Neil Diamond

Singer, Songwriter, Actor
An immensely talented singer-songwriter, Neil Diamond first penned hits like "I'm a Believer" for The Monkees as a Brill Building songwriter before scoring big with his own self-penned hits like "Solitary Man," "Cherry ... Read more »
Born: 01/23/1941 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (44)

Here Comes the Boom 2012 (Movie)

("Holly Holy") (Song Performer)

Here Comes the Boom 2012 (Movie)

("Holly Holy") (Song)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("I'm A Believer") (Song)

Funny People 2009 (Movie)

("We (Early Take)") (Song)

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

("Red Red Wine") (Song)

We Are Marshall 2006 (Movie)

("Cracklin' Rosie") (Song Performer)

We Are Marshall 2006 (Movie)

("Cracklin' Rosie") (Song)

Son of the Mask 2005 (Movie)

("Thank the Lord for the Night Time") (Song Performer)

Son of the Mask 2005 (Movie)

("Thank the Lord for the Night Time") (Song)

Upside of Anger 2005 (Movie)

("Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon") (Song)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

("Cherry, Cherry") (Song Performer)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

("Cherry, Cherry") (Song)

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

("Cracklin' Rosie") (Song Performer)

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

("Cracklin' Rosie") (Song)

From Broadway: Fosse 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song

Secretary 2002 (Movie)

("It's So Strange (The Way Love Works)") (Song)

Sorority Boys 2002 (Movie)

("Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon") (Song)

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

("Sunday Sun") (Song Performer)

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

("Sunday Sun") (Song)

Saving Silverman 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Saving Silverman 2001 (Movie)

("Holly Holy" "I Believe in Happy Endings" "Love on the Rocks" "America") (Song Performer)

Shrek 2001 (Movie)

("I'm a Believer") (Song)

Grammy's Greatest Performances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

("I'm a Believer") (Song)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

("Red Red Wine") (Song)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

("Holly Holy") (Song)

Holy Smoke 1999 (Movie)

("Holly Holy" "I am...I Said") (Song Performer)

Holy Smoke 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

("Love on the Rocks") (Song Performer)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

("Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon") (Song)

Neil Diamond's Greatest Hits -- Live 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Arthur 2 On The Rocks 1988 (Movie)

("Heart Light") (Song)

Switching Channels 1988 (Movie)

(Theme Music)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

("I'm a Believer") (Song)

The Temptations and Four Tops 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Song

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

("You Baby" "Jerusalem" "America" "My Name is Yussel" "Love on the Rocks" "On the Robert E Lee" "Summerlove" "Hey Louise" "Songs of Life" "Hello Again" "Amazed and Confused" "Acapulco") (Song Performer)

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

(Song)

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Every Which Way But Loose 1978 (Movie)

("I Seek the Night") (Song)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

("Dry Your Eyes") (Song Performer)

Jonathan Livingston Seagull 1973 (Movie)

Background Score Composed and Adapted (Original Score)

Chris and the Magical Drip (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer
Actor (36)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

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

Performer

Christmas in Washington 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Diamond - Hot August Night: NYC 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Neil Diamond Live By Request 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Saving Silverman 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Diamond: The Making of "The Movie Album" 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Diamond... Under a Tennessee Moon 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Opryland's Country Christmas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra Duets 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Diamond: The Christmas Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Diamond's Christmas Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Diamond's Greatest Hits -- Live 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Diamond... Hello Again 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/85) 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

Jess Robin (Actor)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Neil Diamond Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

adaptation("Hine Mah Tove" "Havah Nagilah" "Adon Olom" "Kol Nidre") (Writer (adaptation))

