Paul McCartney

Mostly Credited As: Paul McCartney
Sometimes Credited As: Sir Paul McCartney
The Beatles
Bernard Webb
Paul McCartney and Wings

Birth Name: James Paul McCartney
Date Of Birth: June 18, 1942 (Age 73)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Paul McCartney

James Paul McCartney was born to working-class parents in Liverpool, England, on June 18, 1942. His Irish Catholic mother, Mary, was a nurse and midwife, while his British father, Jim, was a cotton salesman and amateur jazz pianist. He had a happy childhood with one younger brother, Michael, until his mother's sudden death from breast cancer when he was 14. Shortly afterward, he wrote his first song, and a few months later he met John Lennon during the latter's performance at a local church fete (festival). McCartney sooned joined Lennon's band, The Quarrymen, and with the eventual addition of George Harrison and Pete Best, the band morphed into The Beatles. After a long stint playing in Hamburg, Germany, the band returned to Liverpool and soon became a top local act. They were approached by Brian Epstein, a record-store owner, who became their manager and secured them a record deal with EMI. After replacing drummer Best with Ringo Starr, and under the tutelage of producer George Martin , The Beatles soon became an international hit-making phenomenon, influencing everything from fashion to politics. Yet it wouldn't last: internal strife and disagreement over management issues following Epstein's 1968 death tore the band apart. In April 1970, McCartney announced the band's breakup. He was 27 years old. His first solo album, "McCartney," was a #1 hit and spawned the evergeen ballad "Maybe I'm Amazed", yet critical reaction was mixed. This was a continuing motif in McCartney's career, as he continued to release music, with new band Wings, that was a hit commercially but ignored by critics (the exception being "Band on the Run"). In 1980 McCartney was arrested in Tokyo, Japan, for marijuana possession. After a ten-day stint in jail, he was released to a media firestorm. The jail stint aborted his worldwide tour and put the final nail in the coffin of Wings. He retreated into seclusion after the arrest, and had only recently started recording a new album when his ex-bandmate, John Lennon, was shot dead by a crazed fan in New York City on December 8, 1980. After almost a year of absence from the music scene, McCartney returned in 1982 with the album "Tug of War," which enjoyed great critical acclaim. He was a solo artist from then onward, except for occasional collaborations with wife Linda McCartney and writers such as Elvis Costello. After two successful world tours and the somewhat disappointing album "Off the Ground" (1992), McCartney concentrated on composing the classical work "The Liverpool Oratorio". In 1995 he was working on a new pop album, "Flaming Pie," when his wife Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. The album was eventually released in 1997 to both critical and commerical success, debuting at #2 on both the UK and US pop charts. It was also the year McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, but caring for his wife during her illness meant only sporadic public appearances during this time. In April 1998, Linda died of breast cancer, and he spent much of the next year away from the public eye, emerging only to campaign on behalf of his late wife for animal rights and vegetarian causes. He eventually returned to the studio, releasing an album of rock n'roll covers in 1999. "Run Devil Run" made both Entertainment Weekly and USA Today's year-end top ten lists. McCartney also slowly returned to the public spotlight, embarking on a romantic relationship with ex-model and disabled rights activist Heather Mills (who lost a leg in a road accident). His new relationship was reflected in the songs on his 2001 album, "Driving Rain," and the couple became engaged that same year. Yet there was also sadness, as George Harrison died of cancer in late November, 2001. The next year, however, brought McCartney an Oscar nomination (for the title song to the movie Vanilla Sky (2001)) and saw him embark on his first tour in ten years. He and Heather married in June, 2000.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles (2014)As: Himself
Paul McCartney: Something New (2013)As: Himself
Paul McCartney in Concert 2013 (2013)As: Himself
Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City (2013)As: Himself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)As: Himself
Live Aid (1985)As: Himself
The Beatles (1965)As: Himself (singing) -- [Voice]
Episode Cast Credits 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary (Feb/15/2015) As Himself 
  Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake 39x10: (Dec/21/2013) As Himself 
  Martin Short/Paul McCartney 38x10: (Dec/15/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Paul Rudd/Paul McCartney 36x09: (Dec/11/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Craig Wayne Boyd 01x182: (Dec/17/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Paul McCartney 20x38: (Dec/16/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

