Simon Cowell

Producer, Executive, Actor
He was called rude, annoying, vain, smug and mean. But Simon Cowell, the music mogul behind numerous hit singles and one of the creators and co-judges of the hugely successful talent show, "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) ... Read more »
Born: 10/07/1959 in Brighton, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (42)

America's Got Talent 2001 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Judge

Cupid 2001 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

American Idol 2001 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2001 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Punk'd 2001 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

X Factor 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 - 2005, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Outrageous RVs 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

What Perez Sez 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

The Simpsons 2004, 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 10th Annual Family Entertainment Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Gear 2003, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Concert for Diana 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Presenter

All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Presenter

American Idol: Halfway Home 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Final Three 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Phenomenon 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Road to Hollywood 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

George Michael: A Different Story 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Himself (Actor)

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Presenter

World Idol 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: Best of the Worst 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: Halfway Home 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Final Two 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (7)

American Inventor 2001 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

One Direction: The TV Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One Chance 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

X Factor 2011 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One Direction: This is Us 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Celebrity Duets 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Visual Effects & Animation (2)

The Water Diviner 2015 (Movie)

Digital Matte Artist(Cartel Artists) (Matte Painter)

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

Design & Motion Graphics Artist(Fuel VFX) (Graphic Artist)
Writer (1)

X Factor 2011 - 2014 (TV Show)

Creator

Biography

He was called rude, annoying, vain, smug and mean. But Simon Cowell, the music mogul behind numerous hit singles and one of the creators and co-judges of the hugely successful talent show, "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ), asserted that he was never nasty for sadistic reasons; he truly believed he was helping aspiring singers understand when they had no talent. "All we [were] doing [was] telling people who don't have a chance in hell that they don't have a chance in hell." Because of his harsh but entertaining putdowns, Cowell became more well-known than the stars he was creating, and that brash personality helped make "American Idol" a cultural phenomenon. Cowell evolved into a multi-media powerhouse, launching a record label as well as film and TV production companies that fueled the reality trend by creating half a dozen more international talent competitions.

Relationships

Sinitta Actor

Companion
Dated from 1981-1996 No longer together

Eric Cowell

Father

Julie Cowell

Mother

Nicholas Cowell

Brother
Younger

Michael Cowell

Half-Brother
Older; born to Julie Cowell in her first marriage to an actor

Tony Cowell

Half-Brother
Older; born to Julie Cowell in her first marriage to an actor Co-edited books such as his brother's autobiography I Don't Mean to be Rude, But.... (2003)

Carmen Electra Actor

Companion
Reportedly began dating September 2012 Cowell confirmed they were dating December 2012 on Ryan Seacrest's radio show

Mezhgan Hussainy Makeup

Companion
Reportedly dating as of January 2010 Rumored to be engaged as of March 2010 No longer together

Terri Seymour Actor

Companion
Dated for six years from 2002-08 No longer together

Milestones

2011

Returned to reality television with the U.S. version of "The X Factor" (Fox); reunited with Abdul on the judging panel, along with L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger

2010

Announced he will be leaving Fox's "American Idol" after the upcoming ninth season to join an American version of his UK show "The X Factor" on Fox

2006

Created the competition show "American Inventor" (ABC)

2004

Appeared as a judge on the British TV talent show "The X Factor"; left the U.K. version to concentrate on the launch of the American version of the show

2003

Executive produced the dating show "Cupid" (CBS)

2002

Joined Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul as the panel of judges on the Fox reality talent competition "American Idol;" also produced

2001

Joined forces with Simon Fuller to produce "Pop Idol" in the U.K.

1989

Offered a position as an A&R Consultant with BMG music

1979

Started out as a mail room clerk for EMI Music Publishing

Started his own label S Records, through BMG

Started his own label, Fanfare, along with partner Iain Burton

Started his own production company, Syco TV

Bonus Trivia

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In June 2003, Cowell sold his half-share in S Records for $42 million to BMG.

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In 2005, Cowell was sued by "Pop Idol" co-creator Simon Fuller over "The X Factor," claiming it was too much a copy of "Pop Idol." The case was settled out of court.

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