Cuba Gooding Jr. on O.J. Simpson Trial- You Have No Idea What Really Went Down

Cuba Gooding Jr’s untold secrets and incredible career

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Cuba Gooding Jr. is an American Actor known for his outstanding performances in a number of movies, including his critically acclaimed performance in Jerry Maguire. He has best known for his appearances in the movies such as Boyz n the Hood (1991), As Good As It Gets (1997), American Gangster (2007), The Fighting Temptation (2003), The Butler (2013) and most recently, Selma (2014). Other than these movies, he also starred in a TV show – Guilty, which was directed by McG as a pilot for Fox. He was given a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the year 2002.

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Early Life

Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr on #OscarsSoWhite
Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr on #OscarsSoWhite

Cuba Gooding was born in the New York City on 2nd January, 1968. His mother was a singer and his father was a lead vocalist for a soul music band. Gooding has three brothers and sisters – Tommy, Omar, and April. Among them, his second sibling, Omar is also an actor and a musician. His father came from Barbados, and shifted their home to Los Angeles in 1972. Two years after that in 1974, his father took off and never came back. After that, it was Gooding’s mother that raised him all by herself.
In his early years, Gooding had to change high schools more than once because of his family problems and studied at four of them. The interesting thing is that in three of those schools, he was chosen to the position of class president.
Gooding was one of the lucky ones to actually marry his high school sweetheart in 1994. Very soon, he even became a proud father of the three kids – Piper, Spencer and Mason. However, things have not remained as great now as it was reported in 2014 that Sara has filed for a divorce.

Acting Career

He started his career by performing for the very first time as a break dancer at the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics with singer Lionel Richie. After completing his high school and before he took an interest towards acting, Gooding spent three years learning martial arts. Then, he began to pursue his career in the field of acting. In the early stage of his career, he appeared in guest roles in a number of TV shows, the likes of which include Hill Street Blues, Amen and MacGyver. Other than this, he had a minor role in the comedy TV show, Coming To America.

Cuba Gooding landed himself his first major opportunity in the year 1991, with the movie, “Boyz n the Hood”. The lead role of Tre Styles was played by Gooding the movie. The film, now considered to be a modern classic, came to be a surprise hit at the box office and got a great critical acclaim. This was the movie that spawned the seeds of his success. It was soon followed by some bit hits, including Lightening Jack, Outbreak, Judgment Night and A Few Good Men.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. crashes stage during Aziz Ansari stand up

The year 1996 proved to be a golden year for Gooding. He was selected for the role of a football player whose sporting days may be behind him, in the sports-comedy blockbuster, Jerry Maguire by Cameron Crowe. Gooding brought the character of this arrogant but charismatic player alive in a way that won the hearts of both critics as well as the audiences. This movie, co-starring Tom Cruise, was an immense commercial and critical success. His excellent performance in the movie gained him an Academy Award. His dialogue “Show Me the Money!” gained a nationwide attention and soon became a catch phrase.

The following year, Gooding got an opportunity to act in the movie, As Good As It Gets. This movie too won an Academy Award and with this, Gooding’s career took a long flight in the sky of success. From here, he was constantly praised for his outstanding performances in the movies such as What Dreams May Come True (1998) and Men of Honor (2000).

Cuba Gooding was also known for his performance as Doris Miller in the movie Pearl Harbour (2001). His performance in the Rat Race the same year did not lower his fame either. As part of his next project, he co-stared with Beyoncé Knowles in the musical film The Fighting Temptations. His next notable appearance was in Snow Dogs (2002), a family-comedy, which was quite a big success at the box office. But, during this period, he also acted in a number of movies that didn’t perform so well at the box office nor with the critics. These include Chill Factor (1999), Daddy Day Camp (2007), and so on. During the same period, he also appeared in a number of movies that were a box office flop, which could not overshadow his fame.

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Cuba Gooding Jr joins Big Time

Since then, Gooding has acted in quite a number of critically ignored movies, in complete contrast to his early career. Around this time, the successful movies such as The Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and American Gangster stand as exception to his streak of unsuccessful movies. He made his debut in the Broadway Theatre with The Trip To Bountiful, alongside Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson. The Broadway show was nominated for a Tony Award and received good response overall. In 2014, he was casted for the role of Fred Gray in Selma, which gained him a huge critical acclaim. Since then, he is seen more on the television than on the silver screen. For instance, his performance in the role of Samuel Fraunces in The Book of Negroes has been widely praised. Another one of his notable television appearances is in the role of O.J. Simpson in the upcoming TV show, American Crime Story. He has made his appearance in many hit movies as well as television shows, and has received a great critical acclaim for his outstanding performances. He has even achieved a star in the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in the year 2002.


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Shocking, Troubling, or just Justin Bieber. What is his real persona?