This Morning (1988) 
  December 11, 2014 27x74: (Dec/11/2014) As Himself 

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  December 9, 2014 01x162: (Dec/09/2014) As Himself 

The Jonathan Ross Show (2011) 
  Miranda Hart, Paul McCartney, Jeremy Clarkson, Martin Freeman, Ella Henderson 07x08: (Dec/06/2014) As Himself 

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Katy Perry, James Corden, Paul McCartney 14x02: (Oct/18/2013) As Himself 

6music Live (2013) 
  Paul McCartney 01x03: (Oct/16/2013) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Daybreak (2010) 
  October 14, 2013 04x31: (Oct/14/2013) As Himself 
  March 30, 2012 02x144: (Mar/30/2012) As Himself 

The Colbert Report (2005) 
  Paul McCartney 09x77: (Jun/12/2013) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

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

The One Show (2006) 
  June 4, 2012 06x221: (Jun/04/2012) As Himself 

The Diamond Jubilee Concert (2012) 
  The Diamond Jubilee Concert 01x01: (Jun/04/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

30 Rock (2006) 
  Live From Studio 6H 06x19: (Apr/26/2012) As Paul McCartney 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Tyler Perry, Dorothy Custer, the Cranberries 20x25: (Feb/14/2012) As Himself (Archive Footage) 
  Adam Sandler, Rob Kardashian, Awolnation 19x178: (Oct/28/2011) As Himself (Archive Footage) 
  Kristen Bell, Austin "Chumlee" Russell, Sara Evans 19x67: (Apr/12/2011) As Himself (Archive Footage) 
  Paul Mccartney 10x195: (May/03/2002) As Himself 

The Grammys (1959) 
  The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 54x01: (Feb/12/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 51x01: (Feb/08/2009) As Himself (Performer) 
  The 48th Annual Grammy Awards 48x01: (Feb/08/2006) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Text Santa (2011) 
  Live Launch 01x01: (Dec/11/2011) As Himself, [Co-Guest Stars]

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  October 3, 2011 12x276: (Oct/03/2011) As Himself 
  September 23, 2011 12x266: (Sep/23/2011) As Himself 

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

The Kennedy Center Honors (1978) 
  33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 33x01: (Dec/28/2010) As Himself (Honoree) 

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

In Performance at the White House (2010) 
  Paul McCartney 01x04: (Jul/28/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The X Factor (2004) 
  Series 6 - The Final (Result) 06x30: (Dec/13/2009) As Himself 

Wereld draait door, De (2005) 
  Season 5, Episode 70 05x70: (Dec/03/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Paul McCartney, a Top Ten List presented by Bruce Willis 16x177: (Jul/15/2009) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Top 2000 (1999) 
  Top 2000 A GO-GO 10x04: (Dec/28/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Peter Kay's Britain's Got The Pop Factor (2008) 
  Peter Kay's Britain's Got An Extra Pop Factor And The Some 2 + 1 01x03: (Dec/19/2008) As Himself 
  The Final 01x01: (Oct/12/2008) As Himself 

Jools' Annual Hootenanny (1994) 
  2007 01x15: (Dec/31/2007) As Himself 

CBS News Sunday Morning (1979) 
  The Changing Face Of Fatherhood 28x42: (Jun/18/2006) As Himself 

Parkinson (2004) (2004) 
  Paul McCartney, Rachel Weisz, Dave Spikey, Katie Melua 03x10: (Dec/17/2005) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Paul McCartney 03x51: (Nov/14/2005) As Himself 

Super Bowl (1967) 
  Super Bowl XXXIX 39x01: (Feb/06/2005) As Himself (Halftime Show), [Musical Guests]

