Robert Downey, Jr., son of the avid filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr., is an American actor famous for his brilliant acting in ˜Chaplin', quirky version of ˜Tony Stark' in ˜Iron Man' and decades of living under the shadow of drug abuse and breaching of law. Downey was involved in professional acting and drugs consumption from a very young age, owing to his highly creative and addicted father. He has spent his life in and out of tabloids, rehabilitation centers and prisons and yet, his acting skills and talent has given him the status of one of the most cherished actors. His fans love him for the dark and strong characters that he has played from time to time in movies like: ˜Sherlock Holmes', ˜Tropical Thunder', etc. and also for his almost superhero like ability to bring himself out from the rut of drugs and alcohol binging that he had been a part of since childhood. Downey has been recognized for his contribution to cinema with awards like Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy. He is also the co-owner of the production company ˜Team Downey', with his wife Susan Levin.
The Undertaker is an American professional wrestler who is a four-time WWF/E Champion and a three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Considered to be one of the most popular wrestlers in the world today, he began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) more than three decades ago. He became associated with the WWE in 1990 and has worked there since then, becoming WWE's longest-tenured performer. Born as Mark William Calaway in Texas, he was a tall and well-built boy who took a special interest in sports. He played basketball for his high school team and also played college basketball while studying at the Texas Wesleyan University. He ventured into wrestling in 1984 and over the next few years adopted a variety of gimmicks and ring names in order to create a successful image for himself. He took the ring name of The Master of Pain in 1989 and eventually started calling himself The Punisher. While working with the World Championship Wrestling (WCW), he adopted the ring name Mean Mark Callous, a name devised for him by Terry Funk. However it was only after joining the WWE that he finally took the identity, The Undertaker”the name that would catapult him to international fame and glory, and make him one of the most popular wrestlers in the world.
Little did she, in her wildest dreams, anticipate that a delayed train journey from Manchester to London would change her life for good! The woman behind the Harry Potter franchise, J K Rowling or simply Joanne Rowling is one of the best-selling authors today. Rowling's is a typical rags to riches story - from living on state benefits to becoming the multi-millionaire author, her life took a complete 180 degree turn when the first book of her conceptualized dream materialized on the bookstand by the name, ˜Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. The antics of the bespectacled boy and the perfect imagery of the wizardry world left even the best of readers captivated for more. And hence started the journey of Harry Potter and his creator, via King's Cross station, which took both the character and the author to reach the zenith of success and popularity! Today worth billions of dollars, the Harry Potter series, which comprises of 7 books and 8 films, has become the best-selling series of all time and highest grossing film series in history.
Shah Rukh Khan is one of the leading stars of the Indian film industry, who has been ruling the Indian cinematic world for decades. Often referred to as the romantic icon of Indian cinema, Shah Rukh has many nicknames such as ˜Badshah of Bollywood', King Khan' and ˜King of Bollywood'. He was a brilliant student and also did well in extra-curricular activities. He followed his dream to become an actor and his passion towards his work established him as one of the most renowned actors across the globe. He has been working hard throughout his career and has never given up. He has been through various upheavals in his life like injuries and criticism, but this only added fuel to his enthusiasm. The talented actor made a fresh start every time he was struck by an obstacle. He has an optimistic attitude towards life and faces all that comes with a firm belief in God. As an actor, he has tasted great successes as well as miserable failures. However, the successes he has registered make his failures seem negligible. He is also a producer and even owns a cricket team which plays in the ˜Indian Premier League', a cricket tournament. He is a family man who, in spite of his busy schedule, finds time to be with his family.
Hip-hop icon who, as the chief architect of West Coast gangsta rap and a co-owner of Death Row Records, won numerous Grammy Awards, including one for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Let Me Ride" in 1994. He is also notably credited with discovering and supporting <a title='Eminem' href='/famous/eminem.htm'>Eminem</a> and, in May 2014, he sold his Beats by Dre headphones to Apple for over $3 billion.
Bollywood actor who starred in over 80 Hindi Films and won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He set a Bollywood record by appearing in the highest-grossing film of the year on nine separate occasions.
