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B.B. King (1925–2015)

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KNOWN FOR 
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) | The Fugitive (1993) | Heat (1995)
AWARDS 
2 wins & 2 nominations More »
AKA 
B.B. King and The Jungle Brothers | B. B. King
NICKNAMEs  
Blues Boy, Beale Street Blues Boy, King of the Blues
BORN 
Sep 16, 1925 (died May 14, 2015)
HEIGHT 
5' 9¾" (1.77m)

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Past Film & Video (56 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Zexzz: TernopolisZexzz: Ternopolis (Video) In Memory Of  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 (Video) Actor  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for B.B. King: The Life of RileyB.B. King: The Life of Riley Himself, Performer ("Catfish Blues", "Sweet Sixteen", "To Know You is to Love You", "How Blue Can You Get", "Caldonia", "Hummingbird", "Hold On (I Fell Our Love is Changing)", "When Love Comes to Town", "Messy But Good", "On My Word of Honor", "Chains and Things", "Five Years Long", "Blues Boy Tune", "Riding With the King"), Writer ("Catfish Blues", "Sweet Sixteen", "Chains and Things", "Blues Boy Tune")  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for Soul PowerSoul Power Himself (archive footage), Performer ("Thrill Is Gone")  Less 2008 $207K / —
  • Primary photo for Dame venenoDame veneno Performer ("Bolleré")  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for The Fear (El Miedo)The Fear (El Miedo) Performer ("In The Midnight Hour" (extract))  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for The Ultimate GiftThe Ultimate Gift Performer ("The Thrill is Gone")  Less 2006 $3.4MM / —
  • Primary photo for Unaccompanied MinorsUnaccompanied Minors Performer ("Please Come Home for Christmas")  Less 2006 $26MM $17MM / —
  • Primary photo for YesYes Performer ("TEN LONG YEARS"), Writer ("TEN LONG YEARS") (as Ridley B. King)  Less 2004 £1MM $396K / —
  • Primary photo for Calendar GirlsCalendar Girls Performer ("You Upset Me Baby"), Writer ("You Upset Me Baby")  Less 2003 $10MM $31MM / $97MM
  • Primary photo for John HenryJohn Henry (Video) Composer (music composed and produced by), Musician (electric guitar)  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for Play It to the BonePlay It to the Bone Performer ("Dangerous Mood")  Less 1999 $24MM $8.4MM / —
  • Primary photo for PaybackPayback Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone")  Less 1999 $90MM $82MM / $162MM
  • Primary photo for The MightyThe Mighty Performer ("Let the Good Times Roll" (1956))  Less 1998 $2.6MM / —
  • Primary photo for MarriagesMarriages Performer ("Let the good times roll")  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for Safe MenSafe Men Performer ("Chains and Things"), Writer ("Chains and Things")  Less 1998 $1MM $21K / —
  • Primary photo for The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000' (Video) Himself, Special Thanks  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for Species IISpecies II Performer ("Don't Answer the Door")  Less 1998 $19MM / $7.6MM
  • Primary photo for Blues Brothers 2000Blues Brothers 2000 Malvern Gasperon  Less 1998 $28MM $14MM / $26MM
  • Primary photo for The Fearless FourThe Fearless Four Fred (voice) (version: English) (as B. B. King), Performer ("Life is One Long Rainy Day", "Hand in Hand", "What Can Go Wrong", "Mix Max - Song", "Song of Freedom")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for The RainmakerThe Rainmaker Performer ("How Blue Can You Get")  Less 1997 $40MM $46MM / —
  • Primary photo for When We Were KingsWhen We Were Kings Himself, Performer ("Sweet Sixteen"), Writer ("Sweet Sixteen")  Less 1996 $2.7MM / —
  • Primary photo for Ghosts of MississippiGhosts of Mississippi Performer ("The Thrill is Gone")  Less 1996 $36MM $13MM / —
  • Primary photo for Around the World with Timon & PumbaaAround the World with Timon & Pumbaa (Video) Lyrics ("Stand By Me") (as King), Music ("Stand By Me") (as King)  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Heaven's PrisonersHeaven's Prisoners Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone", "Don't Answer The Door, Parts One And Two")  Less 1996 $25MM $5MM / —
  • Primary photo for HeatHeat Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone")  Less 1995 $60MM $67MM / $187MM
