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While he is primarily known as a singer and songwriter, Kris Kristofferson has enjoyed a successful career as an actor as well. He is perhaps most well-known for playing the character John Norman Howard in the 1976 film A Star is Born, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Two years later, Kristofferson starred in another one of the most notable films of his career. That film was 1978’s Convoy, which was based on the #1 country and pop hit “Convoy” by C.W. McCall.
Kristofferson played the film’s lead character, a truck driver named Martin “Rubber Duck” Penwald. Other stars who appeared in the film included Ali MacGraw as Melissa, Ernest Borgnine as Sheriff Lyle Wallace, and Burt Young as Bobby, better known as “Pig Pen.”
While the film had mixed reviews, it was a huge hit with country fans. Its soundtrack is to thank for that, as it featured some of the leading country stars of the time, including Merle Haggard and Crystal Gayle.
No matter how many times you’ve seen Convoy, we’re sure there’s a few facts about the film you don’t know. We’re about to fill you in on those facts, so head down below to check them out!