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Who is Willard Christopher Smith?

Who is Willard Christopher Smith, Jr.? [1] The entertainment world knows him as "Will"Smith. Smith is an American actor, film producer and rapper. He has enjoyed success in music, television and film. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor on the planet.[2] Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won multiple Grammy Awards.

In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his celebrity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for nearly six years (1990–1996) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. In the mid-1990s, Smith transitioned from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films that received broad box office success. In fact, he is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office as well as being the only actor to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the #1 spot in the domestic box office tally.[3] Fourteen of the 19 fiction films he has acted in have accumulated a worldwide grosses of over $100 million, and 4 of them took in over $500 million in global box office receipts. His most financially successful films have been Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, Independence Day, Men in Black, Men in Black II, I, Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock, Wild Wild West, Enemy of the State, Shark Tale, Hitch and Seven Pounds. He also earned critical praise for his performances in Six Degrees of Separation, Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, receiving Best Actor Oscar nominations for the latter two.

Smith was born September 25, 1968 and raised in West Philadelphia and Germantown in Northwest Philadelphia. His mother, Caroline (née Bright), was a school administrator who worked for the Philadelphia school board, and his father, Willard Christopher Smith, Sr., was a refrigeration engineer.[4][5] He was raised Baptist.[6] His parents separated when he was 13 and divorced when he was 32.[7] Smith's charming and sly demeanor in school resulted in the nickname "Prince", which eventually turned into the "Fresh Prince". While still in his teens, Smith began rapping and eventually began collaborating with Jeff Townes (a.k.a. DJ Jazzy Jeff), whom he met at a party. He attended Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was born with Smith handling the rhymes and Townes overseeing the mastery of mixing and scratching — the combination was a pop and hip-hop hit during the 1980s and early 1990s.

While it is widely reported that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he never applied to MIT,[8] although he was admitted to a "pre-engineering program" there.[9] According to Smith, "My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college."[10]

Smith started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as turntablist and producer as well as Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes) as the human beat box. The trio was known for performing humorous, radio-friendly songs, most notably "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime." They gained critical acclaim for winning the first ever Grammy in the Rap category (1988). He had a line in "Voices That Care", a 1991 Gulf War song by a celebrity group. Smith spent money freely during his early career and underpaid his income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income.[11]

Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990 when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him. The show was successful and launched his acting career. Smith set himself the goal of becoming "'the biggest movie star in the world'," studying box office successes' common characteristics.[7] Although he made a notable dramatic film debut in Six Degrees of Separation while still appearing in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith's film career took off with his role in the buddy cop film Bad Boys (1995) along with co-star Martin Lawrence.

After The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended May 20, 1996, Smith began a successful solo music career while simultaneously starring in a series of films. The first two films were hugely successful summer blockbusters: Independence Day (1996), in which he played a fearless and confident fighter pilot, and Men in Black (1997), where he played the comic and confident Agent J against Tommy Lee Jones' deadpan Agent K. Smith's acting in Men in Black won critical praise. He originally rejected the lead role in Men in Black, but wife Jada Pinkett Smith coaxed him into acceptance. The two films established Smith's commercial reputation as a bankable star whose appeal across age, race, and gender lines could "open" a film at the box office, a reputation Smith would begin to term a "Big Willie Weekend". In 1998 he starred with Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State. Smith turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favor of Wild Wild West. Despite the failure of Wild Wild West, Smith has said that he harbors no regrets about his decision, asserting that Keanu Reeves's performance as Neo was superior to what Smith would have achieved.[12] Smith then went on to gain leading roles in several box office successes including Men in Black II, Bad Boys II, Hitch, and I, Robot.

Smith also released a string of hit singles, often associated with his most recent film, throughout the late 1990s. The most notable of these were his #1 hit theme song "Men in Black", the #1 hit "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" (which made jiggy a catch phrase for a while in 1998), and a cover of "Just the Two of Us", an affectionate message to his young son. His first two solo albums, Big Willie Style (1997) and Willennium (1999), went multi-platinum.

