Eddie Van Halen

For a generation of aspiring musicians and rock aficionados in the late 1970s and 1980s, Eddie Van Halen was the premier guitar hero of the day, one whose sonic palette covered everything from rock, R&B and dance to ... Read more »
Born: 01/25/1955 in Nijmegen, Gelderland, NL

Filmography

Music (20)

Mayweather 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Argo 2012 (Movie)

("Dance The Night Away") (Song)

That's My Boy 2012 (Movie)

("And The Cradle Will Rock") (Song)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("Little Guitars") (Song)

The Green Hornet 2011 (Movie)

("Feel Your Love Tonight") (Song)

Zombieland 2009 (Movie)

("Everybody Wants Some") (Song)

Superbad 2007 (Movie)

("Panama") (Song)

Herbie: Fully Loaded 2005 (Movie)

("Jump") (Song)

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

("Running With the Devil") (Song)

Mission to Mars 2000 (Movie)

("Dance the Night Away") (Song)

Big Daddy 1999 (Movie)

("Jump") (Song)

Slc Punk! 1999 (Movie)

("Hot for Teacher") (Song)

The Legend of 1900 1999 (Movie)

("Lost Boys Calling") (Song Performer)

Varsity Blues 1999 (Movie)

("Hot for the Teacher") (Song)

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

("I'm the One") (Song)

Over the Top 1987 (Movie)

("Winner Take It All") (Song Performer)

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

("Good Enough") (Song)

Better Off Dead 1985 (Movie)

("Everybody Wants Some") (Song)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Seduction of Gina (TV Show)

Music
Actor (11)

Two and a Half Men 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Cafe Americain 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

To Be Free: The National Literacy Honors 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Van Halen Rockumentary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Paul: He Changed the Music 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Taken Away (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

For a generation of aspiring musicians and rock aficionados in the late 1970s and 1980s, Eddie Van Halen was the premier guitar hero of the day, one whose sonic palette covered everything from rock, R&B and dance to classically inspired pieces that redefined the use and sound of guitar in hard rock-n-roll. As leader and co-founder of Van Halen, he enjoyed considerable success for over three decades with such songs as "Jamie's Crying," "Dance the Night Away," "Jump" and "Best of Both Worlds," which were anchored by his fluid, supercharged guitar work and nimble manipulation of both frets and strings. Relations within the group were often as fiery as Van Halen's playing, with no less than three singers, including David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone departing the group amidst heated in-fighting over the course of their history. Van Halen himself would suffer frequent health problems, including serious drug and alcohol addictions, during this period, but invariably rose again to re-establish himself as a guitar titan. His fabled marriage with television sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli kept his name in fan magazines apart from his music. Though Van Halen the band became a textbook example of dysfunctional band relations, Van Halen the guitarist remained untouched in regard to the innovation and inspiration he provided through his playing.

Relationships

Valerie Bertinelli Actor

Wife
Met backstage at a Van Halen concert in 1980 Married April 11, 1981 Announced separation July 2002, saying they had been separated since October 2001 Filed for divorce December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences Divorced Dec. 20, 2007

Janie Liszewski Actor

Wife
Engaged August 2008 Married June 27, 2009

Alex Van Halen Actor

Brother
Born May 8, 1953

Wolfgang Van Halen

Son
Born March 16, 1991; mother, Valerie Bertinelli Joined Van Halen as bassist in 2006

Milestones

2012

Released A Different Kind of Truth, Van Halen's first studio album with Roth on vocals since 1984

2007

Van Halen inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2006

Bassist Anthony left band and replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie's son with actress Valerie Bertinelli

2004

Van Halen reunited with Hagar

1998

Reunion with Roth short-lived; band released Van Halen III with former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone on lead vocals

1996

Hagar parted ways with band; four original Van Halen members made first public appearance together in over 11 years at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards

1993

Band released first double-live album Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now

1991

Ninth studio album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge topped Billboard 200 chart; featured commercial hit "Right Now"

1985

Roth left Van Halen and replaced by Sammy Hagar

1984

Band delivered breakthrough album 1984, which included signature hits "Jump," "Panama," and "Hot For Teacher."

1978

Van Halen released self-titled debut album, featuring the hit "Runnin' With the Devil"

1977

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons discovered Van Halen at a local club

1974

Formed the band Van Halen with brother Alex on drums, Roth on vocals, and Michael Anthony on bass; played guitar for band

1962

Moved with family to Pasadena, CA from the Netherlands; took classical piano lessons with brother Alex

Met David Lee Roth while they both attended Pasadena Community College in the 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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In 2011, Van Halen was ranked No. 8 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the Top 100 guitarists.

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Van Halen underwent emergency surgery in August 2012 for a severe bout of diverticulitis, a digestive disease. He previously battled cancer from 2000-02.

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