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Also Known As: Brett Michaels, Bret Michael Sychak Died:
Born: March 15, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Butler, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: singer, director, producer, actor

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A glam rock front man and later a reality television personality, Bret Michaels was the lead singer of the popular band, Poison, which rose quickly to become one of the best-selling rock acts in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before a hard-partying lifestyle nearly ended his life and career. With Poison, Michaels saw multi-platinum success with their first three albums, Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986), Open Up and Say Ahh! (1988) and Flesh & Blood (1990), which helped make his band one of the biggest acts in the world. But drug use and a violent crash in his Ferrari nearly derailed Michaels, though he and the band recovered enough to reunite in the late 1990s. He branched out on his own with his first solo album, A Letter from Death Row (1998), which was also the title of his feature directorial debut that same year. But Michaels found new life in reality television as the star of the series, "Rock of Love" (VH1, 2007-09), in which where over 20 women competed to be his girlfriend/groupie. He later became the sentimental favorite on the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ), during which he suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage and miraculously made a complete recovery, only...

A glam rock front man and later a reality television personality, Bret Michaels was the lead singer of the popular band, Poison, which rose quickly to become one of the best-selling rock acts in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before a hard-partying lifestyle nearly ended his life and career. With Poison, Michaels saw multi-platinum success with their first three albums, Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986), Open Up and Say Ahh! (1988) and Flesh & Blood (1990), which helped make his band one of the biggest acts in the world. But drug use and a violent crash in his Ferrari nearly derailed Michaels, though he and the band recovered enough to reunite in the late 1990s. He branched out on his own with his first solo album, A Letter from Death Row (1998), which was also the title of his feature directorial debut that same year. But Michaels found new life in reality television as the star of the series, "Rock of Love" (VH1, 2007-09), in which where over 20 women competed to be his girlfriend/groupie. He later became the sentimental favorite on the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ), during which he suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage and miraculously made a complete recovery, only to find himself back in the hospital weeks later with an operable hole in the heart. Whether it was through music or on television, Michaels managed to survive a number of serious career and physical setbacks to remain a popular celebrity.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  No Code of Conduct (2000) Director
2.
  Letter from Death Row, A (1998) Co-Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 No Code of Conduct (2000) Shane
3.
 In God's Hands (1998) Philips
5.
 I Love the '70s (2003) Interviewee
6.
 Centerfold Babylon (2003) Interviewee
7.
 VH1 Presents the '80s (2001) Interviewee ("Heavy Metal")
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1984:
Formed the band Paris with Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall and C.C. DeVille (later renamed Poison)
1986:
Signed a recording deal with Enigma Records
1986:
Released debut album <i>Look What the Cat Dragged In</i>
1988:
Released second Poison album <i>Open Up and Say... Ahh!</i>, which featured the No. 1 single "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
1996:
Released disappointing sixth album <i>Crack A Smile</i>
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Formed the film production company Sheen/Michaels Entertainment with actor Charlie Sheen
1998:
Teamed with Sheen to write, direct and star in the low-budget thriller "A Letter From Death Row"
1998:
Also released first solo album of the same name, <i>A Letter from Death Row</i>
1998:
Again directed Sheen in the made-for-TV movie "No Code of Conduct" (USA Network)
1998:
Produced the feature film "Free Money," starring Marlon Brando and Sheen
1999:
Toured with Poison to support the band¿s <i>Greatest Hits</i> album
2003:
Released second solo album <i>Songs of Life</i>
2005:
Cast as a judge on season three of the reality show "Nashville Star" (USA Network)
2005:
Released the country rock album <i>Freedom of Sound</i>
2007:
Starred in the VH1 reality show "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels"
2008:
Filmed a second season of VH1's "Rock of Love With Bret Michaels"
2009:
Filmed a third season of VH1's reality series, the spinoff "Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels"
2009:
Toured with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick
2010:
Joined the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC); one month after suffering a brain hemorrhage and just days after being re-admitted to the hospital for a warning stroke, Michaels appeared on the "Celebrity Apprentice" finale and was announced as the season's winner
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Education

Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School: Mechanicsburg , Pennsylvania -

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