year 2000. At one point he was told he had a year to live. During which, he wrote in a mad dash until his brain fog got so severe that he had to stop writing.

He stated in a 2006 interview that he has “Advanced Lyme” —referring to chronic Lyme disease—a controversial diagnosis generally rejected by medical professionals to describe “a broad array of illnesses or symptom complexes for which there is no reproducible or convincing scientific evidence of any relationship to Borrelia burgdorferi infection.”

He has stated that his diagnosis was received from “eight different purveyors of contemporary medicine” after years of disagreement among his physicians. Lurie’s illness prevents him from acting or performing music, so he spends his time painting.

John Lurie Music

In the year 1978, John formed the Lounge Lizards along with his brother Evan Lurie on piano; they were the only constant members in the band through numerous lineup changes.

In the year 1999 Lurie released the album The Legendary Marvin Pontiac: Greatest Hits, a posthumous collection of the work of an African-Jewish musician named Marvin Pontiac, a fictional character Lurie created.

It includes a biographical profile describing the troubled genius’s hard life, as well as the cover, showing a photograph purported to be one of the few ever taken of him.

Parallel to the final version of the Lounge Lizards in the early 1990s, Lurie formed a smaller group, the John Lurie National Orchestra. Lurie performed alto and soprano saxes, Grant Calvin Weston played drums, and Billy Martin performed on congas, timbales, kalimba, as well as other small percussion.

John Lurie Painting

Lurie has been painting since the 1970s. Most of his early works are in watercolor and pencil, but in the 2000s he began working in oil.

In the year 2011, he said of his art, “My paintings are a logical development from the ones that were taped to the refrigerator 50 years ago.”

His work has been exhibited since July 2003, when two pieces were shown at the Nolan/Eckman Gallery in New York City.

John Lurie Movies

  • Down by Law 1986
  • Stranger Than Paradise 1984
  • Permanent Vacation 1980
  • FISHING WITH JOHN Mystery Train 1989
  • John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards Live in Berlin 1991 1991
  • Paris, Texas 1984
  • Downtown 81 2000
  • The Lit
  • tle Devil 1988
  • Men in Orbit Blue in the Face 199
  • Variety 1983 Get Shorty 1995
  • New Rose Hotel 1998
  • TV Party: The Documentary 2005
  • Subway Riders 1981
  • Face Addict 2005
  • Underground U.S.A. 1980
  • Blank City 2009
  • John Lurie: A Lounge Lizard Alone Rome ’78 Manny & Lo 1996
  • Desperately Seeking Susan 1985
  • The Offenders 1980 Animal Factory 2000
  • Wild at Heart 199
  • 0 Excess Baggage 1997
  • Red Italy Lulu on the Bridge 1998
  • The Last Temptation of Christ 1988
  • Clay Pigeons 1998
  • Kino ’84: The Making of Jim Jarmusch Smoke 1995
  • Sleepwalk 200

John Lurie Net Worth

Lurie has made a great fortune from his career as a musician, painter, actor, director, and producer. John has an estimated net worth of $2 Million as of 2022.

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