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Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer, record producer and songwriter who was discovered via YouTube. His debut album, My World was released in 2009, which was certified Platinum in US. Justin, after this first release, became the first artist to ever get seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100, on debut. The pop-star released his first full-length studio album in the year 2010 by the name My World 2.0. It was certified as triple platinum in the US and debuted as one of the top albums in several countries. After this, Bieber brought out his most successful single to date, Baby which was certified as 12X- platinum in the US.

Justin was born on 1st March, 1994 in the city of London in Ontario, Canada. His father, Jeremy Jack Bieber and mother, Patricia Mallette were not married each other. He was brought up in Stratford, Ontario with his mother and his grandmother, Diane, along with his step-grandfather, Bruce. Bieber’s mother has French-Canadian ancestry, while his father has a German heritage, and his other also has Irish and English ancestors. Bieber also has two half-siblings from his father’s side.

Justin Bieber went to Jeanne Sauve Catholic School in Stanford. His interest in music is reflected from the fact that he learned to play various instruments like drums, trumpet, guitar and piano while growing up. He passed out from Michael Catholic Secondary School with a GPA of 4.0 in the year 2012.

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From the Justin Bieber – What Did You Mean? music video

At an age of 12, Justin Bieber sang in a local competition and won the second position. His mother uploaded the video of his complete performance on YouTube to share it with relatives and friends. After that, she continued uploading Bieber’s videos of singing various popular songs, and slowly he started becoming popular on the site.

Justin Bieber was discovered when Scooter Braun, who had worked as a marketing executive with So So Def Recordings. He actually clicked on a 2007 YouTube video of Justin, by accident. He was immediately impressed upon listening to Bieber’s voice and tracked him down. Justin Bieber’s mother was reluctant at first, believe it or not, because of Braun’s Judaism. But upon getting convinced from a church elder, she finally agreed to it. Justin was then flown to Atlanta, Georgia to record samples and just within a week he had started singing for Usher. All this at a young age of thirteen.

The first single of Justin Bieber, One Time, was on the radio, when Bieber had not yet even finished recording his first album. During its first week of release, the song reached number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100 and later listed as number seventeen on Billboard Top 100. His first release was named My World, which eventually became platinum in the US. The album also earned a double platinum in both UK and Canada. For the promotion of the album Bieber performed on many tours and European Programs.

The famous song, Baby, was released in January 2010 from Bieber’s album, My World 2.0. The song got international recognition and marked its presence in the top 5 in both Canadian Hot 100 and Billboard Hot 100 list. When the whole album was released it gained favorable reviews and made an entry into the US Billboard chart. The immense success of the album made Bieber the youngest male solo artist to top this chart since the sixties.

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From the Justin Bieber – All That Matters music video

In October, 2010 Justin Bieber announced that he will soon be releasing an acoustic album known as My World Acoustic, which was released in November, 2010. Bieber was ranked at number two on the Forbes list of best paid celebrities under the age of thirty in the year 2011. He was one of the top seven musicians who earned $53 million in a 12-month period.

After that, he released the Christmas-themed Under The Mistletoe as his second studio album in November 2011. It debuted number one on Billboard 200. Bieber began recording his second studio album in late 2011. The album was named Believe, in which the first song was called Boyfriend. The song became Justin Bieber’s first ever single to reach the top in Canadian Hot 100. The whole album was released in June, 2012 by Island Records. The album came out as Bieber’s fourth number one album on Billboard 200. It sold 57,000 copies of the album in Canada in the first week, bringing it to the top of Canadian Album Charts.

Bieber announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in December 2012, about his plans on the album titled Believe Acoustic, which then came out in January 2013. An announcement was made by Bieber in October, 2013 that he would release a song every Monday for 10 weeks that wound lead to his movie Justin Bieber’s Believe, which was released in December 2013. Justin was also a featured roastee in Comedy Central’s Annual Roast Special for the year 2015.

PURPOSE The Movement
PURPOSE The Movement

Bieber released a new single, titled What Do You Mean? from his album Purpose in the August of 2015. It became Bieber’s first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Becoming the youngest artist to ever top the chart, he also received a Guinness World Record for this feat. The whole album was released in November, 2015 and became Bieber’s sixth album to debut at the top of the chart.

Justin Bieber has been one of the most searched teenager on Google for four years straight. Throughout his active years in the industry, he has been in the news with cameras and paparazzi right above his head. The success of the travel tours by Justin Bieber (Urban Behavior Tour, My World Tour, Believe Tour, Purpose World Tour), displays the level of craze for him, predominantly among the teenagers and mostly, girls at that. On Twitter, Bieber comes at number two, after Katy Perry, for highest number of followers at 72,472,285 followers.


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Dakota Johnson’ Glamorous Lifestyle Brings Joy to Many

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Dakota Mayi Johnson is a Hollywood Model and Actress. She starred in the comedy TV series, Ben and Kate, which premiered in the year 2012 and was aired only briefly. However, she is best known for her role as the leading female actress in a number of movies such as The Social Network, 21 Jump Street, 50 Shades of Grey, Need for Speed, and so on. While she appeared in the 2015 film, Chloe and Theo, her next project is How To Be Single, which will be released in 2016.

