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

Filmography

Actor (17)

Geezer 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heart Like a Hand Grenade 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Like Sunday, Like Rain 2015 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

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

Performer

Broadway Idiot 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Nurse Jackie 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Voice 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

¡Cuatro! 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

Real Time with Bill Maher 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Green Day (Actor)

Live Freaky! Die Freaky! 2006 (Movie)

Charlie (Voice)

Drunk History (Tv Show)

Actor
Music (12)

Geezer 2015 (Movie)

(Original Music)

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)

(Music)

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)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Andrew Armstrong

Father
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

Brother

Alan Armstrong

Brother

Marci Armstrong

Sister

Hollie Armstrong

Sister

Anna Armstrong

Sister

Joseph Armstrong

Son
Born Feb. 28, 1995; mother, Adrienne Nesser

Jakob Armstrong

Son
Born Sept. 12, 1998; mother, Adrienne Nesser

Ollie Jackson

Mother
Remarried after death of her husband

Adrienne Nesser

Wife
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

EDUCATION

John Swett High School

Crockett , California

Pinole Valley High School

Pinole , California
Dropped out to pursue his musical career

Milestones

2012

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

2010

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

2010

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

2004

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

2003

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

1997

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

1997

Formed Adeline Records with wife in Oakland, CA

1994

Green Day's first commercially successful album Dookie released

1994

Performed at both the Lollapalooza and Woodstock festivals

1991

Released debut album 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours

1989

Changed band name to Green Day

1987

Formed band called Sweet Children with Dirnt

At age 10, met Mike Dirnt in school cafeteria

Bonus Trivia

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

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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.

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

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

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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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