Bobby Brown

Singer, Actor
A charismatic but polarizing singer, Bobby Brown scored as a member of the R&B boy band New Edition with hits including "Candy Girl," "Cool It Now" and "Mr. Telephone Man" as well as an appearance in the film "Krush ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1969 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Lost Girl 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Warehouse 13 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Behind the Music 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Being Bobby Brown 2002 - 2005, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cedric The Entertainer Presents 2002 - 2005, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Celebrity Fit Club 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Outsider's Inn 2002 - 2005, 2007 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Black to the Future 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Played by Fame 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

What Perez Sez 2007 (Tv Show)

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Being Bobby Brown: Christmas with the Browns 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '05 Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Cuts 2005 (Tv Show)

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Gang of Roses 2003 (Movie)

Left Eye Watkins (Actor)

Nora's Hair Salon 2003 (Movie)

Bennie (Actor)

Primetime Special Edition: Whitney Houston 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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VH1 Divas Duets 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Talk About... Pop Music! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Go for Broke 2001 (Movie)

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The Score 2001 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Two Can Play That Game 2001 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 (Movie)

Tee (Actor)

Panther 1995 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

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

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

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The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (11/09/93) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Out All Night 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Mayor's Doorman (Actor)

The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

New Edition (Actor)

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Show)

Actor
Music (13)

Step Up All In 2014 (Movie)

("Every Little Step") (Song Performer)

In Living Color 1992 - 1993, 2002 - 2005, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Precious 2009 (Movie)

"Humpin' Around" (Song Performer)

Precious 2009 (Movie)

"Humpin' Around" (Song)

Sex Drive 2008 (Movie)

("My Prerogative") (Song)

Wild Hogs 2007 (Movie)

("My Prerogative") (Song)

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

("My Prerogative") (Song Performer)

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

L.A. Champions 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

("On Our Own" "We're Back") (Song Performer)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

The Wizard 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

The Wizard 1989 (Movie)

("Don't Be Cruel") (Song Performer)

Biography

A charismatic but polarizing singer, Bobby Brown scored as a member of the R&B boy band New Edition with hits including "Candy Girl," "Cool It Now" and "Mr. Telephone Man" as well as an appearance in the film "Krush Groove" (1985). Frustrated by his limited role and the band's pop-oriented direction, Brown was kicked out and began a solo career that flashed supernova with 1988's Don't Be Cruel, which helped shape the new jack swing movement with hits like "Every Little Step" and "My Prerogative." After a cameo in "Ghostbusters II" (1989) and performing its smash theme "On Our Own," Brown's musical momentum began to slow. Most famous for his unlikely and troubled marriage to "good girl" superstar Whitney Houston, Brown was immediately regarded as a destructive, abusive influence on her and seemed eager to live up to his bad rep, submerged in increasingly flagrant legal and drug woes. Although the two welcomed a child, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993, and filmed an image-destroying reality show "Being Bobby Brown" (Bravo, 2005), they divorced in 2007. Although he continued to perform at the margins of mainstream music, Brown's biggest return to the spotlight came when Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012. His musical success overshadowed by his tumultuous personal life, Bobby Brown never seemed quite able to outrun his demons.

Relationships

Bobbi Kristina Brown Actor

Daughter
Born March 4, 1993; mother, Whitney Houston

Cassius Brown

Son
Born May 30, 2009; mother, Alicia Etheridge

Tommy Brown Actor

Brother
Brown's personal manager

Bobby Brown Jr. Actor

Son
Mother, Kim Ward

LaPrincia Brown Actor

Daughter
Born in September 1989; mother, Kim Ward

Landon Brown Actor

Son
Mother, Melika Williams

Herbert "Pops" Brown Actor

Father
Died Dec. 10, 2011 after a long bout with cancer Appeared on his son's reality series "Being Bobby Brown" (Bravo)

Alicia Etheridge

Wife
Mother of his son Cassius Engaged as of May 2010 Married June 18, 2012

Whitney Houston Actor

Wife
Had a well established singing career when they met in 1989 Married July 18, 1992 Reportedly separated in June 1998 before reuniting Featured on the reality series "Being Bobby Brown" (Bravo) Houston filed for legal separation in September 2006 after 14 years of marriage, following years of allegations regarding marital discord and drug abuse Divorce finalized April 24, 2007 Died Feb. 11, 2012

