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Also Known As: Richard Starkey Died:
Born: July 7, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession: musician, director, actor, apprentice engineer, messenger boy

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Forever enshrined in pop culture history as the drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr was also the oldest member of the group and its unofficial heart and soul. Though his contributions to the band rarely received the same degree of praise as Paul McCartney and John Lennon's songwriting and George Harrison's guitar skills, Starr's consistently solid beat and natural charisma were hailed by modern musicians and critics alike for helping to elevate the status of the drummer to an equal partner in a band. And Starr continued to promote the Beatles' brand of peaceful harmony and joy into his solo career and as the leader of frequent tours with his celebrity-filled All Starr Band. He was, in fact, such a natural on camera in the band's films "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) and "Help" (1965) that he pursued an acting career post-Beatles that none of his other mates could tackle and succeed at to the degree Mr. Starkey did.

Forever enshrined in pop culture history as the drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr was also the oldest member of the group and its unofficial heart and soul. Though his contributions to the band rarely received the same degree of praise as Paul McCartney and John Lennon's songwriting and George Harrison's guitar skills, Starr's consistently solid beat and natural charisma were hailed by modern musicians and critics alike for helping to elevate the status of the drummer to an equal partner in a band. And Starr continued to promote the Beatles' brand of peaceful harmony and joy into his solo career and as the leader of frequent tours with his celebrity-filled All Starr Band. He was, in fact, such a natural on camera in the band's films "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) and "Help" (1965) that he pursued an acting career post-Beatles that none of his other mates could tackle and succeed at to the degree Mr. Starkey did.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 All Together Now (2008)
5.
 Concert For George (2003) Himself
6.
 Imagine: John Lennon (1988) Himself
8.
 Water (1986) Singing Rebel Band Member
10.
 Caveman (1981) Atouk
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Milestones close milestones

1946:
Spent much time in and out of hospital with appendicitis and pleurisy
1959:
Began playing drums, joined Ed Clayton Skiffle Group at age 19
1961:
Became drummer for Rory Storm's Hurricanes and was dubbed "Ringo" by the leader
1962:
Joined the Beatles as a last-minute replacement for drummer Pete Best
1963:
World-wide fame started
1964:
Film acting debut in "A Hard Day's Night"
1968:
Post-Beatles solo acting debut, "Candy"
1972:
Directorial debut, "Born to Boogie"
1978:
Appeared in TV special "Ringo"; also featured in Mae West film, "Sextette"
1981:
Co-starred in comedy film "Caveman"
1983:
Appeared in miniseries "Princess Daisy" (NBC)
1986:
Signed seven-figure deal to advertise Sun Country Classic wine coolers
1988:
Starr and wife enter alcohol re-hab
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Played "Conductor" on PBS children's show "Shining Time Station"
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Formed All-Star Band
1995:
Signed deal to appear in advertisements for Pizza Hut
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Notes

"Before we were a big deal--before we were 'The Beatles'--we were a cool little band." --Ringo Starr quoted in NEWSWEEK, October 23, 1995

He won an additional five Grammy Awards and an Oscar shared with The Beatles.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Maureen Starkey. Married in 1965; divorced in 1975; died on December 30, 1994 after a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia.
wife:
Barbara Bach. Actor. Married on April 27, 1981; born on August 27, 1947.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Harry Starkey. Divorced from Ringo's mother in 1943.
mother:
Elsie Starkey.
son:
Zak Starkey. Drummer. Born in 1965; mother, Maureen Cox.
son:
Jason Starkey. Drummer. Born c. 1968.
daughter:
Lee Starkey. Makeup artist, entrepreneur. Born in 1970; mother, Maureen Cox; underwent surgery for a brain tumor in 1995; had second operation in 2001.
step-daughter:
Francesca Gregorini. Singer. Mother; Barbara Bach.
granddaughter:
Tatia Starkey. Born in 1985; father Zak Starkey.
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