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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 22 January 1960Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death 22 November 1997Sydney, New South Wales, Australia  (suicide by asphyxiation)
Birth NameMichael Kelland John Hutchence
Nickname Hutch
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Hutchence is one of the greatest singers and performers in Australia's history, with a career that spanned 20 years. Born to Kelland Hutchence and Patricia Hutchence (a film and television make-up artist), Michael was the second of three children. He grew up in Hong Kong, USA, and Australia, and often hung out with his mother on film sets, getting to meet many famous people including his former classmate, Nastassja Kinski. When his parents split in 1976, Michael went with his mother to live in America for a while, but finding the fast-paced lifestyle too hectic, he moved back to Australia to live with his father. He attended high school in Sydney, becoming friends with another student, Andrew Farriss. Andrew performed regularly in two bands, Doctor Dolphin and The Farriss Brothers, and at some point invited Michael to sing with them. After graduating, they recruited two more members, Garry Beers and Kirk Pengilly, and immediately started touring pubs as The Farriss Brothers. They were later signed for a record deal on condition that they changed their name to INXS, which was a reflection of their lifestyle, always in excess.

Their first three albums were only minor sellers, but when 'The Swing' was released in 1984, it debuted at number one in Australia, and went double platinum. Their 1987 album 'Kick' had huge radio airplay, brought them an American number one hit ("Need You Tonight") and sold millions of albums worldwide.

However, Michael led a life of constant excess, which included women, drugs and alcohol, and sadly after 'Kick', the band proved to be not as popular as they once had been. Michael attempted a film career, but his first film Dogs in Space (1986) earned an 'R' rating, completely alienating it from teenagers, its intended audience. His second film Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990) did not showcase his talent either, as he had little more than a walk-on role.

All the while, his personal and professional life was falling apart. He fell in love with and later lived with Bob Geldof's wife, Paula Yates, which tainted his career. In 1997 he met up with Michael Douglas to discuss his songs being used in Face/Off (1997). Hutchence wanted to know from Douglas what steps he should take to further advance himself in the film industry. Douglas advised him, but Michael could not handle the pressure of being a fading rock star, and when his latest album 'Elegantly Wasted' was a flop, Michael took the steps that ended his career. Michael once said that he was "just a man" -- and that is all he ever was.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: James Briggs

Trivia (16)

Found hanged in his hotel room.
Daughter, with Paula Yates, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily (known as Tiger).
Lead singer of INXS from their start in 1977, until his death in 1997. After the tremendous success of the band's "Kick" album, he and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Farriss wrote the majority of their material, something which the band had shared more equally before "Kick".
Former boyfriend of Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen and Virginia Hey.
Son of make-up artist Patricia Hutchence.
Older sister, Tina Hutchence, works as a make-up artist for TV in the USA.
Attended Davidson High School in Sydney Australia, with Andrew Farriss.
Has a little brother, Rhett, born in 1962.
Attended King George V School in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Turned down the role of Vaughan in Crash (1996). The role eventually was taken by Elias Koteas.
Winner of the 1991 Brit Award for International Male.
INXS won the 1991 Brit Award for International Group.
Ranked #35 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Nick Cave is godfather to his daughter Tiger Lily.
When he presented Oasis with a "Best Video" award at the 1996 BRIT Awards, Noel Gallagher pointed at him onstage and declared "Has-beens shouldn't be presenting awards to Gonna-be's". This comment deeply hurt Hutchence, who responded by adding the background vocals, "We're Better than Oasis", to the chorus of the INXS single, "Elegantly Wasted".
Went to school with Nastassja Kinski.

Personal Quotes (26)

I love being famous. It's like a totally Freudian thing - it makes me feel wanted and loved and noticed. Anyone would want that, wouldn't they?
I look at Jagger and the like and if I see a good attitude I'll admire it but I wouldn't copy their style.
Women are incredible in groups together. Terrifying. Men have nothing on them.
I don't think success arrives and you're suddenly happy. It's not like that. If people think that they'll be very disappointed.
I know who I am and what I do.
I've never tried to emulate anyone. I've never idolised people, I prefer instead to get off on attitudes.
The English press, are so nosy, and the English seem to love that eavesdropping.
But then, you know, I'm very happy, I've got to this stage in my life and I'm not dead. I haven't got married and divorced and done all that palimony business, you know all that mess.
But we got up there and decided to stick to this mix of power chords and funk and that's where it really started for us. In having the courage to take that decision. To take a gamble not just with our music but our lives.
Every actor I know wants to be a pop star.
Fame makes me feel wanted and loved, anybody wants that.
I get pretty terrified, to be honest, when I'm on tour. You really have to muster a lot of ego to go our there, which I find rather draining.
I manage to scrape together a private life, despite the press.
I still haven't come to grips with our success.
I think there is a certain sensibility to someone you are attracted to and when it rubs off that's good.
I turn over a lot of money for a lot of people and I'm the smallest fish in it.
It's just as difficult to live in a self-made hell of privacy as it is to live in a self-made hell of publicity.
Racism is essentially natural, it's old fashioned it's an evolutionary phase that we're going through. Ultimately it won't exist.
There is an integrity to INXS, in the music, that makes it worthwhile.
We'd have to suck away at oxygen canisters between songs just so that we could keep playing.
You know sometimes I just want to curl up on stage and lie there for a while - it's weird.
Actually, I find it embarrassing being a pop star. I prefer it when people just treat me like anybody else, although occasionally there is a side of me, which is indulgent and I expect certain things because of my position. It's one of the perks.
I hate it when people lose it, there's nothing left because they're not interesting, they're boring, I hate it, and especially smack, people on smack are the most boring in the world.
I know all's fair in love and war but when you go off and try to be by yourself and it ends up on the front page of the press it's frightening, knowing your life is under such scrutiny.
There's something intrinsically Australian about a bunch of brothers and school friends getting together as a band at a very young age and all pulling together as a band at a very young age and all pulling together as mates to make something happen.
We always thought it strange that nobody was up on that stage playing soul stuff. Maybe people were playing it in their garages, like us, but they always reverted to pure rock when they got on stage.

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