- His mother died from breast cancer when he was 14; the same disease would later claim the life of his first wife, Linda.
- Joined John Lennon's band, the Quarrymen, in 1957.
- Says he wrote the 1965 classic "Yesterday," the most covered song of all time, after having awakened with its melody in his head; he originally called it "Scrambled Eggs."
- Was inspired by the Beach Boys' classic album Pet Sounds to help create what became the Beatles' 1967 masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- Is very active in charitable work, most notably in support of animal rights and vegetarianism.
- Was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle and as a solo artist.
- Is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Songwriter of All Time.
- 1965, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Film: Nominee
- 1996, Grammy — Best Music Video - Long Form: Winner
- 1996, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
- 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program: Nominee
- 2002, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1985, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1967, Grammy — Best Contemporary Album: Winner
- 1996, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
- 1970, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song Score): Winner
- 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
- 1967, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
- 2013, Grammy — Best Rock Song: Winner
- 1970, Grammy — Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special: Winner
- 1964, Grammy — Best Performance By A Vocal Group: Winner
- 1971, Grammy — Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Winner
- 1966, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
- 1974, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus: Winner
- 2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Song: Nominee
- 1966, Grammy — Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance--Male or Female: Winner
- 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Winner
- 1964, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
- 2010, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2013, Grammy — Best Music Film: Winner
- 2010, Grammy — Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
- 2012, Grammy — Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Winner
- 1979, Grammy — Best Rock Instrumental Performance: Winner
- 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
- 2001, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
- 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Song Written for a Film: Nominee
- 2011, Grammy — Best Historical Album: Winner
- Jane Asher — Ex-significant Other
- Mary McCartney — Daughter
- Angie McCartney — Stepmother
- Mary Patricia McCartney — Mother
- Heather Mills — Ex-wife
- Ruth McCartney — Sister
- Nancy Shevell — Wife
- Heather McCartney — Stepdaughter
- Linda McCartney — Wife (deceased)
- Michael McCartney — Brother
- Stella McCartney — Daughter
- Beatrice Milly McCartney — Daughter
- James McCartney — Father
- James McCartney — Son
- Birth Name: James Paul McCartney
- Birth Place: Liverpool, England
- Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor
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