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Luther Vandross (1951–2005)


He was the heartbeat of R&B during the 1980s and 1990s, yet led a productive singing and songwriting life prior to this preeminence. The soul balladeer's strong commitment to the art of music continued on its Grammy-winning course, even after an acute stroke in 2003 left him severely incapacitated and unable to continue public appearances. Luther ... See full bio »

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(age 54) in Edison, New Jersey, USA

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4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Goonies
The Goonies Music Department
(1985)
The Heat
The Heat Soundtrack
(2013)
Hero
Hero Soundtrack
(1992)
Think Like a Man
Think Like a Man Soundtrack
(2012)

Filmography

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 2016 Superstar Duets (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ghost Singer (2016) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
 2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut (performer: "Never Too Much") / (writer: "Never Too Much")
 2004-2015 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Live Show 1 (2015) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
- Auditions 5 (2010) ... (writer: "Never Too Much" - uncredited)
- Auditions 4 (2005) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
- Bootcamp 2 (2004) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
 2015/I Too Late (writer: "You're My Choice Tonight (Choose Me)")
 2015 Whitney (TV Movie) (performer: "Never Too Much") / (writer: "Never Too Much")
  The Simpsons (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2014) (writer - 1 episode, 2014)
- Treehouse of Horror XXV (2014) ... (performer: "Never Too Much" - uncredited) / (writer: "Never Too Much" - uncredited)
 2014 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Most Memorable Year (2014) ... ("Dance with My Father") / (writer: "Dance with My Father")
 2013 Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Week 1: Show 1 (2013) ... (performer: "When I Need You" - uncredited)
 2013/I The Heat (performer: "Dance with My Father") / (writer: "Dance with My Father")
 2012 The X Factor Philippines (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 9 Performance Night (2012) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
  American Idol (TV Series) (1 episode, 2011) (writer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2012)
- Semifinalist Boys Perform (2012) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
- 7 Finalists Compete (2011) ... ("Dance with my Father")
- Top 6 Perform (2005) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
- Top 20 Performance Show: Part 1 (Guys) (2005) ... (writer: "Never Too Much")
 2012 Think Like a Man (performer: "Never Too Much") / (writer: "Never Too Much")
 2011 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #19.141 (2011) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father" - uncredited)
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2008 - 2009) (performer - 2 episodes, 2005 - 2008)
- Finale: Winner Announced (2009) ... (writer: "Brand New Day")
- Two of 14 Voted Off (2009) ... (writer: "Brand New Day")
- The Top 10 Perform (2008) ... (performer: "Dance With My Father") / (writer: "Dance With My Father")
- Top 16 (2005) ... (performer: "Take You Out")
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) (writer: "Fascination" - as L. Vandross)
  Skins (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2008) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- Chris (2008) ... (performer: "Never Too Much" - uncredited) / (writer: "Never Too Much" - uncredited)
 2005-2007 Idols (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Top 3: Choices (2007) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
- Top 5: My Idols (2005) ... (writer: "Never Too Much")
- Top 24: Group 1 (2005) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
 2007 Orange Playlist (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ricky Hatton (2007) ... (performer: "Dance with My Father" - uncredited)
 2007 Idols (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Spectacular 6 - My Idols (2007) ... (writer: "Never Too Much")
- Spectacular 1 - My Idol (2007) ... (writer: "Dance with My Father")
 2006 Family Guy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Barely Legal (2006) ... (writer: "A Brand New Day/Everybody Rejoice" - uncredited)
 2006 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Everybody Hates Father's Day (2006) ... (performer: "A House Is Not a Home")
 2004 Christmas in Love (performer: "This is Christmas") / (writer: "This is Christmas")
 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game) (writer: "Somebody Up There Likes Me" - uncredited)
