Tom Cruise is an award-winning American actor and filmmaker best known for movies in the ˜Mission: Impossible' film series in which he plays secret agent Ethan Hunt. He is considered to be one of the biggest movie stars in the United States and was Hollywood's highest-paid actor in 2012. Born in New York to an abusive father and brought up in near-poverty, there was nothing in his early life to suggest that one day he would become one of the most famous actors in the world. Even as a teenager Cruise dreamed of becoming a priest, not an actor. However, destiny had other plans in store for him and he found himself playing a small role in a film ˜Endless Love' as a 19 year old. He realized that acting came naturally to him and decided to seriously pursue acting as a career. Over the next few years he appeared in a lot of supporting roles before bagging his first major role in the romantic comedy ˜Risky Business'. Strikingly handsome and blessed with boyish charms, it did not take him long to take Hollywood by storm and soon he established himself as a much sought after A-list star. His popularity reached new heights when he bagged the role of secret agent Ethan Hunt in the ˜Mission: Impossible' film series.
If Jim Carrey, the famous comic actor, had taken a beating after being rejected as a performer the first few times, we would not have had great movies like 'Bruce Almighty' and 'The Truman Show'. Faced with dire poverty in his childhood, this brilliant entertainer was unable to complete school, and was forced to fend for his family. His only form of practice was at home, when he would try cheering up his mother in time of economic calamity. His first performance was at the comedy club of 'Yuk Yuk's', where he was rebuffed by the audience. This however, did not undermine the young lad's confidence, and he went on to prove to the world, that he had talent. With splendid comic performances in films like 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective', 'The Mask', 'Dumb and Dumber', 'Liar Liar', and 'Me, Myself & Irene', he carved a niche for himself in the live action comedy genre of movies. Gradually, he began acting in more serious movies, bagging prestigious honours for his acts in the films, 'The Truman Show', 'Man on the Moon', and 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'. In the last decade this celebrated star was included in the 'Canadian Walk of Fame' for his cinematic achievements
Effectively using his distinctive surreal deadpan humor to make memorable comedic performances, Steve Carell has established himself as one of major comedic actors in Hollywood. His debut film was ˜Curly Sue' and then he managed to appear on TV and movies such as ˜The Dana Carvey Show', ˜Over the Top' and ˜Suits' and became one of the correspondents in Comedy Central's ˜The Daily Show' by the turn of the 21st century. It gave him ample opportunity to hone his comedic skills and more significantly provided him enough buzz to be able to make it big on the silver screen. The hilarious flick ˜Bruce Almighty' was a huge success and brought him widespread recognition and more favorable offers. He went on to act in box-office hits such as ˜Anchorman', ˜The 40 Year-Old Virgin', ˜Little Miss Sunshine', ˜Evan Almighty', and ˜Get Smart' and ˜High T'. Throughout this time, he maintained a successful career in television and starred as Michael Scott in the existential comedy ˜The Office'. He left the series to concentrate on his film career and appeared in such films as ˜Date Night', ˜Despicable Me', ˜Crazy', ˜Stupid', ˜Love', and ˜Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'.
John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., famously known as Jon Bon Jovi, is one of the world's best-selling music artists and the lead singer of the band ˜Bon Jovi'. He is also known for his solo albums and acting career in Hollywood. Jovi was born in New Jersey in a middle class family and knew since a very young age that he is going to be a rock star one day. He was not interested in studies and instead devoted his time in playing music and singing with local bands and recording demos at his cousin's recording studio. Soon he was noticed by New Jersey radio station and he, along with his band mates, signed his first deal and became an international craze soon after. Along with his musical career, he has always worked hard for his acting stints in movies and television. Jovi's film career has been interesting as he started with small-time cameos and ultimately got lead roles in movies like ˜The Leading Man' and ˜Moonlight and Valentino'. He also ventured out in the world of business with his record label ˜Jambco Records', management company ˜Bon Jovi Management' and professional arena football team ˜Philadelphia Soul'. He is socially active and is the founder of the charitable foundation ˜The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation'; reason why he was appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Services.
