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John Lennon

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia (Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was of Irish, and some Welsh and English, ancestry. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, which he attended) who, with the addition of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, later became The Beatles.After some years of performing in Liverpool and Hamburg, Germany, "Beatlemania" erupted in England and Europe in 1963 after the release of their singles "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me". The next year the Beatles flew to America to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (aka The Ed Sullivan Show), and Beatlemania spread worldwide. Queen Elizabeth II granted all four Beatles M.B.E. medals in 1965, for import revenues from their record sales; John returned his four years later, as part of an antiwar statement. John and the Beatles continued to tour and perform live until 1966, when protests over his calling the Beatles phenomenon "more popular than Jesus" and the frustrations of touring made the band decide to quit the road. They devoted themselves to studio work, recording and releasing albums such as "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Magical Mystery Tour" and the "White Album". Instead of appearing live, the band began making their own "pop clips" (an early term for music videos), which were featured on television programs of the time.In the late 1960s John began performing and making albums with his second wife Yoko Ono, as the Beatles began to break up. Their first two albums, "Two Virgins" and "Life With The Lions", were experimental and flops by Beatles standards, while their "Wedding Album" was almost a vanity work, but their live album "Live Peace In Toronto" became a Top Ten hit, at the end of the 1960s.In the early 1970s John and Yoko continued to record together, making television appearances and performing at charity concerts. After the release of John's biggest hit, "Imagine", they moved to the US, where John was nearly deported because of his political views (a late-'60s conviction for possession of hashish in the U.K. was the excuse given by the government), but after a four-year legal battle he won the right to stay. In the midst of this, John and Yoko separated for over a year; John lived in Los Angeles with personal assistant May Pang, while Yoko dated guitarist David Spinozza. When John made a guest appearance at Elton John's Thanksgiving 1974 concert, Yoko was in the audience, and surprised John backstage. They reconciled in early 1975, and Yoko soon became pregnant. After the birth of their son Sean Lennon, John settled into the roles of "househusband" and full-time daddy, while Yoko became his business manager; both appeared happy in their new life together.After a five-year break from music and the public eye, they made a comeback with their album "Double Fantasy", but within weeks of their re-emergence, Lennon was murdered on the evening of December 8, 1980 by Mark David Chapman, a one-time Beatles fan angry and jealous over John's ongoing career, who fatally shot Lennon four times in the back outside his apartment building, The Dakota, as Lennon was returning from a recording session. Within minutes after being shot, John Lennon was dead at age 40. His violent death was a sudden and tragic end to the life of a talented singer and musician who wanted to make a difference in the world.


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Born:
Oct 9, 1940 In Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
70
First Appeared:
In the series Petticoat Junction 1963-09-24
Latest Project:
Series Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015-04-05

Won 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 7 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Glee
Poster of Californication
Poster of Mad Men
Poster of Doctor Who
Filmography
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All Himself 2015-04-05
Cilla Unknown 2014-09-15
Big School Unknown 2013-08-16
The Voice UK Unknown 2012-03-24
Case Sensitive Unknown 2011-05-02
Pan Am Unknown 2011-09-25
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
Flashforward Unknown 2009-09-24
Eli Stone Unknown 2008-01-31
Gavin & Stacey Unknown 2008-08-26
Mad Men Unknown 2007-07-19
Californication Unknown 2007-08-13
The Drug Years Unknown 2006-06-12
Dancing on Ice Unknown 2006-01-08
The X Factor Unknown 2005-02-06
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
The X Factor UK Unknown 2004-09-04
Joan of Arcadia Unknown 2003-09-25
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Everwood Unknown 2002-09-16
Cowboy Bebop Unknown 2001-09-02
The Amazing Race Unknown 2001-09-05
Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
Gilmore Girls Unknown 2000-10-05
Roswell Unknown 1999-10-06
Dawson's Creek Unknown 1998-01-20
Behind the Music Unknown 1997-08-17
Cybill Unknown 1995-01-02
Rock & Roll Himself 1995-09-24
The Beatles Anthology Himself 1995-11-11
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Takin' Over the Asylum Unknown 1994-09-27
Grace Under Fire Unknown 1993-09-29
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Unknown 1993-08-27
As Time Goes By Unknown 1992-01-12
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Home Improvement Unknown 1991-09-17
Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown 1990-10-04
Quantum Leap Unknown 1989-03-26
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
The Wonder Years Unknown 1988-01-31
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown 1988-11-24
Full House Unknown 1987
A Bit of Fry and Laurie Unknown 1987-12-26
UFO Unknown 1987-05-09
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986-01-07
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Moonlighting Unknown 1985-03-03
The Golden Girls Unknown 1985-09-14
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
The A-Team Unknown 1983-01-23
Fame Unknown 1982-01-07
Timewatch Unknown 1982-09-29
Only Fools and Horses Unknown 1981-09-08
20/20 Unknown 1978-06-06
WKRP in Cincinnati Unknown 1978-09-18
The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-01-29
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Doctor Who Unknown 1975-09-29
The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-16
The Two Ronnies Unknown 1971-04-10
Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
The Prisoner Unknown 1968-06-01
The Monkees Unknown 1966-09-12
The Beatles Unknown 1965-09-25
Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24