Pete Townshend

If the Beatles personified peace and love and the Rolling Stones embodied lustful abandon, then the songs of their British rock peers the Who, as penned by guitarist Pete Townshend, were fueled by the pure ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1945 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Music (75)

Minions 2015 (Movie)

("My Generation") (Song)

United Passions 2015 (Movie)

("Substitute") (Song)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000 - 2006, 2008, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Song

CSI: Miami 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2007, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Song

The Americans 2014 (Tv Show)

Song

Premium Rush 2012 (Movie)

("Baba O'Riley") (Song)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

("So Sad About Us") (Song)

Take Me Home Tonight 2011 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open The Door (E. Cola Mix)") (Song Performer)

Take Me Home Tonight 2011 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open The Door (E. Cola Mix)") (Song)

Law Abiding Citizen 2009 (Movie)

("Eminence Front") (Song)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open The Door") (Song)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open The Door") (Song Performer)

Pirate Radio 2009 (Movie)

("I Can See For Miles") (Song)

Religulous 2008 (Movie)

("The Seeker") (Song)

Air Guitar Nation 2007 (Movie)

"Won't Get Fooled Again" (Song)

CSI: New York 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Song

Dan in Real Life 2007 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open The Door") (Song)

Lions for Lambs 2007 (Movie)

("Won't Get Fooled Again") (Song)

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

"Love, Reign O'er Me" (Song Performer)

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

"Love, Reign O'er Me" (Song)

The Seeker 2007 (Movie)

("The Seeker") (Song)

Elton John: The Red Piano 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Song

Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny 2006 (Movie)

"Won't Get Fooled Again" (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Won't Get Fooled Again") (Song)

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open The Door") (Song)

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open The Door") (Song Performer)

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open The Door (E. Cola Mix)") (Song Performer)

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open The Door (E. Cola Mix)") (Song)

The Girl Next Door 2004 (Movie)

("Baba O'Riley") (Song)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

("Who Are You") (Song)

Gothika 2003 (Movie)

("Behind Blue Eyes") (Song)

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

("Substitute") (Song)

Shanghai Knights 2003 (Movie)

("Magic Bus") (Song)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

("Won't Get Fooled Again") (Song)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

("Sparks") (Song)

The Filth and the Fury 2000 (Movie)

songs("Pictures of Lily" "Substitute") (Song)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

("The Seeker") (Song)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

("My Generation (Live at BBC)") (Song)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

("Bell Boy") (Song)

Forces of Nature 1999 (Movie)

("Magic Bus") (Song)

Outside Providence 1999 (Movie)

("Won't Get Fooled Again") (Song)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

songs("Baba O'Riley" "Won't Get Fooled Again") (Song)

The Limey 1999 (Movie)

("The Seeker") (Song)

Carla's Song 1998 (Movie)

("Miss You Nights") (Song)

He Got Game 1998 (Movie)

songs("House of the Rising Sun (contains 'Won't Get Fooled Again')" "House of the Rising Sun") (Song)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

("A Quick One While He's Away") (Song)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open the Door") (Song Performer)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Prefontaine 1997 (Movie)

("Baba O'Riley") (Song)

The Jackal 1997 (Movie)

("Going Out of My Mind") (Song)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

songs("The Magic Bus" "Gettin' in Tune") (Song)

Pete Townshend's PsychoDerelict 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music

Pete Townshend's PsychoDerelict 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus 1994 (Movie)

("A Quick One (While He's Away)") (Song)

How to Get Ahead in Advertising 1989 (Movie)

("My Generation") (Song)

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

("Let My Love Open the Door") (Song Performer)

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Rocket Gibraltar 1988 (Movie)

("I Can't Explain") (Song)

Playing for Keeps 1986 (Movie)

("Life to Life") (Song Performer)

Playing for Keeps 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Ya-Ha 1985 (Movie)

("My Generation") (Song)

Die Heartbreakers 1981 (Movie)

("My Generation") (Song)

McVicar 1981 (Movie)

music consultant (Music)

Bad Timing 1979 (Movie)

("Who Are You?") (Song)

Quadrophenia 1979 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Quadrophenia 1979 (Movie)

("Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" "My Generation) (Song)

The Kids Are Alright 1979 (Movie)

songs("My Generation" "Can't Explain" "Baba O'Riley" "Tommy Can You Hear Me?" "Pinball Wizard" "We're Not Gonna Take It" "Substitute" "I'm a Boy" "Pictures of Lily" "I Can See for Miles" "Magic Bus" "Happy Jack" "A Quick One While He's Away" "Sparks" "Who (Song)

The Kids Are Alright 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

("Pinball Wizard" "Won't Get Fooled Again") (Song Performer)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

To Russia... With Elton 1978 (Movie)

("Pinball Wizard") (Song)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

Music Synthesizer Programming (Music Engineer)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Double Pisces, Scorpio Rising 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

("My Generation") (Song)
Actor (36)

Lambert & Stamp 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

In Search of Blind Joe Death 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me? 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The BRIT Awards '96 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Daltrey: The Music of The Who 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Pete Townshend's PsychoDerelict 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Rolling Stone '93: The Year in Review 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus 1994 (Movie)

The Who--Band Member (Actor)

The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb 1994 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Who's Tommy: The Amazing Journey 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Coast to Coast: The London Sessions 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox Presents Tommy Performed By the Who 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Pete Townshend's Deep End 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Album Flash: Pete Townshend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kids Are Alright 1979 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

The Who Band Member (Actor)

Jimi Hendrix 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

The Who Band Member (Actor)

Being Mick (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Quadrophenia 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

Quadrophenia 1979 (Movie)

story consultant (Story By)
Other (3)

Dogs in Space 1987 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Quadrophenia 1979 (Movie)

from album("Quadrophenia") (Other)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

from rock opera("Tommy") (Other)

Biography

If the Beatles personified peace and love and the Rolling Stones embodied lustful abandon, then the songs of their British rock peers the Who, as penned by guitarist Pete Townshend, were fueled by the pure, unadulterated frustration and desire of youth, as evidenced by such enduring songs as "I Can't Explain," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Won't Get Fooled Again," as well as the groundbreaking rock operas Tommy (1969) and Quadrophenia (1973). Townshend was also one of rock's most dynamic guitarists, employing devastating levels of force and feedback in his guitar playing, highlighted by his windmill strum and a penchant for destroying his instruments, which endeared him to not only generations of fans, but also the punk, metal and alternative rock movements, which borrowed heavily from his sonic palette. Townshend's talents would push the rock-n-roll art form to a higher level with the rock opera Tommy, a powerful and moving work that later became a Tony-winning Broadway musical. After the death of Who drummer Keith Moon in 1979, Townshend distanced himself from the Who to craft a moderately successful solo career, but by the late 1980s, he was reuniting regularly with his surviving bandmates, even penning a new Who album, Endless Wire, in 2006. One of rock's most committed and passionate performers, Pete Townshend's boundless talents as a songwriter and guitarist elevated him to legendary rock god status.

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