 2004 The Oprah Winfrey Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 6 May 2004 (2004) ... (performer: "Buy Me A Rose")
 2004 New Zealand Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 10 Performance Show: Idol's Choice (2004) ... (writer: "Never Too Much")
 2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business (performer: "Never") / (writer: "Never")
 2003 Celebridade (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 13 October 2003 (2003) ... (performer: "The Closer I Get to You" - uncredited)
 2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Video Game) ("Never Too Much", uncredited) / (writer: "Never Too Much" - uncredited)
 2001 Glitter (performer: "Never Too Much") / (writer: "Never Too Much")
 2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 (performer: "Take You Out", "If I Was The One")
  The PJs (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2000) (writer - 1 episode, 2000)
- Robbin' HUD (2000) ... (performer: "Never too Much") / (writer: "Never too Much")
 1999/I Black & White (performer: "Hold Your Head") / (writer: "Hold Your Head")
 1999 The Wood (performer: "If This World Were Mine")
 1998 Spice Girls: Live in Your Living Room (TV Special) (performer: "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now")
 1993-1998 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #9.2 (1998) ... (writer: "Never Too Much")
- Episode #4.9 (1993) ... (writer: "So Amazing")
 1995 Money Train (performer: "The Thrill I'm In")
 1994-1995 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 2 February 1995 (1995) ... (performer: "Always and Forever")
- Episode dated 24 November 1994 (1994) ... (performer: "Love the One You're With")
 1995 The Cannon & Ball Gospel Show (Video) (writer: "The Power of Love")
 1992/I Hero (performer: "Heart of a Hero" (1992)) / (producer: "Heart of a Hero" (1992)) / (writer: "Heart of a Hero" (1992))
 1992 Mo' Money (performer: "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 1991 Voices that Care (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Voices that Care")
 1990 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A Loss of Innocence (1990) ... (performer: "Here And Now" - uncredited)
 1990 House Party (performer: "Bad Boy / Having a Party") / (writer: "Bad Boy / Having a Party")
 1987 Made in Heaven (performer: "There's Only You") / (producer: "There's Only You") / (writer: "There's Only You")
 1986 Ruthless People (performer: "Give Me The Reason") / (writer: "Give Me The Reason")
 1985 The Goonies (performer: "She's So Good to Me") / (producer: "She's So Good to Me") / (writer: "She's So Good to Me")
 1984 Choose Me (producer: "Choose Me (You're My Choice Tonight)") / (writer: "Choose Me (You're My Choice Tonight)")
  WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1982) (writer - 1 episode, 1982)
- Fire (1982) ... (performer: "Never Too Much") / (writer: "Never Too Much")
 1982 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Bruce Dern/Luther Vandross (1982) ... (performer: "Never Too Much", "House Is Not A Home" - uncredited)
 1981 Bustin' Loose (performer: "Just When I Needed You") / (writer: "You Stopped Loving Me")
 1981 Luther Vandross: Never Too Much (Video short) (performer: "Never Too Much") / (writer: "Never Too Much")
 1980 The Magic of David Copperfield III: Levitating Ferrari (TV Special) (writer: "A Brand New Day")
 1979 Sunnyside ("I Gotta Have Your Body")
 1978 The Wiz (writer: "Everybody Rejoice/A Brand New Day")
 1977 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #16.10 (1977) ... (writer: "A Brand New Day")
 1969 Sesame Street (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1969) ... (performer: "You've got to learn something" - uncredited)
Show Show Music department (2 credits)
Show Show Actor (11 credits)
Show Show Composer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (96 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: "I Know". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 6 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Listen My Brother | Luther and Janet

Height:

6' 2½" (1.89 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

It was the women [Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes] who drove me to the stereo. Men feel they have something to prove. They don't trust their automatic pilot chops. Females do. They go on deeper dramatic trips, take more chances. Put it out there with greater flair.

Trivia:

When he was born the doctor asked his mother what the child's first and middle names were. She had already picked Luther for a first name but had not thought of a middle name; there happened to be a box of Ronzoni spaghetti on the table next to her bed, so she told the doctor that his middle name was Ronzoni, and that is the name on his birth certificate. See more »

Trademark:

His vocal bravado See more »

Nickname:

Ronnie

Star Sign:

Taurus

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