Fast Facts

  • 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


  • Anita Pallenberg — Ex-significant Other
  • Alexandra Richards — Daughter
  • Angela Richards — Daughter
  • Theodora Richards — Daughter
  • Bert Richards — Father
  • Patti Hansen — Wife
  • Doris Richards — Mother
  • Marlon Richards — Son


  • Attended Sidcup Art College, Sidcup, England