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Overview (4)

Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameJohn Francis Bongiovi Jr.
Nicknames Captain Kidd
Johnny
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jon Bon Jovi, was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. On March 2, 1962, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to parents John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Carol Sharkey.

Family: Jon's mother, Carol Sharkey, was a former model and one of the first Playboy Bunnies. She met Bon Jovi's father after she enlisted in the United States Marines. John was already in the Marines when they met.

Bon Jovi is also a blood relative to the late great singer Frank Sinatra, who was Bon Jovi's great uncle on his father's side, according to a May 1988 issue of Spin Magazine (page 22).

Bon Jovi has two brothers, Anthony and Matthew. Bon Jovi has four children, and is married to Dorothea Hurley (1989-present).

Known best as a singer-songwriter, in 1983 he was the founder and frontman of a band that bears his name. Bon Jovi is also known as a record producer, actor and philanthropist.

Music Career: Bon Jovi's music career started in June of 1982 after he was turned down by several record labels, including Atlantic Records and Mercury (Polygram) for the song "Runaway" which he recorded with a studio band named "The Allstars."

After being turned down he visited New York City's major market rock station WAPP, also known as "The Apple" at 103.5FM. WAPP included the song on a compilation of local talent and it became in instant hit.

In 1983 he signed with Mercury Records to promote "Runaway" and had to form a new band. Jon Bon Jovi became David Bryan, Alec John Such, bassist, Tico Torres, drummer, and his neighbor, Dave Sabo at lead guitar. Sabo played only a few local shows before he left to form the group Skid Row with Rachel Bolan. Sabo was soon replaced with Richie Sambora.

After "Runaway" became a worldwide hit, Bon Jovi wanted a name for the band. He wanted to call themselves Johnny Electric. But Richard Fischer, employed then by Doc McGhee, suggested that Bon Jovi follow the norm where many bands were naming their groups by the lead or frontman' name, such as, Van Halen, Dokken, Bryan Adams, Alice Cooper (70's), so Bon Jovi became the name of the band.

The band's breakout album, "Slippery When Wet," was their third studio album released in 1986. It became the band's best-selling album, selling more than 28 million worldwide, according to a Jan. 29, 2008 issue of the Daily Telegraph.

Bon Jovi's next album, "New Jersey," not only shared the same success as "Slippery When Wet," the album had five top-10 hits on Billboard's Hot-100. No other album or artist ever produced as many top-10 hits, and as of this writing (September 4, 2016) this record still stands. And two of the top-10 hits, "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There For You" topped the charts at number one, according to Bon Jovi's Biography on the Billboard website.

The band then went on an 18-month international tour, and when they finished, the band went on a hiatus.

Hiatus and Young Guns II: During the hiatus, Bon Jovi was hired to write the soundtrack for the movie "Young Guns II." During this time actor Emilio Estevez approached Bon Jovi and asked if he could use "Wanted, Dead or Alive" as the title song for the movie.

Bon Jovi balked at the idea, saying he didn't think that song was the proper song, so he quickly wrote "Blaze of Glory."

As the story goes, Kiefer Sutherland in an interview for UNCUT magazine said; "When Jon (Bon Jovi) joined the team for Young Guns II, we were all eating hamburgers in a diner and Jon was scribbling on this napkin for, say, six minutes. He declared he'd written 'Blaze of Glory', which of course then went through the roof in the States. He later gave Emilio Estevez the napkin. We were munching burgers while he wrote a No. 1 song... Made us feel stupid."

Afterwards, Bon Jovi played the song in a New Mexico desert for Estevez and John Fusco. This was the first time Bon Jovi played the song and heard by anyone. When the co-producers heard the song in a trailer, it was a no-brainer. It became the theme song for "Young Guns II."

"Young Guns II," which was released in 1990 named which Bon Jovi made into his next album "Blaze of Glory." This was Bon Jovi's first solo album as the other band members were off doing other things during the hiatus.