Smith was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for the film Ali, 2001, for his portrayal of the boxer Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, in the biopic. He was again nominated for Best Actor Oscar for his role in another true-life movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, where he played Chris Gardner in his rags-to-riches story.

Smith's third album on Columbia Records, Born to Reign released in 2002, was a sales disappointment compared to his past efforts, and after a quick Greatest Hits release that was almost not advertised at all, he was dropped by the label. He later signed a recording contract with Interscope Records. A year later, Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith created the UPN (later CW) sitcom All of Us, which was loosely based on their lives. The show debuted on UPN in September 2003, and aired there for three seasons before moving to The CW in October 2006, for one more season. The CW cancelled All of Us in May 2007. Smith appeared as himself in Jersey Girl delivering the Silent Bob speech that appears in nearly all Kevin Smith movies. The lead character's situation is due to the claim, "Will Smith is just a rapper."

In 2005, Smith was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for attending a record breaking three premieres in a 24-hour time span.[13] On July 2, 2005, Smith served as host for the Live 8 concert in his native Philadelphia in front of an enormous crowd, and later performed a set with DJ Jazzy Jeff. During this time, Smith released his fourth studio album, the successful Lost & Found. The album was propelled solely on the smash hit single, "Switch", which appealed to the mainstream. The single stayed atop the charts for months and returned Smith to the forefront of hip-hop. Smith appeared at Nickelodeon Kid's Choice awards in 2005 performing "Switch", as well as the BET awards in 2005. He appeared in the second game of the NBA Finals (San Antonio vs. Detroit) performing "Switch" to promote the album. Smith also made a special appearance in the reality talent contest show "Indian Idol", when he visited India.

He has planned to star in a feature film remake of the television series It Takes a Thief.[14]

On December 10, 2007, Smith was recognized at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Smith left an imprint of his hands and feet outside the world renowned theater in front of many fans.[15] Later that month, Smith starred in the film I Am Legend, released December 14, 2007. Despite marginally positive reviews,[16] its opening was the largest ever for a film released in the United States during December. Smith himself has said that he considers the film to be "aggressively unique".[17] A reviewer said that the film's commercial success "cemented [Smith's] standing as the number one box office draw in Hollywood."[18] On December 1, 2008, TV Guide reported that Smith has been selected as one of America’s top ten most fascinating people of 2008 for a Barbara Walters ABC special that aired on December 4, 2008.[19]

Smith is currently developing a film entitled The Last Pharaoh, in which he will star as Taharqa.[20]

President Barack Obama has stated that if a film were to ever be made about his life, he would have Smith play his part, because "he has the ears". Obama stated that the two have discussed a possibility of a film based on the 2008 election, but this may not happen until the end of the Obama presidency.[21]

Smith was raised by his parents, Willard and Caroline, in West Philadelphia. Smith credits his father's dedication when discussing his own involvement in the lives of his three children: "I look at my father and how he was able to keep four kids fed and clothed and still managed to find time to spend with us."[22] Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992.
They had a son, Willard Christopher Smith III, also known as "Trey", but divorced in 1995. Trey appeared in his father's music video for the 1998 single "Just The Two Of Us". Smith married actress Jada Pinkett in 1997. Together they have had two children: Jaden Christopher Syre (born 1998), his co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness, and Willow Camille Reign, who appeared as his daughter in "I Am Legend" (born 2000). Along with his brother, Harry Smith, he owns Treyball Development Inc.,[23] a Beverly Hills-based company named after his first son.

Smith has been consistently listed in Fortune Magazine's "Richest 40" list of the forty wealthiest Americans under the age of 40. Smith and his family reside on Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida and in Los Angeles, Stockholm, Sweden[24] and Philadelphia. Smith donated $4,600 to the presidential campaign of Democrat Barack Obama.[25]

Smith has said he has studied multiple religions, including Scientology, and he has said many complimentary things about Scientology and other faiths. Despite his praise of Scientology, Smith said "I just think a lot of the ideas in Scientology are brilliant and revolutionary and non-religious"[26][27] and "Ninety-eight percent of the principles in Scientology are identical to the principles of the Bible.... I don't think that because the word someone uses for spirit is 'thetan' that the definition becomes any different."[28] He has denied having joined the Church of Scientology, saying "I am a Christian. I am a student of all religions, and I respect all people and all paths."[29] After his wife Jada made the film Collateral with Cruise in 2004, the couple donated USD$20,000 to Scientology's literacy campaign, called HELP, the Hollywood Education and Literacy Program, which is the basis for Scientology's homeschooling system.[30]

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Who is Mark Burnett?