Early Life

Dakota Johnson in New York
Dakota Johnson in New York

Johnson was born on October 4, 1989 in Austin, Texas, U.S. Her mother, Melanie Griffith and father, Don Johnson are both well-known actors. Her maternal grandfather is an advertising executive Peter Griffith, who was also a former child actor. Also, her maternal grandmother is Tippi Hedren, who was a Golden Globe winning actress. Johnson is the step-daughter of Antonio Banderas. She has a total of 6 step-siblings both on her father’s and mother’s side combined.
Dakota Johnson has attended three different schools during her childhood. When she was in school, she was a very good dancer. Her interest in modeling began after her photo-shoot for the magazine, Teen Vogue, when she was 12 years old. This paved the way for her acting career, which isn’t really a surprise considering that she is a third generation actress in the family.

Acting Career

Dakota Johnson’s acting debut was with the movie, Crazy In Alabama, in the year 1999. In the movie, Johnson and Stella Banderas, her sister, play the role of siblings. Their mother in the movie is played by Melanie Griffith, who is their real-life mother. Also, Antonio Banderas, who was her step-father at the time, was the director of the film. In 2006, Johnson was chosen as Miss Golden Globe 2006. She was the first second-generation Golden Globe in its history.
As soon as Johnson graduated from high school, she did not waste any time before pursuing her career in acting. She soon got a role in The Social Network by David Fincher, in which her performance was widely appreciated by the critics. During the next few years, she played major roles in a number of movies, including the likes of Beastly, Chloe and Theo by Ezna Sands, and For Ellen by So Young Kim. In the year 2012, she appeared in The Five-Year Engagement, the movie 21 Jump Street and Christopher Neil’s film Goats, with David Duchovny. Next she appeared in Date and Switch as the female lead.

Dakota Johnson for Glamour
Dakota Johnson for Glamour

Dakota Johnson made her television debut on the Fox sitcom, Ben and Kate. She played the role of Kate on the short-lived TV show, in which her performance received good response. However, in 2013, only after airing a season of the show, it was cancelled. After the unsuccessful experience with television, Dakota Johnson quickly revived her career in the year 2014 with the film, Need For Speed. Apart from that, she also appeared in the movie Cymbeline, which was based on William Shakespeare’s work of the same name. She even appeared in the final episode of the TV series, The Office, in the year 2013 as one of the new employees.

Her biggest project so far has been Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), in which she plays the role of the female lead, Anastasia Steele. She won over the role by competing against the likes of Felicity Jones, Denielle Panabaker, Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodleyand, and Lucy Hale. This pushed her to the top, in terms of fame. Later, she even appeared on the fortieth anniversary special of the Saturday Night live. Later, sheeven hosted an episode of the Saturday Night Live by herself. In 2015, she got to work again with her 21Jump Street cast member, Johnny Depp in the 2015 movie Black Mass. She plays the role of his child’s mother.

In the year 2015, she starred in the thriller film A Bigger Splash by Luca Guadagnino. In this movie she costarred with Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. The movie will be released in the U.S. in May, 2016. Johnson also plays a widow in the movie, Forever Interrupted, for which she is also an executive producer. The film will be released later this year.

Dakota Johnson for VOGUE
Dakota Johnson for VOGUE

She has also been cast alongside Nicholas Braun and Leslie Mann, in the comedy, How To Be Single (2016). In the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of AnOther Magazine, Dakota Johnson also mentioned that she is training herself very intensely in ballet for the Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of the Italian horror movie, Suspiria.

Modeling Career

Johnson considers acting as her main career choice. But, that hasn’t stopped her from modeling from time to time. She has taken several modeling projects. She modeled for the jeans Brand Mango in the year 2009 and also shot a campaign for the Australian brand, Wish in the year 2011.

Achievements

Dakota Johnson has acted in numerous movies over the years and her performances have been praised by the critics as well as the audiences. She has been nominated and has won quite a number of awards. For instance, for the movie The Social Network, the entire cast of the film won Ensemble Of The Year Award in the Hollywood Film Awards for the year 2010. They again won Ensemble Cast Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Other than this, she was also nominated for two more awards for her excellent performance in the movie. Her role in the TV series Ben and Kate, gained her the award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in the Women’s Image Network Award in the year 2013. She won the Calvin Klein Spotlight Award for Elle Women In Hollywood. She has also been nominated for People’s choice Award in the Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress category, the decision for which is still pending.


