Director of Reign Dance Productions and the principal cast member of Lifetime's Dance Moms. She developed a reputation for pushing her students to the edge of their capabilities to prepare them for competitions.
Adam Sandler is an American actor and comedian known for his roles in films like ˜Punch-Drunk Love' and ˜The Wedding Singer'. A versatile personality, he is also a screenwriter, film producer, and musician. Along with his feature films that combined together have grossed over $2 billion at the box office, he has also released five comedy albums in his career, two of which were certified double-platinum. He was inclined towards comedy from a young age and earned himself the title of the class clown as a school student. However, it was his brother who spotted his potential and encouraged him to take up comedy on a professional level. He took acting classes after high school and graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Early on in his career, he ventured into television and became a regular on a MTV game show. Soon he was selected as a cast member on ˜Saturday Night Live' (SNL) following which he became a popular comedian. He forayed into films as well and found considerable success as a comedian. Taking forward his professional successes, he founded his own film and television production company ˜Happy Madison Productions' that has produced numerous films. He is also well known for his donations to charitable causes.
Gordon Ramsay is a Scottish born British chef with his restaurants currently holding 14 Michelin stars. An injury prematurely put an end to any hopes of a promising career in football and he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management and trained with some of the world's leading chefs, such as Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White in London, and Guy Savoy and JoÃ«l Robuchon in France. He became chef of Aubergine in London, which within three years, was awarded two Michelin stars. He set up his first wholly owned and namesake restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world “ three Michelin stars. Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London's longest-running restaurant to hold this prestigious title, and Ramsay is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three stars. He has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe. He has also become a star of the small screen both in the UK and internationally. He is also an author of a number of books, many of which have become bestsellers around the world.
Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III is a popular American actor. Performing since his mid-teens, he has been active in the industry for the last 35 years. After finishing school, Perry moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to pursue a career in acting as there wasn't any opportunity to do so in Ohio, his home state. The initial years of his professional life were filled with struggle. He had to do multiple off-the-wall jobs to support himself while taking acting lessons to get better at his chosen craft. He gave audition after audition until one day his persistence and hard work finally paid off. He appeared in an uncredited part in 1982 in the science fiction television series ˜Voyagers'. In 1990, he was cast as Dylan McKay, his breakthrough role, in the TV series ˜Beverly Hills, 90210'. Playing one of the main characters in an internationally popular show, Perry finally found some stability in his career. He made his big screen debut a year later in the Faye Dunaway and James Earl Jones starrer ˜Scorchers'. Since then, he has brought to life a wide range of characters, including Oliver Pike in ˜Buffy the Vampire Slayer', Billy Masterson in ˜The Fifth Element', and Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier in ˜Oz'. He is currently playing Fred Andrews in the mystery drama ˜Riverdale'.
Call her the Princess of Pop or the Queen of R&B, Janet Jackson is an international icon who in her four decades long career has created a stir in the music industry globally with her series of musically innovative, socially conscious, and sexually provocative records. One of the most awarded artists in the world, her career longevity, super duper hit records and overwhelming trail of achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. Though she started as a pop icon, Jackson soon infused elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap, and industrial beats, which gave her crossover success in popular music. In her more than four decades of illustrious music career that has spanned over eleven studio albums and seven world tours, Jackson has sold more than 100 million records with four of her albums being included in Rolling Stone's ˜500 Greatest Albums' and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's ˜Definitive 200' list. She has almost become a fixture on MTV and a major role model for music aficionados and enthusiasts across the country. Other than music, Jackson has gained limelight for her artistic endeavours in films as well. Her massive success internationally has made her one of the greatest ever musicians and entertainers in the contemporary era. Her impact and influence have inspired millions.
Patrick Dempsey is a popular American actor and a famous television icon. A role-model for many, Dempsey has juggled with various roles throughout his career but is best-known for his role as the charming neurosurgeon, ˜Dr. Derek Shepherd' on the hit medical drama series, ˜Grey's Anatomy'. Not many of his fans may know but he initially started out as a magician touring different places before a career on television beckoned. When he initially started out as an actor, he was known for his spruced good looks and his ˜dreamy', lover-boy image in the rom-coms ˜Heaven Help Us', ˜Loverboy' and ˜Can't Buy Me Love'. He appeared in a number of award-winning shows including ˜Once & Again' before he took up the role of a neurosurgeon in one of the most highly-rated shows on television. In addition to his work on ˜Grey's Anatomy', he has also starred in a number of critically-acclaimed films including ˜Freedom Writers', ˜Enchanted', ˜Sweet Home Alabama', ˜Scream 3' and ˜Made of Honor'. Apart from acting, he was the co-owner of the ˜Vision Racing Indycar Series' team and is the current owner of ˜Dempsey Racing'.
