This Day in History (July 26)

Jul 26, 1943: Entertainer Mick Jagger born

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On this day in 1943, the musician, actor, film producer and Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger is born in Dartford, Kent, England.

Raised in a middle-class English family, Michael Philip Jagger attended the London School of Economics but left without graduating in order to pursue a career in music. In the early 1960s, Jagger, along with Brian Jones, Keith Richards and Ian Stewart, founded the Rolling Stones, which would become one of the world’s most popular and enduring rock and roll bands. The group’s many hit songs include “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” In his personal life, Jagger became famous for his wild rock-star lifestyle and glamorous girlfriends and wives.

Although best known as a singer and songwriter, Jagger has also acted in movies. He made his film debut in Performance (1969), which he followed with the title role in 1970’s Ned Kelly, about a real-life Australian outlaw. Among his other film credits are Freejack (1992), Bent (1997) and The Man from Elysian Fields (2002), co-starring Andy Garcia, in which Jagger played the owner of an escort service.

In addition, Jagger and the Rolling Stones have been featured in numerous documentaries, including 1970’s Gimme Shelter, Albert and David Maysles’ film about the notorious 1969 Alatamont music festival, and 2008’s Shine a Light, directed by Martin Scorsese. In 1995, Jagger formed his own film company, Jagged Films, which produced the World War II code-breaking film Enigma (2001), directed by Michael Apted.

In addition to his on-camera appearances, Jagger’s music has been featured in a long list of movie soundtracks, including Apocalypse Now (1979), Goodfellas (1990) and Jerry Maguire (1996). Jagger won a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song for “Old Habits Die Hard,” which was featured on the soundtrack of Alfie (2004).

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