Jill Colavita Vertes is an American reality star and actress. Jill became famous when she appeared on the famous reality show ˜Dance Moms' with her daughter, Kendall. While her daughter excelled in dancing, Jill made her name for all the wrong things initially. She often lost her cool and became known for her foot in mouth disease on the show. She was good friends with Melissa, who was of quite the opposite nature as a mother on the same show. As the series progressed, Jill mended her ways and became more acceptable to others. In real life, Jill is quite a different person and a lot of her reactions on the show may be attributed to the heat of the moment and requirement of the producers. However, all is fair in show business. The fans loved to watch her and the production company made all the profit. Jill has always been an extrovert and has been an active member of her college council and cheerleader group during her youth. Besides ˜Dance Moms', she has appeared in a few music videos and has a substantial following on social media to be called a star. More than anything else, Jill is a contemporary mother, with a celebrity child. Her real life story is an inspiration for others to emulate.
Chris Rock is an American standup comedian, actor, director, producer, singer, and writer. He started his professional career as a standup comedian at age of 19, by performing in numerous small nightclubs in New York City. Chris caught the eye of the legendary American comedian and actor, Eddie Murphy while he was presenting his act at a nightspot. Murphy offering Rock his debut movie role in the movie ˜Beverly Hills Cop II'. However, he received his first major break when he was picked up as a member of the cast for comedy series, ˜Saturday Night Live'. His career began to mirror versatility as he took to expanding his repertoire by penning the script for the film CB4, and featuring in his opening HBO series, Big Ass Jokes. He received much publicity for his role as a commentator for Comedy Central's talk show ˜Politically Incorrect' during the 1996 Presidential elections. His popularity and fame as an extraordinary standup performer peaked following appearances in a string of successful HBO comedy specials. Shortly after, his reputation began to fade and in order to revive his flagging career went back to delivering acts in small nightclubs covering controversial subjects such as race relations. He came back with a bang by bagging significant roles in TV serials and movies.
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom is a former professional wrestler, actor, and television presenter from America. He is more popularly known by his ring name Shawn Michaels. Respected for his charisma and in-ring abilities, he is unarguably the greatest all-around wrestler of all time. An athlete since the age of six, he decided to become a professional wrestler when he turned 12. Later, he dropped out of college and joined National Wrestling Alliance, where he began to train under Mexican professional wrestler Jose Lothario. For the next few years, he honed his skills in the independent circuit before World Wrestling Federation came calling. Over the course of his 21-year career as a wrestler with the promotion, he headlined several pay-per-views, closing the flagship program ˜WrestleMania' five times,' and participated in some of the most memorable matches in wrestling history. Being a highly popular wrestler, he was assigned multiple nicknames, including ˜The Heartbreak Kid', ˜The Boy Toy', and ˜The Showstopper.' Michaels announced his final retirement in 2010 and a year later, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Since then, he has served as the ambassador for the promotion from 2012 to 2015, and from 2016 onwards, as a trainer at the WWE performance centre.
Martin Lawrence is an American actor, producer, stand-up comedian, and a writer. He was at the peak of his career in the 1990s, with lead roles in several successful films and TV series. He was born in West Germany, where his father was stationed as a member of the American military. As a teenager, he dreamt of being a boxer and was really good at it. However, an unfortunate injury made him rethink his career choices. Once out of university, he immediately landed in New York City to search for acting jobs and went to ˜The Improv,' one of America's most well-known comedy clubs. His performance impressed a few senior executives from ˜Columbia Pictures,' and he was immediately hired to be part of the show ˜What's Happening Now!!,' which marked his first acting job. In 1989, he appeared in the film ˜Do the Right Thing,' which turned out to be his major career breakthrough. In the 1990s, he appeared in films such as ˜Bad Boys' and ˜Big Momma's House' and established himself in the industry. Of late, Martin has been maintaining a low-key life, giving rise to a lot of speculations about his health and personal life.
Rose to fame as the lead guitarist of the Los Angeles-based hard rock band Guns N' Roses. His guitar prowess is best exemplified on such tracks as "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Paradise City" and "November Rain."
Kevin James, born as Kevin George Knipfing, is an actor cum comedian who is famous for playing the character Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom ˜The King of Queens'. Acting was never the initial career choice for this funny and loveable comedian; playing sports was his first love. As a school student he used to play football and was an excellent tailback. He was also a talented athlete who participated in wrestling matches. Wishing to make a career out of his passion he took up sports management in university. However he realized within a few semesters that this was not what he really wanted to do. Out of boredom during his summer break he auditioned for a comedic role in a community theatre production and bagged the role. He loved performing comedy so much that he decided to pursue it as a career. He joined his brother Gary Valentine' improv group and performed with them. He got his first big break when he was offered a five minute stand-up slot at a comedy club. He was a roaring success and had the audience rolling in hysterical laughter. Soon he made his transition into television where he played his most famous role as Doug Heffernan. The talented comedian has also appeared in a number of films.