One of his songs, "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead," was later used for the title of a 1995 film.
Recorded hit single in early 2001, "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)", co-written with sportswriter (and "Tuesdays With Morrie" author) Mitch Albom. David Letterman provided backup vocals.
The London (Ontario) club in baseball's Frontier League, an independent minor league, is named the Werewolves after Zevon's song "Werewolves of London." The Werewolves' mascot is named Warren Z. Von.
In September 2002, announcing to the press that he had terminal cancer, Zevon stated with his traditional wry humor: "It would be a shame if I didn't make it to see the next James Bond movie."
He was the first musical guest on 'Late Night' and the only guest who had the whole show to himself as a guest where he spoke of his terminal cancer.
The song Werewolves of London's title was an idea of Phil Everly! He asked Warren and Waddy Wachtel to write a dance song and call it Werewolf of London. Warren had worked for Phil on his TV show as music director much as he did when he filled in for Paul Shaffer on Late Night with David Letterman. He played in an Irish pub in Spain before Werewolves made him famous.
One daughter, Ariel Zevon; one son, Jordan Zevon.
In later years dressed almost exclusively in his favorite color, gray, and amassed a large collection of gray Calvin Klein t-shirts.
As a result of his suffering from OCD he had several quirks about items that he deemed unlucky, regularly throwing food or clothing items he just bought because they meant "bad luck".
Was friends with Billy Bob Thornton, striking up a friendship when they realized they were neighbours and both suffered from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Jokingly, Warren referred to him and Billy Bob as "The OCD Brothers".
Occasionally filled in for Paul Shaffer as the band leader of Late Night with David Letterman (1982).
In 2002 he came to Cherokee Recording Studios to record what would be his final album, "The Wind". Nick Read filmed his final recordings at Cherokee for the documentary, "Warren Zevon: Keep Me In Your Heart." Bruce Springsteen joined Zevon at Cherokee for the single "Disorder in the House," Cherokee owner Bruce Robb provided lead guitar on the first track of "The Wind" and support vocals on two other tracks.
His Top 40 hit "Werewolves of London" featured Mick Fleetwood and John McVie from Fleetwood Mac on drums and bass guitar, respectively.
He was friends with the director Tom Holland.
His song "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" inspired the names of Pete Postlethwaite and Vince Vaughn's characters in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).
He was of English descent on his mother's side and Russian-Jewish descent on his father's side.
He was cremated and his ashes are scattered into the pacific ocean.