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Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

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Late Show is an icon in the history of television. So, when David Letterman, the first ever host of the show, announced his retirement, it was almost impossible to think of a replacement. After much speculation, the job went to Stephen Colbert, the host of The Colbert Report and The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

David Letterman had hosted the Late Show for 22 years before he announced his retirement in the April of 2014. The Late Show premiered its first episode in the August of 1993. It was produced by CBS and Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Letterman’s satire, presence of mind, humor and charm, among other things made the show a grand success. Other than Letterman’s popularity and the ratings of the show, its success can be gauged from the fact that the TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time placed it in the seventh position.

Though The Late Show always had a high viewership, it was experiencing a decline in the recent years. In 2013, 3.1 million people watched the show on an average. This went down to 2.8 million, the following year. There was another area of concern for the show that may have had the network go looking for a replacement. Among all the talk shows on air, the Late Show, had the highest proportion of older audiences. A decision to bring in a younger host may have been made to attract the younger crowd, as well as give a boost to the show to improve ratings.

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There is no doubt Colbert was facing sky-high expectations when he took over the legendary Late Show from an equally iconic host, David Letterman. If you do equally well, nobody notices. But, if you have even so much so as a glitch, you are doomed. So, the only real option that Colbert had was to put up a spectacular show and so he did. Undoubtedly, there was pressure, but Colbert seemed absolutely comfortable in his skin as he began his journey as the host of the Late Show.

The show was successfully able to capture the feel of the Late Show, as under Letterman, and that was one of the major factors that Colbert must have been vying for. The other big hurdle that he would have to cross is that he had to separate himself from the past shows that he had done.

The show began with the new host singing the national anthem. The overnight rating of the show indicated that people definitely wanted to sample Stephen Colbert. The ratings were not only high, but showed a little more than a 100% jump over the season premiere of the last season with David Letterman. The press was also all praises for Stephen Colbert. ‘Colbert Shines’ was what The New York Post had to say, while the Los Angeles Times said, ‘Colbert Is Off To a Strong Start’. It is definitely a great start. Nevertheless, the real test for Stephen Colbert will be the ratings for the subsequent episodes. This will show how many people actually like his hosting and actually enjoyed the show.

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Stephen Colbert was visibly ecstatic. So much so that he even broke into a dance. He started the show with a tribute to the man who made it all happen, David Letterman, that too in his own eclectic style. He said “We will try to honor his achievement by doing the best show we can and occasionally making the network very mad at us.” Then there was also a surprise from Jimmy Fallon, his head-on competitor, who wished him luck. Then began the Trump-a-mania. Stephen Colbert started with Donald Trump’s speeches about abstaining from Oreo and then just kept going, leaving the audience laughing.

His long list of Trump jokes later gave way to a stream of guests on the show. The very first guest on the first ever Late Show with Stephen Colbert was George Clooney. Now, he does not know Clooney personally, but he decided to get him a wedding present, after one year of the ceremony. No less, a paper weight that said, ‘I don’t know you’. This particular segment, though interesting initially, later became more of a stretch. Clearly, Colbert needed to work on the substance of his interviews with movie stars, other than talking about their charities. Although a noble cause indeed, that is not what the audience is looking for on this platform.

Though he has donned a new avatar for The Late Show, political satire has always been and is still a big part of Colbert’s repertoire. So, how could he not invite someone from the political arena? He sure did. His next guest was Jeb Bush. Colbert thanked him for joining the show and that was where the niceties ended. One pointed question after another combined with Colbert’s quick wits made the interview one of the highlights of the show. Being a Republican candidate for the post of president, Jeb Bush had been campaigning a lot, and this was where most of the questions came from. He also asked him about how he was different from his brother, by bringing in his own brother in the audience and telling about their differences. Given the fact that Colbert has been into political humor, this was an area he had no problem playing the host to. The first edition of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert ended with a sing-along with Mavis Staples and the band.

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The show was recorded for two hours and was edited to fit its one hour format. The show went through quite a long production process of 9 months. It was tightly packed to accommodate as much action as possible to keep the audiences glued. The several months saw a continuous stream of promotions to ensure that there was enough build-up by the time the Late Show with Stephen Colbert actually aired. The network went all out to make the show feel grand and measure up to the institution that the Late Show is. There is a lot of competition in the late night show format and despite a big name, Stephen Colbert will have to carve a niche to keep his audiences coming back for their weekly fix of entertainment. This will redefine the show itself. Everything said and done, it was apparent that the host is more than excited to be doing his job and that is always a good sign. The smart, humorous, accessible and entertaining host that Stephen Colbert is, the show is going to be a crowd puller.

If you are already like Stephen Colbert, then you would find be satisfied with his performance. However, if you are watching him for the first time, you would be entertained and would want to check out his next appearance on the Late Night Show. The show had some glitches but then again, it was just one episode. Given the caliber of Stephen Colbert, these will be ironed out. Another interesting thing to note here is that the show changed its last host in 22 years, and it will be safe to say that Stephen Colbert is also in for the long haul and that a new era of Late Night Show has just begin.

