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AARP members can watch "No Ordinary Man: The Life and Death of Billy Tipton" through August 10, 2022. Video run time is 1 hour, 24 minutes.


‘No Ordinary Man’ Documentary Honors Unlikely Hero and Jazz Musician Billy Tipton

Film offers touching narrative of trans icon’s life

The documentary No Ordinary Man: The Life and Death of Billy Tipton examines the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton, who rose to fame in the 1940s and ’50s and who was known as a gentleman and devoted husband and father. But when he died at 74, in 1989, and it became clear he was transgender, he was outed by the media and his story was treated as though he had deceived everyone around him.

No Ordinary Man reimagines Tipton’s narrative — featuring recordings as well as archival and present-day interviews — and blends in dialogue and touching statements from contemporary trans performers and experts. Complicated, beautiful and historically unrivaled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honor the legacy of an unlikely hero.

Directors: Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt

Writers: Aisling Chin-Yee and Amos Mac

Features: Billy Tipton Jr., Holden Bernstein, Kate Bornstein, Ryan Cassata, Tyler DiChiara

Run time: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Year: 2021

MPAA rating: Not rated/documentary

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