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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)
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V Himself - Space 103.2 DJ
(2013)
Friday
Friday Soundtrack
(1995)

Filmography

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 2017 All Eyez on Me (writer: "The Humpty Dance", "Same Song" - as William Collins)
 2012-2017 One Hit Wonderland (TV Series documentary) (writer - 3 episodes)
- "Right Now" by SR-71 (2017) ... (writer: "Freak like Me")
- Word Up! By Cameo (2015) ... (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)")
- Rico Suave by Gerardo (2012) ... (writer: "We Want the Funk")
 2017 Disneyland Resort: Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout! (Video short) (writer: "Give Up the Funk")
 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (writer: "Flash Light" - as William Collins)
 2017 Fist Fight (writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out (The Undefeated Remix)" - as William Collins)
 2014-2017 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Kristen Stewart/Dan Rather/Big Sean (2017) ... (writer: "Flash Light")
- Kristen Stewart/Chris Colfer/Shawn Mendes (2016) ... (writer: "Funkentelechy" - uncredited)
- Bill O'Reilly/Snoop Dogg (2015) ... (writer: "Who Am I? (What's My Name)" - uncredited)
- Jake Gyllenhaal/Paul Reubens/She & Him (2014) ... (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)", "Flash Light" - uncredited)
 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 Formula 1: Ten Sport (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 2016 Australian Grand Prix - Qualifying (2016) ... (writer: "Weapon of Choice" - uncredited)
 2016 Everybody Wants Some!! (writer: "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" - as William Collins)
 2015 Ash vs Evil Dead (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Fire in the Hole (2015) ... (performer: "Time Has Come Today" - uncredited)
 2015 Straight Outta Compton (writer: "We Want Eazy", "Flash Light", "Mothership Connection (Star Child)")
 2015 Lip Sync Battle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Abbi Jacobson vs. Ilana Glazer (2015) ... (writer: "The Humpty Dance")
 2015 Glastonbury 2015 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Day 2: Part 2 (2015) ... (writer: "Flash Light", "Give Up The Funk" (incorrectly named as "We Got the Funk"))
 2015 McFarland, USA (writer: "Flash Light" - as William Collins)
 2015 Dope (writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins)
 2015 Fresh Dressed (Documentary) (writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins)
 2014 Ray Donovan (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Walk This Way (2014) ... (writer: "Flash Light" - uncredited)
 2014 When the Game Stands Tall (writer: "Flash Light" - as William Collins)
 2013 Battle of the Year (writer: "Same Song" - as William Collins)
 2013 Grand Theft Auto V (Video Game) (as Bootsy's Rubber Band, William Collins, "I'd Rather Be With You", "Mothership Connection", "Flashlight")
 2013/I The Heat (writer: "Flash Light (Serafin & Rev Kev Heat Remix)")
 2013 Love & Air Sex (writer: "Flashlight")
 2012 VH1 Divas 2012 (TV Special) (performer: "Groove Is in the Heart")
 2012 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Live Show 4 (2012) ... (writer: "Freak like Me" - uncredited)
 2012 A Fantastic Fear of Everything (writer: "Wrong Nigga 2 Fuck Wit" - as Collins)
 2012 The Block (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Red House Elimination: Night 4 (2012) ... (writer: "Weapon Of Choice" - uncredited)
 2011 Happy Feet Two (writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as W. Collins)
 2011 Dance Central 2 (Video Game) (writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William 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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #19.200 (2011) ... (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" - uncredited)
 2010-2011 Treme (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Do Watcha Wanna (2011) ... (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear The Roof Off Sucker)" - uncredited)
- Meet De Boys on the Battlefront (2010) ... (writer: "Up for the Down Stroke" - uncredited)
  Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011) (performer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Episode #3.46 (2011) ... (performer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" - uncredited) / (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" - uncredited)
- Episode #2.147 (2010) ... (writer: "The Humpty Dance" - uncredited)
 2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as William 'Bootsy' Collins)
 2011 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #18.85 (2011) ... (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" - uncredited)
 2011 The Green Hornet (writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William "Bootsy" Collins)
 2010 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Funk (2010) ... (writer: "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" - uncredited)
 2007-2010 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Blockbuster Heroes (2010) ... (writer: "Weapon Of Choice" - uncredited)
- Amazing Moments in Music (2007) ... (writer: "Weapon Of Choice")
 2010 Unsung (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Uncut (2010) ... (performer: "Ain't It Funky Now")
 2008 So You Think You Can Dance Australia (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 20 Perform (2008) ... (writer: "Flashlight")
 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)
 2007 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (2007) ... (writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out")
 2006 Night at the Museum (performer: "Weapon Of Choice" (2000)) / (writer: "Weapon Of Choice" (2000) - as William Earl Collins)
 2006 The Mighty Boosh Live (Video) (writer: "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" - uncredited)
 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 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Everybody Hates Father's Day (2006) ... (writer: "Flash Light")
 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)
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Yo, Adrian (2005) ... (writer: "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)")
 2004 Gran Turismo 4 (Video Game) (writer: "Let's Roll")
 2004 Kangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A.! (Video) (writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as William Earl Collins)
 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game) (writer: "Guerillas in tha Mist", "Grunt" - uncredited)
 2004 The Cookout (writer: "Flash Light" - as William Earl Collins)
 2004 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Donald Trump/Toots and the Maytals (2004) ... (performer: "Funky Kingston" - uncredited)
 2004 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Place of Our Own (2004) ... (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 True Crime: Streets of LA (Video Game) (writer: "Flashlight" - as W. 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")
 2003 Tupac: Resurrection (Documentary) (writer: "Same Song")
 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)
 2002 Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Documentary) (performer: "Do You Love Me", "Cool Jerk")
 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 Venin mortel (Short) (writer: "BLAST/WAR MACHINE DUB")
 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)
 1995 Murder Was the Case: The Movie (Video short) (writer: "Who Am I (What's My Name)")
 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")
 1990 Midnight Caller (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sale Away: Part 2 (1990) ... (writer: "The Humpty Dance")
 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 »

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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:

Bootsy was generally clean cut when playing with The Pacesetters (James Brown's back-up band). Once he teamed up with George Clinton, he slowly started to dress in the wild, colorful outfits and star-shaped sunglasses that we know today. See more »

Trademark:

Very high-pitched and animated speech style See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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