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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 2 March 1962Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameJohn Francis Bongiovi Jr.
Nicknames Captain Kidd
Johnny
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jon Bon Jovi was born on March 2, 1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA as John Francis Bongiovi Jr. He has been married to Dorothea Hurley since April 29, 1989. They have four children.

Spouse (1)

Dorothea Hurley (29 April 1989 - present) (4 children)

Trade Mark (5)

Sunglasses
His dancing onstage
His unique voice
Songs are usually about someone having a hard time but rising above it (i.e. Livin' on a Prayer, It's My Life, Bounce)
100 points NBA record by Wilt Chamberlain occurred on his date of birth, Friday, March 2nd, 1962.

Trivia (40)

His date of birth, Friday, March 2nd, 1962, is also a sports record history date. Late NBA athlete, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points, as a Philadelphia Warrior against the New York Knicks, on the very same date. Final score of that game: Philadelphia Warriors 169 and New York Knicks 147.
Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world [1996]
Auditioned for the role of Ashe in The Crow: City of Angels (1996), but lost out to French actor Vincent Perez.
Appeared on the Star Wars Christmas album, "Christmas in the Stars". (as John Bongiovi)
The acoustical performance of "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive" that Jon and Richie Sambora performed at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards is widely acknowledged as being the genesis/greenlight for MTV's "Unplugged" series.
Given title "Sexiest Rock Star" by People Magazine. [November 2000]
Children, with Dorothea Hurley, Stephanie Rose (b. May 31, 1993), Jesse James Louis (b. February 19, 1995), Jacob Hurley (b. May 7, 2002) and Romeo Jon (b. March 29, 2004).
The song "August 7", from his solo album "Destination Anywhere", is a tribute to his friend/manager Paul Korzilius' daughter Katherine. She died at the age of six under mysterious circumstances on August 7, 1996.
Likes watching movies, driving cars, sleeping, eating junk food, working out at the gym, football, spending time with his family and playing with his dog Copper.
He has owned a few cars as well, a white Datsun 280Z in 1988, a 1958 Corvette 1988-1992, a Ferrari 328 GTSI 1988-1992; in 1995, Jon owned a Ferrari, Camaro, two Corvettes, some Jeeps, Mustang Shelby and a 1957 Lincoln Premier, some motorcycles, among them a Harley Davidson and a snowmobile. In 1996, he owned a Harley Davidson, black Mercedes and a red 91/92 Corvette. He loves sports cars, especially Porsches.
Likes wearing casual clothes, jeans and shirts
He has sensitive eyes against sunlight and cigarette smoke, that's why he always wears sunglasses. During spring he has allergies and hay fever.
He started smoking in 1994 during the making of Moonlight and Valentino (1995) but quit again. Picked it back up during the making of The Leading Man (1996) and after the 1996 tour because he "just likes it".
His paternal grandfather, Louis Bongiovi, was of Italian (Sicilian) descent, and his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth M. Benkovsky, was of Slovak ancestry. His maternal grandfather, Michael R. Sharkey, was of Polish descent, while his maternal grandmother, Martha W. Ludwig, was from a Swiss-German family.
Mother is Carol Sharkey, one of the first Playboy bunnies, perhaps she knew Marilyn Monroe. His father is John Frank Bongiovi.
Has worked on behalf of the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and other groups.
Son, Romeo Jon, born on March 29, 2004, and weighed 9 lbs. 7 oz.
He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University in 2001
Majority owner of the Philadelphia Soul (Arena Football League), which began play in 2004.
He was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, but he grew up in Sayreville, New Jersey.
Campaigned for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential election, and John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election.
"Have a Nice Day", his band's new album, reached #1 in Australia, Holland, Austria, Germany and Canada after just one week after release.
In 2006, his band, Bon Jovi became the first rock band to have a number one hit on the country charts.
He graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School with other alumni such as Marilyn Ghigliotti and Greg Evigan.
Bon Jovi were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2006]
His favorite songs are "Ruby" by The Kaiser Chiefs, "Overnight Sensation" by The Raspberries, "Clocks" by Coldplay, "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt, "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John, "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones, "Cannonball" by Damien Rice, "When You Were Young" by The Killers and "One" by U2. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
Ranked #76 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists along with Bon Jovi.
Ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
His song "Livin' on a Prayer" is ranked #1 on VH1's list of "The 100 Greatest Songs of the Eighties".
His grandfather was a mortician, he owned Bongiovi funeral home in Raritan, New Jersey.
He was elected into the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services to Arts, Entertainment, and Philanthropy.
His favorite movie is The Godfather (1972).
Lives in Middletown, New Jersey and New York City, New York.
Musician/rock star that has also become an actor.
Is a major supporter of the Parker Family Health Clinic on the west side of Red Bank, New Jersey.
Performed at the Live8 Concert in Philadelphia. Released the single "Have a Nice Day" [July 2005]
One Wild Night Tour with Bon Jovi [April 2001]
kicks off the American leg of the Bounce tour. [February 2003]
Was originally cast as rock star Dante in the Criminal Minds (2005) episode "Criminal Minds: The Performer (2009)", but was replaced by Bush front man Gavin Rossdale.

