Billie Joe Armstrong

As a musician, lyricist, and front man for the pop-punk band Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong became one of the most successful and influential rock stars of his generation. Forming the group that would eventually be ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1972 in Piedmont, California, USA


Actor (13)

Heart Like a Hand Grenade 2015 (Movie)


Like Sunday, Like Rain 2015 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Broadway Idiot 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

¡Cuatro! 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Real Time with Bill Maher 2010 (Tv Show)


My Night at the Grammys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Green Day (Actor)

Live Freaky! Die Freaky! 2006 (Movie)

Charlie (Voice)
Music (11)

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

("Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)") (Song)

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D 2012 (Movie)

("Letterbomb") (Song)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two 2012 (Movie)

("The Forgotten") (Song)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

("21 Guns") (Song)

Shoot 'em Up 2007 (Movie)

("Private Hell") (Song)

Surf's Up 2007 (Movie)

("Holiday") (Song)

Accepted 2006 (Movie)

("Holiday") (Song)

Live Freaky! Die Freaky! 2006 (Movie)


Stick It 2006 (Movie)

("Brian Stew") (Song)

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

("Scumbag") (Song)

Varsity Blues 1999 (Movie)

("Nice Guys Finish Last") (Song)
Producer (1)

Heart Like a Hand Grenade 2015 (Movie)



As a musician, lyricist, and front man for the pop-punk band Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong became one of the most successful and influential rock stars of his generation. Forming the group that would eventually be known as Green Day with childhood friend Mike Dirnt in the late 1980s, Armstrong wrote nearly all of the songs featured on their breakout major label debut, 1994's Dookie. Hits like "When I Come Around" catapulted Armstrong and the band to MTV stardom, while their scatological lyrics and bad boy behavior earned them the newly-coined descriptor "brat rockers" in the press. Follow up efforts such as Insomniac and Nimrod were moderate successes, although they failed to impress most critics, who decried the band's perceived lack of musical growth. By the early 2000s, Green Day had reached an all-time low, with their latest album failing to go platinum as their three previous releases had, while now also serving as opening acts for up-and-coming alt-rockers like Blink-182. Everything changed when the high-concept American Idiot hit stores in 2004. Described as a "punk rock opera," the album debuted at No. 1, far surpassing Green Day's previous efforts and returning them to rock music's upper-echelon. Armstrong expanded on the operatic structure with 21st Century Breakdown, the band's eighth studio album, which usurped the position of the best-selling record in Green Day's history. Praised by many for playing a key role in the resurgent interest in punk rock, even as some disparaged him for "mainstreaming" the non-conformist musical genre, by the start of the 21st Century, Armstrong was undeniably a major force in American rock music.


Andrew Armstrong

Died of esophageal cancer Sept. 10, 1982, when son was 10 years old Green Day song "Wake Me Up When September Ends" (2005) was a memorial to him

David Armstrong


Alan Armstrong


Marci Armstrong


Hollie Armstrong


Anna Armstrong


Joseph Armstrong

Born Feb. 28, 1995; mother, Adrienne Nesser

Jakob Armstrong

Born Sept. 12, 1998; mother, Adrienne Nesser

Ollie Jackson

Remarried after death of her husband

Adrienne Nesser

Co-owner of Adeline Records, Adeline Street, and Atomic Garden (an eco-friendly boutique in Oakland, CA) Met 1990 at a Green Day concert during their first tour Married July 2, 1994


John Swett High School

Crockett , California

Pinole Valley High School

Pinole , California
Dropped out to pursue his musical career



Green Day released triple album set Uno!, Dos!, and Tré!


Turned American Idiot into successful Broadway musical; released soundtrack to the musical, featuring new track "When It's Time"


Joined cast of Tony Award-winning musical "American Idiot" in role of St. Jimmy


Released hit album American Idiot, which was billed as a "punk rock opera"


Collaborated with Iggy Pop on two tracks for his album Skull Ring


Formed Adeline Records with wife in Oakland, CA


Appeared with members of Green Day on episode of "King of the Hill" (Fox) titled "The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteberg"


Performed at both the Lollapalooza and Woodstock festivals


Green Day's first commercially successful album Dookie released


Released debut album 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours


Changed band name to Green Day


Formed band called Sweet Children with Dirnt

At age 10, met Mike Dirnt in school cafeteria

Bonus Trivia


Armstrong had his own line of Les Paul Junior guitars from Gibson.


Armstrong was also a guitarist and vocalist for the rock band Pinhead Gunpowder, and sang for garage rock band Foxboro Hot Tubs when he was not working with Green Day.


He identified himself as bisexual in a 1995 interview with The Advocate.


Armstrong was arrested by Berkeley police in January 2003 for drinking and driving after being pulled over for speeding.


On Sept. 24, 2012, Armstrong entered a month-long outpatient rehab program just three days after an onstage meltdown at the I Heart Radio music festival in Las Vegas, NV.


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