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Overview (5)

Born in Hawthorne, California, USA
Died in Marina del Rey, California, USA  (drowning)
Birth NameDennis Carl Wilson
Nickname Denny
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dennis Wilson was born in Hawthorne, California in 1944 to Audree and Murry Wilson. The middle of three brothers, Dennis was rebellious and argumentative; he often acknowledged that he was the Wilsons' "black sheep." He joined America's band, The Beach Boys, when his mother pushed his brothers to let him play with them, although at first he refused to take part in it that way. The Beach Boys fell into trouble in the 1970s, a direct result of Dennis' spiral into heavy drug and alcohol use. He accidentally drowned in December 1983, leaving a wide fan base and an even wider legacy.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (1)

Spouse Shawn Marie Love (28 July 1983 - 28 December 1983)  (his death)  (1 child)
Karen Lamm (28 July 1978 - 23 May 1980)  (divorced)
Karen Lamm (21 May 1976 - 19 September 1977)  (divorced)
Barbara Charren (4 August 1970 - 6 August 1974)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Carole E. Unrot (29 July 1965 - 14 January 1968)  (divorced)  (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

His Beard

Trivia (24)

Middle brother of Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson.
Ex-brother-in-law of Marilyn Wilson.
In 1968, Wilson picked up a couple of women hitchhikers and took them to his house to party. The women were associated with a wanna-be song-writer named Charles Manson, who invited himself to visit the Beach Boy. Wilson also picked up a male hitchhiker that year, drug dealer Charles 'Tex' Watson, whom Dennis invited to hang out at his house. In fact, Manson met "Tex" Watson at Wilson's house; the two would become partners in some of the most infamous murders of the 20th Century. Initially, Wilson tolerated Manson's presence at his house, as he brought his groupies with him. Wilson had encouraged Manson's musical ambitions and one of his songs, "Cease to Exist", appeared on the Beach Boys album "20/20" under the title "Never Learn Not to Love". Eventually, Wilson and his musical confederates whom had been introduced to Manson became disenchanted with him, despite the former pimp's provision of women, due to Charlie's fierce temper. Ultimately, Manson and his girls proved to be unwanted guests who tried to commandeer Wilson's house. Wilson, too intimidated to evict his guests, eventually moved out of his own house. Shortly thereafter, Manson and his followers left and began their descent into the hellish frenzy that culminated in the Tate-LaBianca killings. committed the Tate-LaBianca murders.
Drummer/singer, member of The Beach Boys.
Although his brothers had vied for him to be buried in the family plot at Inglewood Cemetary, then-wife Shawn wound up winning a heated battle over what was to be done with his remains. Thus, he was cremated and buried at sea off the California coast by the U.S. Coast Guard on January 4, 1984 at coordinates (33-53.9 N, 118-38.8 W).
Inducted by Elton John into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Beach Boys) on 20 January 1988.
Cousin of Mike Love.
Son, Carl Wilson, has followed in the musical footsteps of his father and performs in a band with his cousin, Justyn Wilson (his brother Carl Wilson's son), and their friend, Mario. The band is In Bloom.
Had four children. Daughter, Jennifer Wilson, was born in 1967, sons Michael Wilson on 19 February 1971, Carl Wilson on 31 December 1972 and Gage Wilson on 3 September 1982. He also adopted his first wife Carol's son, Scott, as his own in the mid-sixties.
Was the only member of the The Beach Boys who could actually surf and excelled at the sport.
Only learned after falling in love with last wife Shawn that she was actually his cousin Mike Love's illegitimate daughter. Despite their distant blood relationship, Dennis and Shawn could legally marry - and doing so capped off for Dennis the hatred he'd felt for Mike, since the early Beach Boys days.
Was in a tumultuous relationship with singer Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac from 1979 to 1981.
Had the most in common with father 'Murry Wilson' of any of the Wilson brothers, including his temper; while Brian and Carl usually submitted to their father's bullying, Dennis fought back. Later, Dennis was the one who spent the most time with Murry, before his death.
While the other Beach Boys objected to the material brother Brian recorded for their (never-completed) "Smile" album, Dennis brushed back tears listening to the rough tracks, telling Brian "It's beautiful... don't change a thing."
Was the last member of The Beach Boys to learn to play an instrument; their first single had brother Brian Wilson improvising drum sounds with a pie-pan.
At his last concert in 1983, he lovingly hugged brother Brian Wilson after a song, causing Brian to exclaim "This my brother Dennis, you remember Dennis!" A barely audible (due to years of drug use and alcohol abuse) yet vibrant Dennis said to the audience "You know folks, if you knew what it was like to be singing, and playing... thank you so very much. You are so beautiful to me". It was the last time he appeared in public.
He and The Beach Boys were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Made his one and only film in the '70s cult classic, Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) at the age of 25.
Was expelled from high school shortly after he turned age 16 for getting into a fight with a classmate in the boys bathroom. The cause of the fight was a nickle lollipop that he stole.
Traditionally an honour for military personnel, Dennis Wilson was giving the honour of being buried at sea.
Revealed in an interview with Circus Magazine in October of 1976 that he lost his virginity when he was "either 16 or 18".
Friends often said that second wife, Barbara Charren was "the best thing that ever happened to him".

Personal Quotes (1)

[in the sleeve notes for The Beach Boys 1964 album, "All Summer Long"] "They say I live a fast life. Maybe I just like a fast life. I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world. It won't last forever, either. But the memories will."

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