At 80 years old, Mick Jagger shows no signs of slowing down. The iconic Rolling Stones frontman has been entertaining audiences for over half a century with his singing, songwriting, and electrifying stage presence. But did you know that Jagger has also dabbled in acting?
Jagger’s acting career began in 1970 with two films: “Ned Kelly” and “[Performance].” In “Ned Kelly,” Jagger played the iconic Australian outlaw and received mixed reviews. However, it was his performance in “Performance” that showcased his range as an actor. Playing a burned-out, decadent rock star, Jagger toyed with his public persona and delivered a performance that was both mesmerizing and unsettling.
Despite being on the shelf for nearly two years, “Performance” developed a cult following and is now considered a classic. Jagger’s androgynous beauty and his performance of the song “Memo From Turner” in the film helped to solidify his status as a rock icon and sex symbol.
Jagger continued to act sporadically over the years, taking on roles in films such as “Bent,” “The Man From Elysian Fields,” and “The Burnt Orange Heresy.” While he hasn’t had a breakthrough acting role like David Bowie in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” or Lady Gaga in “A Star is Born,” Jagger’s screen presence is always interesting and worth watching.
Offscreen, Jagger has lived a life as wild and scandalous as his onscreen characters. With eight children from five women and a reputation as a playboy, Jagger has often made headlines for his personal life. But throughout it all, he has remained a consummate performer, captivating audiences with his signature moves and unforgettable voice.
As Jagger celebrates his 80th birthday, it’s clear that he is truly ageless. Whether he’s singing, songwriting, or acting, Mick Jagger is a true rock icon with a legacy that will endure for generations to come.