George Michael

A wildly talented but seemingly self-destructive pop superstar, George Michael rose to fame in the British boy band Wham! along with good friend Andrew Ridgeley. With international No. 1 hits like "Wake Me Up Before You ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1963 in North London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (25)

Wish You Were There 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

George Michael: A Different Story 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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NetAid: A Concert Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Staying Alive 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 MTV Europe Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Tin Cup 1996 (Movie)

Host of the Sports Machine (Actor)

Aretha Franklin: Going Home 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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

Actor

8 Seconds 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

George Michael's Concert of Hope 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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1991 MTV Video Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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A Concert For Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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

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Decade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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

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The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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

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Music (23)

Blended 2014 (Movie)

("Careless Whisper") (Song)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 (Movie)

("Careless Whisper") (Song Performer)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 (Movie)

("Careless Whisper") (Song)

We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011 (Movie)

("Last Christmas") (Song)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 (Movie)

("Careless Whisper") (Song)

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

("Careless Whisper") (Song)

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging 2007 (Movie)

"I'm Your Man" (Song)

Hot Rod 2007 (Movie)

("One More Try") (Song)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

("Freedom '90") (Song)

Starter For 10 2007 (Movie)

"I'm Your Man" (Song)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

("Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go") (Song)

Maybe Baby 2001 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Maybe Baby 2001 (Movie)

song producer("I Can't Make you Love Me") (Song)

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

("Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go") (Song)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

("Careless Whisper") (Song)

Private Lessons 2 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

The Prince of Tides 1991 (Movie)

("Monkey") (Song Performer)

The Prince of Tides 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

("Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do)!") (Song)

Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down? 1970 - 1972 (TV Show)

Music

The New Adventures of Superman 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Music
Writer (1)

George Michael: A Different Story 2004 (Movie)

(from idea) (Source Material)

Biography

A wildly talented but seemingly self-destructive pop superstar, George Michael rose to fame in the British boy band Wham! along with good friend Andrew Ridgeley. With international No. 1 hits like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Careless Whisper," Michael's blue-eyed soul vocals proved to be the real reason behind the duo's success. As a solo artist, the talented singer-songwriter with MTV-friendly looks became an American and global superstar with 1987's Grammy-winning Faith and its hit singles "I Want Your Sex," "Father Figure" and the eponymous title track. Three years later, he scored a No. 1 with "Praying for Time" and a Top Ten hit with "Freedom! '90," but his decision not to do publicity for his 1990 solo follow-up Listen without Prejudice Vol. 1 hurt his profile in the States, causing him to unsuccessfully sue his record label Sony. After a self-imposed exile, Michael charted again with 1996's Older and its modest hits "Jesus to a Child" and "Fastlove," but his American mainstream career effectively ended after a male cop arrested him in 1998 for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public toilet, effectively outing the singer as homosexual - something Michael had long tap-danced around. Embracing his sexuality publicly, Michael maintained superstar status in Europe. Although his reputation and legacy were tarnished by his erratic behavior and frequent scandals, George Michael remained one of music's most talented and successful singer-songwriters.

Relationships

Lesley Angold

Mother

Anselmo Feleppa

Companion
Met 1991 at Rock in Rio concert Died 1993 of AIDS-related brain haemorrhage

Kenny Goss Actor

Companion
Began relationship 1996 Reportedly registered for civil partnership in the U.K. November 2005, but postponed it to later date Split 2009

Kyriacos Panayiotou

Father

Milestones

2012

Performed at Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony in London, England

2007

Made acting debut in "The Catherine Tate Show Xmas Special" (BBC)

2006

Celebrated 25th anniversary with second greatest hits compilation Twenty Five

2005

Featured in documentary "George Michael: A Different Story"

1999

Recorded album of cover tracks Songs from the Last Century

1998

Assembled 28 hits for first compilation album Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

1996

Released first studio album Older, featuring dance hit "Fastlove"

1992

Released Five Live EP with Queen and Lisa Stansfield, recorded the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

1990

Second solo album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 marked turn as serious artist and songwriter

1987

Released solo debut Faith; controversial lead single "I Want Your Sex" banned by U.K. and U.S. due to sexually suggestive lyrics

1987

Collaborated with Aretha Franklin on hit duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"

1986

Wham! disbanded following release of singles compilation The Final

1984

Duo released breakout album Make It Big, featuring "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Careless Whisper," and "Everything She Wants"; album reached No. 1 in the U.S.

1984

Contributed vocals to Band Aid all-star charity recording "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"

1983

Wham! released debut album Fantastic, featuring singles "Young Guns (Go For It!)," "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)," and "Club Tropicana"

1981

Formed pop duo Wham! with Ridgeley

With Ridgeley, formed ska band called The Executive

Met Andrew Ridgeley at Bushey Meads School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England

Bonus Trivia

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On April 7, 1998, an undercover male police officer arrested Michael for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public park toilet in Beverly Hills, CA. He was fined and sentenced to 80 hours of community service.

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He was arrested for possession of "Class C" drugs in 2006. The following year, he pleaded guilty for driving under the influence of drugs in Cricklewood, North-West London.

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On 19 September 2008, Michael was arrested in a public toilet in the Hampstead Heath area of London for possession of drugs. He was taken to the police station and received a warning for controlled substance possession.

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In 2010, the singer was caught on tape crashing his car into the front of a London storefront. Michael was arrested and charged with possession of drugs as well as driving under their influence, and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison as well as a five-year ban from driving. He was released after four weeks.

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