Jerry Garcia

As one of the founding members and main figurehead of the Grateful Dead, guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia helped carry the torch of the 1960s counterculture for over three decades while inadvertently becoming a ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1942 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

Children of the Revolution 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Grateful Dead: Crimson, White & Indigo 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Festival Express 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Grateful Dawg 2001 (Movie)

Himself--Guitar/Banjo/Vocals (Actor)

The Journey 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Source 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Ahead: The Grateful Dead in Concert 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie That Changed My Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Monroe: The Father of Bluegrass Music 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Latino Session 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meaning of Louie 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hells Angels Forever 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (17)

Foxcatcher 2014 (Movie)

("St. Stephen") (Song)

Wild 2014 (Movie)

("Ripple") (Song)

Wild 2014 (Movie)

("Ripple") (Song)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

("China Cat Sunflower") (Song)

The Box 2009 (Movie)

("Scarlet Begonias") (Song)

Catch and Release 2007 (Movie)

"Uncle John's Band" (Song)

Diggers 2007 (Movie)

("Positively Fourth Street") (Song Performer)

The End of the Road 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

songs("Ripple" "Uncle John's Band") (Song)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

("Truckin'") (Song)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

("Uncle John's Band") (Song)

Rude Awakening 1989 (Movie)

("Uncle John's Band") (Song)

Mask 1985 (Movie)

("Ripple) (Song)

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

("Cream Puff War") (Song)

Deathsport 1978 (Movie)

guitarist (Music)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 (Movie)

banjo player (Music)

Zabriskie Point 1970 (Movie)

(Music)
Editor (1)

The Grateful Dead 1976 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (1)

Hells Angels Forever 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

The Grateful Dead 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

As one of the founding members and main figurehead of the Grateful Dead, guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia helped carry the torch of the 1960s counterculture for over three decades while inadvertently becoming a cultural icon whose legendary band became one of the highest-grossing touring acts of all time. Despite the band's enormous success, Garcia suffered from a series of personal and health issues, some of which stemmed from a long battle with heroin addiction that eventually contributed to his untimely demise. But through it all, he remained deeply dedicated to playing music, often branching out in numerous directions outside of the Grateful Dead with various entities that included the Jerry Garcia Band, as well as other offshoots and collaborations with a wide array of musicians. By blending such diverse styles as rock, folk, bluegrass and jazz, Garcia became noted for his highly distinctive style of playing that generated swirling guitar solos and unusual chord voicings steeped in improvisation. Because of this, Garcia stood out among his more mainstream contemporaries while happily remaining on the fringes of popular music. With the release of their twelfth studio album, <i>In the Dark</i> (1987), which featured their only Top 10 single, "Touch of Grey," the Grateful Dead finally achieved mainstream success, resulting in a huge influx of fans, though such popularity came at a price of swelling crowds to almost unsustainable levels. The moment proved fleeting, however, as Garcia - who had temporarily succeeded in fighting his addictions - eventually succumbed to his many health issues. Despite what some may have felt about the band, there was no doubt that Garcia left an undeniable mark upon music that generated generations of new fans well after his death.

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