Hank Williams Jr., known to many as Bocephus, is an artist who has seen many ups and downs in his career. He's won big awards, had No. 1 hits and even been the voice of Monday Night Football, but his strong opinions led to his dismissal from the show.

Randall Hank Williams was born on May 26 in 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He followed in the footsteps of his father, country music icon Hank Williams — in the beginning of his career, Jr. mainly paid tribute to his father, singing his music and mimicking his style. But it wasn't until he found his own place in the business that he truly began to find success.

Hank Williams Jr. and Friends was his big breakout album and joined his unique voice with other artists. It wasn't long after this release that Hank Williams Jr. had a brush with death in a mountain climbing accident. Since then, the developing icon has been named Entertainer of the Year (several times), been inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame and even won Grammys.

. Look back at the important career of this star in our Through the Years gallery, seen above.