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Net Worth$15 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 10, 1948
SpouseLibby Titus
FactSteely Dan (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, and many other fabulous musicians) is on their "Everything Must Go" tour of the U.S., ending in October. [August 2003]

Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician best known as the co-founder, lead singer, and keyboardist of the rock band Steely Dan. He has also worked as a solo artist, and his work with Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Fagen was born in Passaic, New Jersey, and grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in the nearby town of South Orange. His father, Joseph, was a chemist, and his mother, Elinor, was a homemaker. He has a younger sister, Andrea. Fagen’s parents encouraged him to pursue his musical interests, and he took piano lessons from the age of five.

Fagen’s interest in rock music began in the late 1950s when he started listening to the radio and discovered artists such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley. He also became a fan of jazz, and he cites Miles Davis and John Coltrane as two of his biggest influences.

In 1965, Fagen enrolled at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he met fellow student Walter Becker. The two soon began playing music together, and they formed the nucleus of what would become Steely Dan.

After graduation, Fagen and Becker moved to New York City, where they attempted to find work as songwriters and session musicians. They had little success, and they eventually decided to form their own band.

Steely Dan released their debut album in 1972, and they quickly established themselves as one of the most popular bands of the 1970s. Their blend of rock, jazz, and pop sensibilities made them unique among their peers, and their albums Aja (1977) and Gaucho (1980) are considered among the best of the decade.

The 1980s were less kind to Steely Dan, as personal problems and creative differences led to a hiatus that lasted until 1993. The band returned with a new album, Two Against Nature, which won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

Fagen has continued to tour and record with Steely Dan since their reunion, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

In addition to his work with Steely Dan, Fagen has released four solo albums: The Nightfly (1982), Kamakiriad (1993), Morph the Cat (2006), and Sunken Condos (2012). He has also collaborated with other artists, including Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, and Donald Fagen’s New York Rock & Soul Revue.

Fagen has been married twice: to Libby Titus from 1972 to 1980, and to songwriter/singer/pianist/producer/actress/writer/composer/director/painter/dancer/photographer/teacher/environmentalist Marianne Williamson since 1987. He has two daughters: Inara (born 1974) and Alexa (born 1981).

Donald Fagen’s net worth is estimated at $60 million. He has earned most of his wealth from his successful career as a musician and songwriter.

General Info

Full NameDonald Fagen
Net Worth$15 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 10, 1948
Height1.79 m
ProfessionFilm Score Composer, Keyboard Player, Singer, Songwriter, I.G.Y, New Frontier, Reelin' In the Years
EducationBerklee College of Music, Bard College, I.G.Y, New Frontier, Reelin' In the Years


SpouseLibby Titus
ParentsJoseph "Jerry" Fagen, Elinor Fagen, I.G.Y, New Frontier, Reelin' In the Years


AwardsGrammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album, I.G.Y, New Frontier, Reelin' In the Years
Music GroupsSteely Dan, The Dukes of September, I.G.Y, New Frontier, Reelin' In the Years
NominationsGrammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, I.G.Y, New Frontier, Reelin' In the Years
MoviesSteely Dan: Two Against Nature

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1I'll tell you what I like about our group. What I like about us, outside of our technical accomplishments, is that our music scares me more than anybody else's.
2Popularity has everything to do with business and nothing to do with music.


1Steely Dan (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, and many other fabulous musicians) is on their "Everything Must Go" tour of the U.S., ending in October. [August 2003]
2Won three Grammy Awards (along with Walter Becker) for the Steely Dan album "Two Against Nature". [2001]
3Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Walter Becker as members of the rock band, Steely Dan. [March 2001]
4He is a member of Steely Dan.




The SimpsonsTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2005
Big Noise, New York2015Video short writer: "Big Noise, New York"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Royal Pains2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
True Blood2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Hustle2013writer: "Dirty Work"
R.I.P.D.2013writer: "Hey Nineteen"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2013TV Series writer - 14 episodes
Late Show with David LettermanTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2012
The Dukes of September Live at Lincoln Center2012TV Movie documentary writer: "Kid Charlemagne", "Hey Nineteen", "Peg", "Reelin' In The Years", "Pretzel Logic"
Parenthood2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Night Stand2010TV Series short writer - 2 episodes
All Good Things2010writer: "Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More", "Do It Again", "Don't Take Me Alive"
The A-Team2010writer: "REELIN' IN THE YEARS"
Ugly Betty2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Life on Mars2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "Do It Again"
Cold Case2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zack and Miri Make a Porno2008performer: "New Frontier" / writer: "New Frontier"
Zodiac2007writer: "Deacon Blues"
Rabbit Fever2006writer: "REELIN' IN THE YEARS"
Invincible2006writer: "Do It Again"
The Devil's Rejects2005writer: "Reelin' in the Years"
CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix 2005, Night 22005Video writer: "Jack of Speed"
In Good Company2004writer: "Reeling in the Years" 1972
Nip/Tuck2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Six Feet Under2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
The One2003TV Movie writer: "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
The Dead Zone2002Video writer: "Do It Again"
Comedian2002Documentary writer: "Jack of Speed", "Deacon Blues"
The Dead Zone2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Laurel Canyon2002writer: "Do It Again" 1972 - as Donald Jay Fagen
Ed2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Kid Stays in the Picture2002Documentary writer: "Dirty Work", "Do It Again"
The Sopranos2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Almost Famous2000writer: "Reeling in the Years"
Me, Myself & Irene2000writer: "Do It Again", "Midnight Cruiser" uncredited, "Barrytown" uncredited, "Any Major Dude Will Tell You", "Only A Fool Would Say That", "Bodhisattva", "Bad Sneakers", "Reelin' In The Years" uncredited, "Razor Boy", "Monkey In Your Soul", "Chain Lightning"
Outside Providence1999writer: "Do It Again"
All Saints: The Video1998Video writer: "I Know Where It's At", "I Know Where It's At Live" uncredited - as Fagen
Fresh Pop1997TV Series short writer - 1 episode
Eddie1996writer: "AIN'T NO LOVE"
Chicago Hope1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Beavis and Butt-Head1994TV Series performer - 1 episode
Love Potion No. 91992performer: "RUBY BABY"
Glengarry Glen Ross1992writer: "Blue Lou"
Sjans1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Reasonable Doubts1991TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Beverly Hills, 90210TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1991 writer - 1 episode, 1991
Air America1990writer: "Do It Again"
Say Anything...1989writer: "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
Arthur 2: On the Rocks1988performer: "REFLECTIONS"
Bright Lights, Big City1988lyrics: "Century's End" / music: "Century's End" / performer: "Bright Lights, Big City", "Century's End" / producer: "BNT Blues", "Bright Lights, Big City", "Century's End"
Mask1985writer: "Dirty Work", "Do It Again"
Knight Rider1982TV Series writer - 1 episode
Making Love1982performer: "The Goodbye Look" / writer: "The Goodbye Look"
Heavy Metal1981arranger: "True Companion" / performer: "True Companion" / writer: "True Companion"
WKRP in Cincinnati1980TV Series writer - 1 episode
Phobia1980writer: "My Rival"
FM1978writer: "FM No Static At All", "Do It Again", "FM Reprise"
Pauline's Quirkes1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
Day Dreamer1975writer: "Do It Again" - uncredited
Little Girl Blue1974writer: "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" - uncredited
Mob Job1974writer: "Show Biz Kids" - uncredited
You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat1971writer: "You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat", "Flotsam and Jetsam", "War and Peace", "Roll Back the Meaning", "You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat" reprise, "Dog Eat Dog", "Red Giant/White Dwarf", "If It Rains"


Big Noise, New York2015Video short
Bright Lights, Big City1988
Set in Motion1987Short
Traveling Light1985Short as Donald Fagan
You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat1971

Music Department

Bright Lights, Big City1988orchestrator


All Good Things2010special thanks
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey1993Documentary special thanks


Late Show with David Letterman2012TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Dukes of September Live at Lincoln Center2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story2011DocumentaryHimself
Steely Dan's Two Against Nature2000Video documentaryHimself
Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja1999Video documentaryHimself
VH1 Storytellers1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The Simpsons2016TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1)2009VideoHimself (segment "Snowbound")


Nominated Awards

1989GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionBright Lights, Big City (1988)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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