Donald Clark, or "Donny", Osmond was born to Olive Osmond and George Osmond on December 9, 1957, in Ogden, Utah. He was the seventh of eight brothers and has one sister. When Donny was young, his family went to see Lawrence Welk in California. They were unable to meet with him so they decided to take a vacation to Disneyland. This is where Donny's older brothers Wayne Osmond, Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond and Jay Osmond were discovered by Walt Disney. They performed at Disneyland and were soon asked to perform on "The Andy Williams Show" (1962). They performed on the show for nine years, with Donny joining the show at age six. After their run on the show was up, the brothers spent two years trying to make it big before Mike Curb and Rick Hall found "One Bad Apple", the song originally chosen for The Jacksons (then known as The Jackson Five), but was instead recorded by the Osmonds and made them famous. For the next several years, Donny traveled all over the world with his brothers, performing for fans such songs as "Puppy Love", "Crazy Horses", "Go Away Lttle Girl", "Down By the Lazy River" and "Twelfth of Never". In 1974, Donny's sister, Marie Osmond, started performing with the brothers and Donny recorded duets with her. That led to their co-hosting "The Mike Douglas Show" (1961). An executive at ABC saw the show and offered them their own TV variety show. The pair took it under one condition--that the whole family be involved. "Donny and Marie" (1976) was a huge success and lasted four years. During the run of the show, Donny married Debra Glenn in 1978 and started a family. In 1979, the show was canceled and the family was faced with a huge debt that they repaid. The early 1980s were not easy for Donny. He tried many different avenues, including starring in "Little Johnny Jones" on Broadway, but without much success. Donny had a break in the late 1980s, though, when he teamed up with Peter Gabriel and recorded "Soldier of Love", which went to #2 on the US charts. In the 1990s, he toured as Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". This lasted to the late 1990s. After that, he teamed up with Marie again for "Donny & Marie" (1998), this time a TV talk show. This was highly successful as well, but only lasted a few years. After the end of the show, Donny once again returned to music. He has since released "This is The Moment" a collection of Broadway tunes, and "Somewhere in Time", a collection of love songs. Shortly afterward, Donny was offered the opportunity to host the syndicated game show "Pyramid" (2002), a revival of the popular "The (New) $25,000 Pyramid" (1973) game show, and it ran from 2002-2004. Donny has released a new single "Breeze on By", which reached #8 on the UK charts. He has an upcoming CD "What I Meant to Say" due out in November in the UK and January 2005 in the US.IMDb Mini Biography By: CR
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He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
He played the lead role as Joseph in the North American tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".
Donny's first appearance was on TV's "The Andy Williams Show" (1962) on December 10, 1963, one day after his 6th birthday.
His great-great-great grandparents were from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
Ranked #14 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
Became a first-time grandfather on August 21, 2005, when his second son Jeremy Osmond and his wife Melissa Osmond had Dylan Osmond. He weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. Donny and his family welcomed a granddaughter, Emery, on February 24, 2008. This is the first girl born into Donny's immediate family, as he is father to five boys.
His sons are Donald Clark Osmond, Jr. (b. July 31, 1979), Jeremy James Osmond (b. June 8, 1981), Brandon Michael Osmond (b. January 29, 1985), Christopher Glenn Osmond (b. December 12, 1990), and Joshua Davis Osmond (b. February 16, 1998).
Appeared in one of the all-time monumental flops on Broadway, the 1982 revival of George M. Cohan's "Little Johnny Jones" (the show that James Cagney's Oscar-winning Cohan performs while singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in the eponymous 1942 film), which was pitifully old-fashioned and out-of-date, even in those early years of Reaganism. The show opened at the Alvin Theatre on March 21, 1982 after 29 previews and closed that same day for a total of one (1) performance. Only those shows that close without ever having officially opened (that is, during previews) have done worse.
Mentioned in the song, "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me", by Reunion.
Is twenty-two months older than sister Marie Osmond.
The Osmonds were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
On July 11, 2011 Donny won an international radio award. That was also the same day, during his show with Marie, that he stepped on Marie's foot and almost broke it.
Donny is mentioned in the song "Department of Youth" by Alice Cooper.
[on playing the geeky dad in College Road Trip (2008)] When everyone began laughing at my dorky character I thought, 'Maybe this'll work. My whole life I've been known as Mr. White Bread, so if the shoe fits I say, "Wear it".
My sister in the strongest person I know. (on sister Marie Osmond.)
Marie and I can finish each other's sentences. And we usually know what the other one is thinking.
The #1 question I get asked is, 'Where is Marie'?
We're a team. Always have been, always will be. (on sister Marie Osmond.)
[on Susan Boyle] Her success story is one that touches each of us to be great against all odds.
[on Susan Boyle] When she opened her mouth, an angel came out. She turned the world around in 20 seconds.
(1999) Release of his book, "Life is Just What You Make It: My Story So Far".
(1978) Release of the book, "Donny and Marie" by Patricia Mulrooney Eldred.
(November 2006) Named new host of "Name That Tune" (2007).
(February 2010) DJ on the radio station BOOM 97.3 in Toronto, Ontario.
(October 2008) Las Vegas, Nevada: Performing with his sister, Marie Osmond, at The Flamingo Las Vegas.
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