Bruce Springsteen

Musician, Songwriter, Actor
Considered by many critics and fans to be one of the great rock 'n' roll figures in the late 20th century, singer-songwriter-showman Bruce Springsteen created music noted for both its cinematic sweep and its deeply ... Read more »
Born: 09/22/1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Music (96)

Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 (Movie)

("I'm On Fire") (Song)

Wild 2014 (Movie)

("Tougher Than The Rest") (Song Performer)

Wild 2014 (Movie)

("Tougher Than The Rest") (Song)

CBGB 2013 (Movie)

("Because The Night") (Song)

The Lords of Salem 2013 (Movie)

("Blinded By The Light") (Song)

The Place Beyond the Pines 2013 (Movie)

("Dancing In The Dark") (Song Performer)

The Place Beyond the Pines 2013 (Movie)

("Dancing In The Dark") (Song)

Warm Bodies 2013 (Movie)

("Hungry Heart") (Song Performer)

Warm Bodies 2013 (Movie)

("Hungry Heart") (Song)

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

("Dancing In The Dark") (Song)

American Casino 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Food, Inc. 2009 (Movie)

("This Land Is Your Land") (Song Performer)

Bedtime Stories 2008 (Movie)

"I'm On Fire" (Song Performer)

Bedtime Stories 2008 (Movie)

"I'm On Fire" (Song)

The Wrestler 2008 (Movie)

("The Wrestler") (Song Performer)

The Wrestler 2008 (Movie)

("The Wrestler") (Song)

Young@Heart 2008 (Movie)

("Dancing In The Dark") (Song)

Badland 2007 (Movie)

("Devils & Dust") (Song Performer)

Badland 2007 (Movie)

("Devils & Dust") (Song)

Gracie 2007 (Movie)

"Growin' Up" (Song)

Gracie 2007 (Movie)

"Growin' Up" (Song Performer)

In the Land of Women 2007 (Movie)

("Iceman") (Song Performer)

In the Land of Women 2007 (Movie)

("Iceman") (Song)

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

("Lucky Town") (Song)

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

("Lucky Town") (Song Performer)

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

("Out in the Street") (Song)

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

("Out in the Street") (Song Performer)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

("Red Headed Woman") (Song)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

("Red Headed Woman") (Song Performer)

The Heartbreak Kid 2007 (Movie)

("Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)") (Song Performer)

The Heartbreak Kid 2007 (Movie)

("Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)") (Song)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

("Blinded By The Light") (Song)

No Regrets 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

A Home at the End of the World 2004 (Movie)

("Because The Night") (Song)

Grand Theft Parsons 2004 (Movie)

("Blood Brothers") (Song Performer)

Grand Theft Parsons 2004 (Movie)

("Blood Brothers") (Song)

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

("My City Of Ruins") (Song Performer)

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

("My City Of Ruins") (Song)

25th Hour 2002 (Movie)

("The Fuse") (Song Performer)

25th Hour 2002 (Movie)

("The Fuse") (Song)

Skins 2002 (Movie)

("Born In The USA") (Song Performer)

Skins 2002 (Movie)

("Born In The USA") (Song)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

("Blinded by the Light") (Song)

Greenfingers 2001 (Movie)

("If I Should Fall Behind") (Song Performer)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

("The River") (Song Performer)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

("Hungry Heart") (Song)

Big Daddy 1999 (Movie)

("Growin' Up") (Song Performer)

Big Daddy 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

("Lift Me Up") (Song Performer)

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

("Secret Garden") (Song Performer)

Hard Rain 1998 (Movie)

("The River") (Song)

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

("Fire") (Song)

Lawn Dogs 1998 (Movie)

("Dancing in the Dark") (Song Performer)

Lawn Dogs 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

("One Step Up" "I'm On Fire" "Valentine's Day") (Song Performer)

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

("Drive All Night" "Stolen Car") (Song Performer)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Fierce Creatures 1997 (Movie)

("Hungry Heart") (Song)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

("Secret Garden") (Song Performer)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

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

Song Performer

The Crossing Guard 1995 (Movie)

("Missing") (Song Performer)

The Crossing Guard 1995 (Movie)

(Song)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

("Streets of Philadelphia") (Song Performer)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

The Switch 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

("Viva! Las Vegas") (Song Performer)

