Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

  • Born on
    • July 7th, 1940
Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for The Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He became The Beatles' drummer in August 1962, taking the place of Pete Best. In addition to his contribution as drummer, Starr featured as lead vocals on a number of successful Beatles songs (in particular, "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine", and The Beatles version of "Act Naturally"), as co-writer with the song "What Goes On" and primary writer with "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden". As drummer for The Beatles, Starr was musically creative, and his contribution to the band's music has received high praise from notable drummers in more recent times. Starr described himself as "your basic offbeat drummer with funny fills", technically limited by being a left-handed person playing a right-handed kit. Drummer Steve Smith said that Starr's popularity "brought forth a new paradigm" where "we started to see the drummer as an equal participant in the compositional aspect" and that Starr "composed unique, stylistic drum parts for The Beatles songs". In 2011, Starr was picked as the fifth-best drummer of all-time by Rolling Stone readers, behind drummers such as John Bonham, Keith Moon and Neil Peart. Starr is the most documented and critically acclaimed actor-Beatle, playing a central role in several Beatles films, and appearing in numerous other movies, both during and after his career with The Beatles. After The Beatles' break-up in 1970, Starr achieved solo musical success with several singles and albums, and recorded with each of his fellow ex-Beatles as they too developed their post-Beatle musical careers. He has also been featured in a number of TV documentaries, hosted TV shows, and narrated the first two series of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. He currently tours with the All-Starr Band.


Acting (16 Credits)

2021What Drives Us
2016Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping as Ringo Starr
2010David Wants to Fly
1989Shining Time Station
1984Give My Regards to Broad Street as Ringo
1981Caveman as Atouk
1977Sextette as Laslo Karolny
1975Lisztomania as The Pope
1973That'll Be the Day as Mike
1971The Point as Narrator / Father (home video release) (voice)
1971Blindman as Candy
1971200 Motels as Larry the Dwarf / Frank Zappa
1969The Magic Christian as Youngman Grand, Esq.
1968Candy as Emmanuel
1968Yellow Submarine as Ringo (uncredited)
1965Help! as Ringo

Director (1 Credits)


Writer (1 Credits)


Himself (30 Credits)

2021The Beatles: Get Back as Self
2019Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice as Self (archive footage)
2018Echo in the Canyon as Himself
2018George Harrison: All Things Pass as Himself (archive footage)
2017It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond as Himself (archive footage)
2017How the Beatles Changed the World as Himself (archive footage)
2016The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years as Self
2013Good Ol' Freda as Himself
2011George Harrison: Living in the Material World as Self
2010Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison as Himself
2010Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) as Himself (archive footage)
2007Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who as Himself
2007Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream as Self
2003Concert for George as Self
2002Naqoyqatsi as Self (archive footage)
1999The Beatles Celebration as Himself
1995The Beatles Anthology as Self
1991The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit as Himself
1988Imagine: John Lennon as Self
1986Jimi Plays Monterey as Himself (archive footage)
1985Water as Himself - The Singing Rebels' Band
1982The Compleat Beatles as Self (archive footage)
1979The Kids Are Alright as Himself
1978The Last Waltz as Self
1974The Society of the Spectacle as Self (archive footage)
1972The Concert for Bangladesh as Self
1969Let It Be as Self (The Beatles) (uncredited)
1969Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee as Himself
1967Magical Mystery Tour as Himself / Talkative Magician
1964A Hard Day's Night as Himself


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