Berry Gordy

Executive
The founder and president of one of America's most successful and influential record labels, Berry Gordy, Jr. created Motown Records, which from the 1960s through the late 1980s was one of the most important labels in ... Read more »
Born: 11/28/1929 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Music (68)

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

("Party And Bullshit") (Song)

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs 2014 (Movie)

("Hello Detroit!") (Song)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

("I Want You Back") (Song)

Wild 2014 (Movie)

("Money That's What I Want") (Song)

Baggage Claim 2013 (Movie)

("The Love You Save") (Song)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("Izzo (H.O.V.A.)") (Song)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

("Windmills Of Your Mind") (Song)

Friends with Benefits 2011 (Movie)

("Jump") (Song)

Lottery Ticket 2010 (Movie)

"Money (That's What I Want)" (Song)

You Again 2010 (Movie)

("Jump") (Song)

Bride Wars 2009 (Movie)

"You've Made Me So Very Happy" (Song)

Fired Up! 2009 (Movie)

("ABC") (Song)

Michael Jackson's This Is It 2009 (Movie)

("I'll Be There") (Song)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

("Party & Bullshit") (Song)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

("O.P.P.") (Song)

College Road Trip 2008 (Movie)

("ABC") (Song)

Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 (Movie)

("ABC") (Song)

Mad Money 2008 (Movie)

"Money (That's What I Want)" (Song)

The Bank Job 2008 (Movie)

("Money (That's what I want)") (Song)

Daddy Day Camp 2007 (Movie)

("I Want You Back") (Song)

Clerks II 2006 (Movie)

("ABC") (Song)

We Are Marshall 2006 (Movie)

("The Love You Save") (Song)

Lord of War 2005 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Daddy Day Care 2003 (Movie)

("I Want You Back") (Song)

Honey 2003 (Movie)

("My Block") (Song)

Malibu's Most Wanted 2003 (Movie)

("O.P.P.") (Song)

The Italian Job 2003 (Movie)

("ABC") (Song)

Drumline 2002 (Movie)

("I Want You Back") (Song)

Standing in the Shadows of Motown 2002 (Movie)

("Do You Love Me") (Song)

Josie and the Pussycats 2001 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

("Lonely Teardrops") (Song)

Dick 1999 (Movie)

("ABC") (Song)

Drive Me Crazy 1999 (Movie)

("Sugar") (Song)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Rogue Trader 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song

Uncut 1999 (Movie)

("ABC") (Song)

Mafia! 1998 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

8 Heads in A Duffel Bag 1997 (Movie)

("Do You Love Me") (Song)

Good Burger 1997 (Movie)

("It's Great to Be Here") (Song)

Telling Lies in America 1997 (Movie)

("Lonely Teardrops") (Song)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song

Empire Records 1995 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Blank Check 1994 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Blue Chips 1994 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

("A B C") (Song)

Getting Even With Dad 1994 (Movie)

songs("Money (That's What I Want)" "Do You Love Me") (Song)

Beethoven's 2nd 1993 (Movie)

("Do You Love Me") (Song)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

("Shop Around") (Song)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers 1992 (Movie)

("Do You Love Me") (Song)

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Funny About Love 1990 (Movie)

("Shop Around") (Song)

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

("To Be Loved") (Song)

Dirty Dancing 1987 (Movie)

("Do You Love Me") (Song)

La Bamba 1987 (Movie)

("Lonely Teardrops") (Song)

Hareemu Ohgen 1984 (Movie)

("Baby You've Got What It Takes") (Song)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Four Friends 1981 (Movie)

("Shop Around") (Song)

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

("Beachwood 4-5789") (Song)

The Wanderers 1979 (Movie)

("Do You Love Me") (Song)

Big Wednesday 1978 (Movie)

("Money") (Song)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 (Movie)

("Money") (Song)

National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 (Movie)

("Money") (Song)

Crazy Mama 1976 (Movie)

("Money (That's What I Want)") (Song)