Peter's Friends 1992 (Movie)

("Hungry Heart") (Song Performer)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

("Badlands") (Song Performer)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

MTV Rewind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

In Country 1989 (Movie)

("I'm on Fire") (Song Performer)

In Country 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

("My Hometown") (Song Performer)

Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

("My Hometown") (Song)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

("Born in the U.S.A.") (Song Performer)

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Born in East L.A. 1987 (Movie)

song publisher("Born in the U.S.A.") (Song)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

("Light of Day") (Song)

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

("Stand on It") (Song Performer)

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

("Hungry Heart") (Song)

Baby It's You 1983 (Movie)

("It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" "The 'E' Street Shuffle" "She's the One" "Adam Raised a Cain") (Song Performer)

Baby It's You 1983 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Risky Business 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Risky Business 1983 (Movie)

("Hungry Heart") (Song Performer)

Divine Madness 1980 (Movie)

("E Street Shuffle") (Song)

No Nukes 1980 (Movie)

("Thunder Road" "The River") (Song Performer)

No Nukes 1980 (Movie)

(Song)

Dirty Pictures (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

The Flight That Fought Back (TV Show)

Music Publisher
Actor (63)

Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

20 Feet From Stardom 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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

Performer

The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

True Spin 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Politics: A Pop Culture History 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2005 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Record With Bob Costas 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock 'n Roll Moments 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Roy Orbison Anthology 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruce Springsteen: Blood Brothers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Greetings From Bruce Springsteen 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1994 MTV Video Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruce Springsteen Plugged 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tribute to Harry Chapin 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Human Rights Now Tour 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black & White Night 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sun City 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

No Nukes 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lilyhammer (Tv Show)

Actor

The Concert for Valor (TV Show)

Performer
Producer (1)
Other (2)

Jack the Dog 2002 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Fierce Creatures 1997 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Considered by many critics and fans to be one of the great rock 'n' roll figures in the late 20th century, singer-songwriter-showman Bruce Springsteen created music noted for both its cinematic sweep and its deeply intimate portrayal of average people struggling in the underbelly of the American Dream. Dubbed "The Boss" - a nicknamed acquired early in his career - Springsteen was a complex and often paradoxical figure: a rock icon who defiantly eschewed the trappings of fame; a millionaire who spoke both for and to the working class. But more than the quality and depth of his music, The Boss was known for his hard-rocking, marathon concerts that featured an assemblage of his New Jersey friends in the E Street Band, including Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Steve Van Zandt and Patti Scialfa, who later became Springsteen's second wife. After years of building a loyal following, Springsteen broke out with his seminal album Born To Run (1975), which stood as his best-selling record until the monstrous hit Born in the U.S.A. (1984) was released almost a decade later. Featuring some of his timeless classics, the album proved to be the apex of his popularity. Though he never again reached such astronomical heights, Springsteen maintained a steady output of deeply personal albums hailed by critics and fans, while embarking on seemingly non-stop world tours, giving rise to the idea that it was Springsteen - not James Brown - who was the hardest working man in show business.

Relationships

Julianne Phillips

Wife
Born in 1960 married on May 13, 1985 wed for 28 months before their August 1988 separation divorced in 1990

Patty Scialfa

Wife
Sang back-up with E Street Band born July 29, 1953 (some sources say 1956) married June 8, 1991 mother of Springsteen's three children rumors circulated that they split in August 2006, but Springsteen strongly denied these claims.

Douglas Springsteen

Father
Dutch and Irish worked a variety of jobs died April 26, 1998 at age 73

Adele Springsteen

Mother
Italian

Jessica Springsteen

Daughter
Born December 31, 1991 mother, Patty Scialfa

Evan Springsteen

Son
Born July 25, 1990 mother, Patty Scialfa

Sam Springsteen

Son
Born c. 1994 mother, Patty Scialfa

Pamela Springsteen

Sister
Born c. 1962

Virginia Springsteen

Sister
Born c. 1950

EDUCATION

Ocean County College

Ocean County , New Jersey
Briefly attended, but dropped out

Freehold Borough High School

Freehold , New Jersey 1967

St Rose of Lima School

Freehold , New Jersey
Catholic elementary school

Milestones

2009

Released the album, Working on a Dream; debuted the title song at an Obama campaign rally the previous year; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Solo Rock Performance

