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Ringo Starr

Mostly Credited As: Ringo Starr
Sometimes Credited As: The Beatles
Richard Starkey MBE
M.B.E. Richard Starkey
Richard Starkey

Birth Name: Richard Starkey
Date Of Birth: July 07, 1940 (Age 75)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)

Ringo Starr

Popular drummer, Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, on July 7, 1940. His parents were divorced when he was 3 and her mother and Richard moved to another home of the same city. While attending Silas Infants' Schools, he was suffering the many diseases which ruined his education. Growing up, he was suffering from severe abdominal pains. He was also diagnosed with a ruptured appendix that led to an inflamed peritoneum, that also led to one of his first surgeries. He was in a coma for a couple of months during which more operations were available, and he was known to be accident prone. When he came out of the coma, his tried his best to offer a toy bus to another boy, who was also in bed, but fell and concussed himself. When he finally made a comeback with school, he learned that he was far behind in his studies. By age 13, he caught a cold that turned into chronic pleurisy necessitating another stay at another hospital in Liverpool. A few lung complications followed which resulted in a stay in another children's hospital until 1955. At the same time, Richard's mother, Elise had married Harry Graves, the one that her son referred to as a "step ladder". His first job was as a delivery boy for British Rail. His second job was a barman on a ferry to New Brighton, before becoming a trainee joiner at Henry Hunt and Sons. His stepfather purchased him a new drum kit and Starkey promised to be the best musician, ever. Richard travelled from band to band, but he eventually landed a spot with "Rory Storm & The Hurricanes". Rory's name was popular and he encouraged Richard to enhance his own, by legally changing it to Ringo Starr. The Hurricanes became popular in England and they topped the bill at one of Liverpool's clubs, where The Beatles also featured.

Original Beatles' drummer, Pete Best, was not the greatest drummer and the other Beatles were keen to recruit Ringo as a replacement. Ringo's group were now playing second-fiddle, to The Beatles and Gerry & The Pacemakers. He wanted to leave The Hurricanes in order for him to join another group called "The Seniors". After considering Johnny Hutchinson of "The Big Three," The Beatles new A & R manager, George Martin asked Ringo to see if he would be interested in filling in the position. He agreed but when he played with The Beatles at The Cavern Club, a lot of longtime fans were still disappointed about Pete's firing, starting shouting out, "Pete forever, Ringo never!" All the while, Ringo was the perfect choice for The Beatles and, early on, was the most popular member of the group with US fans. He also wanted to be more of a real actor himself, than anybody else. He also received best reviews from his performance on A Hard Day's Night (1964), as well. He also did well in another Beatles film, Help! (1965). He had married his old girlfriend, Maureen Cox, on February 11, 1965 and they had 3 children. The couple broke up in July 1975 and he married actress Barbara Bach. Ringo had the same problem as George did, which was getting his songs noticed. At times, John and Paul would write a song or two for him to sing on one album. Such songs included "Boys", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Honey Don't", "Act Naturally" and "Yellow Submarine". During his stay with The Beatles, Ringo wrote two songs, however, "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden".

After the breakup of The Beatles, he also maintained an immensely popular solo career that consisted of eight albums and 13 songs. Starr also appeared in various TV shows, including his own special, Ringo (1978), and a TV mini- series, Princess Daisy (1983), with his wife Barbara. After years of being outside of the limelight, during which he also did narration for the children's series, Thomas The Tank Engine (1984), and experienced drinking problems, which resulted himself and his wife attending a clinic; he came back to the scene sober to do the All-Starr Band tour of American and Japan. His tour was so popular that he formed another All-Starr Band in 1992, which began an American and European tour in June of that same year. While he continues to do the All-Starr Band, along with Harrison & McCartney he did a Beatles' Anthology to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the breakup of the band. They sang two new songs, plus added themselves to a couple of John Lennon demos. Long after the Anthology, his old friend, George Harrison passed away on November 29, 2001, after a long battle against cancer and the following year, on the anniversary of his death, Starr, McCartney, Clapton appeared in a Concert For George, to raise money for the exploration of alternative life views and philosophies. It also supported established charitable organizations with consideration to those who have special needs.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles (2014)As: Himself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)As: Himself
Shining Time Station (1989)As: Mister Conductor (S01)
Alice in Wonderland (1985)As: The Mock Turtle
Thomas & Friends (1984)As: Narrator (Both Countries; S01-S01) -- [Voice]
The Beatles (1965)As: Himself (singing) -- [Voice]
Episode Cast Credits 

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  April 2, 2015 01x240: (Apr/02/2015) As Himself 

