- His rhythmic accuracy as a guitarist is legendary.
- The name of his primary band, The Rolling Stones, comes from a Muddy Waters song.
- Served as musical director for 1987's Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll!, a biopic of Chuck Berry, who Richards considers his idol.
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones in 1989.
- Suffered a concussion on April 27, 2006, after falling out of a palm tree in Fiji. He was flown to New Zealand for emergency surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain.
- Published his memoir, Life, in 2010.
- Played Jack Sparrow's father in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Johnny Depp claims to have used Richards' mannerisms as inspiration when creating the Jack Sparrow character.
- 1994, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
- 1994, Grammy — Best Rock Album: Winner
- Bert Richards — Father
- Patti Hansen — Wife
- Anita Pallenberg — Ex-significant Other
- Doris Richards — Mother
- Marlon Richards — Son
- Alexandra Richards — Daughter
- Angela Richards — Daughter
- Theodora Richards — Daughter
- Attended Sidcup Art College, Sidcup, England
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