Loudon Snowden Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is a Grammy Award–winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. He is the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, brother of Sloan Wainwright, and the former husband of the late folksinger Kate McGarrigle. He resides in Canada.
To date, Wainwright has released 26 studio albums. 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." His songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.