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TV Shows Based on Books You Should Be Watching (And Reading)

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When you think about book-to-media adaptations, your first thought is probably movies—but books are a surprisingly common source for TV shows as well! If you’re a bibliophile, make sure to take a look at the best current TV shows based on books—maybe you’ll find something new for your watching (and reading) list!

Orange is the New Black

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Netflix’s original series Orange is the New Black is based on a memoir by the same name, written by author Piper Kerman. The TV show and the memoir have the same general premise: Piper is a young woman who is sentenced to 15 months in prison after she becomes involved with an international drug cartel at the behest of her new, worldly girlfriend. During her stay in prison, she learns a lot about the prison system, the reality of being a prisoner, and how people—including her own family and friends—deal with life behind bars.

However, that is generally where the similarities between the memoir and the series end. The TV series changes names, adds character backgrounds and histories that weren’t in the memoir, and generally makes things much more dramatic than they were in real life.

Outlander

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Starz’s Outlander is based on a best-selling book series by the same name, written by Diana Gabaldon. The book and the TV series share the same premise: a married WWII nurse named Claire Randall finds herself thrust back in time to 18th century Scotland; there, she is forced to deal with the limitations of 18th century society, her sudden marriage and possible love interest, all while attempting to find a way home.

Although some fans were worried that the TV series would depart too much from the original books, so far the TV show is an almost perfect adaptation. This may be due to the fact that the show’s frontrunner is a big fan of the books and has gone on record saying he wants to do them as much justice on screen as possible. The show’s success has led to a season 2 renewed, which is expected to air sometime in 2016.

The Vampire Diaries

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One of the CW’s most popular shows actually began as a book series by L.J. Smith. The book series and the TV series have the same general premise: two vampire brothers named Stefan and Damon meet a young woman named Elena who bears a striking resemblance to a woman they both loved in the 19th century.

However, the CW’s hit show departs pretty heavily from the original books; the TV show ramps up the love triangle between Damon, Elena and Stefan and introduces new concepts and storylines, such as the idea of the doppelgangers, hybrid werewolf-vampires, and more. Some fans of the TV show admit that they prefer the series to the books, namely because the books take a much more melodramatic and otherworldly direction; in the books, for example, Elena becomes a hybrid angel who ends up falling from grace—a storyline omitted from the TV series entirely.

 


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Tommy Lee Jones

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Best known for his parts in Men in Black, No Country for Old Men, Lincoln, and The Fugitive, Tommy Lee Jones is one of the most successful and well-known actors today. Born in 1946, Tommy grew up in Texas and later spent four years as Al Gore’s roommate. After graduating from Harvard, Tommy moved to New York and later to Hollywood where he would get his big break with the early 90s hit The Fugitive. After his career took a dramatic turn, Tommy Lee Jones became a household name as his performance was spread to more and more people.

Soon, Tommy followed up his performance in his breakout movie with parts in films like Men in Black and No Country for Old Men. Today, Tommy holds forty-five awards and has received near seventy nominations. The actor/director/screenwriter has experienced much success with all facets of his career.

Tommy was the only son of Clyde and Lucille. His father, a cowboy turned field worker, and his mother divorced twice during Tommy’s difficult childhood. The film star has expressed the many troubles he experienced during his adolescence when he often endured abuse from his father. Tommy was a teenager when his father took a job at an oil field in North Africa. Determined to stay in America, Tommy worked hard to earn a scholarship for St. Mark’s, a Dallas prep school.

 

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The athlete and student went on to attend Harvard on a football scholarship. After sharing his dorm with Al Gore, future senator, vice president, and presidential candidate, Tommy went on to move to New York after earning his major in English Literature. In addition to his talent on the field, Tommy also had a love for drama and he expressed that through multiple school productions, including a few of Shakespeare’s works.

While Tommy was one of the best players at his university, his frame was simply too small to get him into the National Football League, so Tommy moved to New York and instead pursued a career as an actor. After graduating from Harvard in 1969, Tommy soon experienced his first bit of success with an off-Broadway production. Enjoying the stage work, Tommy also took the chance to play on the One Life to Live soap opera that appeared on ABC at the time. He took the role of Dr. Mark Toland from 1971 to 1975. The 70s also saw Tommy’s movie debut with a feature film.

Tommy soon became frustrated with the lack of opportunity for Broadway productions and soon moved to LA in 1975. It wasn’t long after that he earned his first Hollywood role with the series Charlie’s Angels. The following year, he also got a part in the movie Jackson County Jail where he made his second appearance on the big screen as a lead character, the first being with the little-seen film Eliza’s Horoscope, a Canadian production.

It was over the next twenty years that Tommy would make numerous appearances in movie and television productions. He would soon score a lot of critical acclaim with his first big break being The Fugitive. Prior to that, though, Tommy was getting a lot of success for his parts in The Amazing Howard Hughes, The Executioner’s Song (which won him an Emmy), and Lonesome Dove. Tommy met with much success all through the 80s and 90s when his film and television career truly begun to take off.