Conan (2010) 
  Ringo Starr, Rob Corddry, Waters 05x44: (Apr/01/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  The Dr. Wizard of Dr. Oz 02x43: (Feb/01/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 106 63x106: (Jun/09/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The One And Only Cilla Black (2013) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Oct/16/2013) As Himself 

Comic Relief's Big Chat with Graham Norton (2013) 
  2013 01x01: (Mar/07/2013) As Himself ('Smithy Saves Comic Relief' Sketch (Archive)), [Featuring]

The Grammys (1959) 
  The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 54x01: (Feb/12/2012) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]
  The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 52x01: (Jan/31/2010) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

Loose Women (1999) 
  Series 16, Show 87 16x87: (Jan/11/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Series 14, Show 153 14x153: (Apr/12/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  October 3, 2011 12x276: (Oct/03/2011) As Himself 
  June 2, 2011 12x153: (Jun/02/2011) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  May 13, 2011 05x203: (May/13/2011) As Himself 

Comic Relief (1986) 
  The Big One 15x01: (Mar/18/2011) As Himself 

Larry King Live (1985) 
  Final Episode 25x??: (Dec/16/2010) As Himself (Archive Footage) 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Ringo Starr & the Ben Harper Band 15x07: (Jan/13/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Ringo Starr 10x78: (Jun/20/2005) As Himself 
  Ringo Starr 08x41: (Mar/26/2003) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Ringo Starr 04x17: (Jan/24/2008) As Himself 
  Ringo Starr, Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Cherry 01x131: (Jul/28/2005) As Himself 
  Amy Yasbeck, Ringo Starr 01x114: (Jun/28/2005) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Ringo & The Roundheads, Ringo Starr, Amy Yasbeck 01x106: (Jun/16/2005) As Himself 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Michael Kors, Ringo Starr 26x102: (Jan/22/2008) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dan Patrick, Ringo Starr 15x48: (Jan/21/2008) As Himself 
  Vince Vaughn, Ringo Starr 12x163: (Jun/16/2005) As Himself 
  State Fair Champions, Ringo Starr 06x32: (Oct/20/1998) As Himself 
  Amy Brenneman, Ringo Starr, Clint Black 02x169: (May/25/1995) As Himself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Ringo Starr, Sir David Attenborough, Samantha Janus, Rita Simons, Hot Chip 14x02: (Jan/18/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Ringo Starr, Rob Brydon, Frankie Dettori, Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds 07x08: (Oct/22/2004) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Regis Philbin, Ringo Starr, young chefs Isabella & Olivia Girasole 14x176: (Jun/20/2006) As Himself 
  Michael Clarke Duncan, Ariel Gade, Ringo Starr 13x180: (Jul/05/2005) As Himself 
  Ringo, Bill O'reilly 11x176: (Mar/13/2003) As Himself 

The Frank Skinner Show (1995) 
  Season 9, Episode 2 09x02: (Oct/06/2005) As Himself 

The Early Show (1999) 
  Season 6, Episode 218 06x218: (Jun/29/2005) As Himself 

Top of The Pops 2 (1994) 
  April 1, 2003 09x59: (Apr/01/2003) As Himself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Ringo Starr, Connie Nielsen 02x34: (Apr/01/2003) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Ringo Starr, Eddie Izzard 10x95: (Mar/25/2003) As Himself 

Pet Star (2002) 
  Pet Star: 9 01x09: (Feb/15/2003) As Himself 

Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999) 
  Courageous Cure/Ball of Revenge 04x11: (Nov/08/2002) Voiced  Alien#2 
  The Duck Brothers/Shirley the Medium 01x06: (Jan/14/2000) Voiced  Duck Brothers 

TFI Friday (1996) 
  Ringo Starr, Mick Hucknall, Olivia Newton-John 03x39: (Jun/26/1998) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  Season 1, Episode 223 01x223: (Jun/17/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1993) 
  Bugging Out! 02x03: (Jan/16/1995) Voiced  England Bug 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Brush With Greatness 02x18: (Apr/11/1991) Voiced  Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Aspel & Company (1984) 
  Series 5, Show 8 05x08: (Mar/05/1988) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Ringo Starr/Herbie Hancock 10x08: (Dec/08/1984) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  810506 19x11: (May/06/1981) As Himself 

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) 
  Mr. & Mrs. Brian Norris' Ford Popular 03x02: (Oct/26/1972) As Himself 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #63 03x23: (Feb/23/1970) As Himself 
Featured Songs

The Wonder Years Songs:
Broken Hearts and Burgers + You're Sixteen 

Was born Richard Parkin, before he took the last name of an uncle, making him Richard Starkey.

Was the drummer for the Beatles.

He released two albums after breaking up with the Beatles.

He starred as the narrator in "Thomas the Tank Engine and Freinds" in 1984.

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