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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 September 1947Dallas, Texas, USA
Birth NameMarvin Lee Aday
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Meat Loaf was born in Texas, and moved to Los Angeles in 1967 to play in local bands and appear in musicals such as "Hair" and "As You Like It". He made his film debut with a memorable role in cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). In 1977, he and lyricist Jim Steinman released an operatic rock album called "Bat Out Of Hell", the record was huge and has sold 35,000,000 copies worldwide. However, the tour promoting the album took a toll on Meat's voice and left him unable to sing on the follow-up record "Bad For Good". Meat Loaf stayed in the dark through the eighties doing 4 records which never got any airplay or chart position in the US. Meat Loaf appeared in films Out of Bounds (1986) as a Pilot, and The Squeeze (1987) with Michael Keaton. But after getting back together with Steinman, they delivered a powerful sequel "Bat Out Of Hell II" which went to #1 in the US and UK. Bat II has now sold an excess of 20,000,000 copies. His TV credits include the Soldier being held prisoner in Vietnam in Lightning Force (1991), a mad Doctor who invents a serum to keep zombies from deteriorating in Monsters (1988) and a slick Landlord of a restaurant who ends up on the menu in HBO series Tales from the Crypt (1989). Meat Loaf has also appeared in Crazy in Alabama (1999) and Fight Club (1999).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ted

Spouse (2)

Deborah Gillespie (2007 - present)
Leslie Aday (23 February 1979 - 2001) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Carries a red hanky on stage

Trivia (46)

Got his start in show business in a traveling stage production of the infamous play, "Hair".
Owns a production company called Yellow Rose, Inc. with actor Brett Cullen.
Is diabetic.
Has told numerous contradictory "official" stories of how he got his stage name.
Occasionally hosts VH1 show The List (1999).
Played 300 soldout concerts between 1987-1991.
Fell off the stage and broke his leg during a concert at Toronto in 1978 - he finished the tour in a wheelchair.
Has had 17 concussions.
Well known as a singer. His song "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" was a major hit in the late 70s. The album from which this song came was also a top seller as well.
His 1970s album, 'Bat out of Hell', is the third highest selling album of all time, with an estimated 30,000,000 copies sold worldwide. It spent over 470 weeks in the UK charts - an all-time record.
According to "The Guiness Book Of World Records 2000" Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" is the biggest selling album in the UK ever.
His movies Blacktop (2000) & Trapped (2001) and his special appearances in TV series Lightning Force (1991), The Outer Limits (1995), John Doe (2002) & Masters of Horror (2005) were all filmed in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
His dent in the 90s music scene with "Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back Into Hell" went all the way to number one and with over 20,000,000 copies sold worldwide. It is considered one of the biggest musical comebacks in music history.
His first obscure single with local Michigan band Popcorn Blizzard, "Hello/Once Upon A Time" sold 5,000 copies!
Was offered the title role in "Phantom Of The Opera" but turned it down
Made a very special appearance in Ann Magnuson's Cinemax comedy movie special Vandemonium Plus (1987) - he played Steve The Piglet.
Despite his famous moniker, Marvin doesn't like to eat meatloaf.
Only single to chart in the United States for Meat Loaf in the 1980s was "I'm Gonna Love Her For Both Of Us" which peaked at #84 (He charted in the UK 4 times: in 1981 with Cher for "Dead Ringer for Love" (reaching #5), in 1983 for "Midnight at the Lost and Found" (#17), in 1984 for "Modern Girl" (#17) and in 1986 with John Parr for "Rock 'N' Roll Mercenaries" (#31)).
According to the Encyclopedia of Rock Stars, Meat Loaf began a Slim Fast plan in 1990 and lost 84 pounds. This made him $1,000,000 richer
Had a massive standing ovation at the CBS convention in New Orleans in 1977-78
He was offered lead vocalist position in the rock band Foreigner, but wanted to stay with Jim Steinman.
Has played in two movies with Richard O'Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and Spice World (1997).
Was starring Off-Off Broadway in Paul Foster and John Braden's "Silver Queen" at La Mama E.T.C. when he was offered the role of "Eddie" in the American stage premiere of "The Rocky Horror Show". He had to leave "Silver Queen" a week before closing. His role was taken over by "Silver Queen's" director Robert Patrick, who had to wrap Meat Loaf's costume's trousers around him twice.
Daughter Pearl Aday is a back-up singer with his band.
Won a Grammy for the song "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)"
Father, with Leslie Aday, of two daughters: Pearl Aday and Amanda Aday.
17 November 2003 - Collapsed whilst performing on stage in London. Doctors said it was Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is a syndrome of pre-excitation of the ventricles of the heart due to an accessory pathway known as the Bundle of Kent. This accessory pathway is an abnormal electrical communication from the atria to the ventricles.
Was the producers' second choice to play "Bluto" in Animal House (1978) if John Belushi was unavailable.
Went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Texas.
Performed at the Australian NRL grand final on 5 October, 2003.
Admits to being a fantasy sports junkie.
Was a vegetarian for 15 years but then decided to eat meat. His favorite meat is pork chops.
In addition to songs from his own albums, his concerts usually include the song "Hot Patootie", which he sang as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
When he first started rehearsals for the stage version of The Rocky Horror Show neither he nor the rest of the cast were aware of the sexual content of the play. It was only relatively late into the rehearsal stage that they found out, when Tim Curry (whom they had never met, he had been brought over from the London production) turned up on stage in full Frank-N-Furter costume and make-up singing "Sweet Transvestite." It was then that they realized what the show was really about. Meat Loaf walked out of the rehearsals and refused to do the show, but was talked into doing one performance to see how it went. When he saw how much the audience loved the show he agreed to stay on for the entire run.
Lived in Freeland, Michigan for a few years with a family.
Received a fan letter from a Swedish fan named Jerker, which has been widely regarded as the greatest joke ever in the Swedish fan base with the phrase: "Don't let your meat loaf, jerker!".
Despite being known as a singer, Meat Loaf has only sung in two films - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006). The reason for this is because he wanted to be taken seriously as an actor and not get typecast into singing roles.
When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, he was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital. Meat and some friends were at the hospital when the limo arrived and witnessed Jackie being taken in to the hospital.
Mentioned on the Celebrity Apprentice that he has suffered 18 concussions and a fractured skull over his lifetime. [May 2011]
Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 8, 2012 in Austin, Tx.
Father-in-law of Scott Ian.
Is the host of an original game show in DirecTV call Rock and a Hard Place. The show pits teams composed of musicians/groups playing various games to raise monies for charities. [March 2008]
Finished off his promo tour for his new album and planned the first leg of his world tour. [May 2003]
Toured the UK until early January. [December 2003]
Prepared for the release of the eagerly anticipated Bat Out Of Hell III (release date Halloween, 31-Oct-2006) and its accompanying world tour. [August 2006]
His favorite place to play concerts is Ireland.

