Vladimir Putin is the current President of Russia. He is into his fourth term as the President. He is considered as an autocrat with little respect for human rights and has been accused of ordering assassinations of his critics and opponents. Besides being a President, he has also served as the Prime Minister and was a foreign intelligence officer before entering the politics. He was born in a middle class family and had a dream of becoming an intelligence officer since childhood. He realized this dream and entered the ˜KGB' the Russian intelligence agency. He was posted in various places as an undercover agent. For a larger part of his life, he served at the agency. Eventually, he got involved in political affairs of the country and resigned from ˜KGB'. He then, diligently worked for the welfare of the country and its people, which soon earned him recognition. Finally, when the then President of Russia Boris Yeltsin decided to step down from his post, he found no better successor than Putin and appointed him as the president of the country. A few months later, the elections took place and there too he emerged as the winner. The deft handling of issues with admirable efficiency led to his re-election for a second term to the office of President of Russia. Since as per Russian constitution, he was ineligible to run for presidency for the third consecutive term, Dmitry Medvedev ran for the office of the President and Putin became the Prime Minister. In 2012, when Medvedev's term ended, Putin once again became the President for the third time. In 2018, he was re-elected for his fourth-term as a President.
Patrick Swayze was one of the most versatile actors that Hollywood has produced and the characters which he portrayed firmed his position in the film industry. His father was an engineer and his mother was a choreographer who owned a dancing school. Patrick developed an interest for dance and learnt dancing from his mother. Later, he joined other dancing institutions at New York to enhance his talent. He was also good at other activities like swimming, football and gymnastics. At New York, his first dance performance as a professional was for the ˜Disney on Parade' event. He then made a shift from dancing to acting and appeared in minor roles in television. Eventually, his potential for acting was recognized by people in the business and he got his break in the big screen. His first major role was in the film ˜The Outsiders' and gradually, he became a known face of Hollywood. The film ˜Dirty Dancing' can be regarded as a benchmark in his career as well as in Hollywood. He has always been passionate about dancing and in this film he played the character of a dancer. Patrick's exceptional performance in the film earned him a ˜Golden Globe Award' nomination. However, his career met with an abrupt stop when he was diagnosed with cancer, and it eventually resulted in his death
Liam John Neeson is an actor with undeniable charisma, impressive talent, versatility and quiet forcefulness. This eminent Irish born actor began performing at Dublin's famed Abbey Theatre where, he was discovered by director John Boorman, who cast him as Sir Gawain in the movie ˜Excalibur'. Following his part in that action fantasy, he did supporting roles in many films. He got his first starring role in ˜Darkman' which was a relative disappointment. His work in the Broadway revival of Anna Christie impressed Steven Spielberg so much that he cast him as Oskar Schindler in his landmark Holocaust drama, ˜Schindler's List'. Neeson received Oscar and British Academy Award nominations for his performance. More high-profile work followed as he went on to star in such films as, ˜Rob Roy', and ˜Michael Collins'. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace which starred him as a Jedi master, earned negative reviews, but made box office millions. The film's success gave lot of media attention and visibility to Neeson. He entered the new millennium with a variety of projects such as, ˜Gangs of New York', ˜Love Actually', ˜Kinsey', ˜Kingdom of Heaven', ˜Batman Begins', ˜Taken' and ˜The Grey'. He continues to be busy and has many offers in his hands.
Sharon Osbourne is a celebrity wife turned media personality and businesswoman. She came into view of the public eye when she married the famous heavy metal singer-songwriter <a title='Ozzy Osbourne' href='/famous/ozzy-osbourne.htm'>Ozzy Osbourne</a>. A reality television show, ˜The Osbournes' following the life of their family was aired on MTV following which she became a prominent public figure. Leveraging on her new found celebrity status she became a talent show judge and appeared on shows like ˜The X Factor' and ˜America's Got Talent'. The daughter of a music promoter and manager, she grew up surrounded by music and musicians. She had a difficult childhood marked by her mother's indifference and her father's alcoholism and violence. In spite of making a lot of money her father was a poor financial manager and the family often struggled in poverty. This taught young Sharon an important lesson”to manage finances wisely. She began managing Ozzy, a former client of her father's and also started dating and eventually marrying him. Appearing on ˜The Osbournes' gave her greater visibility and she went on to carve a niche for herself as an individual, separate from her identity as a celebrity wife. Her autobiography ˜Extreme' became a No.1 ˜Sunday Times' bestseller and sold in excess of two million copies. This gutsy woman is also a cancer survivor.
This entertainment manager has the credit of shaping the careers of some of Ireland's big pop performers, like Boyzone and Westlife, who grew to fame in the 1990s. Besides, he is also the guiding force behind other singing sensations, such as Samantha Mumba, Girls Aloud, Johnny Logan and Shayne Ward. This showbiz maestro has earned himself respect and recognition by giving the music industry an impressive 28 number one hits through his singing discoveries. The cheeky Irishman has experienced his share of ups and downs before proving his instinct for great pop. A career which he started off as a teenager paid off after years of consistent hard work and perseverance. By managing shows as well as judging various talent shows, he has successfully portrayed the role of both a part professional and part celebrity. He is one of the three adjudicators on one of the biggest and most popular television talent shows in Europe “ The X Factor. He is said to be synonymous with this ever-increasingly well-known show. Among other reality shows where he has enjoyed media exposure by judging and mentoring contestants include ˜Popstars: The Rivals' and ˜Britain's Got Talent'.
Born Laurence Tureaud, he became known as a "tough-guy" star on The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in Rocky III, and for his work as a professional wrestler.