A native of Melbourne, Australia, Stephen Robert Irwin exhibited an acute interest in animals at an early age as he grew up on a wildlife park owned by his parents. As early as the age of 6, he was already wrangling dangerous animals, like venomous snakes. As he became more familiar with Australian wildlife, Irwin began his formal career with wildlife, which involved trapping crocodiles and transferring them to his family's zoo for safe keeping. The family zoo was later given to Irwin by his parents, and he avidly developed the area, later renaming it the Australian Zoo. His enthusiasm for gaining knowledge about the Australian wildlife grew into his notable career as the Crocodile Hunter. His passion for wildlife landed him a popular television show that paralleled his courageous exploration of the Australian countryside and its myriad of animals and other creatures. Irwin also appeared on several major talk shows and starred as the center for several merchandise creations. His family, wife Terri and children Bindi and Robert were also involved in the wildlife effort. Despite his avid work with animals as well as his contribution to conservation, Irwin was considered most well-known for his enthusiastic personality. He has been described as having an unparalleled zeal for life that just made him and his work fun
Kate Spade was an American fashion designer, businesswoman and the former co-owner of the designer brand, 'Kate Spade New York'. In 2006, she sold her stake in the company. In 2016, she, along with her partners, started a new handbags and footwear brand, ˜Frances Valentine'. Kate Spade has come a long way since she started her career way back in the early 1990s when she worked for ˜Mademoiselle', a women's magazine. Working at the accessories department of the magazine, Spade realized the need for stylish handbags. In 1993, she started her own venture, ˜Kate Spade Handbags', along with Andy Spade, who she later married. A boutique store once, today Kate Spade Handbags (now known as Kate Spade & Company) have created a niche for itself in the global retail segment. Her products have a playful sophistication about them, which adds a dash of incandescent charm to the everyday style. Fashioned in crisp colours and graphic prints, Spade created a trademark with her visual shorthand. In her active years at the company, Spade extended its product line extensively before finally giving up the reigns. In 2016, Spade resurfaced into the retail segment with her new brand, ˜Frances Valentine', and hoped to repeat history with her new line-up. Her life was cut short when she committed a suicide in 2018.
Thomas James Tom Kenny is a popular American actor and comedian famous for his work on the popular animated TV series 'SpongeBob SquarePants', where he voiced the titular character. He has also worked in the video games as well as the films related to the series. Kenny made his acting debut with a supporting role in the romantic comedy film 'How I Got into College'. The film, which was directed by Savage Steve Holland, didn't do well commercially. Other films he has acted in include 'Surviving Christmas' and 'World's Greatest Dad'. He has done voice roles for several animated TV shows such as 'The Batman' and 'Transformers: Animated'. He is best known for his role in the animated series 'SpongeBob SquarePants', where he voiced the titular character. The show was a success and gained much popularity. It won many awards, including two Emmy Awards and six Annie Awards. As a voice actor he has also done voice roles for several popular animated shows such as ˜Dexter's Laboratory', ˜Samurai Jack', and ˜The Powerpuff Girls'.
Love him or hate him; Axl Rose is an illustrious but controversial figure in the world of rock. There have always been two extremes for this personality. Either he is revered by millions of fans around the world or he is looked up as the misogynistic, maniacal lead singer who came from a dysfunctional household and took all his frustrations out on his band members or in his songs. In the last fifteen years, Axl Rose has ranked among the music industry's most dramatized personalities. His lyrics have always united a profound paranoia that echoes his intensely traumatic childhood, but he brings it all out in an excitingly, freakish manner on stage that audiences either love or abhor. After being kicked out of home and eventually arrested on numerous accounts for public inebriation, he decided to mend his ways by joining the-then ˜L.A. Guns' and ˜Hollywood Rose', which combined, became the band that he is lead singer for, ˜Guns N' Roses'. The band's first album, ˜Appetite for Destruction' became a hit all over the world and soon the band began giving one hit after another. After a brief hiatus from the group, he came back to the world of music. He is currently rated as one of the ˜greatest singers of all time' by NME and Rolling Stone. Scroll further for more.
