Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 8, 1938
SpouseZorana Barger
MarkMotorcycle Rider
FactHe always carries a marker/pen with him to sign autographs.

Sonny Barger is an American actor, author, and former president of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. He was born in Modesto, California, on October 8, 1938, to parents who were both members of the Hells Angels. Barger has two sisters and a brother. He was raised in Oakland, California, and attended Oakland High School. After high school, Barger joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1960.

Barger began his career with the Hells Angels in 1957. He quickly rose through the ranks and became the president of the Oakland chapter in 1966. As president, Barger was responsible for the growth and expansion of the Hells Angels into new territories. He also oversaw the club’s illegal activities, which included drug dealing, prostitution, and extortion. In 1971, Barger was arrested for his involvement in the murder of a rival gang member. He was acquitted of all charges.

In the late 1970s, Barger began to distance himself from the Hells Angels. He retired from his position as president of the Oakland chapter in 1984. He has since remained an active member of the club.

Barger has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Hells Angels on Wheels (1967), The Wild One (1953), and Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014). He has also written two books about his experiences with the Hells Angels: Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club (2000) and Riding with the Devil: The Inside Story of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club (2006).

Barger’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He has been married three times and has four children.

General Info

Full NameSonny Barger
Date Of BirthOctober 8, 1938
ProfessionAuthor, Soldier, Actor


SpouseZorana Barger
ParentsKathryn Carmella Barger, Ralph Hubert Barger


MoviesHell's Angels '69, Hells Angels on Wheels

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#Marks / Signs
1Motorcycle Rider
2Hells Angel Biker


1Don't take shit from your enemies that you'd never take from your friends.
2If you treat me right, I'll treat you better. If you treat me wrong, I'll treat you worse.
3If I ever get too old to ride my motorcycle and have pretty girls, I'd rather just rob a bank and go back to prison.
4(Referring to Keith Richards during the Altamont Concert in December 1969.) "I stood next to him and stuck my Pistol into his side and told him to start playing his Guitar or he was dead."
5The urge to jump on a motorcycle - to journey as a rebel and be free of boundaries and limits...
6While most of us merely dream of it, I pursued that lifestyle - choosing freedom over restraint, facing danger without fear, in the fellowship of the most famous Motorcycle club in history - I'm legendary leader who symbolizes the spirit of liberty.
7I never thought freedom was cheap.


1Barger and the Hells Angels made international headlines when a small group disrupted hundreds of anti-war protesters in Berkeley, California in 1965.
2In April 1957 he was riding to Gardena, CA. and his motorcycle broke down on the highway. A Hells Angel stopped to help him. After that encounter he started the Oakland chapter.
3In November 1965 Barger sent a letter to president Lyndon Johnson at the White House in support of the war in Vietnam: "I volunteer a group of loyal Americans for behind-the-line duty in Vietnam. We are available for training and duty immediately." Barger received a letter in response from an officer stating if they wanted to fight they would have to enlist in the army.
4Barger and the Hells Angels supported the war in Vietnam.
5In 1988 Barger was sentenced for conspiring to blow up the clubhouse of a rival motorcycle club, the Outlaws in Louisville, Kentucky. He spent four years in federal prison in Arizona.
6He moved from Oakland to Cave Creek, AZ. in 1998.
7He has 2 dogs - Hannah and Freedom.
8In 1957 he started the Oakland Chapter of the Hells Angeles.
9Since he is a convicted criminal, he has lost his right to vote and own a gun.
10His father was an alcoholic.
11Hates Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
12He always carries a marker/pen with him to sign autographs.
13His mother abandoned the family when he was a very young.
14Dropped out of School at age 16 to join the United States Army.
15In 1982 he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx; the doctors gave him two weeks to live.
16Has only owned between 10-12 bikes in his life.
17In 1958 he became president of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels.
18Is a member of the Cave Creek Chapter of the Hells Angels in Phoenix, Arizona.
19Is one of the most famous outlaw Bikers in the world.
20Involved in the infamous 1969 Rolling Stones free Concert of Altamont in the San Francisco bay area, which resulted the death of a young man who brought a Gun to the Concert which erupted into in a fight with the Hell's Angels. Later, the Hell's Angels were acquitted on all charges. (December 6, 1969)
21In 1982 he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and his vocal cords were removed. On the way to the operating room he smoked one last cigarette. After the operation he had to learn how to talk again.
22Served in the United States Army (1955).




Dead in 5 Heartbeats2013Traders Bar Patron
Sons of Anarchy2010-2012TV SeriesLenny 'The Pimp' Janowitz
Hell's Angels '691969Sonny
Hells Angels on Wheels1967President of the Hells Angels


Angels from Hell1968story consultant
Hells Angels on Wheels1967technical advisor


Dead in 5 Heartbeats2013producer


I Ride2013Documentary
Off the Boulevard2011DocumentaryHimself
Tracks2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson2008DocumentaryHimself
Harley Davidson: The Spirit of America2005Video documentaryHimself
Tout le monde en parle2004TV SeriesHimself
Hells Angels Forever1983DocumentaryHimself - Hells Angels President
Gimme Shelter1970DocumentaryHimself
Sonny Barger Confronts VDC1965Documentary shortHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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