George Harvey Strait is an American country music singer who is popularly referred to as the King of Country by his fans. In addition to being a singer, he is also an actor and music producer whose talents are recognized by followers and critics alike. He is famous for being true to traditional country music while developing his own unique style of bar-room ballads, western swing and honky-tonk style music. He discovered his interest in rock and roll music while still in high school when he started a garage band. He would attend live performances of country music that were often held in Texan towns and soon his interest turned to this genre. He lists Lefty Frizzel, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and George Jones as his biggest influences. His music career began when he was serving in the US army. While he was stationed in Hawaii, he started performing with an army-sponsored band called Rambling Country which played under the name of Santee while performing off-base. After his army days he joined the country band Stoney Ridge which he renamed as Ace in the Hole when he became the lead. His band performed at several honky-tonks and bars around Texas and soon gained an impressive fan following. As on today, he has sold more than 70 million albums in the US and holds the world record for having the maximum number-one hit singles in the history of music.
David Michael Hasselhoff, also known by his nickname 'The Hoff', is a famed American actor, singer, producer, as well as a businessman. He first came to prominence with his role in the American TV soap opera 'The Young and the Restless'. The show was a huge success not only in America, but also in other countries. He gained further popularity for his role in the American action drama series 'Baywatch'. The show became one of the most watched shows in TV history. Though he is mostly known for his roles in television, Hasselhoff has also acted in several films. He played an important role in films such as 'Click', an American science fiction film which was directed by Frank Coraci. The film earned an Oscar nomination. He also appeared in 'DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story,' an American sports comedy film which was written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. As a singer he has released several studio albums such as 'Looking for Freedom', 'Everybody Sunshine' and 'This Time Around'. The awards he has won include the 'Bravo Otto' award, and the 'People's Choice Award'. He had also set a Guinness World Record as the most watched man on TV at the height of his career.
Randy Savage was a well-known American professional wrestler, who was better known as Macho Man. He was initially called The Spider and later went by the ring name of Randy Savage, on the recommendation of his trainer, Terry Stephens. His father, who was a professional wrestler, too, started the ˜International Championship Wrestling' (ICW) promotion, based in Lexington, Kentucky, to prepare Randy and his younger brother, Lanny, for a wrestling career. He appeared on ˜Tuesday Night Titans' and made his pay-per-view debut at ˜The Wrestling Classic,' in which he defeated The Dragon and Dynamite Kid, to lose to Junkyard Dog in the finals. Later, he won the ˜WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship' title, by defeating Santana at the ˜Boston Garden.' He chose Miss Elizabeth as his manager and built his in-ring persona as a bully who mistreated Elizabeth. He later married her, but they divorced after eight years. He then married Barbara Lynn Payne. He had the distinction of winning the ˜AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship' twice, the ˜National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Mid-American Heavyweight Championship' thrice, and the ˜World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Championship' four times. He died in Florida, at the age of 58, due to a sudden heart attack while driving his jeep.
Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi is a Pakistani former cricketer and the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. He became an inspiration to youngsters venturing into cricket. He rose to popularity with his amazing talent as one of the finest cricketers Pakistan has ever produced. His journey of transforming from the biggest heartthrob of cricket to an influential politician is highly impressive and motivating. He is credited for leading Pakistan to its first ever Cricket World Cup title in 1992, defeating England, thereby being termed as the most successful and prominent cricket captain of Pakistan. This champion cricketer surprised the world as an exceptional fast bowler and a great all-rounder, making the game of cricket more popular in his country. He excelled not just in the cricketing arena, but also in the political world and social ground. He retired from cricket in 1992 and entered politics by forming his own party “ Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice). He established the first cancer hospital, in Lahore, after losing his mother to the deadly disease. He is involved in raising funds for various health and educational projects, coming out a helping hand for the underprivileged and deserving.
Roseanne Cherrie Barr is a famous American standup comedian, television, film and theatre actress, writer, director, and producer. She is famous for her quick wit, caustic comments and intelligent as well as funny insights into the relationship between man and woman and a woman's struggle as ˜domestic goddess'. She started off her career as a standup comedian by doing standup acts in local clubs of Denver and Colorado, after running away from her parents' home at the age of 18. Soon her perfect comic timing was recognized on the American television when she first came up with her own show on HBO, ˜The Roseanne Barr Show'. She was offered, what became the most prominent work in the entertainment career, ˜Roseanne' on ABC. It ran for a successful nine seasons and earned her awards like, Emmy, Golden Globe, etc. After that, she had many shows of her own, co-hosted many famous shows, worked in movies, theatre, gave voiceovers, wrote books, etc. With her liberal political views, she also tried for 2012 presidential elections. Barr had a tough childhood, which has reflected in her personal relationships from time to time - she has been married for three times and has five children from her different marriages.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. is an American retired professional boxer and an outstanding trainer. As a boxer, he competed from 1974 to 1990, and after retirement, he worked as a boxing trainer. Fighting at welterweight, he was acclaimed for his defensive strategies and his in-depth knowledge of boxing tactics. Due to his respiratory issues, he retired from boxing and became a trainer. He is the father of boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he once trained. His son learnedthe defensive skills from him.Floyd Sr. has also done some acting and appeared in ˜MayweatherExperience Documentary' in 2013. He had also previously made appearances in ˜HBO Boxing' (1973) and the TV program ˜Sky Sports World Championship Boxing' (1989). One unique feature about him is that he recites poetry about his opponent/his fighter's opponent before every match. Due to this, he is often referred to as the "poet laureate of boxing.