Hollywood actress, Demi Moore, had very humble beginnings and she once worked as a pin-up-girl after she dropped out of high school. She had a very disturbed childhood, her birth father left her mother even before she was born and her stepfather committed suicide when she was sixteen. After the incident, young Demi's life was full of hardships and her mother embarrassed her with a record of drunken driving crimes and arson. With an unstable family, she was left to fend for herself and appeared on the cover of an adult magazine. Still determined to pave her way in the world of entertainment, she did many odd jobs and finally made her debut with the film, ˜Choices'. She later gained fame and recognition with her breakthrough role in the film, ˜St. Elmo's Fire'. She has an estimated net worth of $150 million and is one of the most accomplished and well known actresses in the Hollywood, becoming one of the highest paid actress after her acclaimed film, ˜Ghost'. To learn more interesting and intriguing facts about her childhood, personal life and professional achievements in the field of entertainment, scroll down and continue to read this biography.
Eric Allan Kramer is an American“Canadian actor, best known for his portrayal of ˜Bob Duncan' in the ˜Disney' TV series ˜Good Luck Charlie.' His father was a talented footballer. Eric earned his BFA degree from the ˜University of Alberta' in Edmonton, where he got an opportunity to play minor roles in films and TV series. He also developed an interest in fight choreography. He made his debut as an actor in the western TV movie ˜The Gunfighters.' He then appeared as the ˜Marvel' superhero ˜Thor' in the TV movie ˜The Incredible Hulk Returns.' His early career mostly consisted of TV appearances in series such as ˜Murder, She Wrote,' ˜Down Home,' and ˜Empty Nest.' He has also appeared in the films ˜Quest for the Mighty Sword,' ˜High School High,' and ˜Pitching Tents.' He continues to be a stage member of the ˜Antaeus Classical Rep Company' in Los Angeles and was nominated for an ˜Ovatti Award' for his performance in the comedy play ˜The Wood Demon.' His hulky frame helps him earn the kind of roles he is best suited for, and his fans love to see him perform on screen.
Jeff Dunham is an American comedian as well as a movie producer, who is also popular for him immense contribution to ventriloquism, having done a lot to promote this form of art. Having appeared on several TV shows such as ˜The Late Show with David Letterman', ˜Comedy Central Presents' and ˜The Tonight Show', Dunham has received a lot of fame and appreciation all throughout the United States, having been called ˜America's favorite comedian', as well as one of the ˜World's Top Grossing Comedians'. He is quite popular across Europe as well. Having a passion for ventriloquism from quite a young age, Dunham's foray into the art happened when he was still a child. He performed in various venues such as schools and churches as a teenager. After having made several appearances on popular television programs, his popularity rose in the year 2006 with his self-produced one hour show ˜Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself'. His next significant work was ˜Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity' which like the previous one, was a huge hit, earning him a lot of appreciation. His success put him at par with star comedians such as Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfield, after which, in 2009, he started the ˜The Jeff Dunham Show', which became internationally popular. Throughout his career, he has also kindled numerous controversies, especially due to the way he caricatures eminent personalities.
Stanley Kirk Burrell, better known as MC Hammer, is an award-winning American hip-hop singer, dancer, record producer and entrepreneur. He is best known for his most successful single, ˜U Can't Touch This.' He is remembered for ˜Hammer Pants,' which he made popular with his hip-hop dancing. Born and raised in California, US, he faced financial difficulties while growing up. An aspiring baseball player, he failed to make it to a professional team. Hammer served in the ˜US Navy' for 3 years and then pursued a career in music, starting with club performances. His first album, ˜Feel My Power,' was a considerable success. He enjoyed outstanding success with his second studio album, ˜Please Hammer, Don't Hurt ˜Em.' He continued to produce music, but his later albums failed to achieve the same success. Hammer is considered as a pioneer in pop-rap. He experienced a phenomenal rise to fame and wealth in the 1980s, but lost it all quickly in the late 1990s. He is married to Stephanie and the couple has 5 children.