Kim Ward

Companion
Had two children together; never married

Melika Williams

Companion
Mother of his son Landon; never married

Milestones

2005

Starred in the reality television show "Being Bobby Brown," (Bravo) which featured Brown, Whitney Houston, and their extended family over the course of six months

2003

Performed on VH1's "Divas Duets"

2002

Heard on Ja Rule's The Last Temptation, on the track "Thug Lovin'"

2001

Had a small role in the comedy "Two Can Play That Game," starring Vivica A. Fox and Anthony Anderson

2000

Released his Greatest Hits album

1997

Released fourth solo album, Forever, a commercial disappointment which failed to break the Top 50

1996

Briefly reunited with New Edition whose comeback album, Home Again entered the charts at number one

1996

Cast in "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," a comedy written, directed and starring Martin Lawrence

1992

Third solo album Bobby was released to moderate success

1990

Provide the theme song for "Ghostbusters II," the smash hit "On Our Own"; also had a cameo in the film

1990

Released an album of remixes Dance! ... Ya Know It!, which went platinum

1988

Released second album, Don't Be Cruel, which sold 7 million copies, producing the smash single "My Prerogative"

1987

Released debut solo album, King of Stage

1986

Left New Edition to become a solo artist

1978

Began singing with Roxbury schoolmates Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell, which later developed into "New Edition"

Discovered by producer Maurice Starr who signed them to his label and co-authored their debut hit, "Candy Girl," which helped get New Edition a deal with MCA

Bonus Trivia

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"I had to smoke weed to come down to other people's level and, for me, it moved on to other things," he said. "Those are the things that didn't agree with me. It took away my personality." - Brown quoted to CNN.com, June 30, 2005

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"The narcotics are done," he said. "My kids were the best inspiration for me. ... They didn't know I was high, but at the same time they knew something was wrong with me and they would tell me." - Brown to CNN.com, June 30, 2005

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In 1989, Brown was arrested in Columbus, Georgia for simulating a sex act on stage; he was fined $600.

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In 1993, Brown was again arrested by Georgia police for an overly suggestive stage performance.

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In April 1995, Brown was arrested after a brawl in a Disney World nightclub, in which a patron who allegedly made a pass at a woman in Brown's party had his ear at least partially torn off; after being placed into the back of the squad car, an agitated Brown banged his head against the window and urinated on the seats; charges were later dropped when Brown settled out of court.

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In 1995, Brown was charged with battery in Los Angeles after allegedly kicking a hotel security guard who tried to halt a party in Brown's room; Brown was sentenced to two years' probation.

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In 1996, Brown checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to battle drug and alcohol problems.

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In December 1996, Brown was arrested for drunk driving in Miami after a single-car accident that resulted in a crashed Porsche; reportedly, his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

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In 1997, Brown was accused of spousal abuse when Houston suffered a cut on her cheek during a yachting trip; both Brown and Houston denied the reports.

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In 1998, Brown was arrested in California for sexual battery stemming from an alleged incident in the Beverly Hills Hotel; no charges were filed for lack of evidence.

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In 1998, Brown was convicted in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for his 1996 drunk driving incident; sentenced to five days in jail, a year probation, suspended license, a $500 fine, 30 days in a rehabilitation center and 100 hours of community service. A year and a half later, Brown was arrested for violating the terms of his probation and faced 90 days in prison. In May 2000, he once again violated his probation. Then in 2003, Brown was sentenced to fourteen days in jail and sixty days of house arrest for again violating the terms of his probation.

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In 2000, a former girlfriend and mother of Brown’s children filed a complaint in New Jersey, claiming Brown owed over $25,000 in back child support; In 2004, Brown was sentenced to ninety days for back child support totaling $63,000; he settled with his former girlfriend and was released.

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Brown suffered a seizure in the summer of 2001, reportedly from heat exhaustion and dehydration.

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In 2002, Brown was charged in Atlanta for marijuana possession and trafficking.

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On March 26, 2012, Brown was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of drunk driving.

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Brown was arrested in October 2012 after police pulled him over for driving erratically. He was charged with DUI and driving on a suspended license. In February 2013, Brown was sentenced to 55 days in jail.

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