  • Primary photo for CasinoCasino Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone")  Less 1995 $52MM $42MM / $116MM
  • Primary photo for Take Care of Your Scarf, TatianaTake Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana Arranger ("Think It Over"), Writer ("Think It Over")  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for ChasersChasers Performer ("THE THRILL IS GONE")  Less 1994 $1.6MM / —
  • Primary photo for Bluesland: A Portrait in American MusicBluesland: A Portrait in American Music Himself (archive footage), Arranger ("Sweet Little Angel"), Performer ("Sweet Little Angel")  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for Mrs. DoubtfireMrs. Doubtfire Performer ("Stormy Monday Blues")  Less 1993 $25MM $219MM / $441MM
  • Primary photo for Heart and SoulsHeart and Souls Himself, Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone")  Less 1993 $17MM / —
  • Primary photo for The FugitiveThe Fugitive Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone" (1951))  Less 1993 $44MM $184MM / $369MM
  • Primary photo for What's Love Got to Do with ItWhat's Love Got to Do with It Writer ("(Darlin') You Know I Love You"), Writer ("Rock Me Baby") (as Riley King)  Less 1993 $15MM $39MM / —
  • Primary photo for Thelma & LouiseThelma & Louise Performer ("Better Not Look Down")  Less 1991 $16MM $45MM / —
  • Primary photo for Air AmericaAir America Performer ("Right Place, Wrong Time")  Less 1990 $35MM $31MM / —
  • Primary photo for Next of KinNext of Kin Performer ("My Sweet Understanding Lady"), Writer ("My Sweet Understanding Lady")  Less 1989 $12MM $16MM / —
  • Primary photo for U2 & B. B. King: When Love Comes to TownU2 & B. B. King: When Love Comes to Town (Video) B. B. King  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for U2: Rattle and HumU2: Rattle and Hum Himself, Performer ("When Love Comes To Town")  Less 1988 $8.6MM / —
  • Primary photo for Stormy MondayStormy Monday Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone", " (Call It) Stormy Monday")  Less 1988 $1.8MM / —
  • Primary photo for Jimi Plays MontereyJimi Plays Monterey Writer ("Rock Me Baby")  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for The Color of MoneyThe Color of Money Performer ("Standing On The Edge")  Less 1986 $14MM $52MM / —
  • Primary photo for Spies Like UsSpies Like Us Ace Tomato Agent  Less 1985 $22MM $60MM / —
  • Primary photo for Into the NightInto the Night Musician, Performer ("INTO THE NIGHT", "MY LUCILLE", "IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR")  Less 1985 $7.6MM / —
  • Primary photo for B.B. King: Into the NightB.B. King: Into the Night (Video) Himself, Performer ("IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR")  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for America's Music Legacy: BluesAmerica's Music Legacy: Blues (Video) Actor  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Performer ("The Thrill is Gone")  Less 1979 $1.8MM
  • Primary photo for FMFM Performer ("The Key To My Kingdom")  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Give My Poor Heart EaseGive My Poor Heart Ease Actor  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Let the Church Say Amen!Let the Church Say Amen! Performer ("Midnight"), Writer ("Midnight")  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for Sing Sing ThanksgivingSing Sing Thanksgiving Himself - Performer, Performer ("How Blue Can You Get?", "Guess Who", "I Got Some Help I Don't Need"), Writer ("I Got Some Help I Don't Need")  Less 1974
  • Primary photo for Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix Writer ("Rock Me, Baby")  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for The Seven MinutesThe Seven Minutes Performer ("Seven Minutes")  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for Dynamite ChickenDynamite Chicken Performer ("I Want You So Bad")  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for MaidstoneMaidstone Writer ("Rock Me Baby")  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for For Love of IvyFor Love of Ivy Soundtrack ("You Put It on Me")  Less 1968
Past Television (42 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Formula 1: Ten SportFormula 1: Ten Sport (TV Series) Performer ("When Love Comes to Town") ( 2 episodes, 2017 )  Less 2017 2
  • Primary photo for SupernaturalSupernatural (TV Series) Performer ("Don't Answer the Door") ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016 1