Personal Quotes (11)

This is the way I look at sex scenes: I have basically been doing them for a living for years. Trying to seduce an audience is the basis of rock 'n roll, and if I may say so, I'm pretty good at it...Plus, being married and monogamous, it's the closest thing I can do to having sex without getting in trouble for it...The only thing I like more than my wife is my money, and I'm not about to lose that to her and her lawyers, that's for damn sure."--Movieline, February 1998
I would love to be able to do both (acting and making music). If I look at someone like Sinatra, who toured until he was 80 and made 60 movies, that would be a great life to have.
Some people just court celebrity for the sake of it. People like Tom Cruise. He was always a great actor, but I think the man's lost it, lost it. You won't ever catch me jumping up and down on Oprah going on about how I love this woman. And then others start feeding off it. Suddenly, Katie Holmes is on the covers of magazines. These people claim they hate the intrusion that fame brings but then they bring it on themselves by having huge entourages everywhere they go, attracting attention to themselves. It's a great fallacy. Another one's Paris Hilton. Famous for being infamous. And the people who should be getting the attention, people like Bob Dylan, aren't. It's sad.
I wrote the album during a time of extreme polarization in America. There was a war happening and it was dividing families. I realized the party that I was working for had lost but that we still had to come forward together as a nation. You can't be a sore loser. Hence the album title "Have a Nice Day". What drew me to politics in the first place was the fact that I wanted to have a place to take a stand and use my voice to express what I believed in. But I've no longer got any political aspirations. I feel that as a politician, fifty per cent of people would hate you before you even left the house. And I've never quite known what motivates politicians. Do they really believe in the cause that strongly or is it just the pursuit of power? I once flew on a plane with Bill Clinton and a reporter asked whose job was better, mine or the President's? I said that mine was, because I get to keep the plane and the house.
"My real friends and my family know that if I'm not working I'm miserable. It's not for monetary reasons. I already have fame and fortune. Now I want to find the greatness in things - which is why I was attracted to the arts in the first place. Slowly, I have fallen in love with acting. And all the struggle here - the acting lessons, the indie movies - has taught me so much." (being in the limelight)
"If people have to tell you how successful they are, they really aren't that successful. That's something I learned sweeping floors at this recording studio called the Power Station. Mediocre stars were the biggest pricks, and the big stars were the ones who came in and said, "How're those demos going?" - Keep pushing." (success and life)
"Introverted maybe, but incredibly focused to do whatever it is that I want to do. If it's to go running this morning or to drink tonight, it's gonna be the whole bottle. I don't sip." (about being shy)
"I was crushed when Bush got re-elected. I was so depressed and am still gravely disappointed with the results of both elections. I think history will verify that the world would have been a much better place if the outcome had not been that way. I'm never going to be invited for tea at the White House. But I've never gone on stage - before the elections or since - and slagged off Bush. Not because I agree with him in any way, out of respect for the office of President. It's too obvious to bash Bush. Everybody knows what I think about his policies. We went to a local bar for a couple of drinks to cheer ourselves up. On the way home we passed a couple who were in their sixties. I could see the recognition in their eyes so I said, 'How ya doing?'. The old guy replied, 'I only got one thing to say to you' - and put his hand in the sign of a 'W'. I went bananas - and that wasn't one tenth of how badly my wife reacted. Needless to say, it's been a difficult last couple of years. It's heartbreaking many people now view Americans with suspicion. At one time, we were everybody's best friend. We could go to places perceived as dangerous territories. Now, I'd think twice about asking our road crew to travel there." (May 2006)
Do you really want to know why I'm doing all this goodwill, and why I'm an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and why I gave a million to [relief efforts for Hurricane] Katrina? It's because I feel guilty about the huge hole in the ozone layer my haircuts created. It's my responsibility to right the wrongs of the Eighties.
Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.
I suppose I am like the Elvis Costello of the movie business and the Tom Cruise of the music business. I got so many good reviews for so many movies but had zero commercial success. And yet with regards to the band's music the critics have never been very accepting but the masses keep buying our albums

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