Who is Mark Burnett? The reality television world know him as a television producer. He is known for introducing competition based reality television as a genre to the United States.

Mark Burnett was born 17 July 1960 has produced the U.S. version of the series Survivor and the Eco-Challenge. Survivor is the most watched summer series since Sonny and Cher and in June 2009, was featured in Entertainment Weekly as the Number 1 reality series of all time.[1] He has also produced both the U.S. and UK versions of The Apprentice, and helped produce the Irish version of The Apprentice, The Restaurant, The Casino, Rock Star, Combat Missions, The Contender, Martha Stewart, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, and Pirate Master. He collaborated with Steven Spielberg on a Fox show titled On the Lot, which granted one out of 18 contestants an exclusive Hollywood deal with DreamWorks and Spielberg.[2] The show premiered in May 2007. In 2008, new series for Mark Burnett included Amne$ia and My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad on NBC and Jingles on CBS. For the past three years, Burnett has also served as the executive producer for the 2007, 2008, and 2009, MTV Movie Awards.

New series for Burnett in 2009 include Shark Tank on ABC, Bully Beatdown and Starmaker on MTV, How'd You Get So Rich? on TV Land, Expedition Africa on The History Channel, Toughest Cowboy on Spike, and Wedding Day on TNT. Burnett is also currently in production on new pilots for both Fox and CBS.

Since 2001, Burnett has been nominated for 51 Emmy Awards and has won 2, along with 4 People's Choice Awards.

Time included Burnett in their April 26, 2004 list "100: Our List of the Most Influential People in the World Today".[3] In the same year, Burnett was also named “Philanthropist of the Year” by the Reality Cares Foundation. Furthermore, Burnett has won both Brandweeks’s Marketer of the Year Award and the prestigious Rose d’Or Frapa Format Award.

In November 2007, Burnett was elected into the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame and in 2008, it was announced that he would be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On July 8, 2009 Burnett received a star at 6664 Hollywood Blvd.[4]

He is currently producing a Reality Television series for The Hills Star and Actress Audrina Patridge which will premiere on MTV in 2010. He is also ambassador for Operation Smile

Awards and accolades

2008 Young Artist Awards Won:Best Family Television Reality Show, Game Show or Documentary: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

2008 Teen Choice Awards Nominated: Choice TV Game Show: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

2008 Peoples Choice Awards Nominated: Favorite Game Show: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

2008 Kids Choice Awards Nominated: Favorite Reality Show: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

2007 Daytime Emmy Nominated: Outstanding Lifestyle Program: Martha

2007 Family Television Award Win: Reality Show: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader

2006 Daytime Emmy Nominated: Outstanding Service Show: Martha

2006 Emmy Nominated: Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Survivor

2005 Emmy Nominated: Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Survivor

2004 P.G.A. Awards Nominated: Television Producer of the Year Award in Reality/Game/Informational Series: Survivor

2004 Television Critic’s Association Nomination: Program of the Year: The Apprentice

2004 Teen Choice Awards Nomination: Best Actor, Donald Trump Nomination: Best Actor, Bill Rancic Nomination: Best Jackass, Omarosa Stallworth Nomination: Breakout TV Show: The Apprentice

2004 30th Annual People’s Choice Awards Winner: Favorite Reality Based Television Program: Survivor

2003 Emmy Awards - 4 Nominations: Survivor: Thailand & Survivor: The Amazon (judged as one show)

2003 29th Annual People's Choice Awards Winner: Favorite Reality Based Television Program: Survivor: Thailand