Standing tall at 5ft 10 inches, weighing 200 pounds and more is a heavy muscled prodigious puncher Mike Tyson. Christened as Michael Gerard ˜Mike' Tyson, ever since his early days, Tyson showed signs of moving in to the world of boxing. His violent streak as a child, uncanny behaviour and a resolve for violence to have his way through situations and people laid the strong foundation for him to opt for boxing, not to forget his ginormous weight of 200 pounds at 13 years of age. Popularly known for his terrorising power and intimidating temperament, Tyson quickly climbed up the ladder of success under the strong guidance of Cus D'Amato and Rooney to earn the nicknames ˜Iron Mike' and ˜the baddest man on planet'. He was popular for defeating his opponents with a single blow. Tyson dominant performance at the sports saw him reach the pinnacle of success, by becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But just as quickly did Tyson climb the ladder of success, he went into the pitfall with the same speed, courtesy his tarnished childhood, poverty-stricken upbringing, poor judgement and criminal behaviour. As such, when he was enjoying raving success and was at the peak of his power, Tyson suffered from serious blows due to his bizarre behaviour, rape conviction, financial loss, bankruptcy and imprisonment. His biting off the ear of opponent <a title='Evander Holyfield' href='/famous/evander-holyfield.htm'>Evander Holyfield</a> was the zenith as the world wrote him off as a damaged animal incapable of existing outside the ring. Though Tyson has tried to make amendments thereafter, his image has been destroyed for good, making him one of the most tragic figures of the American sports history.
Halle Berry is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. She was a fashion model before foraying into the world of acting and had participated in several beauty contests. The daughter of an English-German mother and an African American father, her mixed ancestry explains her exotic features and unconventional beauty. Confident of her good looks from a young age, she began taking part in beauty contests as a teenager and won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant. She became a model after being chosen as the first runner-up in the Miss U.S.A. Pageant. She started her acting career with a role in the television series ˜Living Dolls' before making her transition into films. She was offered a minor role in Spike Lee's film ˜Jungle Fever'. She won the hearts of the industry experts with her dedication and commitment towards her work. She gained a reputation for putting in her soul into whatever she did irrespective of whether the role was a small one or a major one. Her hard work and devotion helped her reach great heights of superstardom that had till then evaded actresses of African American origins”her role in the film ˜Monster's Ball' won her an Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role and made her the first woman of African American descent to win the award.
David Shwimmer is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of ˜Ross Geller' in the famous American sitcom ˜Friends.' Born and raised in New York, David moved to Los Angeles for better career prospects, after graduating from the prestigious ˜Northwestern University' in the late 1980s. For the next few years, he remained practically jobless. It was in the 1990s that he started getting offered significant roles that did justice to his talent. He made his full-fledged acting debut with the series ˜The Wonder Years,' and in 1991, he appeared in his first film, ˜Flight of the Intruder.' In 1994, he was selected to play the legendary role of ˜Ross Geller' in the sitcom ˜Friends.' This turned out to be a life-transforming stint for David, as the series became a cult classic. He also starred in other TV series, such as ˜Band of Brothers' and ˜Web Therapy.' Some of his notable films are ˜John Carter,' ˜Nothing but the Truth,' and ˜Hotel.'
Jordan Matter is an American photographer who is especially famous for his captivating headshots. He is also the author of several widely popular books, including ˜Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday'. A grandson of the renowned photographer, Herbert Matter, Jordan was also inspired by the photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson. Matter was not initially intent on pursuing photography as a career; in fact, he was a popular baseball player during his college days and wanted to become an actor. Even though coming from a family with a rich legacy in photography, Matter's photography career started in a very unorthodox way. He took some headshots of one of his model friends and those pictures went on to become very popular. Soon, he started getting offers from aspiring models who wanted him to photograph them. Several agents also began recommending him to models, thereby helping him embark on a lucrative career as a photographer. Matter has since been profiled by major media outlets like MSNBC, CBS, NBC, and BBC, and has been interviewed by Tyra Banks. In addition, he has appeared in ˜The Today Show' and has been featured in top magazines. Matter is known for his out-of-the-box approach to photography, a unique talent that sets him apart from other professionals in the same field.
Rick Astley is one of the most iconic English singer-songwriters of all time. A true cultural phenomenon, the singer is among the elite few to have sold over 40 million records worldwide in a career spanning more than three decades. In that time, he has had multiple number chart-topping hits including, ˜Never Gonna Give You Up'. The song has become a part of internet history by being integrated into the viral meme ˜rickrolling'. He has admitted being influenced by bands like ˜Genesis' and ˜Beatles' while growing up. ˜Whenever You Need Somebody' and ˜Together Forever' are some of his greatest hits. He can play several instruments including drums, piano, guitar, and saxophone. Equally famous for his humility, Rick also believes in giving back to the society and is associated with charities. In spite of the huge success, Astley prefers living outside the glare of media all the time. Although he often performs in live shows, the singer leads a quieter life with his wife and daughter.
Dan Schneider is an American actor, television and film writer, and producer who is best known for creating many of the popular children's television shows on Nickelodeon. He started his career as a supporting actor in films like 'Making the Grade', 'Better Off Dead', 'The Big Picture', 'Happy Together' and 'Hot Resort', and went on to appear as the wry and sarcastic computer whiz Dennis Blunden on the ABC sitcom 'Head of the Class' for five seasons. He then began working behind-the-scenes as a writer and producer on television shows such as 'All That', 'Kenan & Kel', 'The Amanda Show', 'Drake & Josh', 'Zoey 101', 'iCarly', 'Victorious', 'Sam & Cat', 'Henry Danger' and 'Game Shakers'. He has worked on the films 'Good Burger' and 'Big Fat Liar'. He often makes cameo appearances on the shows and movies he works on. He is the founder and co-president of the television production company Schneider's Bakery. He has been hailed as the "Norman Lear of children's television" by an article on the 'New York Times' and was the recipient of the first-ever 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 'Kids' Choice Awards'.