2008

Performed the title song in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Song Written for a Film

2008

Earned two Grammy nominations for the song "Girls In Their Summer Clothes" from the album Magic

2007

Released the album, Magic, recorded with the E Street Band; earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Album

2006

Released We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, which was recorded with a large ensemble of musicians; tour began the same month as the albums release, and featured the 18-strong ensemble of musicians dubbed the Seeger Sessions Band

2006

Received a Grammy nomination for Best Long Form Music Video for "Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run"

2005

Released Devils & Dust, a low-key, mostly acoustic album; began solo tour at same time of the albums release; album earned several Grammy nominations

2002

Released album The Rising, which was mostly a reflection on the September 11 attacks

2001

First nationally distributed TV concert on HBO (April)

2000

Made cameo appearance as himself in "High Fidelity"

1999

Again reuited with E Street Band members for world tour

1998

Released box-set compilation of previously unreleased material

1995

Issued accoustic album The Ghost of Tom Joad

1995

Wrote songs for Sean Penn's "The Crossing Guard" and Tim Robbins' "Dead Man Walking"

1995

Reuinted with members of E Street Band for one-time only concert in NYC

1994

Wrote the award winning song "Streets of Philadelphia" for Jonathan Demme's feature film, "Philadelphia"; was the first film to deal with AIDS

1992

Released two albums simultaneously, Lucky Town and Human Touch on March 30

1986

First live recordings released, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live: 1975-1985

1986

First song included in a feature, "Just Around the Corner to the Light of Day"; Springsteen agreed to provide the song for the Paul Schrader film "Light of Day" after using the title of a Schrader script for an album (Born in the USA)

1984

Patti Scialfa joined the E Street Band

1980

First screen appearance, as himself in the concert film "No Nukes"

1980

First record in three years (due to lawsuits) the double album The River

1976

Sued former agent Mike Appel for fraud

1975

Appeared on the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week (October 27)

1975

Third album Born to Run becomes a success

1972

Signed ten album deal (June)

1972

Auditioned for John Hammond (May)

1972

First album released, Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey

1970

Formed the Bruce Springsteen Band, the forerunner of the E Street Band

1968

Family moved to California; Bruce remained in New Jersey

1967

After break-up of The Castiles, performed first solo book in Red Hook, NJ

1966

Made first recordings with The Castiles

1964

Formed first band, "The Rogues"

1958

Received first guitar as gift from his mother

E Street Band dissolved

Formed second band, The Castiles

Bonus Trivia

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Springsteen's songs have formed the basis for both of Sean Penn's feature films "The Indian Runner" (1991) and "The Crossing Guard" (1995).

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"I didn't want to get caught up in making a record by the rules, where you have a single and a video. I wanted my freedom. I've enjoyed making more mainstream records, but that's not where I am now. The music means a lot to me. I feel a tremendous sense of purpose, the deepest I've felt in a decade." – Springsteen in USA Today, Dec. 1, 1995

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"I had very high goals for my band when we started. We didn't go out just to make music, we went out to make ESSENTIAL music. It was fun and entertaining and hopefully enjoyable, but at the core there was something serious and essential that tied into the experience of living in America. I think the criticism of some records I made in the late 80s and 90s centered around that idea." – Springsteen quoted in "Heart of Darkness" by Keren Schoemer, Newsweek, April 1, 1996

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"Underneath all the messages, Springsten is sending an odd, barely audible little SOS of his own. In recent years something has been missing from his music, and he wants it back very badly: relevance. Not just social relevance, but relevance to his audience, relevance to himself." - from "Heart of Darkness" by Karen Schoemer in Newsweek, April 1, 1996

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"I always saw myself as the kid who got the guitar and was going to play it and pass it on to somebody else. I always saw a lot of myself in my audience." – Springsteen quoted in The Advocate, April 2, 1996

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In 1997, he was one of two recipients of the Polar Music Prize (worth $133,000) presented by the King of Sweden.

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Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. He was also inducted into the the Songwriters Hall of Fame that same year.

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"You're never going to hear anything called an E Street Band farewell tour – that's never going to exist. It just goes until it stops, and then it keeps going." – Springsteen to Jon Stewart, Rolling Stone, March 29, 2012

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