The movie's budget was $20 million and went on to earn $44 million. Two hits came from this album, "Blaze of Glory" and Miracle." Bon Jovi earned several Grammy and Oscar nominations.

While he wrote a song or two for a couple of shows before this, this was his first and only project where he wrote every song for a movie's soundtrack. He did go on to write songs for other movies, and many of the group's songs were used in a variety of TV series.

Back Together (Kind Of): During the years from their first hit "Runaway" in 1982, the group has released 12 studio albums and Bon Jovi recorded two solo albums and a number of singles. Worldwide, his band has sold more than 130 albums, ranking them among the top of the best sellers.

But the band isn't sitting around and resting. In 2015 there were rumors of a planned new album to be released sometime in 2016.

Rumors used to spread like wildfires, but today, the Internet allows them to travel at the speed of light. Talk about a new album for 2016 was confirmed by a consultant, and another world tour would follow.

On September 30, 2015, Bon Jovi said during a press conference confirming the new album, its title will be "This House Is Not For Sale." He further said that the album is about the group's integrity.

"Integrity matters and we're at a place in our career where we don't have anything left to prove," Bon Jovi said.

However, the new album is the first one without creative input from Richie Sambora, who left the group in 2013.

On Bon Jovi's Facebook page, a post announced that the new album, "This House Is Not For Sale" was released on August 27, 2016

Acting Career: He started acting in the 1990's starring in minor roles in movies such as "U-571," and "Moonlight and Valentino," and as Helen Hunt's husband in the movie "Pay It Forward" starring Kevin Spacey. He also appeared on several TV shows such as "Sex and the City" and "Ally McBeal."

Accolades: In 2009, Bon Jovi was inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Bon Jovi has also made appearances on some prestigious lists:

  • In 1996, he was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People In The World" By People Magazine.
  • In 2000, the same magazine named him the "Sexiest Rock Star."
  • Also in 2000 VH1 placed him on its "100 Sexiest Artists."
  • In 2012 was ranked 50th in Billboard's magazine's "Power 100," a ranking of "The Most Powerful and Influential People In The Music Business."
-In 2012, Hit Parader ranked Bon Jovi 31st in the "Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists."

Philanthropy: In addition, Bon Jovi was the one of the founders and majority owners of the Arena Football League team Philadelphia Soul. He is the founder of The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation which was founded in 2006 and exists to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. He also campaigned for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential election, John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election, and Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election. In 2010, President Barack Obama named Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions. He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University in 2001.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: George McGinn

Spouse (1)

Dorothea Hurley (29 April 1989 - present) ( 4 children)

Trade Mark (5)

Sunglasses
His dancing onstage
His unique voice
Songs are usually about someone having a hard time but rising above it (i.e. Livin' on a Prayer, It's My Life, Bounce)
100 points NBA record by Wilt Chamberlain occurred on his date of birth, Friday, March 2nd, 1962.

Trivia (41)