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Tommy also earned some attention during that time for his work on Coal Miner’s Daughter. Many other works led Tommy to the edge of success, with his career still at its heights today.

Tommy Lee Jones is still one of the most famed actors today, and while his first dream may have been to lead a successful life as a football star, Tommy has experienced even more success on and off screen with various acclaims for his directing, acting, and screenwriting. His talents for productions are clear, and he has gained a massive fan base over the years.

 

Working with names such as Steven Seagal, Andrew Davis, and others, it was during the 90s that Tommy’s career truly took off. With countless awards and nominations, Tommy has built up a reputation of spot-on acting, flawless directing, and riveting screenwriting. His many works have led to a still-growing fan base that has been expanding since he began his career decades ago. Even though his work with Harrison Ford in The Fugitive is really what set his career into motion, all of Tommy’s works, both new and old, have been considered massively successful by the fans who view them today.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Bio

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Leonardo DiCaprio is best known for his starring roles in films like Titanic, Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator, Django Unchained, and Inception. Born in 1974, Leonardo grew up in Los Angles where he quickly discovered his talent and passion for performing. While he lived in some of the poorer areas of Los Angeles, Leonardo is now considered one of the most successful actors today.

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His huge fan base has been growing ever since he began acting as a young child. Perhaps known just as good as his acting as he is for his good looks and unconventional roles, Leonardo began on television during the 90s and has become increasingly famous ever since. His first major film role came in 1993 with This Boy’s Life, but it was in 1997 with Titanic that his career truly began to take off.

Leonardo has worked with countless other big names in the industry such as Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese. His more recent works include Inception in 2011, Django Unchained in 2012, and The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013.

With all of his works proving incredibly successful, Leonardo quickly took off when he began acting. His good looks and edgy roles have helped him throughout his career on television and the big screen. His parents, Irmelin and George, divorced when he was very young. Having been raised primarily by his mother, Leonardo still managed to keep a close relationship with his father, who worked as a comic book artist and distributor.

Leonardo’s parents encouraged him to strive for a career in acting and both of them strongly urged him to pursue his creative talents. It wasn’t long before he began practicing characters, often putting on little skits for his family at home and making up different characters to practice his imitations. Even though he was a talented young boy, Leonardo didn’t have much success in his home city of LA until his early teen years.

Perhaps his biggest struggle was finding an agent. One of his potential agents even told him to change his name to Lenny Williams in order to improve his appeal. But, it was during the early 90s that Leonardo finally got a streak of TV roles. The New Lassie and Roseanne were some of his earliest works, later followed by Parenthood. Even though these shows didn’t last too long, the early credits gave him momentum that would soon spring him into the world of film where he would find his most success.

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Reportedly, Leonardo met Tobey Maguire at the time and they have been great friends ever since. In 1991, Leonardo was soon cast as a semi-regular character with the series Growing Pains, where he worked with Alan Thicke and Kirk Cameron. Critters 3 soon saw his film debut, albeit a low-budget one. Even though he often took on unconventional roles, his versatility soon proved that he was a serious actor.

The critics were soon convinced that Leonardo had more to bring to movies than just a nice teenage face, and his acting career began to take off. This Boy’s Life led Leonardo to more success when he starred opposite Robert De Niro. While critics first thought Leonardo would be completely outshined by his much more experienced co-star, Robert, he proved that he could hold his own even next to the huge star.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? led Leonardo to another small head-turning performance when he starred with Johnny Depp in 1993. Leonardo played a child with a mental disability, and his serious role earned him an Academy Award nomination for the part of best supporting actor.

Titanic soon led Leonardo to his biggest success of all, and since the film premiered, he has been considered a serious and talented actor. The part truly transformed Leonardo’s career and shifted the critics view of him from the teen boy who landed occasional parts to a legitimate actor who showed versatility and could adapt to whatever part was laid in front of him.leonardo-dicaprio-exclusive-interview

Leonardo is now considered one of the top actors in Hollywood. Leonardo has yet to say what his favorite type of role is, but given the parts he normally takes, fans can only assume he likes playing serious and often-romantic characters. Ever since his childhood, Leonardo has showed great talent for performing. Despite the original hesitancy expressed by critics, his good looks have proven to only be a compliment to his true talent: performing, something he is doing to this day with much success.


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Michael J. Fox

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Best known for his role on the sitcom Family Ties where he played Alex Keaton, Fox has achieved a great amount of success as both a television and film actor. With appearances in hit films like Back to the Future, and countless TV productions like Spin City, Fox has proven his success as a versatile actor both on the big screen and TV screens around the world.

Fox was born in 1961 in Canada, and he soon became known as Alex Keaton with his first big break on the series Family Ties. It was in 1999 that Fox made the public announcement to admit he was battling Parkinson’s disease. The following year, he left the popular series Spin City and launched his own foundation that supported Parkinson’s research. He focused on his family during this time, but soon came back to television when he guest starred on shows like Boston Legal and Scrubs.