Mahogany 1975 (Movie)

songs("Wishing You a Merry Merry Christmas" "Shaky Ground") (Song)
Actor (13)

Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Marvin Gaye: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Stevie Wonder 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackson Family Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokey Robinson 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

Actor

Marvin Gaye (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

The Last Dragon 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lady Sings the Blues 1972 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Diana 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

Mahogany 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

The founder and president of one of America's most successful and influential record labels, Berry Gordy, Jr. created Motown Records, which from the 1960s through the late 1980s was one of the most important labels in American popular music. A boxer-turned-songwriter, Gordy realized the importance of ownership when it came to artistic endeavors like music, and in 1959, he launched Motown in suburban Detroit. With its roster of stellar artists that included such legends as Smokey Robinson, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross and the Supremes, Motown epitomized the ebullience of youth - both black and white - and the hopefulness of the future in song after hit song. Changing times reduced Motown's standing in the music field, but Gordy's vision, determination and leadership helped to make it one of the most enduring and important companies in the history of American music.

Relationships

Sky Blu Performer

Grandson

Thelma Coleman

Wife
Married in 1953 Divorced in 1960

Grace Easton

Wife
Married July 17, 1990 Divorced in 1993

Gwendolyn Fuqua

Sister
Died of cancer on Nov. 8, 1999 at age 71

George Gordy

Brother

Robert Gordy

Brother

Anna Gordy

Sister

Esther Gordy

Sister

Diana Ross Actor

Companion
Lead singer of The Supremes; mother of Gordy's daughter Rhonda Gordy directed Ross in "Mahogany" (1975)

Rhonda Ross Kendrick Actor

Daughter
Born Aug. 14, 1971; mother, Diana Ross; found out that Gordy was her father at age 13; cast on the NBC daytime drama "Another World"

Raynoma Singleton

Wife
Married in 1960 Divorced in 1962

Milestones

2009

Spoke lovingly of his onetime protégé Michael Jackson at Jackson's televised funeral

2009

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

1996

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (October)

1994

Released his autobiography To Be Loved

1992

Portrayed by "Mahogany" leading man Billy Dee Williams in the ABC biographical movie "The Jacksons: An American Dream"

1988

Sold Motown Records to MCA for $61 million

1988

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1985

Executive produced the cult action feature "The Last Dragon"

1983

Motown released Lionel Richie's No. 1 and Grammy Award-winning album "Can't Slow Down"

1978

Produced the musical feature "The Wiz," directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Ross, Michael Jackson, and Nipsey Russell

1975

Directed Ross and Billy Dee Wiliams in the drama feature "Mahogany"

1972

Moved the Motown label to Los Angeles, CA to branch out into the motion picture and television industry

1972

Executive produced the feature film "Lady Sings the Blues," starring Ross as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday

1970

First television producer credit, the NBC special "Diana" featuring Ross, the Jackson 5, and Bill Cosby

1968

Motown signed The Jackson 5

1967

Gordy renamed The Supremes as Diana Ross & the Supremes

1962

The Tamla label released Stevie Wonder's first two albums The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie and Tribute to Uncle Ray

1961

Members of the group The Elgins auditioned for Gordy; group later renamed The Tempations

1961

Motown signed The Supremes

1960

Motown landed three Top 5 hits on the pop and R&B charts – Barrett Strong’s "Money (That’s What I Want"), the Miracles’ "Shop Around" and the Marvelettes’ "Please Mr. Postman," which was the label’s first No. 1 single

1957

Discovered singing group The Miracles, led by Smokey Robinson, at a talent show

1957

Co-wrote the single "Reet Petite," recorded by Jackie Wilson

1957

Using $800 of his family's money, launched a record label, Tamla, which was soon followed by a second label called Motown

1953

Opened the 3-D Record Mart in Detroit, MI

1953

Fought in the Korean War; discharged from the U.S. Army in 1953

1948

Fought 15 Golden Gloves matches between 1948 and 1951; won 12 matches

Dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a featherweight boxer

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