2003 TV Week’s Annual Critics Poll Winner: Number 1 Reality Show” & “Number 7 Favorite Show: Survivor

2002 Emmy Awards – 4 Nominations: Survivor: Africa & Survivor: Marquesas (judged as one show)

2002 28th Annual People's Choice Awards Winner: Favorite Reality Based Television Program: Survivor: The Australian Outback

2001 9th Annual Diversity Awards Winner: Most Diverse Television Ensemble Cast: Survivor: The Australian Outback

2001 Emmy Awards – 6 Nominations Winner: Outstanding Non-Fiction Programming, Special Class Winner: Outstanding Sound Mixing for Non-Fiction Programming (single or multi-camera): Survivor: The Australian Outback

2001 27th Annual People's Choice Awards Winner: Favorite Reality Based Television Program: Survivor

2001 Family Television Awards given by the Family Friendly Programming Forum (3rd Annual) Winner: Reality/Alternative Programming: Survivor: The Australian Outback

2001 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Recognition Award: Survivor

2001 18th Annual Reggie Awards Gold, Multi-Channel Integrated Promotion Involving Consumer and Trade Special Super Reggie: Survivor

2001 The Publicist Guild of America Maxwell Weinberg Publicists Showmanship Award for Television:Survivor

2000 Sports Emmy Awards Won: Best Program Achievement: Eco-Challenge Morocco

PERSONAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS 2004 Reality Cares Foundation “Philanthropist of the Year”

2004 Time Magazine: “Time 100: 100 Most Influential People in the World Today”

2009 Hollywood Walk of Fame Star: “Excellence in Television”

Early life

Mark Burnett was born in London, an only child. From 1978-1982 he served with the Parachute Regiment in Northern Ireland and the Falklands War.[5] In 1982, Burnett moved to Los Angeles, and for the next decade held a variety of jobs, including a nanny in Beverly Hills and selling t-shirts in Venice Beach. He later married his first wife, Diane; they had two sons before divorcing in 2003. He remarried to actress Roma Downey.

TV career

Program [6] Network Years Awards [7]
Eco-Challenge[8] USA Network 1995 - 2003 [9] Nominated: 1 Emmy Award
  • Outstanding Non-Fiction Program

Won: 2000 Sports Emmy Award

  • Best Program Achievement
Survivor [10] CBS 2000–Present [11] Won: 2 Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding Non-Fiction Program
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Non-Fiction Programming

Nominated: 31 Emmy Awards

Nominated: 2004 P.G.A. Awards

  • Television Producer of the Year Award in Reality/Game/Informational Series

Won: 2004 30th Annual People's Choice Awards

  • Favorite Reality Based Television Program

Won: 2003 29th Annual People's Choice Awards

  • Favorite Reality Based Television Program

Won: 2003 TV Week’s Annual Critics Poll

  • Reality Show (Number 1)
  • Favorite Show (Number 7)

Won: 2002 28th Annual People's Choice Awards

  • Favorite Reality Based Television Program

Won: 2001 9th Annual Diversity Awards

  • Most Diverse Television Ensemble Cast

Won: 2001 27th Annual People's Choice Awards

  • Favorite Reality Based Television Program

Won: 2001 Family Television Awards given by the Family Friendly Programming Forum (3rd Annual)

  • Reality/Alternative Programming

Won: 2001 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

  • Recognition Award

Won: 2001 The Publicist Guild of America Maxwell Weinberg Publicists Showmanship Award

Combat Missions [12] USA Network 2002 [13]
Are We There Yet?[14] Discovery Kids 2003
Boarding House: North Shore The WB[15] 2003 [16]
The Restaurant[17] NBC 2003 [18]
Commando Nanny The WB[19] 2004
The Casino[20] Fox 2004 [21]
The Apprentice[22] NBC 2004–Present Nominated: 2004 Television Critic’s Association
  • Program of the Year

Nominated: 2004 Teen Choice Awards

  • Breakout TV Show
  • Best Actor, Donald Trump
  • Best Actor, Bill Rancic
  • Best Jackass, Omarosa Stallworth
Global Frequency[23] The WB[24] 2005
Martha[25] Syndication 2005–present 2007 Daytime Emmy Nominated
  • Nominated: Outstanding Lifestyle Program

