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Bootsy Collins


Bootsy Collins was born on October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as William Earl Collins. He has been married to Patti Collins since December 24, 1996. See full bio »

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Known For

Night at the Museum
Night at the Museum Soundtrack
(2006)
Undercover Brother
Undercover Brother Soundtrack
(2002)
Friday
Friday Soundtrack
(1995)
Moneyball
Moneyball Soundtrack
(2011)

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 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (writer: "Flashlight" - as William Collins)
 2017 Fist Fight (writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out (The Undefeated Remix)" - as William Collins)
 2016 Sing (writer: "Humpty Dance")
 2016 The Purge: Election Year (writer: "Title Give Up The Funk (Tear the Roof Off)" - as William Collins)
 2016/I Mother's Day (writer: "THE HUMPTY DANCE" - as William Collins)
 2016 Everybody Wants Some!! (writer: "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" - as William Collins)
 2015 Straight Outta Compton (writer: "We Want Eazy", "Flash Light", "Mothership Connection (Star Child)")
 2015 McFarland, USA (writer: "Flash Light" - as William Collins)
 2015 Dope (writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins)
 2014 When the Game Stands Tall (writer: "Flash Light" - as William Collins)
 2013 Battle of the Year (writer: "Same Song" - as William Collins)
 2013/I The Heat (writer: "Flash Light (Serafin & Rev Kev Heat Remix)")
 2013 Love & Air Sex (writer: "Flashlight")
 2012 A Fantastic Fear of Everything (writer: "Wrong Nigga 2 Fuck Wit" - as Collins)
 2011 Happy Feet Two (writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as W. Collins)
 2011 10 Years (writer: "Same Song" - as William Earl Collins)
 2011 Moneyball (writer: "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" - as William Earl Collins)
 2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as William 'Bootsy' Collins)
 2011 The Green Hornet (writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William "Bootsy" Collins)
 2008 Step Up 2: The Streets (writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins)
 2008 Meet the Spartans (writer: "Humpty Dance")
 2008 Cloverfield (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" - as William Earl Collins)
 2006 Night at the Museum (performer: "Weapon Of Choice" (2000)) / (writer: "Weapon Of Choice" (2000) - as William Earl Collins)
 2006 My Super Ex-Girlfriend (performer: "The Joker" - as Bootsie Collins)
 2006 Click (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" (1975) - as William Earl Collins)
 2006 Akeelah and the Bee (performer: "Effervescent" (1978)) / (writer: "Effervescent" (1978))
 2005 Roll Bounce (writer: "Flash Light" - as William Earl Collins)
 2005 Beauty Shop (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" (1976), "I'll Take Your Man" (1986) - as William Earl Collins)
 2004 The Cookout (writer: "Flash Light" - as William Earl Collins)
 2004 The Woodsman (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" (1975) - as William Earl Collins)
 2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing (writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins)
 2003 A Man Apart (performer: "I'm Tired of Good, I'm Trying Bad") / (writer: "I'm Tired of Good, I'm Trying Bad")
 2003 Head of State (writer: "The Humpty Dance")
 2002 Antwone Fisher (writer: "The Humpty Dance" (1990))
 2002 Undercover Brother (performer: "Too Much Man" - as William "Bootsy" Collins) / (performer: "Undercova Funk (We Got The Funk)") / (writer: "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" - as William Earl Collins) / (writer: "Too Much Man", "Undercova Funk (We Got The Funk)" - as William "Bootsy" Collins)
 2001 Joe Somebody (writer: "Weapon of Choice")
 2001 How High (writer: "Flash Light")
 2001 Piñero (writer: "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)" - as William Earl Collins)
 2001 Baby Boy (performer: "I'd Rather Be with You") / (writer: "I'd Rather Be with You")
 2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ("Illuminati")
 2000 Charlie's Angels (writer: "The Humpty Dance")
 2000 The Ladies Man (writer: "Up for the Down Stroke" - as William "Bootsy" Collins)
 2000 Honest (performer: "Ain't No Stopping", "You're All I Need to Get By")
 2000 Romeo Must Die (writer: "Come Back in One Piece")
 2000 Love & Basketball (writer: "Doowutchyalike" - as William "Bootsy" Collins)
 2000 The Crow: Salvation (writer: "Bad Brother" - as William Bootsy Collins)
 1999 In Too Deep (writer: "Tear It Off" - as Bootsie Collins)
 1999 Muppets from Space (writer: "Flash Light")
 1999 Les parasites (performer: "PARTY LICK A BLE'S")
 1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back (writer: "Flash Light" - as William Collins)
 1998 Can't Hardly Wait (writer: "Flash Light")
 1998 Slums of Beverly Hills (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" - as William 'Bootsy' Collins)
 1998 Ride (writer: "Let Me Ride" - as William ("Bootsy")
 1996 Bulletproof (writer: "Where I'm From (Don't Fight The Clean Mix II)" - as William 'Bootsey' Collins)
 1996 Original Gangstas (as B. Collins, "How Does It Feel") / (writer: "How Does It Feel" - as B. Collins)
 1995 The Last Word (performer: "J.R. (Just Right)") / (writer: "J.R. (Just Right)")
 1995 Dangerous Minds (writer: "CURIOSITY", "FOUR PLAY" (SAMPLE))
 1995 Casper (writer: "Same Song" - as William Earl 'Boots' Collins)
 1995 Friday (performer: "You Got Me Wide Open") / (writer: "You Got Me Wide Open" - as B. Collins)
 1995 New Jersey Drive (writer: "Flip Squad's In Da House" - as B. Collins)
 1994 PCU (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)")
 1994 House Party 3 (performer: "Ah...The Name Is Bootsy Baby") / (writer: "Ah...The Name Is Bootsy Baby")
 1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)")
 1993 Freaked (writer: "Hideous Mutant Freekz")
 1991 Nothing But Trouble (writer: "Same Song")
 1989 Collision Course (performer: "ELECTRO-CUTIE (SHOCK IT TO ME)") / (producer: "ELECTRO-CUTIE (SHOCK IT TO ME)") / (writer: "ELECTRO-CUTIE (SHOCK IT TO ME)")
 1988 The Night Before (writer: "Way Over There", "Honk It", "Baby Boy" - as William Collins)
 1983 Bad Boys (writer: "Get Dressed")
 1975 Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Music video: Appeared in the Snoop Dogg video "Undercover Funk".

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

Bootsy Collins & The Rubber Band

Height:

6' 2½" (1.89 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

It wasn't about black, white, green grass, bluegrass, it was all about music to me. All music had a certain effect on me and I appreciated all of it. Music is all one, not to be separated. It doesn't need a name. The key question is, "How does it make you feel?" Funk is where you don't have nothing and you make something out of nothing. I didn't have a bass, so I made my guitar into a bass. My ... See more »

Trivia:

Brother of Phelps 'Catfish' Collins. See more »

Trademark:

Wild, colorful outfits and star-shaped sunglasses See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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