Born in Alberta, Canada, when Fox decided to pursue acting, he adding the “J” to his name in order to avoid confusion with another actor by the same name. While his middle name was actually Andrew, Michael has since said that he didn’t like the play on words that Michael A Fox could lead to, so he chose J instead. While Fox himself never said, many believe his choice for J was also a tribute to Michael J. Pollard, a great American actor.

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The youngest with four older siblings, Fox spent most of his childhood in Canada. With his parents Bill and Phyllis, he was said to have struggled in school, and he was picked on for his size. At only 5’4” today, he was unable to play ice hockey, his favorite sport. Since he was too small to compete in sporting activities, he soon found his second home at the drama club in the mid-70s. When he was fifteen, Fox made his professional debut on CBS, with the series Leo and Me. On the show, he played a ten year old, and he soon got another part on the movie Letters from Frank, another CBS production filmed in Canada.

Experiencing early success with his pursuit, he dropped out of high school and decided to drive to LA with his father. It was there that Fox got a part on the series Palmerstown, U.S.A., and he soon got his big break in the 80s when he was cast as Alex on the hit show Family Ties. His charm and comedy would soon build him a huge fan base, and audiences’ love for the show and Fox only grew for the following seven years.

During the 80s, Michael got another big break. While still participating on Family Ties, Michael was cast on the cult classic Back to the Future. The franchise led Michael to a huge jolt of success in his career. During the 80s, he also made appearances on a variety of other films like Teen Wolf and The Secret of My Success. After his run of comedy films, Fox decided he wanted to show off his flexibility. He took some dramatic turns during his career when he took roles on movies like Light of Day, Bright Lights, Big City, and Casualties of War. Despite his huge change from comedic to dramatic and serious, Fox managed to pull it off and received critical acclaim for the majority of his attempts.

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With Back to the Future making two sequels during 1989 and 1990, Fox effortlessly reprised the role and gained the franchise even more attention. In the 90s, Fox met with more success with movies like The American President. But, despite his big-screen success it wasn’t until his return to television in 1996 that Fox’s career truly took another leap forward. When he got a role on the ABC show Spin City, the series quickly took off, and fans felt that Fox was finally back where he belonged.

Fox enjoyed his part on the series, later saying it gave him more time to spend with his family. Fans loved the show, too, and the sitcom became an almost instant hit. In 2002, Fox got a much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1999, Fox made the announcement that startled his fans. After revealing that he had been battling with Parkinson’s disease since the beginning of the 90s, it was found that he had underwent brain surgery in order to alleviate tremors that were caused by his condition. It was 2000 when Fox announced he would be leaving Spin City. After dozens of awards and nominations, he admitted he wanted to spend more time with his family.

While fans were sad to see him go, Fox still makes regular TV appearances and has even made his way back on to the big-screen with some film parts.


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Larry King Bio

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Larry King has made multiple cameo appearances in movies and shows and has also taken the role of leading actor in multiple series and films. Perhaps just as well-known for his talk show Larry King Live as he is for his often hilarious appearances, Larry King is considered one of the most successful actors of his time.

Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, Larry didn’t make his talk show debut until 1978 when he began The Larry King Show. Airing coast-to-coast, Ted Turner soon found the show and ended up hiring King to do his own talk show which he called Larry King Live. Larry made the move from the Mutual Radio Network to CNN during the mid-80s. In 2010, Larry officially made the announcement that he’d be retiring as host after twenty-five years on air.

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Larry King, or Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, was the son of Jewish immigrants Jennie Gitlitz and Edward Zeiger. His dad, a bar owner, died when Larry was only nine years old from heart disease at 44. In order to support her two sons, Larry’s mother, who was a garment worker at the time, went on welfare. Larry and his little brother Mary were greatly affected by their father’s death. While Larry had dreamt of making a career as a radio personality, his father’s passing cause him a lot of emotional instability and he soon lost interest in his school work.

Barely finishing high school, Larry had little prospect of earning a steady career. So, it was at this point that Larry decided to get a job as a mail clerk in order to help his mother support the family.

By pure coincidence, Larry soon met with a CBS television announcer who set him on the right path to making a career on radio. He told Larry to move to Florida, where the growing media market at the time was hiring many inexperienced broadcasters. Following the man’s instructions, Larry got a spot on the Miami radio station, or what is now known as WMBM. Larry’s original job was to clean up the station and perform various tasks, but when the announcer quit in 1957, Larry got to take over his place.

Many speculate Larry was a hard worker, as his manager was so impressed by his work that Larry got the spot on the 9 to noon shift, a prime listening spot. Larry also got the opportunity to do two newscasts in the afternoon and a sportscast. Larry made $55 a week doing all of this, and he soon felt like he was living his life-long dream.