2006 Daytime Emmy

  • Outstanding Service Show
Rock Star[26] CBS 2005–2006
The Contender[27] NBC (2005)
ESPN (2006–07)
Versus (2008–present)
Gold Rush AOL[28] 2006
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Fox
2007–Present 2008 Young Artist Awards Won
  • Best Family Television Reality Show, Game Show or Documentary:

Nominated: 2008 Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice TV Game Show:

Nominated: 2008 Peoples Choice Awards

  • Favorite Game Show

Nominated: 2008 Kids Choice Awards

  • Favorite Reality Show

Won: 2007 Family Television Award

  • Reality Show
Amne$ia[29] NBC 2007
Pirate Master[30] CBS 2007
On the Lot[31] Fox 2007
Toughest Cowboy[32] Fox Sports Net (2007–09)
Spike (2009–present)
MTV Movie Awards[33] MTV 2007–2008
My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad[34] NBC 2008
Rock Band Battle MTV 2008
Wedding Day TNT 2009–present
Expedition Africa The History Channel 2009
Shark Tank ABC 2009–present
P. Diddy's Starmaker MTV 2009–present
Bully Beatdown MTV 2009–present
How'd You Get So Rich? TV Land 2009
The Audrina Show MTV 2010

International productions

Mark Burnett's international productions include: Amne$ia [35] Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?, which has been produced in over 55 foreign countries [36], The Contender-Asia[37] (a Thai kick-boxing version of the American Boxing-Competition show), and The Apprentice which has been produced in over 21 foreign countries.[38]

Mark Burnett is pacting with casino and resorts giant Genting Intl. to launch a $20 million joint production venture. Mark Burnett Prods. Asia will produce original content for Asian broadcasters and license those formats in markets around the world, including the U.S. The TV venture, the first for Genting, marks the latest overseas expansion for Burnett.

The new company will be based at Resorts World at Sentosa, a $5 billion mega-resort being built by Genting in Singapore and set to open in 2010. Complex will house a Singapore outpost of the Universal Studios theme park, Universal Studios Singapore which houses a marine park and film production studios—all of which will be utilized by Mark Burnett Prods. Asia.

Partnership has been constructed as a 10-year agreement, with both parties holding equal equity in the venture and agreeing to invest up to $20 million in the project over its life. It covers all parts of Asia save for Japan and the Middle East.[39]

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Who is Bret Michael Sychak?

Who is Bret Michael Sychak? The music world knows hims as Bret Michaels. Michaels is an American singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the glam metal band Poison. Besides his career as lead singer, he has several solo albums to his credit, as well as one chart single. He has also starred in the VH1 reality show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and its sequels, and as a judge on the talent show Nashville Star. He is a contestant on NBC's reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3.

Michaels was March 15, 1963in Butler, Pennsylvania.[1] He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of six (as Michaels later attested in the Behind the Music special, backstage photos of the singer injecting insulin led many to think that he was a heroin addict). When he was a child, his family relocated to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he attended Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School.

Michaels' music career began with the creation of the band Paris, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1983. After several lineup changes his band was renamed Poison, and moved to Los Angeles later that same year. Poison became one of the biggest glam metal bands in the world and also recorded several hit albums such as the multi-platinum selling, Open Up and Say...Ahh!.

Michaels recorded his first solo album in 1998 A Letter from Death Row, the soundtrack to the same-titled movie he directed, wrote, and starred in. In 2003, he released the studio album Songs of Life which featured the singles "Raine" and "Bittersweet". Michaels also served as a judge during the 2005 season of reality television singing competition Nashville Star and released a country rock album in the same year called Freedom of Sound which featured the singles "Right Now, Right Here", "Open Road" and the hit single "All I Ever Needed" (featuring Jessica Andrews). Michaels released a best of album called Rock My World in June 2008 which featured music from his reality television series Rock of Love including the new singles "Go That Far" (Rock of Love theme), "Fallen" and "Start Again", the first 2 also featuring music videos with clips from the series and the album charted at #40 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Independent Albums.[2] In December 2008 Bret released a single version of "Driven" (rock mix) which also featured a music video with preview clips for Rock of Love Bus and he also re released the "Fallen" single with acoustic, piano and demo versions included.[3]