  • Primary photo for VinylVinyl (TV Series) Performer ("Three O'Clock Blues") ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016 1
    • The King and I (Mar 27, 2016) Performer ("Three O'Clock Blues")  Less
  • Primary photo for American MastersAmerican Masters (TV Series) Contributor ( 1 episode, 2015 ) , Soundtrack ( 1 episode, 2007 ) , Himself ( 1 episode, 2007 )  Less 2007–2015 2
  • Primary photo for The X FactorThe X Factor (TV Series) Writer ("Rock Me Baby") ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015 1
    • Auditions 3 (Sep 5, 2015) Writer ("Rock Me Baby")  Less
  • Primary photo for American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story (TV Series) Performer ("Dark Is the Night, Pt. 1") ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015 1
    • Magical Thinking (Jan 7, 2015) Performer ("Dark Is the Night, Pt. 1") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Hawaii Five-0Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series) Performer ("Merry Christmas Baby") ( 1 episode, 2013 )  Less 2013 1
    • Pukana (Dec 20, 2013) Performer ("Merry Christmas Baby") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Dancing with the StarsDancing with the Stars (TV Series) Performer ("When Love Comes to Town") ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011 1
    • Episode #11.6 (Jun 12, 2011) Performer ("When Love Comes to Town") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Late Night with Jimmy FallonLate Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) Writer ("Sweet Sixteen") ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011 1
    • Episode #3.63 (Apr 29, 2011) Writer ("Sweet Sixteen")  Less
  • Primary photo for True BloodTrue Blood (TV Series) Performer ("Help the Poor") ( 1 episode, 2010 ) , Writer ("Help the Poor") ( 1 episode, 2010 )  Less 2010 1
    • Fresh Blood (Aug 29, 2010) Performer ("Help the Poor") (uncredited), Writer ("Help the Poor") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for EntourageEntourage (TV Series) Performer ("Why I Sing the Blues") ( 1 episode, 2007 )  Less 2007 1
    • The Prince's Bride (May 20, 2007) Performer ("Why I Sing the Blues")  Less
  • Primary photo for LostLost (TV Series) Writer ("Chains and Things") ( 1 episode, 2006 ) , Performer ("Chains and Things") ( 1 episode, 2006 )  Less 2006 1
    • Live Together, Die Alone (May 24, 2006) Performer ("Chains and Things") (uncredited), Writer ("Chains and Things") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Hinter Gittern - Der FrauenknastHinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast (TV Series) Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone") ( 1 episode, 2004 )  Less 2004 1
    • Baby Blues (Sep 27, 2004) Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone")  Less
  • Primary photo for The BluesThe Blues (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 2003 ) , Performer ("Bad Case of Love") ( 1 episode, 2003 ) , Writer ("Let Me Love You", "Three O'Clock Blues", "I'll Survive", "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother") ( 1 episode, 2003 ) , Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone", "Precious Lord", "Let Me Love You", "Three O'Clock Blues", "I'll Survive", "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother", "Let the Good Times Roll") ( 1 episode, 2003 ) , Writer ("Bye Bye Baby") ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003 3
    • Red, White and Blues (Oct 3, 2003) Himself, Performer ("Bad Case of Love")  Less
    • Godfathers and Sons (Oct 2, 2003) Writer ("Bye Bye Baby") (as Riley B. King)  Less
    • The Road to Memphis (Sep 30, 2003) Himself, Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone", "Precious Lord", "Let Me Love You", "Three O'Clock Blues", "I'll Survive", "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother", "Let the Good Times Roll"), Writer ("Let Me Love You", "Three O'Clock Blues", "I'll Survive", "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother") (as Riley B. King)  Less
  • Primary photo for A Tale of Two SchoolsA Tale of Two Schools (TV Movie) Special Thanks  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for As Filhas da MãeAs Filhas da Mãe (TV Series) Performer ("You Don't Know Me")  Less 2001–2002
