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Bo Diddley (1928–2008)

Ever heard "I Want Candy" or "Not Fade Away" or "Willie & The Hand Jive", Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame" or U2's "Desire" or George Michael's "Faith"? If you have, then you've heard the "Bo Diddley beat", the most famous beat in the world! One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, Bo Diddley's innovative pounding and hypnotic, ... See full bio »


(age 79) in Archer, Florida, USA

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Trading Places
Trading Places Pawnbroker
Blues Brothers 2000
Blues Brothers 2000 The Louisiana Gator Boys
The Wolf of Wall Street
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 2017 Logan Lucky (performer: "Road Runner") / (writer: "Road Runner" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2017 CHIPS (writer: "Who Do You Love?" - as McDaniel Ellas)
 2015 Entourage (writer: "I'm A Man" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2015/II Frankenstein (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street (performer: "Road Runner", "Pretty Thing", "I Need You Baby (Mona)") / (writer: "Road Runner", "I Need You Baby (Mona)" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side (writer: "Manish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2013 We're the Millers (writer: "I'm A Man" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (writer: "Play the Guitar" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2012 Not Fade Away (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley")
 2012 Men in Black 3 (writer: "Love Is Strange", "Back in Time" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2011 The Help (performer: "Road Runner", "Hey! Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Road Runner", "Hey! Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2011 Beloved (writer: "Who Do You Love?" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2009 Funny People (writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2009 Middle Men (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2008 Cadillac Records (writer: "I'm a Man", "Evolution of a Man" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2008 RocknRolla (as McDaniel, "I'm a Man")
 2008 Definitely, Maybe (writer: "Mannish Boy" (1955) - as Ellas Mcdaniels)
 2007 Ganes (writer: "Road Runner")
 2007 Mr. Woodcock (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2007 Juno (writer: "Dearest" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2007 What Love Is (writer: "Manning Boy")
 2007 Wild Hogs (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2007 Introducing the Dwights (performer: "I'm A Man") / (writer: "I'm A Man" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2007 Ghost Rider (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2006 Hollywoodland (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2006 Grilled (writer: "I'm A Woman" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2006 Monamour (performer: "Mona" - as Bo Dieddley) / (writer: "Mona" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2005 AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (performer: "Willie and the Hand Jive")
 2005 The Dukes of Hazzard (performer: "Better Watch Yourself") / (writer: "Better Watch Yourself" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2005 The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (writer: "Bo Diddley" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2004 Saving Face (writer: "LOVE IS STRANGE" - as Ellas McDaniels)
 2003 Foolproof (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2003 The Night We Called It a Day (writer: "Mannish Boy")
 2003 Daddy Day Care (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2003 Chooch (lyrics: "AZTEC", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel) / (music: "AZTEC", "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel) / (performer: "AZTEC")
 2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (as Ellas McDaniel, "Who Do You Love")
 2002 Sadistic Bitch (writer: "Love is Strange")
 2002 I Spy (writer: "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 2001 Joe Dirt (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Elias McDaniel)
 2000 Gone in Sixty Seconds (writer: "Ride on Josephine" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1999 Boys Don't Cry (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1998 Jerry and Tom (writer: "Mannish Boy")
 1997 Fire Down Below (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1997 The Locusts (writer: "Love Is Strange" - as Ellis McDaniels)
 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Elias McDaniel)
 1996 The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (writer: "I'M A MAN" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel)
 1996 Heaven's Prisoners (writer: "Beaux's Bounce" - as Ellis McDaniel)
 1994 The Cowboy Way (writer: "Who Do You Love" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1994 Cops and Robbersons (performer: "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover")
 1994 Backbeat (writer: "Road Runner" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1992 The Cutting Edge (writer: "Diddley Daddy" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1991 Shakes the Clown (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1991 Flight of the Intruder (as Ellas McDaniel, "Bo Diddley") / (performer: "Bo Diddley")
 1990 Mermaids (writer: "Love Is Strange" - as E. McDaniel)
 1990 Goodfellas (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1989 Lisa (performer: "I'm a Man") / (writer: "I'm a Man" - as Elias McDaniel)
 1989 Who Shot Patakango? (performer: "Bo Diddley", "I'm a Man") / (writer: "Bo Diddley", "I'm a Man")
 1989/I Shag (writer: "Diddly Daddy" - as McDaniel)
 1989 She's Out of Control (performer: "Mona") / (writer: "Mona" - as E. McDaniel)
 1988 Earth Girls Are Easy (writer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1988 Stealing Home (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley")
 1988 Short Circuit 2 (performer: "Bo Diddley") / (writer: "Bo Diddley")
 1988 Two Moon Junction (writer: "Who Do You Love?" - as E. McDaniel)
 1988 Tapeheads (performer: "Surfer's Love Chant") / (writer: "Surfer's Love Chant")
 1988 A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (performer: "I'M A MAN") / (writer: "I'M A MAN")
 1987 The Big Town (performer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE") / (writer: "WHO DO YOU LOVE" - as Ellis McDaniel)
 1987 La Bamba (lyrics: "Who Do You Love" - as E. McDaniel) / (music: "Who Do You Love" - as E. McDaniel) / (performer: "Who Do You Love")
 1986 Willy/Milly (writer: "Mannish Boy")
 1986 Meatballs III: Summer Job (performer: "Make Up Your Mind Tonight") / (writer: "Who Do You Love")
 1986 The Color of Money (performer: "She's Fine - She's Mine") / (writer: "She's Fine - She's Mine")
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel)
 1985 Better Off Dead... (writer: "Mannish Boy" - as Ellis McDaniel)
 1985 The Sex O'Clock News (performer: "Do Your Thing") / (writer: "Do Your Thing")
 1985 Breaking All the Rules (as Ellas McDaniel, "Mannish Boy")
 1983 Risky Business (writer: "Mannish Boy")
 1979 More American Graffiti (writer: "I'm a Man")
 1972 Fritz the Cat (performer: "Bo Diddley" (1955)) / (writer: "Bo Diddley" (1955) - as Ellas McDaniel)
 1962 Don't Knock the Twist (writer: "Hey Bo Diddley")
 1959 Go, Johnny, Go! (writer: "MAMA, CAN I GO OUT")
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Other Works:

CD: "His Best" (Uni) See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 21 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Ellas McDaniel


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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This group The Sex Pistols pukes onstage? I don't necessarily like that. That's not showmanship... They gotta get themselves an act. See more »


1978: He moved from Los Lunas, New Mexico, to Hawthorne, Florida. See more »


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