Boy George

Fusing a New Romantic worldview, synth-pop beats, and plenty of eyeliner, Boy George went on to become one of the most recognizable pop stars of the 1980s. The flamboyant singer-songwriter came to prominence after ... Read more »
Born: 06/13/1961 in Eltham, Kent, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (28)

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Behind the Music 1997 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

All We Are Saying 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

George Michael: A Different Story 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rosie O'Donnell 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Leigh Bowery 2003 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

VH1 Presents the '80s 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

From The Waist Down: Men, Women & Music 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love You Baby 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sandra Bernhard Experience 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wolves of Kromer 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

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

Actor

It Came From the 80's 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

London Underground 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Boy Next Door 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sex in the '90s 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/85) 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Culture Club - A Kiss Across the Ocean 1984 (Movie)

Culture Club Band Member (Actor)

Culture Club in Concert 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

See How They Rock! (TV Show)

Actor
Music (25)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

("Karma Chameleon") (Song)

The Call 2013 (Movie)

("Karma Chameleon") (Song)

Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection 2012 (Movie)

("Karma Chameleon") (Song)

Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

("Time (Clock Of The Heart)") (Song)

Let Me In 2010 (Movie)

("Do You Really Want To Hurt Me") (Song)

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

("Karma Chameleon") (Song)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

("Do You Really Want To Hurt Me") (Song)

Without a Paddle 2004 (Movie)

("Do You Really Want To Hurt Me") (Song)

The Wedding Singer 1998 (Movie)

("Do You Really Want To Hurt Me") (Song)

Welcome to Woop Woop 1998 (Movie)

("Welcome to Your Life (Woop, Woop)") (Song Performer)

Welcome to Woop Woop 1998 (Movie)

("Welcome to Your Life (Woop, Woop)") (Song)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

("Karma Chameleon") (Song)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1994 (Movie)

("The Crying Game") (Song Performer)

Felidae 1994 (Movie)

(Theme Song Performer)

Ruby in Paradise 1993 (Movie)

("Siempre Te Amare") (Song)

Freddie as F.R.O.7 1992 (Movie)

(Performer)

The Crying Game 1992 (Movie)

("The Crying Game") (Song Performer)

Resurrected 1989 (Movie)

("Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?") (Song)

Slaves of New York 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Hiding Out 1987 (Movie)

("Live My Life") (Song Performer)

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

("I'll Tumble 4 Ya") (Song)

Electric Dreams 1984 (Movie)

songs("Karma Chameleon" "Electric Dreams") (Song)

The Chain 1984 (Movie)

("Karma Chameleon") (Song)

Valley Girl 1983 (Movie)

("Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?") (Song)

Biography

Fusing a New Romantic worldview, synth-pop beats, and plenty of eyeliner, Boy George went on to become one of the most recognizable pop stars of the 1980s. The flamboyant singer-songwriter came to prominence after forming the band Culture Club, the Grammy Award-winning quartet who helped define the decade with its ubiquitous hits "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" (1982) and "Karma Chameleon" (1983). Yet even with the band's commercial success and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 1984, George's drug habit turned his success story into a harrowing downward spiral personally and professionally rather quickly. Amidst battling addiction and making headlines for his legal troubles, George released solo albums throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, yet they missed the colorful charisma and commercial appeal of his work with Culture Club. His rise to fame was featured in an elaborate stage musical financed by Rosie O'Donnell, "Taboo" (2002), but negative reviews forced its cancellation after a short Broadway run. Not one to hold back from telling his story through music, the always outspoken George released several memoirs that graphically exposed the life of a singer who publicly fell from grace, yet would remain a pop music icon and symbol of the 1980s to his fans worldwide.

Milestones

2011

Published the memoir King of Queens

2010

Released first solo album in more than ten years, "Ordinary Alien – The Kinky Roland Files"

2006

Appeared in the French film "Twice Upon a Time"

2002

Began performing as an electronic artist/DJ under the pseudonym "the Twin"

2002

Portrayed performance artist Leigh Bowery in the semi-autobiographical musical "Taboo"; premiered in London's West End and financed by Rosie O'Donnell for Broadway; production closed due to poor attendance and lack of interest

2002

Reunited again with Culture Club for a 20th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall; reunion was short-lived due to Boy George's successful DJ career

1999

With Culture Club, released the album Don't Mind If I Do

1998

Feature film debut as narrator of "The Wolves of Kromer"

1998

Reunited with Culture Club for a tour and a performance of "VH1 Storytellers"

1995

Released the rock-driven album Cheapness and Beauty

1992

Made a chart comeback with a cover version of Dave Berry's "The Crying Game" (1964) recorded for the film soundtrack of the same name

1989

Formed his own record label More Protein and began recording under the name Jesus Loves You

1987

Released solo debut "Sold," which was a moderate success in the U.K. but not in the U.S.

1986

Culture Club disbanded mostly due to Boy George's drug addiction and legal problems

1984

Received less-than-stellar reviews for Culture Club's third album Waking Up with the House on Fire

1984

Culture Club named Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards

1984

Joined a lineup of British music superstars to record the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

1984

Contributed two songs, "Love is Love" and "The Dream," to the soundtrack of the film "Electric Dreams"

1983

Yielded international No. 1 hit with the single "Karma Chameleon" off the band's second album Colour by Numbers

1982

Culture Club released debut album Kissing to Be Clever; first single released in the U.S. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" landed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

1981

Occasionally sang with the group Bow Wow Wow under the stage name Lieutenant Lush; left group due to friction with Bow Wow Wow lead singer Annabella Lwin

1981

Formed new group with Mikey Craig, Jon Moss and Roy Hay; originally named In Praise of Lemmings, then Sex Gang Children, eventually called themselves Culture Club

Lived at the infamous Warren Street Squat in Central London during the late 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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Boy George overcame a heroin addiction which nearly killed him c.1987. The singer was treated by electro-acupuncture.

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In 2006, Boy George served five days of community service in NYC after pleading guilty to filing a false burglary report.

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The singer served four months in jail in 2007 after he was found guilty of falsely imprisoning a male escort.

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