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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 May 1964New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameLeonard Albert Kravitz
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Four time Grammy Award Winner Leonard "Lenny" Albert Kravitz was born on 26 May 1964 in New York, USA, the only child of actress Roxie Roker and Hollywood Producer Sy Kravitz. The family moved to California when Lenny was 10.

He started playing the drums and guitar at the age of five, influenced by his parents' love of R&B, jazz, classical, opera and blues. In Los Angeles, his mother encouraged him to join the California Boys Choir and Metropolitan Choir. He attended Beverly Hills High School, where he was a contemporary of Slash from Guns N' Roses, graduating in 1982.

In the late 1980s he returned to New York to pursue his musical career. Here he met and married Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show (1984). They had one child together, a daughter Zoe, but would divorce in 1993.

Kravitz signed to Virgin in 1989, releasing his debut album "Let Love Rule" that same year. Just like one of his major early influences, Prince, Kravitz played nearly all the instruments on the album. "Let Love Rule" met mixed critical reviews; his second album, "Mama Said", released two years later, provided him with his major breakthrough. It reached the top 40 of the Billboard album chart, while the single "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" (influenced by his break up with Bonet) reached #2 in the singles charts.

His third album "Are You Gonna Go My Way", released in 1994, earned a BRIT award for best international male artist. Following the release of "5" in 1998 and the single "Fly Away", Kravitz won the first of four Grammys for Best Male Vocal Rock Performance.

He has also co-written and produced material for various artists such as Madonna, Vanessa Paradis, and Steven Tyler as well as performing on tracks for Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Jay-Z.

While probably best known for his musical career, Kravitz has appeared in a number of movies, most notably his screen debut Precious (2009) and most recently The Hunger Games (2012), in which he played the role of Cinna, the soft-spoken designer who turns Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence into a star.

Kravitz will reprise his role as Cinna in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), and he has a supporting role in Precious (2009) director Lee Daniels' upcoming film, Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Lisa Bonet (16 November 1987 - 12 April 1993) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Often uses Gibson Flying V guitars
Dark sunglasses

Trivia (28)

Has a daughter, Zoë Kravitz, with Lisa Bonet.
Son of Roxie Roker and Sy Kravitz.
Musician
Lenny's father was of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from a family from Eastern Europe, either Russia or Ukraine). Lenny's mother was of Afro-Bahamian and African-American ancestry.
Is a vegetarian.
Engaged to Brazilian model Adriana Lima [May 2002]
Once known for the long dreadlocks he'd had since he was a teenager, Kravitz cut them off prior to the release of his album "Five" in 1998.
An only child.
Named after his father's younger brother, Pfc. Leonard Kravitz, who was killed in action in Korea on 7 March 1951 while suppressing a Chinese attack and saving most of his platoon. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Lenny has joined the fight to get his uncle the Medal of Honor. Supporters believe the Medal of Honor was denied to Private Karvitz because he was Jewish.
Graduated Beverly Hills High School in 1982.
Used to perform under name Romeo Blue early in his career.
Voted Hollywood's Biggest Heartbreaker by readers of In Touch magazine (2004).
Attended high school with guitarist Slash from Guns N' Roses.
His mother died at five minutes after midnight on December 2, 1995 only a day after his daughter, Zoë Kravitz's birthday. There was some concern that she would die on her birthday and the family did not want to celebrate the death of Zoe's grandmother on the same day as her birthday.
Distant cousin of Al Roker.
Lives on Sunset Island in Miami
Winner of the 1994 Brit Award for International Male.
Does a wide variety of musical styles; hard rock, soft rock, pop, funk, soul, and Motown-flavored R&B.
Ranked #14 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Ranked #93 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists.
Went to the same high school as Profiler (1996) star Jamie Luner.
Loves Brazil and travels there often.
Godmother of his daughter, Zoë Kravitz, is Marisa Tomei.
Lenny and friend Trace Devai formed the teen rock group WAVE.
Attending his Balcan tour which includes August 3rd-Ohrid, MAcedonia; August 4th-Budva, Montenegro. [August 2008]
Says his nickname growing up in Bed-Sty neighborhood of Brooklyn was 'Eddie' because his neighbors, with deep "country" Southern accents, always misheard his name "Lenny" for"Eddie.".
Says his father, in the military, was a "hard-core" Green Beret (Special Forces) veteran.

Personal Quotes (8)

[on the wearing of fur] My great-grandmother was a Cherokee. With the Indians, it wasn't slaughter. I have some vintage fur. I don't buy new stuff.
I want to do interiors, furniture. I want to do architecture, although I'm not an architect. Nor am I a trained interior designer.
I had no idea 'The Hunger Games' was so big. I didn't even know the book. I had been living under my own rock.
[on his mother explaining his racial heritage - a Russian Jewish father, and a Bahamian mother] I remember her telling me, 'I want you to know your heritage. You are no more one thing than another, but society will only see you as black'. I don't even know if I understood what that really meant, but I think I somehow got it, and got it more a couple of years later - that people weren't going to see both sides. As people used to say back in the day, and maybe still say today, one drop of black blood and you're black. That's it.
[on why he likes acting] It's not all about me. When I make music , it is all about me - I write it, I record it, I produce it. I'm involved in engineering and mixing. It's a big me-fest. That's fine, that's how it works, but it's nice to walk away from yourself and serve a director's vision and a character - and it has nothing to do with you.
[on his Christian faith] I really do use Christ as my example and try to live this life and not just bulls--t with it.
[re Michael Fassbender dating daughter Zoë Kravitz] Well, the door rang, and there he was, and he said, 'Good to meet you, sir,' and I was like, 'Sir? We ain't that far apart.'
My mom and dad would take me all over. One night we'd be at the Apollo watching James Brown, and then I'd be at the Joffrey Ballet. It was that kind of scene.

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