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 74th Annual Academy Awards 50x01: (Mar/24/2002) As Himself ("Vanilla Sky"), [Musical Guests]

American Masters (1986) 
  Good Rockin' Tonight: the Legacy of Sun Records 15x05: (Nov/28/2001) As Himself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  George Foreman, Ronni Ancona, Paul McCartney, Bjork 01x03: (Nov/23/2001) As Himself, [Interviewees]

V.I.P. (1998) 
  All You Need is Val 02x13: (Feb/05/2000) As Himself, [Uncredited]

Parkinson (1998) (1998) 
  Paul McCartney 02x13: (Dec/03/1999) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Paul McCartney, Martin Short, Jill Sobule 04x137: (Jul/10/1997) As Himself, [Interviewees]

TFI Friday (1996) 
  Paul McCartney, Michelle Gayle, Sharleen Spiteri 02x39: (Jun/27/1997) As Himself 

AL-TV (0) 
  Al Music - Bad Hair Day (May/15/1996) As Himself 
  Off the Deep End 01x06: (Apr/26/1992) As Himself 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Lisa the Vegetarian 07x05: (Oct/15/1995) Voiced  Himself 

MTV Unplugged (2005) (1989) 
  Paul McCartney 02x03: (Apr/03/1991) As Himself 

Harty (1983) 
  Series 2, Show 12 02x12: (Nov/26/1984) As Himself 

Aspel & Company (1984) 
  Series 1, Show 1 01x01: (Jun/09/1984) As Himself 

Top Of The Pops (UK) (1964) 
  12 January 1984 21x02: (Jan/12/1984) As Himself (Video) 

The South Bank Show (1978) 
  Paul McCartney/surrealist exhibition 01x01: (Jan/14/1978) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Bill Medley, The Kessler Twins 23x29: (Apr/19/1970) As Himself 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  680515 06x04: (May/15/1968) As Beatle Paul 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

The Zoo Gang (1974)• Music

Episode Crew

Featured Songs

The Diamond Jubilee Concert Songs:
The Diamond Jubilee Concert + All My Loving
+ Let It Be
+ Live and Let Die
+ Magical Mystery Tour
+ Ob La Di, Ob La Da 
The Colbert Report Songs:
Paul McCartney + Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
+ Hi, Hi, Hi
+ I've Just Seen a Face
+ Lady Madonna
+ Listen to What the Man Said 
Life on Mars (UK) Songs:
Series 1, Episode 2 + Live And Let Die 
Super Bowl Songs:
Super Bowl XXXIX + Live and Let Die 
Crossing Jordan Songs:
Don't Look Back + Lonesome Town 
The Simpsons Songs:
Lisa the Vegetarian + Maybe I'm Amazed 
Rock Profile Songs:
The Beatles + Mull of kintyre 
Top 2000 Songs:
Top 2000 A GO-GO + The Long And Winding Road
+ Mull of Kintyre 
Party of Five Songs:
Poor Substitutes + Put It There 
Hollyoaks Songs:
December 24, 2012 + Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime 
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Songs:
Forgiveness and Stuff + Wonderful Christmas Time 
Doe maar normaal Songs:
Kerstaflevering + Wonderful Christmas Time 
Royal Pains Songs:
Off-Season Greetings (1) + Wonderful Christmastime 
Melrose Place (1992) Songs:
A Tree Talks in Melrose + Wonderful Christmastime 

Paul McCartney is left-handed.

Paul McCartney was originally the lead guitarist for The Beatles.

Paul had a younger brother Mike (McGear).

After playing with The Beatles, he formed a group called Wings.

Made a solo album called "McCartney."

Was born in the same hospital where his mother worked.

Started in a band known as "The Quarrymen" which was John Lennon's band.

Joined Wings after the Beatles broke up.

Paul's first musical instrument was the trumpet, given to him by an uncle.

Paul wrote "Hey Jude" for Julian Lennon after John's divorce from Cynthia. The original title was "Hey Julian."

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