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The station manager soon told Larry that Zeiger was too ethnic and that no one would remember it. Just a few minutes before Larry was set to go on air, he heard an advertisement for King’s Wholesale Liquor, so he took the name and officially began calling himself Larry King. He quickly gained popularity among local listeners of South Florida. It was 1960 when he premiered on Miami television and began building an even stronger following locally. He soon added a newspaper column in the Miami Herald and Miami news as an entertainment writer alongside his radio and TV duties. Larry recalls that it was during the 60s when he met with legendary producer Jack Gleason. At the time, Jack was producing the show Miami Beach, and King now credits him as the one who taught him everything he knows about television production.

Making his debut in 1971, Larry was soon charged with grand larceny by a former partner and he almost instantly lost his jobs with the newspapers along with his broadcast. In 1972, he was acquitted for all chargers, but he was now in debt and disgraced amongst the public. It would take Larry several years to re-build his career, and it was through writing articles for magazines and working with West Coast radio that he did. By the 70s, the incident had been forgotten and he was able to make his comeback with Miami broadcasting. Rehired by WIOD in the late 70s, Larry began his own nightly talk show called The Larry King Show.

It wasn’t long before Larry’s career took off once more, and today, Larry is considered one of the most talented and most successful actors around. With dozens of film and TV appearances alongside being considered one of history’s greatest talk show hosts, Larry is still keeping busy. While he’s decided to slow down in his most recent years, Larry still maintains a huge following.


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Eric Clapton Bio

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Considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Eric Clapton was born in 1945 in England. His mother, Patricia Clapton was only 16 when he was born, and his father, Edward Fryer, was a 24-year-old solider from Canada stationed in the United Kingdom for World War II. Already married to another woman, Fryer returned to Canada before Clapton was born.

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Since his mother was young and unable to raise a child, Eric was raised by Patricia’s mom and stepdad. Even though they didn’t legally adopt him, Clapton was raised under the impression that his mom was actually his older sister, and his grandparents were his parents. Eric’s name was taken from his grandfather, Reginald Cecil Clapton.

Clapton’s home was very musical when he was a child. His mother and uncle both listened to big band music and his grandmother was a highly skilled piano player. While his father was absent, Fryer was also a very talented pianist who had played in multiple dance bands while he was stationed in Surrey. Clapton was around eight years old when he discovered the truth of his family ties. Clapton later admitted that he realized the truth when one of his uncles jokingly called him a “little bastard” and the realization hit him.

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Up until that point, Clapton was a very good student and was a well-behaved boy, but after he realized his true family origins, he lost all motivation. He stopped doing his school work and failed the 11-plus exams which determined he wasn’t ready for secondary school. However, Clapton showed a lot of interest in art, so he enrolled in the art brand at thirteen at the Holyfield Road School.

By that time, it was 1958 and rock and roll had made it onto the British scene. Clapton asked for a guitar for his 13th birthday, and he received a German-made Hoyer. The cheap steel-stringed guitar was painful and difficult for him to play, so he set it aside. Three years later, when he was 16, Clapton got accepted into the Kingston College of Art with a one-year probation. It was at this time that Clapton truly got interested in music when he found that he was surrounded by other students who shared his tastes. At the time, electric guitars were hard to find in England, but Eric ended up being mesmerized by the work of blues guitar by musicians like Alexis Korner, Muddy waters, and Robert Johnson, so he soon set out to get his first electric.

After sixteen-year-old Clapton discovered his joy for drinking, he was expelled from school after his first year. Clapton said getting thrown out for not doing his work came as a shock, and he later admitted that it wasn’t what he thought it would be. Eric once talked about his expectations and said he thought art school would be more like a “rock ‘n’ roll holiday camp” but he soon found otherwise. Eric spent most of his time at the local pubs or playing guitar when he was enrolled. Once he was finished in 1963, Clapton began his attempt to break into the music industry. He joined his first band that year but they broke up after a few months. He soon joined a local pop-oriented band but left after a few weeks. Eric got a job as a construction site laborer in order to support himself.

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Despite the fact that Eric had been hopping from one band to another, he was becoming a well-respected guitarist in the West End pub circuit, and it was in late 63 when he got an invitation to join the Yardbirds, a local band. He recorded his first hits with them called “For Your Love” and “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” but it didn’t take him long to become frustrated with the band’s pop style, and Eric soon left in 65. Soon after, Clapton’s spot in the band was replaced by Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, and all three of them would go on to become highly-successful guitarists.

Throughout the 60s, Clapton joined multiple bands. He continued building his following with multiple hits, and he soon became known as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Recently, Eric announced that he will no longer be touring and will instead be focusing on releasing new albums. While his huge fan base were sad to hear the news, his fans were happy to hear he wasn’t completely retiring and that he’ll still be making music. While he had a rough start, his background clearly helped Clapton become the guitarist he is today.


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