His date of birth, Friday, March 2nd, 1962, is also a sports record history date. Late NBA athlete, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points, as a Philadelphia Warrior against the New York Knicks, on the very same date. Final score of that game: Philadelphia Warriors 169 and New York Knicks 147.
Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world [1996]
Auditioned for the role of Ashe in The Crow: City of Angels (1996), but lost out to French actor Vincent Perez.
Appeared on the Star Wars Christmas album, "Christmas in the Stars". (as John Bongiovi)
The acoustical performance of "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive" that Jon and Richie Sambora performed at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards is widely acknowledged as being the genesis/greenlight for MTV's "Unplugged" series.
Given title "Sexiest Rock Star" by People Magazine. [November 2000]
Children, with Dorothea Hurley, Stephanie Rose (b. May 31, 1993), Jesse James Louis (b. February 19, 1995), Jacob Hurley (b. May 7, 2002) and Romeo Jon (b. March 29, 2004).
The song "August 7", from his solo album "Destination Anywhere", is a tribute to his friend/manager Paul Korzilius' daughter Katherine. She died at the age of six under mysterious circumstances on August 7, 1996.
Likes watching movies, driving cars, sleeping, eating junk food, working out at the gym, football, spending time with his family and playing with his dog Copper.
He has owned a few cars as well, a white Datsun 280Z in 1988, a 1958 Corvette 1988-1992, a Ferrari 328 GTSI 1988-1992; in 1995, Jon owned a Ferrari, Camaro, two Corvettes, some Jeeps, Mustang Shelby and a 1957 Lincoln Premier, some motorcycles, among them a Harley Davidson and a snowmobile. In 1996, he owned a Harley Davidson, black Mercedes and a red 91/92 Corvette. He loves sports cars, especially Porsches.
Likes wearing casual clothes, jeans and shirts
He has sensitive eyes against sunlight and cigarette smoke, that's why he always wears sunglasses. During spring he has allergies and hay fever.
He started smoking in 1994 during the making of Moonlight and Valentino (1995) but quit again. Picked it back up during the making of The Leading Man (1996) and after the 1996 tour because he "just likes it".
His paternal grandfather, Louis Bongiovi, was of Italian (Sicilian) descent, and his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth M. Benkovsky, was of Slovak ancestry. His maternal grandfather, Michael R. Sharkey, was of Polish descent, while his maternal grandmother, Martha W. Ludwig, was from a Swiss-German family.
Mother is Carol Sharkey, one of the first Playboy bunnies, perhaps she knew Marilyn Monroe. His father is John Frank Bongiovi.
Has worked on behalf of the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and other groups.
Son, Romeo Jon, born on March 29, 2004, and weighed 9 lbs. 7 oz.
He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University in 2001
Majority owner of the Philadelphia Soul (Arena Football League), which began play in 2004.
He was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, but he grew up in Sayreville, New Jersey.
Campaigned for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential election, and John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election.
"Have a Nice Day", his band's new album, reached #1 in Australia, Holland, Austria, Germany and Canada after just one week after release.
In 2006, his band, Bon Jovi became the first rock band to have a number one hit on the country charts.
He graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School with other alumni such as Marilyn Ghigliotti and Greg Evigan.
Bon Jovi were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2006]
His favorite songs are "Ruby" by The Kaiser Chiefs, "Overnight Sensation" by The Raspberries, "Clocks" by Coldplay, "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt, "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John, "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones, "Cannonball" by Damien Rice, "When You Were Young" by The Killers and "One" by U2. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
Ranked #76 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists along with Bon Jovi.
Ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
His song "Livin' on a Prayer" is ranked #1 on VH1's list of "The 100 Greatest Songs of the Eighties".
His grandfather was a mortician, he owned Bongiovi funeral home in Raritan, New Jersey.
He was elected into the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services to Arts, Entertainment, and Philanthropy.
His favorite movie is The Godfather (1972).
Lives in Middletown, New Jersey and New York City, New York.
Musician/rock star that has also become an actor.
Is a major supporter of the Parker Family Health Clinic on the west side of Red Bank, New Jersey.
Performed at the Live8 Concert in Philadelphia. Released the single "Have a Nice Day" [July 2005]
One Wild Night Tour with Bon Jovi [April 2001]
kicks off the American leg of the Bounce tour. [February 2003]
Was originally cast as rock star Dante in the Criminal Minds (2005) episode "Criminal Minds: The Performer (2009)", but was replaced by Bush front man Gavin Rossdale.
Announced a new contest that will end with him and his band surprising a college graduation with a rock concert.[March 2017].

Personal Quotes (14)