  • Primary photo for 7th Heaven7th Heaven (TV Series) Performer ("Riding With the King") ( 1 episode, 2000 )  Less 2000 1
    • Tunes (Nov 27, 2000) Performer ("Riding With the King")  Less
  • Primary photo for Aleph, lectures contadesAleph, lectures contades (TV Series) Writer ("Blues Boys Tune", "If That Ain't It I Quit") ( 1 episode, 2000 ) , Performer ("Blues Boys Tune", "If That Ain't It I Quit") ( 1 episode, 2000 )  Less 2000 1
    • Toni Morrison (Jan 6, 2000) Performer ("Blues Boys Tune", "If That Ain't It I Quit"), Writer ("Blues Boys Tune", "If That Ain't It I Quit")  Less
  • Primary photo for Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great YearsHere's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years (TV Movie) Himself, Performer ("Joe Cool")  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love StoryShake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (TV Movie) The Bluesman, Performer ("Fur Slippers")  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for Cow and ChickenCow and Chicken (TV Series) Blind Mud Puddle Johnson ( 1 episode, 1999 )  Less 1999 1
  • Primary photo for A Tribute to Stevie Ray VaughanA Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan (TV Movie) Himself, Performer ("Telephone Song", "Six Strings Down", "Tick Tock", "SRV Shuffle")  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Touched by an AngelTouched by an Angel (TV Series) B B King ( 1 episode, 1996 )  Less 1996 1
  • Primary photo for The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series) Pappy ( 1 episode, 1995 )  Less 1995 1
  • Primary photo for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyRock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Movie) Writer ("Gamblers Blues")  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for Chicago HopeChicago Hope (TV Series) Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone") ( 1 episode, 1995 )  Less 1995 1
    • Internal Affairs (Mar 20, 1995) Performer ("The Thrill Is Gone") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for TeechTeech (TV Series) Uncle Isaac ( 1 episode, 1991 )  Less 1991 1
  • Primary photo for Garfield Gets a LifeGarfield Gets a Life (TV Movie) Vocals  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for Married with ChildrenMarried with Children (TV Series) Street Singer ( 1 episode, 1991 )  Less 1991 1
  • Primary photo for DerrickDerrick (TV Series) Performer ("The thrill is gone") ( 1 episode, 1990 )  Less 1990 1
    • Der Einzelgänger (Jun 8, 1990) Performer ("The thrill is gone")  Less
  • Primary photo for You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown!You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown! (TV Special) Himself, Performer ("Joe Cool")  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for The Cosby ShowThe Cosby Show (TV Series) Riley Jackson ( 1 episode, 1990 )  Less 1990 1
  • Primary photo for BookerBooker (TV Series) Songs Performed By ( 1 episode, 1989 )  Less 1989 1
  • Primary photo for The Wonder YearsThe Wonder Years (TV Series) Performer ("The Thrill is Gone") ( 1 episode, 1989 )  Less 1989 1
    • Steady as She Goes (Jan 11, 1989) Performer ("The Thrill is Gone")  Less
  • Primary photo for Live AidLive Aid (TV Special) Himself, Performer ("Why I Sing the Blues", "I don't want you", "Rock me Baby"), Writer ("Why I Sing the Blues")  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for WKRP in CincinnatiWKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) Performer ("I Know the Price") ( 1 episode, 1982 ) , Performer ("Friends") ( 1 episode, 1979 ) , Writer ("Friends") ( 1 episode, 1979 ) , Writer ("Rock Me Baby") ( 1 episode, 1981 ) , Writer ("I Know the Price") ( 1 episode, 1982 )  Less 1979–1982 3
    • I'll Take Romance (Feb 17, 1982) Performer ("I Know the Price"), Writer ("I Know the Price")  Less
    • Nothing to Fear But... (Mar 28, 1981) Writer ("Rock Me Baby")  Less
    • Mike Fright (Nov 12, 1979) Performer ("Friends"), Writer ("Friends")  Less
  • Primary photo for The AssociatesThe Associates (TV Series) Vocal ( 1 episode, 1980 ) , Singer (theme song) ( 1 episode, 1979 )  Less 1979–1980 2
  • Primary photo for Sanford and SonSanford and Son (TV Series) B.B. King ( 1 episode, 1977 ) , Performer ("How Blue Can You Get", "St. Louis Blues") ( 1 episode, 1977 )  Less 1977 1
