Willie Nelson in concert, Self Assignment, February 5, 1999

Willie Nelson: American Treasure

Celebrating 85 years of the "Red Headed Stranger."

In his 85 years on Earth, Willie Nelson has worn many hats: Grammy-winning artist, of course, but also pot activist, actor, best-selling author, and poet, to name just a few. Here, a look back at Willie's long list of highlights that more than prove his status as "legend."

He Has Written Some of Your Favorite Songs Michael Ochs Archives He Has Written Some of Your Favorite Songs On top of being a multi-platinum recording artist in his own right, Willie also penned classics like Patsy Cline's "Crazy," and Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind." He Has Collaborated with the Greats Nicole Wilder/ABC via Getty Images He Has Collaborated with the Greats Whether it's singing or strumming, whether it's co-writing or producing, Willie's never been shy about sharing his talents with stars like Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, and even a Muppet or two. And Smoked Pot with Them, Too Stephanie Chernikowski/Redferns And Smoked Pot with Them, Too Few are strangers to Willie's love affair with weed. John Belushi certainly wasn't. The late comedian once shared a joint with Willie at the Lone Star Cafe in New York City in 1977. His Guitar Is Almost as Famous as He Is Danny Clinch/Contour by Getty Images His Guitar Is Almost as Famous as He Is For almost the entirety of his career, Willie has played a Martin N-20 nylon-string acoustic guitar that he named after Roy Rogers' horse, "Trigger." Willie once said of his beloved guitar, "When Trigger goes, I’ll quit." And His Bus Has Been Known to Stop Traffic Danny Clinch/Contour by Getty Images And His Bus Has Been Known to Stop Traffic At 85 years old, Willie still spends almost 150 days a year traveling from show to show in his tour bus named "Honeysuckle Rose." He's Hung Out with Future Presidents Rick Diamond/WireImage He's Hung Out with Future Presidents And Once Smoked a Joint on the White House Roof Wally McNamee/Corbis via Getty Images And Once Smoked a Joint on the White House Roof In 2015, Willie confirmed the fabled story that he smoked a "fat Austin torpedo" on the roof of the White House during the Carter administration. Recalling the experience in his memoir "It's A Long Story," Nelson said, "Getting stoned on the roof of the White House, you can't help but turn inward." He Has a 5th Degree Black Belt in Gongkwon Yusul Gary Miller/Getty Images He Has a 5th Degree Black Belt in Gongkwon Yusul And Is Considered (By Some) To Be a Musical Genius Paul Marotta/Getty Images And Is Considered (By Some) To Be a Musical Genius In 2013, Willie, along with fellow country star Kris Kristofferson, received an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He's a Friend to Farmers Rick Diamond/Getty Images He's a Friend to Farmers In 1985, Willie, along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, founded Farm Aid to help keep farmers from losing their land. In the last 30 years, the event has raised over $50 million to promote family farms across the U.S. In General, Willie Knows How To Have a Good Time Hulton Archive/Getty Images In General, Willie Knows How To Have a Good Time And with a Resume Like This One... Wally McNamee/Corbis via Getty Images And with a Resume Like This One... It's Easy to See Why Willie Nelson Will Go Down in History as a True American Treasure Danny Clinch/Contour by Getty Images It's Easy to See Why Willie Nelson Will Go Down in History as a True American Treasure