Jon Bon Jovi

Singer, Songwriter, Actor
The ultimate Jersey boy who made good but never forgot his roots, Jon Bon Jovi was the founder, lead songwriter and frontman for the hugely successful rock band, Bon Jovi. Powered by his movie star face and charismatic ... Read more »
Born: 03/01/1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

LT: The Life and Times 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Himself

Person To Person 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Jensen (Actor)

30 Rock 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Idol 2007, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

A&E Rocks: Bon Jovi 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Unplugged: Bon Jovi 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual CMA Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Pucked 2006 (Movie)

Frank Hopper (Actor)

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cry Wolf 2005 (Movie)

Rich Walker (Actor)

Las Vegas 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

2002 Olympic Winter Games 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 News Special: Listening to America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bon Jovi Crush Tour 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bon Jovi: One Last Wild Night 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Greatest Rock & Roll Moments: 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A-Z 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jon Bon Jovi 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Across America 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Pay It Forward 2000 (Movie)

Ricky (Actor)

Rankin File: Voyeurism 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

U-571 2000 (Movie)

Lieutenant Emmett (Actor)

Pavarotti and Friends 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters Presents 6 to Watch 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Gianni Versace: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Little City 1998 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Row Your Boat 1998 (Movie)

Jamey Meadows (Actor)

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

Actor

The Leading Man 1998 (Movie)

Robin Grange (Actor)

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Destination Anywhere 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Songs & Visions 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 World Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonlight and Valentino 1995 (Movie)

The Painter (Actor)

The 1995 World Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand's Teen Idols 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1994 MTV Movie Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Very Special Christmas II 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Rolling Stone 25: The MTV Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Moscow Music Peace Festival 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Moscow Music Peace Festival Rockumentary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Free to Be... a Family 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (31)

North America 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Song

Stand Up Guys 2012 (Movie)

("Not Running Anymore") (Song Performer)

Stand Up Guys 2012 (Movie)

("Not Running Anymore") (Song)

Stand Up Guys 2012 (Movie)

Original Songs (Original Music)

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

("Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad") (Song Performer)

Win Win 2011 (Movie)

("Have A Nice Day") (Song)

He's Just Not That Into You 2009 (Movie)

("I Want You") (Song)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2009 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song)

Wild Hogs 2007 (Movie)

("Wanted Dead Or Alive") (Song)

A Lot Like Love 2005 (Movie)

("I'll Be There for You") (Song)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 (Movie)

("Wanted Dead or Alive") (Song)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

("Livin' On A Prayer") (Song)

Bon Jovi: One Last Wild Night 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Bon Jovi: One Last Wild Night 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

("Real Life") (Song Performer)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

("Mister Big Time") (Song Performer)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 (Movie)

("Wanted Dead or Alive") (Song Performer)

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 (Movie)

("Wanted Dead or Alive") (Song)

MTV Rewind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Navy Seals 1990 (Movie)

("The Boys Are Back in Town") (Song Performer)

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

("Blaze of Glory" "Billy Get Your Gun") (Song Performer)

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

("Only Lonely") (Song Performer)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Private Investigations 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Private Investigations 1987 (Movie)

("Wanted Dead or Alive") (Song Performer)

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

("Raise Your Hands") (Song)

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

("Raise Your Hands") (Song Performer)

Biography

The ultimate Jersey boy who made good but never forgot his roots, Jon Bon Jovi was the founder, lead songwriter and frontman for the hugely successful rock band, Bon Jovi. Powered by his movie star face and charismatic stage presence, the band ruled the 1980s, claiming their throne with 1986's seminal Slippery When Wet, which unleashed such anthems as "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer." Their follow up, 1988's New Jersey launched the classics "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You." Branching out on his own, Jon's solo debut, 1990's Blaze of Glory gave him another No. 1 with the title track. The band continued to enjoy success, evolving as the musical landscape changed, and became one of the industry's all-time most successful touring bands. Blessed with a natural acting ability, Bon Jovi embarked on an onscreen career. Although he often appeared in lower-profile projects, he earned solid notices for his turns in such films as "Moonlight and Valentino" (1995), "U-571" (2000) and "Pay it Forward" (2000) as well as a recurring role on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). Proving that he and his band remained - outside of Bruce Springsteen - the consummate hometown boys, Bon Jovi became something of a national treasure. Displaying enormous career longevity and range for a "hair band" singer, Jon Bon Jovi was the rare entertainer who not only conquered the musical world, but found a way to call the shots, age gracefully and continue to create commercial hits.

Relationships

John Bongiovi

Father

Carol Bongiovi

Mother

Stephanie Bongiovi

Daughter
Born May 31, 1993; mother, Dorothea Hurley Arrested Nov. 14, 2012 in Upstate New York after allegedly overdosing on heroin; charges later dropped

Jacob Bongiovi

Son
Born May 7, 2002; mother, Dorothea Hurley

Jesse Bongiovi

Son
Born Feb. 19, 1995; mother, Dorothea Hurley

Romeo Bongiovi

Son
Born March 29, 2004; mother, Dorothea Hurley

Anthony Bongiovi

Brother

Matthew Bongiovi

Brother

Dorothea Hurley

Wife
Began dating in high school Married on April 29, 1989 in Las Vegas, NV

Diane Lane Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in the 1980s It was rumored that the song "You Give Love a Bad Name" (1986) was written after Lane broke up with him