    • Fred Sings the Blues (Mar 18, 1977) B.B. King, Performer ("How Blue Can You Get", "St. Louis Blues") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Soul TrainSoul Train (TV Series) Guest ( 2 episodes, 1972–1974 )  Less 1972–1974 2
  • Primary photo for IltatähtiIltatähti (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1973 ) , Performer ("How Blue Can You Get") ( 1 episode, 1973 )  Less 1973 1
    • Episode dated 4 December 1973 (Dec 4, 1973) Himself (archive footage), Performer ("How Blue Can You Get")  Less
  • Primary photo for Sounding OutSounding Out (TV Series) B.B. King  Less 1972– 
  • Primary photo for Music SceneMusic Scene (TV Series) Writer ("Just a Little Love") ( 1 episode, 1969 ) , Performer ("Just a Little Love") ( 1 episode, 1969 ) , Himself - Musical Guest ( 1 episode, 1969 )  Less 1969 1
    • Episode #1.9 (Nov 17, 1969) Himself - Musical Guest, Performer ("Just a Little Love"), Writer ("Just a Little Love")  Less
Self (170 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
Archive Footage (24 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for American MastersAmerican Masters (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2017 )  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for Maya Angelou and Still I RiseMaya Angelou and Still I Rise Himself - Blues Musician (archive footage)  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for The Big Interview with Dan RatherThe Big Interview with Dan Rather (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for The 58th Annual Grammy AwardsThe 58th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Movie) Himself - In Memoriam (archive footage)  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for Entertainment TonightEntertainment Tonight (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Get All That, Ant?Get All That, Ant? Self (archive footage)  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for The 67th Primetime Emmy AwardsThe 67th Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) Himself - In Memoriam (archive footage)  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Glastonbury Golden GreatsGlastonbury Golden Greats (TV Movie) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Inside EditionInside Edition (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015
    • Lone Sailor (May 15, 2015) Himself (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) Himself - Singing with President Obama / Himself ( 2 episodes, 2010–2012 )  Less 2010–2012
  • Primary photo for Mark Knopfler: A Life in SongsMark Knopfler: A Life in Songs (TV Movie) Himself - Guitar (archive footage)  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for VH1 Rock DocsVH1 Rock Docs (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2010 )  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Pop Galerie ReloadedPop Galerie Reloaded (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2009 )  Less 2009
    • U2 (Aug 4, 2009) Himself (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for Las tragedias de los famososLas tragedias de los famosos (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2009 )  Less 2009
    • Pappo (Jan 2, 2009) Himself (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for E! True Hollywood StoryE! True Hollywood Story (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for TV in Black: The First Fifty YearsTV in Black: The First Fifty Years (Video) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for BiographyBiography (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2004 )  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for The Definitive Elvis: The Memphis YearsThe Definitive Elvis: The Memphis Years (Video) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'RollSam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'Roll (TV Movie) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for Little WingLittle Wing (Video) Self (archive footage)  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1992 )  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for SmoothieSmoothie Himself (archive footage)  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for IltatähtiIltatähti (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1973 )  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for When the Music's Over...When the Music's Over... (TV Movie) Himself - Musician (archive footage)  Less 1971

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