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Net Worth$70 million
Date Of BirthAugust 23, 1946
DiedSeptember 7, 1978, Westminster, United Kingdom
SpouseKim McLagan
MarkExtremely destructive personality even off-stage, often at the expense of hotel rooms
FactHe took his role as Uncle Ernie in the film version of Tommy (1975) very seriously, and was nervous about playing the part. He also met one of his great drinking buddies while making the film: Oliver Reed.

Keith Moon was born on 23 August 1946, in Wembley, Middlesex, England, to Alfred Charles “Alf” Moon, a sheet-metal worker, and Kathleen Winifred “Kit” Moon, a homemaker. He had one younger brother, Richard. Moon began playing drums at an early age and showed an aptitude for it. His first band was called the Beachcombers, which he formed with some school friends. He later joined a band called the Escorts, which became quite popular in the local area.

Moon’s big break came when he was asked to join the Who in 1964, replacing original drummer Doug Sandom. The Who were already an established band by this time, but with Moon on drums they became one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Moon was known for his wild and exuberant drumming style, which was a major contributor to the band’s sound. He was also known for his antics offstage, which often got him into trouble.

Moon remained with the Who until his death in 1978. He died of an overdose of pills that he had been taking to combat alcoholism. Moon was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Moon was married twice, first to model Annette Walter-Lax in 1966. The couple had two daughters, Mandy and Amanda. Moon later married model Nina Carter in 1981. The couple had one son, Dylan.

Moon was known for his heavy drinking and drug use, which often got him into trouble. He was also known for his wild and exuberant personality. Moon was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

General Info

Full NameKeith Moon
Net Worth$70 million
Date Of BirthAugust 23, 1946
DiedSeptember 7, 1978, Westminster, United Kingdom
Height1.75 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Actor, Model, Composer, Songwriter, Drummer


SpouseKim McLagan
ChildrenAmanda Jane Moon DeWolf
ParentsKathleen Winifred Moon, Alfred Charles Moon
SiblingsLinda Moon, Lesley Moon


AwardsNME Award for Best Drummer
Music GroupsThe Who, Plastic Ono Band
MoviesThe Kids Are Alright, Sextette, Tommy, That'll Be the Day, 200 Motels, The Who Special Edition EP

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#Marks / Signs
1Bowl Haircut
2Extremely destructive personality even off-stage, often at the expense of hotel rooms
3Wild drum playing and subsequent destruction of his kit when performing live.


1I'm not tempted to quit now like I was when we where having our internal troubles. I'd be mad to, wouldn't I? Said in an interview concerning him, possibly, leaving The Who October 1966.
2They're always saying I'm a capitalistic pig. I suppose I am. But ... it's good for my drumming.
3At heart I cannot accept that I am a well-known rock 'n' roll star and one of the greatest drummers in the world. I can't believe that person on the television is really me. The Keith Moon the public knows is a myth, even if I have created him. The real me is the person who sits at home having a cup of tea with his old lady, Annette. The hotel smashing is one way I get relief from the public image. I have no temper. I do it in a spirit of amusment [sic] rather than anger. When I've done damage to a friend's house I come back sheepishly the next day and offer to put things right, which means I'm willing to foot the bill.
4You know, if I ever stopped laughing inside and quit believing in people then I would get very hurt and totally disillusioned. You have to treat everything - even if at that time it seems like a right bummer
  • as a good experience. There are things that have happened to me that
have made me wonder where I went wrong . . . things of a personal nature, like my relationship with my wife. They're the things that make you think most, because one is far more deeply involved.
5I love to see people laugh and I love it more if I can make them laugh. I think this comes across in my drumming. I watch a lot of The Marx Brothers' movies and they were doing the same sort of things. You've seen the way [Chico Marx] plays the piano with that certain flair . . . adding something to the music while taking liberties within his own capabilities? It's a question of taking somebody else's music but not sending it up in a derogative sense, just injecting your own personality. [Pete Townshend]'s music allows me to do this.


