Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan turns 72 years forever young on May 24. 

In honor of the occasion, I’ve put together a quiz about Dylan’s life in television and film. See how many questions you can get right without peeking at Google. Answers below.


1)   Who played the role of “Bob Dylan” in Dylan’s ill-fated 1978 movie “Renaldo & Clara?

2)   A reporter for what magazine gets harangued by Dylan during an interview session in 1965’s Don’t Look Back?

3)   Who is a wasted-sounding Dylan mumbling to in the back seat of their limo in 1966’s Eat the Document?

4)   When Dylan appeared on David Letterman’s old NBC show on March 22, 1984, why was Dylan stumbling around the stage for about a minute while his band faithfully churned out Jokerman?

5)   What song does Dylan sing in concert for the first time in 1976 during his set in The Last Waltz?

6)   How many times in total did Dylan sing on The Ed Sullivan Show?

7)   Can you name the three songs that Dylan sang on Saturday Night Live in October 1979?

8)   Who directed the grand in-concert movie of the Tour 74 show of Dylan and The Band?

9)   What was the stage name of the goofball who did a weird, impromptu dance on stage while Dylan sang Love Sick during the 1988 Grammy broadcast?

10) What song did Dylan perform on David Letterman’s 10th anniversary special in 1992?

Bonus Question: What was the name of the seven-year-old kid – who grow up to be one of America’s most distinguished filmmakers – who accompanied his Dad, a bass player, to a session for Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home? 




1)   Ronnie Hawkins

2)   Time

3)   John Lennon

4)   He couldn’t find a harmonica

5)   Hazel

6)   Zero

7)   Serve Somebody, I Believe in You, When You Gonna Wake Up?

8)   That was a trick question: There was no such movie

9)   Soybomb

10)  Like a Rolling Stone


Bonus: Spike Lee

Jon Friedman is the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution," which Penguin published in August 2012. For more Dylan observations and to order a copy of the book, see