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Luther Vandross (I) (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 »


(age 54) in Edison, New Jersey, USA

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The Goonies
The Goonies Music Department
Money Train
Money Train Soundtrack
The Heat
The Heat Soundtrack
Think Like a Man
Think Like a Man Soundtrack


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 2016 Superstar Duets (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut (performer: "Never Too Much") / (writer: "Never Too Much")
 2004-2015 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
 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)
 2014 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2013 Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2013/I The Heat (performer: "Dance with My Father") / (writer: "Dance with My Father")
 2012 The X Factor Philippines (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
  American Idol (TV Series) (1 episode, 2011) (writer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2012)
 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)
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2008 - 2009) (performer - 2 episodes, 2005 - 2008)
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) ("Fascination", uncredited)
  Skins (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2008) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
 2005-2007 Idols (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
 2007 Orange Playlist (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2007 Idols (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
 2006 Family Guy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2006 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 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)
 2004 New Zealand Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business (performer: "Never") / (writer: "Never")
 2003 Celebridade (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 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)
 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)
 1995 The Cannon & Ball Gospel Show (Video) (writer: "The Power of Love")
 1995 Money Train (performer: "The Thrill I'm In")
 1994-1995 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 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 Short documentary) (performer: "Voices That Care")
 1990 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 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)")
 1982 Emu's World (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
  WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1982) (writer - 1 episode, 1982)
 1982 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1981 Luther Vandross: Never Too Much (Video short) (performer: "Never Too Much") / (writer: "Never Too Much")
 1981 Bustin' Loose (performer: "Just When I Needed You") / (writer: "You Stopped Loving Me")
 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)
 1969 Sesame Street (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
Show Show Music department (2 credits)
Show Show Actor (14 credits)
Show Show Composer (3 credits)
Show Show Self (98 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: "I Know". See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

Facebook Fan Page | Official Site

Alternate Names:

Listen My Brother | Luther and Janet


6' 2½" (1.89 m)

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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.


Sang background vocals for Richard Marx and Chaka Khan. See more »


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