EDUCATION

Sayreville War Memorial High School

Sayrevillle , New Jersey
had first acting role, a tiny part in "Mame"

studied acting with Harold Guskin

Milestones

2011

Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year’s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall

2010

Released band's Greatest Hits album

2007

Charted at No. 1 with the Bon Jovi (band) album Lost Highway

2005

Acted in the horror feature "Cry Wolf"

2005

Band debuted at No. 2 on the albums chart with Have a Nice Day

2002

Landed supporting role in "John Carpenter Presents Vampires: Los Muertos"

2002

Joined the cast of Fox's "Ally McBeal"

2000

Starred opposite Bai Ling in "Row Your Boat"; film shown at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

2000

Played the alcoholic father of Haley Joel Osment in "Pay It Forward"

2000

Featured in the ensemble cast of the WWII submarine drama "U-571"

2000

Reteamed with band to release Bon Jovi album Crush

1998

Co-starred in "Homegrown" and Edward Burns' "No Looking Back"

1997

Made 48-minute short film "Destination Anywhere" to accompany release of solo album

1997

Had featured role in the independent film "Little City"

1996

First starring role, "The Leading Man"

1995

Band took a second sabbatical

1995

Feature acting debut in "Moonlight and Valentino"

1992

Reunited with band mates; released album Keep the Faith

1990

Composed songs for "Young Guns II"; earned Oscar nomination for solo single "Blaze of Glory"; also played cameo role in film

1990

Began studying acting with Harold Guskin

1990

The band Bon Jovi announced a sabbatical

1988

Band released album New Jersey

1987

Bon Jovi (band) provided the song "Raise Your Hands" for the soundtrack to Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs"

1986

Band's breakthrough album Slippery When Wet released

1985

Group's second album 7800° Fahrenheit released

1984

Band released its first self-titled album Bon Jovi

1983

Formed the rock group Bon Jovi

1978

With David Bryan, formed band Atlantic City Expressway

1975

At age 13, formed first band Raze

Raised in Sayreville, NJ

Fronted bands The Rest and Jon Bongiovi and the Wild Ones

Made first recording at age 19 through his cousin Tony Bongiovi; recorded a song for the Star Wars Christmas Album, "Christmas With the Stars", with music by John Williams

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm telling you it's Christmas every day, it really truly is. I'm the luckiest guy in the whole second grade." – Bon Jovi to US magazine, August 1995

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"I was a little gigolo when I was 17. And I had older women picking me up when I was 15. So, I've been around the block a time or two, you know?" – Bon Jovi to US magazine, August 1995

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"Everybody's going to have their baby pictures to regret. For me, looking at the 80s is like looking back at pictures from the disco era. I think maybe I should have stuck to a pair of Levi's jeans and not been the king of long hair. But that's how things worked out. You survive it and move on." – Bon Jovi to US magazine, August 1995

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After working with Bon Jovi, Elizabeth Perkins told US magazine in August 1995, "I finally grasp the concept of the word 'groupie.'"

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"I don't want to be Elvis in a white suit. It's something that hit me last summer when I was doing multiple nights in a stadium. It was an unbelievable time, but if it meant I was only there because people were coming to hear the hits, then I'd rather walk away and try it in a different way."–Bon Jovi to The Boston Globe, May 30, 1997

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"How many guys would have left their wives when they found fame and fortune? Why would I get rid of my wife for, you know, Michelle Pfeiffer? It would be a stupid move. How many guys would have left their friends, fired the band? I haven't, because these were people who believed in me seventeen years ago. I wouldn't be able to sleep or go on if I didn't acknowledge them and give back to the people who gave to me. There's a lot of people, executive types, who say to me, 'Why go backwards? You're getting all this acclaim now.' I'll tell you why: because none of it is going backwards." – Bon Jovi in Interview magazine, February 1998

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"This is the way I look at sex scenes. I have basically been doing them for a living for years. Trying to seduce an audience is the basis of rock 'n' roll. And if I may say so, I'm pretty good at it ...Plus, being married and monogamous, it's the closet thing I can do to having sex without getting in trouble for it ...The only thing I like more than my wife is my money. And I'm not about to lose that to her and her lawyers, that's for damn sure. And you can quote me on that." – Bon Jovi, quoted in Movieline, February 1998

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Bon Jovi received an honorary degree from Monmouth University in May 2001.

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"I am the whitest man in America. No rhythm whatsoever. If I were going to be a rapper, my name would be DW Toast, 'Dry White Toast.'" – Bon Jovi to US Weekly, Oct. 28, 2002

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"I spent the first 20 years of my life trying to get out of Jersey and the next 20 trying to get back to it. What I realized a long time ago is it's what I know, it's who I know, and it's the lifestyle that I know and love." – Bon Jovi on his love for New Jersey, quoted in Biography, Summer 2005

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"When I was still in high school in the late 70s and early 80s, playing in Jersey bars and opening for these famous guys, I thought that was fame. And when we got a record deal I thought that was fame. And then when we had success with 'Slippery When Wet,' I thought, Oh no, this is what fame is. So it just gets bigger and bigger..." – Bon Jovi to Interview magazine, October 2005

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Bon Jovi was named to the White House Council for Community Solutions by President Barack Obama in December 2010. His position was earned due in part to the rocker's formation of The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which works to alleviate poverty and homelessness across the U.S.

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