Personal Quotes (21)

[asked in 2003 interview whether he was born in 1947 or 1951] 1951. I have it on my passport and driving license. [I said 1947 in my autobiography] because I just wanted to maintain a constant lie. I was born in 1951 but see what a great thing it is, because everybody asks me? And I can keep it up--I can tell you I was born in 1952. Names and ages piss me off. So I just continually lie.
Rock and roll is about getting free beer and getting laid.
I'm an actor. I started as an actor. I started on Broadway doing 'Hair' and Shakespeare in the Park.
'Hell in a Handbasket' is not dealing with the political nature of the country. It's dealing with the humanity and the compassion of the world.
As most people know, I am a vampire, so I have no reflection. Every day, I paste a picture of someone else on the mirror.
I never fit in. I am a true alternative. And I love being the outcast. That's my role in life, to be an outcast.
Rock n' Roll came from the slaves singing gospel in the fields. Their lives were hell and they used music to lift out of it, to take them away. That's what rock n' roll should do - take you to a better place.
There's no explanation for success. Success just comes out of life.
The day that I ever become hip... please shoot me and put me outta my misery!
My life's far too complicated to be summed up in one song. It would take 20 just to represent one single day.
My gigs are built on improvisation: I go out there and I'm like the Energizer bunny.
Just ask anybody who is getting old - everything starts hurting. For me, it's my shoulders, thumbs, knees and feet.
I'm asthmatic. I was a lot bigger back then, and I still get winded on stage today. But I've learned how to pace it now. I have musical breaks in there.
For the past 32 years, I've done nothing outside the entertainment business. I've had some real highs and some real lows, but I love the work so much that I never once thought of quitting.
A lot of actors, they know the camera's there, and if somebody moves around or makes noise or whatever then they get all distracted, but I pretty much lock in. You can't distract me too much.
When your name is on the marquee, you either get the glory or you get the hits.
When I do film, I really take on roles and I take on characters.
You know, people think I named myself Meat Loaf, even though I didn't. And they think anyone who would name himself Meat Loaf couldn't have an IQ higher than four.
There was a band in Australia named Midnight Oil, and they were a very, very political, and they literally hit you over the head with a hammer. U2 sometimes can hit you over the head with a rubber hammer.
It's like people call me a rock star or this or that. And I go, 'Don't call me that. I don't think of myself in those terms. If you have to call me anything, call me a chameleon.
In the early 1980s, I got into a war with my management - they just kept on suing me and I lost everything. So I had to go out on tour to make sure the electricity stayed on.

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