An amalgam of debauched rock star, comic agitator and unconventional intellectual, Russell Brand rocketed to stardom after a particularly chaotic and self-destructive early career. In the grip of an addiction to hard drugs throughout his late-teens and early-twenties, Brand mined his harrowing and frequently embarrassing experiences for a stand-up routine that soon earned him both accolades and television appearances. His employers, however, found his bizarre antics less than humorous at times, leading to Brand being fired more than once from programs like "Dance Floor Chart" (MTV UK). Eventually, Brand cleaned up and excelled in his various U.K. television, stage and radio efforts, but it was his turn as the decadent, self-absorbed rock star, Aldous Snow in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (2008) that brought him to the attention of audiences in the U.S. Seemingly overnight, Brand was everywhere - headlining stand-up specials for Comedy Central, welcomed hosting award shows and now headlining as star of "Get Him to the Greek" (2010). In addition to high-profile work as the star of films like the animated family-feature "Hop" (2011) and the comedy remake "Arthur" (2011), a short-lived marriage to pop superstar Katy Perry and periodic dust-ups with paparazzi kept the actor-comedian in the press. Variously described as outrageous, irritating and undeniably talented, Brand used every perception to his advantage in his climb to the top of the international comedy world.