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Peter Thorkelson, better known as Peter Tork, was born in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 1942. He began taking piano lessons when he was 9, and moved on to all sorts of different instruments thereafter, including banjo and guitar. He went to high school in Willimantic, Connecticut and soon after, moved to New York City to be a musician. In 2009, he announced that he had been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, which affected his head and neck. He is in remission. He has been married three times and has three children.



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