1He is usually voted second to Led Zeppelin's John Bonham in lists of the greatest rock drummers of all time. However, Alice Cooper considers Moon the greatest he has ever seen.
2Friend and partner in practical jokes with Vivian Stanshall.
3Very good friends with Oliver Reed.
4The plaque at Golders Green, where he was cremated, and then his ashes scattered in in the Gardens of Remembrance, reads: Keith Moon 'Who' drummer. 1946 - 1978 "There is no substitute".
5He has a Blue Plaque at the old Marquee Club, at 90 Wardour Street, London, to celebrate his first show's with The Who, it reads: Keith Moon 1946 - 1978. Legendary rock drummer with 'The Who'. Performed here at the site of the Marquee Club in the 1960s.
6To be honoured with a 'blue plaque' at London's Marquee Club at 90 Wardour Street, Soho on 9th March 2009 by the Heritage Foundation. Rejecting the application by English Heritage for not being truly 'outstanding', English Heritage explained: "Is he a great drummer? Well you'd have to wait until Ringo Starr is dead and Phil Collins is dead and all these other great rock drummers until you can make that kind of decision... We decided that bad behaviour and overdosing on various substances wasn't a sufficient qualification to get a blue plaque.".
7Was very good friends with Dallas star Larry Hagman and singer Harry Nilsson.
8Once drove his Lincoln Continental into a hotel swimming pool, knocking out one of his teeth in the process.
9In 1973 he collapsed onstage at the San Francisco Cow Palace after having taken a huge amount of animal tranquilizer.
10Moon accidentally ran over his driver, Neil Boland on January 4, 1970. Moon, his wife, Kim and Larry "Legs" Smith (of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) left a pub where they were followed by a group of Skinheads who proceeded to pound on the car after Moon and his group got in it. Neil exited the car to stop the fracas and the car continued to move. Moon, from the back seat, tried to steer the car out of harm's way and inadvertently ran over Boland. Boland later died of his injuries. (Described in "Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon" by Tony Fletcher.)
11Although he owned dozens of fast, rare and expensive cars, he also owned an old, beat-up tractor that he used to drive to his local pub.
12Did not like school and was not a good student. A teacher once wrote in his report card, "Retarded artistically, idiotic in other respects".
13His ex-wife, Kim Moon McLagan, was killed in a car accident in August 2006 in Texas.
14His daughter, Mandy, is happily married and living with her husband and two daughters in California.
15Son of Kathleen Moon.
16He took his role as Uncle Ernie in the film version of Tommy (1975) very seriously, and was nervous about playing the part. He also met one of his great drinking buddies while making the film: Oliver Reed.
17Was a huge fan of The Beach Boys and reportedly used to listen to their 1964 album "Shut Down Volume 2" constantly for inspiration, before joining The Who. One of the last songs he sung in the studio was a cover of their 1966 #1 hit "Barbara Ann". He also produced a solo album that had a cover of their 1964 hit, 'Don't Worry Baby'.
18Was nicknamed "Nobby" by his father, Arthur. Arthur Moon died suddenly of a heart attack in 1974 at age 53.
19His public image was so pronounced that the Muppet character, Animal, whose credo is "Drums. Women. Food." was inspired by Moon.
20Was close friends with singer Marc Bolan and Monty Python star Graham Chapman.
21Left school at age 14, after discovering the drums.
22Learned to play drums at age 14.
23The first instrument he played was the bugle.
24Was originally going to play The Odd Job Man in Graham Chapman's The Odd Job (1978), but had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts with The Who, and his drinking problem.
25Was a front-row guest at one of The Monkees's London concerts; countered the fans' cries of "We want The Monkees!" by bellowing "We want The Who!" as loudly as anyone.
26Was ejected from a hotel suite after a night of nailing and strapping all the furniture to the ceiling.
27Shared a house in Los Angeles with John Lennon and May Pang, Ringo Starr, and Harry Nilsson in 1974; it was the same place where Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe had met for trysts in the early 1960s. They called it their "rock-n-roll rest home", and Moon was fond of coming down to breakfast wearing a trenchcoat slit up the back... and nothing underneath. (Klaus Voormann also lived there with his girlfriend, but steered clear of the other men's antics.)
28Daughter with his then wife Kim: Amanda Jane ("Mandy"), born on July 12, 1966.
29In reality, Moon and John Entwistle. discussed leaving The Who, going as far to name the band Lead Zeppelin based on the English saying "going over like a lead zeppelin" as Americans say "going over like a lead balloon". Entwistle went as far as to do drawings of the first album cover (the Hindenberg in flames) and they discussed the idea with their then driver Richard Cole. Later when this didn't materialize, and with Cole leaving their employ and going to work with Jimmy Page, the name was indeed used by Page to name the New Yardbirds. Both Moon and Entwistle subsequently took credit for the name.
30Packed flash powder in his bass drum during an appearance on the The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967), causing it to explode. This not only caused Pete Townshend's hair to catch fire and damaged his hearing, but Moon was injured as well. His prime purpose in this prank was to upstage Smothers, and when he appeared right in front of the camera whilst a joke was being cracked, before collapsing, his attempts were successful. Bette Davis was standing backstage during the explosion and fainted.
31Was allegedly responsible for The Who being banned from every Holiday Inn in the US for life after creating a ruckus while celebrating his 20th birthday at one of the chain's hotels in the Flint, MI, though actually they continued to use Holiday Inns for much of their career.
32On the cover of the last The Who album recorded with Moon, he is seated in chair upon which the words "Not to Be Taken Away" are stenciled. Moon died within weeks of the album's release.
33Roger Daltrey's song "Under A Raging Moon" was a tribute to him. The recording featured the work of 40 drummers, including Ringo Starr and his son Zak Starkey.
34Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Who) in 1990.
35Was the youngest member of The Who.
36The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean were his favorite musicians.
37Joined The Who in late 1964. Prior to that, he played drums for a cover band called The Beachcombers.
38Godfather of Zak Starkey. Replaced by Kenney Jones, ex-Face/Small Face, who was replaced by Zak Starkey.
39Dedicatee of the published script of Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979).
40Ashes scattered at Golders Green Crematorium, London, England in section 3P.
41Was the drummer with The Who along with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle.




