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Also Known As: Roger Harry Daltrey Died:
Born: March 1, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: singer, musician, actor, producer, construction worker, sheet metal worker

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Arguably one of the most commanding singers in rock-n-roll history, Roger Daltrey delivered maximum power as frontman for Britain's legendary the Who, from their inception in the early 1960s through their rise to international fame with the albums Tommy (1962), Who's Next (1971) and Who Are You (1978) and subsequent reunions over a period of nearly five decades. His seemingly innocent appearance - compact, blonde-haired and blue-eyed amidst the darker figures of guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwhistle and gnomish drummer Keith Moon - belied his incredible vocal range, which reached from a blues-driven growl to an ear-shattering scream, as evidenced by his cathartic exclamation at the end of 1971's "Won't Get Fooled Again." His singing talents and undeniably masculine stage presence led to a string of acting roles, most notably as the titular hero in Ken Russell's adaptation of "Tommy" (1975) and as a determined bank robber in "McVicar" (1980). Daltrey began releasing solo records in 1973, but his work in that milieu never reached the heights of success he experienced as part of the Who. He rejoined Townshend and Entwhistle in 1989 to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary, which led to a...

Arguably one of the most commanding singers in rock-n-roll history, Roger Daltrey delivered maximum power as frontman for Britain's legendary the Who, from their inception in the early 1960s through their rise to international fame with the albums Tommy (1962), Who's Next (1971) and Who Are You (1978) and subsequent reunions over a period of nearly five decades. His seemingly innocent appearance - compact, blonde-haired and blue-eyed amidst the darker figures of guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwhistle and gnomish drummer Keith Moon - belied his incredible vocal range, which reached from a blues-driven growl to an ear-shattering scream, as evidenced by his cathartic exclamation at the end of 1971's "Won't Get Fooled Again." His singing talents and undeniably masculine stage presence led to a string of acting roles, most notably as the titular hero in Ken Russell's adaptation of "Tommy" (1975) and as a determined bank robber in "McVicar" (1980). Daltrey began releasing solo records in 1973, but his work in that milieu never reached the heights of success he experienced as part of the Who. He rejoined Townshend and Entwhistle in 1989 to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary, which led to a string of subsequent reunion tours and a well-received album, Endless Wire (2006). Still astonishingly fit and firm of voice into his sixth decade, Roger Daltrey's enduring strength and charisma made him one of rock's most memorable frontmen.

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3.
 Johnny Was (2006)
4.
 Dark Prince: the True Story of Dracula (2000) King Janos Of Hungary
5.
 Best (1999) Rodney Marsh
6.
 Like It Is (1998) Kelvin
7.
 Vampirella (1996) Vlad
8.
 Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, The (1995) The Who--Band Member
9.
 Wizard Of Oz In Concert, The (1995) Tin Man
10.
 Lightning Jack (1994) John T Coles
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Grew up in the London working-class area of Shepherd's Bush
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Played lead guitar for the Detours, switching to lead vocals when the original singer left, allowing rhythm guitarist Pete Townsend's power chords to serve as both rhythm and lead guitar
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The Detours became the High Numbers and finally The Who, establishing themselves with violent stage shows that often ended with them destroying their equipment
1968:
Appeared with The Who in "Monterey Pop"
1973:
Released first solo album, "Daltrey"
1975:
Starred in rock opera film, "Tommy" (composed by The Who member, Pete Townshend), directed by Ken Russell
1975:
Reteamed with Russell, portraying piano legend Franz Liszt in "Lisztomania"
1978:
The Who's original drummer Keith Moon died of an overdose of the seditive Heminevrin, prescribed to curb his alcoholism
1979:
Executive producer for feature "Quadrophenia"; also music director
1979:
Acted in Richard Marquand's "The Legacy"
1979:
The Who's new lineup's reception marred when 11 concertgoers were killed--trampled to death or asphyxiated--in a rush for "festival seating" at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum in December
1980:
Starred as England's Public Enemy Number 1 John McVicar in "McVicar"
1982:
Proclaimed an "open-ended" sabbatical from The Who
1983:
Portrayed the highwayman MacHeath in Jonathan Miller's production of John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera" for BBC-TV
1984:
Critically acclaimed for his turn as the Dromio twins in "The Comedy of Errors" part of the BBC/PBS Shakespeare series
1986:
Appeared on "The Noel Edmunds Show", a British import shown in the USA for a week on ABC
1989:
Reunited with The Who for an American tour, restaging "Tommy" in full (in celebration of its 20th anniversary as well as the 25th anniversary of the band); Fox broadcast tape of August performance in Los Angeles
1989:
Returned to the familiar themes of "The Beggar's Opera", playing the Street Singer in "Mack the Knife", Menahem Golan's feature adaptation of "The Threepenny Opera", which Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill had adapted from the John Gay opus
1990:
Appeared in the TNT TV-movie "Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files"
1991:
Starred as Terry Clark in "Buddy's Song"
1991:
Played Blade in "If Looks Could Kill"
1991:
Acted the role of an English priest who ingratiates himself to the inhabitants of a rough Chicago neighborhood in "Cold Justice"
1992:
Provided the voice of Barnaby the Stableboy for HBO's animated special "Happy Birthday to You"
1993:
Acted in "Forever Ambergris", an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"
1994:
Appeared in "Lightning Jack", starring Paul Hogan
1995:
Joined star-studded cast as the Tin Man in TNT's "The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True"
1995:
Seen with The Who in "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus", recorded in 1968 but not released for 27 years
1996:
Played Vlad to Talisa Soto's title character "Vampirella" (Showtime)
1997:
Portrayed William Dampier--The Pirate Storyteller--in TNT special "Pirate Tales"
1998:
Toured USA with a 60-piece orchestra performing hits by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and other rock bands
1998:
Had small role as an aging gay music executive in "Like It Is"
1998:
Played Scrooge in the annual NYC production of "A Christmas Carol"
1999:
Played recurring role of a burnt-out alcoholic rock star in the Showtime series "Rude Awakening"
1999:
Appeared in the NBC miniseries "The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns"
2001:
Hosted the VH1 series "Strange Frequency"
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wife:
Heather Taylor. Model. Married in 1971; mother of Daltrey's four younger children.

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father:
Harry Daltrey.
mother:
Irene Daltrey.
son:
Simon Daltrey. From first marriage.
daughter:
Rosie Lea Daltrey. Mother, Heather Taylor.
daughter:
Willow Amber Daltrey. Mother, Heather Taylor.
child:
Jamie Daltrey. Mother, Heather Taylor.
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