Billy Joel

Musician
A modern-day bard and legendary "piano man," Billy Joel released some of the most memorable songs of all time. A classically trained pianist, he played with various bands before launching a successful career as a solo ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1949 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

Behind the Music 1997 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1999, 2005 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Last Play at Shea 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Myths & Legends: Elvis Presley 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Joel: In His Own Words 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rhythm of Life 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Billboard 40 Top Forty Singles (1959-1998) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Class of '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Christie Brinkley 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Garth Live From Central Park 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Joel From the River of Dreams 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1994 World Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Power of Dreams 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Spring Break Rave 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Together For Our Children -- M.U.S.I.C. 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Howie 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Saturday Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Joel Live at Yankee Stadium 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Legends Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Tribute to John Lennon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Joel Rockumentary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Save the Planet: A CBS/Hard Rock Cafe Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd International Rock Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

People Magazine on TV (08/16/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Matter of Trust: Billy Joel in the USSR 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Joel From Leningrad, USSR 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

of Dodger (Voice)

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Joel -- A TV First 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Joel: Shades of Grey (TV Show)

Actor

Simply Mad About the Mouse (TV Show)

Actor
Music (45)

Black or White 2014 (Movie)

("Don't Ask Me Why") (Song Performer)

Black or White 2014 (Movie)

("Don't Ask Me Why") (Song)

Dave's World 1993 - 1997, 2005 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Theme Song

The Hangover Part III 2013 (Movie)

("My Life") (Song)

The Hangover Part III 2013 (Movie)

("My Life") (Song Performer)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

("Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)") (Song Performer)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

("Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)") (Song)

Unfinished Song 2013 (Movie)

("Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)") (Song)

The Five-Year Engagement 2012 (Movie)

"We Didn't Start The Fire" (Song)

Just Go With It 2011 (Movie)

("Piano Man") (Song)

The Hangover Part II 2011 (Movie)

("The Downeaster 'Alexa'") (Song Performer)

The Hangover Part II 2011 (Movie)

("The Downeaster 'Alexa'") (Song)

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008 (Movie)

("Just The Way You Are") (Song)

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008 (Movie)

("Just The Way You Are") (Song Performer)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

("The Longest Time") (Song)

Happy Endings 2005 (Movie)

("Honesty") (Song)

The Ringer 2005 (Movie)

("Piano Man") (Song)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

("Vienna") (Song Performer)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

("Vienna") (Song)

Billy Joel: In His Own Words 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Billy Joel: In His Own Words 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song

Out Cold 2001 (Movie)

("Just the Way Are") (Song)

Grammy's Greatest Performances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Robert Wells, Swedish King of the Keyboard 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

("Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)?") (Song Performer)

Karaoke Verite 1998 (Movie)

("Summer, Highland Falls") (Song Performer)

Summer, Highland Falls 1998 (Movie)

("Summer, Highland Falls") (Song Performer)

Summer, Highland Falls 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

"We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

("All Shook Up" "Heartbreak Hotel") (Song Performer)

Mortal Thoughts 1991 (Movie)

("Just the Way You Are") (Song Performer)

Mortal Thoughts 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Super Bowl XXIII 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

("Modern Woman") (Song Performer)

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

("Easy Money") (Song Performer)

Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

Title Song Composer (Composer)

Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

("Easy Money") (Song)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)

("Just the Way You Are" "Big Shot") (Song Performer)

Bosom Buddies 1980 - 1982 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Betty Blokk-Buster Follies 1975 (Movie)

songs (Song)
Other (1)

Billy Joel: In His Own Words 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

A modern-day bard and legendary "piano man," Billy Joel released some of the most memorable songs of all time. A classically trained pianist, he played with various bands before launching a successful career as a solo artist. For several decades, Joel wrote and recorded countless hit songs inspired by his experiences as a struggling artist in such songs as "Piano Man" (1973), being a proud New Yorker with "New York State of Mind" (1976), and a man in love with 1977's "Just the Way You Are." The multiple Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee also caught the eye of the world's most beautiful women, most notably his second wife and international supermodel Christie Brinkley, whom he immortalized with the hit single "Uptown Girl" (1983). Not one to rest on his success, Joel often pushed himself creatively and took on ambitious projects throughout his career, whether it was headlining historic concerts in the Soviet Union, releasing an album of classical compositions in 2001, or collaborating on the Tony Award-winning musical "Movin' Out" (2002). With his songs forever ingrained in music history, Joel stood out as a prolific songwriter and entertainer for the ages.

Relationships

Trish Bergin

Companion
Dated from 2000-2001 no longer together

Christie Brinkley Actor

Wife
Married March 23, 1985 Divorced Aug. 25, 1994

Howard Joel

Father
Divorced from Joel's mother in 1960 and moved to Vienna, Austria

Rosalind Joel

Mother
Divorced from Joel's father in 1960

Alexa Joel

Daughter
Born December 29, 1985 mother, Christie Brinkley her middle name Ray was in honor of the late musician Ray Charles attended NYU's Musical theatre program and released her first album Sketches in 2006

Judith Joel

Sister

Alexander Joel

Half-Brother
An acclaimed classical conductor in Europe, currently the musical director of Staatstheater Braunschweig and principal conductor of Staatsorchester Braunschweig

Karl Joel

Grandfather
A German-Jewish merchant, founded a Nuremberg based mail order textile and clothing company in 1928 was forced to sell his company and move to Switzerland and later to the United States, because of Nazi antisemitism

Katie Lee Joel Actor

Wife
Began dating spring 2003 Engaged January 2004 Married Oct. 2, 2004 at Joel's Long Island mansion Confirmed split June 2009

Elle Macpherson Actor

Companion
Dated in 1980s prior to his marriage to Christie Brinkley No longer together

Elizabeth A Weber Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 5, 1973 Divorced July 20, 1982

EDUCATION

Hicksville High School

Hicksville , New York
Was expected to graduate in 1967, but left high school one credit short of graduation to begin a career in music

Bonus Trivia

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On June 17, 2002, Joel checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut for substance abuse treatment.

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On Jan. 25, 2003, Joel crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a tree on Long Island. Police did not contribute the accident to alcohol.

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On April 25, 2004, Joel plowed his 1967 Citroen into a house in Bayville, Long Island, near his home; Police said there was no evidence that the crash was alcohol or drug-related.

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