The Who: At Kilburn 19772009VideoPercussionist
Sextette1978Dress Designer
Tommy1975Uncle Ernie
Sonic Boom1974ShortMad Doctor Cherman
Stardust1974J.D. Clover
Harry and Ringo's Night Out Promo Reel1974ShortKeith
Son of Dracula1974Musician: The Count Downes
That'll Be the Day1973J.D. Clover
200 Motels1971The Hot Nun


Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007Documentary writer: "Cobwebs and Strange", "The Ox", "Tommy's Holiday Camp"
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993Documentary writer: "Tommy's Holiday Camp"
The Kids Are Alright1979Documentary writer: "Cobwebs and Strange"
All This and World War II1976Documentary performer: "When I'm Sixty Four"
Tommy1975performer: "Christmas", "Fiddle About", "Tommy's Holiday Camp" - uncredited / writer: "Bernie's Holiday Camp", "Tommy's Holiday Camp" - uncredited
Rape Victims1975writer: "Overture" - uncredited

Music Department

That'll Be the Day1973music supervisor


Tommy1975additional material


The Kids Are Alright1979Documentary as The Who


Quadrophenia1979executive producer


Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003Documentary we would like to thank: with love
Life of Brian1979published edition of the screenplay dedicated to


The Who Live in Texas '752012VideoHimself (drums & percussion)
The Who at the London Coliseum 19692009VideoHimself (Drums)
The Who Weekend2002VideoHimself (The Who)
My Generation2000DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 19701998TV Movie documentaryHimself (The Who)
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival1997DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus1996DocumentaryHimself - The Who
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who)
Woodstock Diary1994TV Movie documentaryHimself (as The Who)
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
MTV Rocumentary: The Story of the Who1988TV Special documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Who: Who's Better Who's Best1988DocumentaryHimself
Roger Daltrey1983TV SpecialHimself
The Kids Are Alright1979DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary1977TV MovieHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
The 4th Annual American Music Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
The Hoyt Axton Country Western Boogie Woogie Gospel Rock and Roll Show1975TV MovieHimself / Singer
La fête aujourd'hui, la fête demain1974DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Radio Wonderful1974Documentary shortHimself
Russell Harty Plus1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Who
In Concert1972TV SeriesHimself - Host
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet1970TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Woodstock1970DocumentaryHimself - The Who (uncredited)
Schlag auf Schlager1970TV MovieHimself (as The Who)
Beat-Club1967-1969TV SeriesHimself - Musician
This Is Tom Jones1969TV Series documentaryHimself
Monterey Pop1968DocumentaryPerformers (as The Who)
Time for Blackburn1968TV SeriesHimself
Melodien einer Stadt1968TV SeriesHimself - Musician
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHimself
Our World1967TV Movie documentaryHimself (United Kingdom segment)
Ready, Steady, Go!1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
Popside1966TV SeriesHimself
Carousella1966Documentary shortHimself (as The Who)
Take Thirty1965TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1965TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut2009TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Woodstock: Now & Then2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Classic Rock Drum Solos2007Video documentaryHimself
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007DocumentaryHimself
Final 242007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Who: Music in Review - The Moon Years2006Video documentary
Wingspan2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hellraisers2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1 Legends1997TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Beatles Anthology1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who)
Top of the Pops 21995TV SeriesHimself
The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ein Leben als Extravaganza - Das Genie Frank Zappa1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
X-Large1989TV Series documentaryHimself
The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels1988Video documentaryHimself
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rock 'N' Roll Goldmine: The Sixties1986Documentary shortHimself (The Who)
Ready Steady Go, Volume 21985DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Video from Hell1985VideoHimself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 11983DocumentaryHimself (as The Who)
Top of the Pops1978TV SeriesHimself - Member: The Who
2nd House1974TV SeriesHimself - The Who
Beat-Club1966-1967TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words2016DocumentaryThe Hot Nun
The Beatles: 12015VideoHimself (segment "All You Need Is Love") (uncredited)
Get All That, Ant?2015Documentary
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV MovieHimself (as The Who)
Pop Gold2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Who: The Making of Tommy2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Who: Quadrophenia - The Complete Story2012Himself - Drummer
Pearl Jam Twenty2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
When Rock Goes Acoustic2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Let's Spend the Night Together2010DocumentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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