Bret Michaels

Singer, Actor, Director
A glam rock front man and later a reality television personality, Bret Michaels was the lead singer of the popular band, Poison, which rose quickly to become one of the best-selling rock acts in the late 1980s and early ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1963 in Butler, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

The Apprentice 2004 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Contestant

Revolution 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Martial Law 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock My RV with Bret Michaels 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2004 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Rock of Love with Bret Michaels 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Yes, Dear 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Annoying Orange 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

20/20 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Country Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Music 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Ghost Stories 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nashville Star 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Top Gear (History Channel) 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Idol 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bret Michaels: Life as I Know it 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2010 Miss Universe Pageant 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

Undateable 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock of Love Bus: Reunion 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Aftermath: The Station Fire Five Years Later 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Forget the Lyrics 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock of Love With Bret Michaels: Reunion 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock of Love With Bret Michaels: Reunion 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Heavy: The Story of Metal 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Stranded With a Star, Who Would You Choose? 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Retrosexual: The '80s 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Centerfold Babylon 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chris Isaak Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

When Metal Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 The Greatest 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Testimony: 20 Years of Rock on MTV 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

In God's Hands 1998 (Movie)

Philips (Actor)

A Letter from Death Row 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The American Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

Taco Bell Presents: Battle of the Bands '93 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

No Code of Conduct (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor
Music (18)

The Fluffy Movie 2014 (Movie)

("Nothing' But A Good Time") (Song)

The Penguins of Madagascar 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

("Nothin' But A Good Time") (Song)

Hop 2011 (Movie)

("Every Rose Has Its Thorn") (Song)

Cop Out 2010 (Movie)

("Every Rose Has Its Thorn") (Song)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 (Movie)

("Talk Dirty To Me") (Song)

Yogi Bear 2010 (Movie)

"Nothin' But A Good Time" (Song)

(500) Days of Summer 2009 (Movie)

("Every Rose Has Its Thorn") (Song)

Adventureland 2009 (Movie)

("I Want Action") (Song)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

"Nothin' But A Good Time" (Song)

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 2008 (Movie)

"Nothin' But A Good Time" (Song)

Rock of Love With Bret Michaels: Lost Moments 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Rocker 2008 (Movie)

"Nothin' But A Good Time" (Song)

Beerfest 2006 (Movie)

("Every Rose Has Its Thorn") (Song)

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 2005 (Movie)

("Every Rose Has Its Thorn") (Song)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 (Movie)

("Nothin' but a Good Time") (Song)

A Letter from Death Row 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

A Letter from Death Row 1997 (Movie)

songs (Song)
Producer (2)

Rock of Love With Bret Michaels: Lost Moments 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Producer

A Letter from Death Row 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

A Letter from Death Row 1997 (Movie)

co-director (Director)
Writer (1)

A Letter from Death Row 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (1)

A Letter from Death Row 1997 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

A glam rock front man and later a reality television personality, Bret Michaels was the lead singer of the popular band, Poison, which rose quickly to become one of the best-selling rock acts in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before a hard-partying lifestyle nearly ended his life and career. With Poison, Michaels saw multi-platinum success with their first three albums, Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986), Open Up and Say Ahh! (1988) and Flesh & Blood (1990), which helped make his band one of the biggest acts in the world. But drug use and a violent crash in his Ferrari nearly derailed Michaels, though he and the band recovered enough to reunite in the late 1990s. He branched out on his own with his first solo album, A Letter from Death Row (1998), which was also the title of his feature directorial debut that same year. But Michaels found new life in reality television as the star of the series, "Rock of Love" (VH1, 2007-09), in which where over 20 women competed to be his girlfriend/groupie. He later became the sentimental favorite on the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ), during which he suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage and miraculously made a complete recovery, only to find himself back in the hospital weeks later with an operable hole in the heart. Whether it was through music or on television, Michaels managed to survive a number of serious career and physical setbacks to remain a popular celebrity.

Relationships

Pamela Anderson Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in the early 1990s An explicit sex tape the couple made appeared on the Internet in 1998

Kristi Gibson Actor

Companion
Dated from 1994-2005 Reportedly dating again as of spring 2010 Engaged in December 2010

Susie Hatton Actor

Companion
Together from 1988-1993 Appeared together in Poison's "Fallen Angel" music video in 1988

Jorja Michaels

Daughter
Born May 5, 2005; mother, Kristi Gibson

Raine Michaels

Daughter
Born May 20, 2000; mother, Kristi Gibson

Wally Sychak

Father

Marjorie Sychak

Mother

EDUCATION

Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School

Mechanicsburg , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2010

Joined the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC); one month after suffering a brain hemorrhage and just days after being re-admitted to the hospital for a warning stroke, Michaels appeared on the "Celebrity Apprentice" finale and was announced as t

2009

Filmed a third season of VH1's reality series, the spinoff "Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels"

2009

Toured with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick

2008

Filmed a second season of VH1's "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels"

2007

Starred in the VH1 reality show "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels"

2005

Released the country rock album Freedom of Sound

2005

Cast as a judge on season three of the reality show "Nashville Star" (USA Network)

2003

Released second solo album Songs of Life

1999

Toured with Poison to support the band’s Greatest Hits album

1998

Also released first solo album of the same name, A Letter from Death Row

1998

Again directed Sheen in the made-for-TV movie "No Code of Conduct" (USA Network)

1998

Produced the feature film "Free Money," starring Marlon Brando and Sheen

1998

Teamed with Sheen to write, direct and star in the low-budget thriller "A Letter From Death Row"

1996

Released disappointing sixth album Crack A Smile

1988

Released second Poison album Open Up and Say... Ahh!, which featured the No. 1 single "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"

1986

Signed a recording deal with Enigma Records

1986

Released debut album Look What the Cat Dragged In

1984

Formed the band Paris with Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall and C.C. DeVille (later renamed Poison)

Formed the film production company Sheen/Michaels Entertainment with actor Charlie Sheen

Bonus Trivia

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Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of six.

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On April 22, 2010, Michaels was rushed to the hospital after complaining of a severe headache. Doctors discovered he had suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the base of his brain stem). A month later, in the midst of an impressive recovery, Michaels returned to the hospital after complaining of numbness on the left side of his body. Doctors called the event a "warning stroke" and diagnosed the rocker with a hole in the heart that was likely unrelated to the brain hemorrhage.

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In May 2012, Michaels privately settled a lawsuit against the producers of the Tony Awards. The rocker suffered a busted lip, a broken nose, and brain bleeding from a 2009 performance at the annual awards ceremony.

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