Guitarist for The Doors who wrote "Light My Fire" and "Love Her Madly" then went on to become a painter.
He taught himself how to play guitar at a young age, going on to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara.
He is listed as #76 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
He comes from a German and Jewish family. In 1972, he married Lynn Krieger.