Biography

An immensely talented singer-songwriter, Neil Diamond first penned hits like "I'm a Believer" for The Monkees as a Brill Building songwriter before scoring big with his own self-penned hits like "Solitary Man," "Cherry, Cherry," "Kentucky Woman," "Sweet Caroline," "Holly Holy" and "I Am I Said. " A 1970s musical phenomenon, he hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts three times with "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue" and his duet with Barbra Streisand, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." On the Hollywood front, he won a Grammy for writing the soundtrack for "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (1973), and starred in "The Jazz Singer" (1980), whose soundtrack spawned the massive pop hits "Love on the Rocks," "Hello Again" and "America." Despite his unquestionable chops for writing enduringly popular, catchy songs, Diamond was often perceived as a little cheesy throughout the years. Time ultimately validated him, however, when acts like UB40 covered his "Red Red Wine," and director Quentin Tarantino scored a pivotal "Pulp Fiction" (1994) scene to Urge Overkill's cover of his "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon." Lovingly parodied by Will Ferrell on "Saturday Night Live' (NBC, 1975- ) and in "Saving Silverman" (2001), Diamond was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 and the next year won a Kennedy Center Honor. Guilty pleasure or not, Neil Diamond was a world-class singer-songwriter who crafted many of the world's most popular and enduring songs.

Relationships

Elyn Diamond

Daughter
Mother, Jaye Posner

Marjorie Diamond

Daughter
Mother, Jaye Posner

Jesse Diamond

Son
Mother, Marcia Murphey

Micah Diamond

Son
Mother, Marcia Murphey

Katie McNeil Executive Producer

Wife
Diamond announced his engagement to McNeil on Twitter on Sept. 9, 2011 Married April 21, 2012

Marcia Murphey

Wife
Married Dec. 5,1969 Divorced in March 1995

Jaye Posner

Wife
Married in 1963 Divorced Nov. 25, 1969

EDUCATION

New York University

1958
Entered NYU's pre-med program on a fencing scholarship; dropped out at the end of his junior year, only 10 credits shy of graduation

Milestones

2011

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2011

Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors

2009

Named "MusiCares Person of the Year" by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

2008

Appeared on Fox's "American Idol" as a celebrity mentor

2005

Released the Rick Rubin-produced album "12 Songs"

2002

Appeared on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) alongside Will Ferrell, who impersonated Diamond on the variety sketch show

2001

Made a cameo (as himself) in the comedy feature "Saving Silverman," starring Jason Biggs and Jack Black

1994

Urge Overkill recorded a cover version of Diamond's "Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon" (1967) for the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino-directed "Pulp Fiction"

1986

Named by Billboard magazine as the most profitable performer of the year

1980

Starred in first and only feature film of his career, playing a Jewish Cantor who dreams of becoming a pop star in "The Jazz Singer"; film was a remake of the 1927 Al Jolson classic; soundtrack featured the hits "America" and "Love on the Rocks"

1978

Topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the Barbra Streisand duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"

1977

Released second live double album recorded at the Greek Theatre, "Love at the Greek"; album featured appearances by Helen Reddy and Henry Winkler

1973

Recorded the soundtrack for the film "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"; album landed at No. 2

1972

Released the live double album "Hot August Night," recorded during his concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles

1970

The single "I Am...I Said" reached the Top 5 in the U.S. and U.K. charts

1969

Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1968

Released his signature track "Sweet Caroline"; Diamond later said the song was inspired by John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline

1966

Released his debut single as an artist, "Solitary Man"; peaked at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

1966

Wrote the No. 1 song "I'm a Believer," recorded by The Monkees

1965

Made his Billboard Top 20 debut as a songwriter with the Jay and the Americans track "Sunday and Me"

1956

Wrote his first song "Here Them Bells" at 15

Saw a career resurgence in the late 1990s and 2000s after "Sweet Caroline" played at various sporting events

Rented a storage room in a printer's shop located above the famed Birdland nightclub on Broadway, where he lived and wrote songs

Dropped out during his junior year of college to work for Sunbeam Music on Manhattan's famous Tin Pan Alley

Bonus Trivia

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Diamond sang in the 100-member chorus at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, NY with classmate Barbra Streisand, although the two did not formally meet until several years later.

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On Dec. 4, 2011, Diamond was one of the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s top award for those who have influenced American culture through the arts.

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