This is the way I look at sex scenes: I have basically been doing them for a living for years. Trying to seduce an audience is the basis of rock 'n roll, and if I may say so, I'm pretty good at it...Plus, being married and monogamous, it's the closest thing I can do to having sex without getting in trouble for it...The only thing I like more than my wife is my money, and I'm not about to lose that to her and her lawyers, that's for damn sure."--Movieline, February 1998
I would love to be able to do both (acting and making music). If I look at someone like Sinatra, who toured until he was 80 and made 60 movies, that would be a great life to have.
Some people just court celebrity for the sake of it. People like Tom Cruise. He was always a great actor, but I think the man's lost it, lost it. You won't ever catch me jumping up and down on Oprah going on about how I love this woman. And then others start feeding off it. Suddenly, Katie Holmes is on the covers of magazines. These people claim they hate the intrusion that fame brings but then they bring it on themselves by having huge entourages everywhere they go, attracting attention to themselves. It's a great fallacy. Another one's Paris Hilton. Famous for being infamous. And the people who should be getting the attention, people like Bob Dylan, aren't. It's sad.
I wrote the album during a time of extreme polarization in America. There was a war happening and it was dividing families. I realized the party that I was working for had lost but that we still had to come forward together as a nation. You can't be a sore loser. Hence the album title "Have a Nice Day". What drew me to politics in the first place was the fact that I wanted to have a place to take a stand and use my voice to express what I believed in. But I've no longer got any political aspirations. I feel that as a politician, fifty per cent of people would hate you before you even left the house. And I've never quite known what motivates politicians. Do they really believe in the cause that strongly or is it just the pursuit of power? I once flew on a plane with Bill Clinton and a reporter asked whose job was better, mine or the President's? I said that mine was, because I get to keep the plane and the house.
"My real friends and my family know that if I'm not working I'm miserable. It's not for monetary reasons. I already have fame and fortune. Now I want to find the greatness in things - which is why I was attracted to the arts in the first place. Slowly, I have fallen in love with acting. And all the struggle here - the acting lessons, the indie movies - has taught me so much." (being in the limelight)
"If people have to tell you how successful they are, they really aren't that successful. That's something I learned sweeping floors at this recording studio called the Power Station. Mediocre stars were the biggest pricks, and the big stars were the ones who came in and said, "How're those demos going?" - Keep pushing." (success and life)
"Introverted maybe, but incredibly focused to do whatever it is that I want to do. If it's to go running this morning or to drink tonight, it's gonna be the whole bottle. I don't sip." (about being shy)
"I was crushed when Bush got re-elected. I was so depressed and am still gravely disappointed with the results of both elections. I think history will verify that the world would have been a much better place if the outcome had not been that way. I'm never going to be invited for tea at the White House. But I've never gone on stage - before the elections or since - and slagged off Bush. Not because I agree with him in any way, out of respect for the office of President. It's too obvious to bash Bush. Everybody knows what I think about his policies. We went to a local bar for a couple of drinks to cheer ourselves up. On the way home we passed a couple who were in their sixties. I could see the recognition in their eyes so I said, 'How ya doing?'. The old guy replied, 'I only got one thing to say to you' - and put his hand in the sign of a 'W'. I went bananas - and that wasn't one tenth of how badly my wife reacted. Needless to say, it's been a difficult last couple of years. It's heartbreaking many people now view Americans with suspicion. At one time, we were everybody's best friend. We could go to places perceived as dangerous territories. Now, I'd think twice about asking our road crew to travel there." (May 2006)
Do you really want to know why I'm doing all this goodwill, and why I'm an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and why I gave a million to [relief efforts for Hurricane] Katrina? It's because I feel guilty about the huge hole in the ozone layer my haircuts created. It's my responsibility to right the wrongs of the Eighties.
Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.
I suppose I am like the Elvis Costello of the movie business and the Tom Cruise of the music business. I got so many good reviews for so many movies but had zero commercial success. And yet with regards to the band's music the critics have never been very accepting but the masses keep buying our albums
[on who he would dream of to give a commencement speech] probably somebody who is smart like George Washington or Ben Franklin but if I could have a musician come out and talk to me I'd probably want [Frank] Sinatra to come back, can you imagine Frank coming out and giving a commencement speech?
When I was in New Jersey, I wanted to see the world. Now that I've seen the world, I want to go back to New Jersey.
[on his new contest that will end with him and his band surprising a college graduation with a rock concert.]I know, I'm having two kids graduating college this year, the joy that families that have gone through the years with their children getting ready for this moment, the idea that we would come by ... it's pretty neat.

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