Loudon Snowden Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actor. In addition to the 1970s novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)”, he has released 24 studio albums, 4 live albums, and 6 compilations. He has played small roles in at least 18 television programs and feature films, including three episodes in the third season of the series M*A*S*H.
Reflecting upon his career in 1999, he stated, “You could characterize the catalog as somewhat checkered, although I prefer to think of it as a tapestry.” In 2017, Wainwright released his autobiography, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, and a Few of My Other Favorite Things. He is the brother of singer Sloan Wainwright, and the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, and Lucy Wainwright Roche. He was married to folk singer Kate McGarrigle.