Michaels released a 30-minute DVD from (Time Life) in 2008 called Hard & Heavy Confidential featuring Bret Michaels which included acoustic versions of "All I Ever Needed", "Driven", "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Something to Believe In", it also included in depth interviews.[4] The DVD was included in the Hard & Heavy cd/dvd collection from (Time Life) advertised on TV by Bret Michaels. The same 4 acoustic performances were also released on CD which was titled "Bret Michaels Acoustic Sessions."[5]

In 2010, Michaels released a new single called "Nothing to Lose" from his upcoming new studio album titled "Custom Built". The song featured the guest vocals of Miley Cyrus. [6]

In February 2007, the cable TV network VH1 announced that Michaels would star as the bachelor in the reality television dating competition series Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.[7][8] Jes Rickleff was the winner of the first season of the series. However, she announced during the reunion show that she and Michaels were not right for each other and told runner-up Heather he was all hers and that he should have chosen Heather. The first season was released on DVD in early 2008.

Michaels went on to star in the second season of Rock of Love, which premiered on January 13, 2008. On April 13, 2008, Michaels selected Ambre Lake as his "Rock of Love". Lake and Michaels have since broken up.

A third season, Rock of Love Bus premiered on January 4, 2009. In August 2009, Michaels stated in a interview with VH1 that he and winner Taya Parker were no longer together.
When asked about a fourth season of Rock of Love, Michaels said "Now they want me to come back for a fourth 'Rock of Love.' I feel that it should be something that changes up, but I still want that fun element. What you see is what you get with me."[9]

Michaels and actor Charlie Sheen established a film production company, Sheen/Michaels Entertainment, which produced the movie A Letter from Death Row (1998), which Michaels wrote, directed and starred in, and for which he released a soundtrack album. They also produced No Code of Conduct that same year, which Bret Michaels also directed. Their company also produced the feature film Free Money, starring Marlon Brando and Mira Sorvino, and the surfer movie In God's Hands.

Michaels appeared in an episode of the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear.

In 2010, Michaels currently appears as a contestant on the NBC reality television series Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.

On May 1, 2008, Michaels appeared on a special celebrity edition of Don't Forget the Lyrics!, on which he raised $200,000 to donate to charity.[10]

Bret Michaels has 19 top hits and he has 31 nominated songs Including the two songs on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Michaels was portrayed in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, which features him singing "Go That Far" and Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me".

Bret Michaels has also been seen touring with the USO in Kuwait in 2007 for soldiers deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Bret Michaels dated and later became engaged to actress and singer Susie Hatton. Michaels and Hatton dated from 1988 to 1993. Bret produced Hatton's debut album Body and Soul in 1991. Susie Hatton is featured in Poison's "Fallen Angel" music video released in 1988.Bret has two daughters with Kristi Lynn Gibson whom he dated from 1994 to 2005. Raine Elizabeth Sychak was born on May 20, 2000, and Jorja Bleu Sychak was born May 5, 2005. As of 2005, Michaels and Gibson are separated and share custody of their children.[11]

Michaels was involved with Pamela Anderson. An abridged version of an explicit sex tape the couple made appeared on the Internet[12] and was released on DVD on September 7, 2005, by Metro Studios. Michaels later stopped the sexually explicit tape from being distributed, although the "teaser" version of it is still widely available on the Internet.

Michaels is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League and the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.[13] He has a personalized guitar bearing the team's logo, and played the national anthem at Three Rivers Stadium.[14] His favorite player was Jack Lambert, and Michaels has been a member of fan club "Lambert's Lunatics."[15]

On April 12, 2010, Michaels was rushed to hospital after suffering incredible stomach pains for an emergency appendectomy thinking he had a severe case of the flu and which seemed to stem from Michaels' diabetic condition.[16]

On April 22, 2010, Michaels was rushed again to hospital with an "excruciating" headache, where doctors discovered that he had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He was in critical condition,[17][18] but his condition is now stabilized.[19]

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