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Charlie Parker (I) (1920–1955)


Charles Christopher Parker Jr. was born on August 29, 1920, in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, to Charles Parker Sr. and his 18-year-old wife Addie. His father ran out on the family when Charlie was just a little boy. When he was 11 his mother bought him an alto saxophone for his birthday. By the time he was 15 Charlie was working as a musician ... See full bio »

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 2016 Darker Than You Think (performer: "Now's the Time" - as Charlie Parkers Reboppers) / (writer: "Now's the Time") (announced)
 2015 Ray Donovan (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tulip (2015) ... (performer: "Laird Baird" - as Charlie Parker Quartet, uncredited)
  Forever (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2014) (writer - 1 episode, 2014)
- 6 A.M. (2014) ... (performer: "Ornithology" - uncredited) / (writer: "Ornithology" - uncredited)
 2013 Half of a Yellow Sun (writer: "My Little Suede Shoes")
  The Mark of Beauty (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Ayu (2013) ... (performer: "Si Si") / (writer: "Si Si")
 2013 Big Sur (performer: "Tiger Rag")
 2012 Ginger & Rosa (performer: "Bird Gets the Worm - Take 1" - as Charlie Parker's All Stars) / (writer: "Bird Gets the Worm - Take 1")
 2012 On the Road (performer: "Ko-Ko") / (writer: "Ko-Ko")
 2011 Lena (performer: "Stupendous" - as Charlie Parker's New Stars) / (writer: "Stupendous")
 2011 L.A. Noire (Video Game) (performer: "Oop Pop A Da")
 2010 Sir John Dankworth at the BBC (TV Movie) (writer: "Donna Lee")
 2010 Edge of Darkness (performer: "Embraceable You")
 2009 Transmissions (performer: "Crazeology")
 2009 Professor Norman Cornett (Documentary) (writer: "Now is the Time")
 2008 Roland Kirk: Live in '64 & '67 (Video) (music: "Blues for Alice")
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) (performer: "Night and Day")
 2007 Ugly Betty (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Brothers (2007) ... (performer: "La Cucaracha (Remastered)" - as Charlie Parker Quintet, uncredited)
 2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (writer: "Segment" (1949))
 2005 Capote (writer: "My Little Suede Shoes" (1951))
 2004 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (2004) ... (performer: "Embraceable You")
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Piano Blues (2003) ... (writer: "Hootie's Blues")
 2003 Any Way the Wind Blows (performer: "In the Still of the Night")
 2002 Crossing Jordan (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Someone to Count On (2002) ... (performer: "Embraceable You" - uncredited)
 2002 Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (Documentary) (performer: "Embraceable You")
 2000 Joe Gould's Secret (performer: "The Nearness of You")
 1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley (performer: "KO-KO") / (writer: "KO-KO")
 1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide (performer: "Shaw 'Nuff'", "Groovin' High") / (writer: "Shaw 'Nuff'")
 1997 The Ditchdigger's Daughters (TV Movie) (performer: "Lover Man")
 1997 Love Jones (performer: "Parker's Mood") / (writer: "Parker's Mood")
 1996 Basquiat (performer: "Koko", "April in Paris") / (writer: "Koko")
 1995 Se7en (performer: "Now's the Time") / (writer: "Now's the Time")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (performer: "Cool Blues") / (writer: "Ko-Ko", "Cool Blues")
 1993 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Murder, Obliquely (1993) ... (performer: "Why Do I Love You")
 1993 A Dangerous Woman (writer: "My Little Suede Shoes")
 1992 The Last Days of Chez Nous (writer: "Donna Lee")
 1992 Mac (performer: "LAURA")
 1991 The Marrying Man (performer: "YARDBIRD SUITE") / (writer: "YARDBIRD SUITE")
  Only Fools and Horses.... (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1991) (writer - 1 episode, 1991)
- Stage Fright (1991) ... (performer: "Ornithology" - uncredited) / (writer: "Ornithology" - uncredited)
 1988 Let's Get Lost (Documentary) ("Cheryl")
 1988 Bird (performer: "Lester Leaps In", "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me", "Ornithology", "Lover Man", "April in Paris", "All of Me", "Now's The Time", "Cool Blues", "Laura", "This Time The Dream's On Me", "Ko Ko", "Parker's Mood")
 1987 Sign 'o' the Times (Documentary) (writer: "Now's the Time")
 1986 The Color of Money (performer: "I'll Remember April")
 1986 'Round Midnight (writer: "Now's The Time")
 1980 Joe Albany... a Jazz Life (Documentary) (performer: "Ornithology", "Embraceable You", "My Little Suede Shoes", "Billie's Bounce", "Confirmation") / (writer: "Ornithology", "My Little Suede Shoes", "Billie's Bounce", "Confirmation")
 1977 Sorcerer (performer: "I'll Remember April")
 1976 Next Stop, Greenwich Village (performer: "Confirmation") / (writer: "Confirmation")
 1964 Jazz 625 (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Cleo Laine (1964) ... (writer: "Big Foot", "Dewey Square")
- The Johnny Scott Quintet (1964) ... (writer: "Donna Lee")
 1952 Stage Entrance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 24 February 1952 (1952) ... (performer: "Hot House")
 1946 Jivin' in Be-Bop (Documentary) (writer: "Shaw 'nuff", "Ornithology" - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: "Carvin' the Bird" (Dial Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Charlie 'Bird' Parker
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Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians, 1994. See more »

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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