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Also Known As: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou Died:
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A wildly talented but seemingly self-destructive pop superstar, George Michael rose to fame in the British boy band Wham! along with good friend Andrew Ridgeley. With international No. 1 hits like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Careless Whisper," Michael's blue-eyed soul vocals proved to be the real reason behind the duo's success. As a solo artist, the talented singer-songwriter with MTV-friendly looks became an American and global superstar with 1987's Grammy-winning Faith and its hit singles "I Want Your Sex," "Father Figure" and the eponymous title track. Three years later, he scored a No. 1 with "Praying for Time" and a Top Ten hit with "Freedom! '90," but his decision not to do publicity for his 1990 solo follow-up Listen without Prejudice Vol. 1 hurt his profile in the States, causing him to unsuccessfully sue his record label Sony. After a self-imposed exile, Michael charted again with 1996's Older and its modest hits "Jesus to a Child" and "Fastlove," but his American mainstream career effectively ended after a male cop arrested him in 1998 for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public toilet, effectively outing the singer as homosexual - something Michael had long tap-danced around....

A wildly talented but seemingly self-destructive pop superstar, George Michael rose to fame in the British boy band Wham! along with good friend Andrew Ridgeley. With international No. 1 hits like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Careless Whisper," Michael's blue-eyed soul vocals proved to be the real reason behind the duo's success. As a solo artist, the talented singer-songwriter with MTV-friendly looks became an American and global superstar with 1987's Grammy-winning Faith and its hit singles "I Want Your Sex," "Father Figure" and the eponymous title track. Three years later, he scored a No. 1 with "Praying for Time" and a Top Ten hit with "Freedom! '90," but his decision not to do publicity for his 1990 solo follow-up Listen without Prejudice Vol. 1 hurt his profile in the States, causing him to unsuccessfully sue his record label Sony. After a self-imposed exile, Michael charted again with 1996's Older and its modest hits "Jesus to a Child" and "Fastlove," but his American mainstream career effectively ended after a male cop arrested him in 1998 for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public toilet, effectively outing the singer as homosexual - something Michael had long tap-danced around. Embracing his sexuality publicly, Michael maintained superstar status in Europe. Although his reputation and legacy were tarnished by his erratic behavior and frequent scandals, George Michael remained one of music's most talented and successful singer-songwriters.

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DIRECTOR:

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  White Hunter (1965) Director

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 Tin Cup (1996) Host Of The Sports Machine
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 8 Seconds (1994) Himself
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 Wish You Were There (1985) Himself
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 White Hunter (1965) Narrator
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 Skabenga (1955) Himself
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 NetAid (1999)
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 Staying Alive (1998) Host
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Met Andrew Ridgeley at Bushey Meads School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
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With Ridgeley, formed ska band called The Executive
1981:
Formed pop duo Wham! with Ridgeley
1983:
Wham! released debut album <i>Fantastic</i>, featuring singles "Young Guns (Go For It!)," "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)," and "Club Tropicana"
1984:
Duo released breakout album <i>Make It Big</i>, featuring "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Careless Whisper," and "Everything She Wants"; album reached No. 1 in the U.S.
1984:
Contributed vocals to Band Aid all-star charity recording "Do They Know It¿s Christmas?"
1986:
Wham! disbanded following release of singles compilation <i>The Final</i>
1987:
Collaborated with Aretha Franklin on hit duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
1987:
Released solo debut <i>Faith</i>; controversial lead single "I Want Your Sex" banned by U.K. and U.S. due to sexually suggestive lyrics
1990:
Second solo album <i>Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1</i> marked turn as serious artist and songwriter
1992:
Released <i>Five Live</i> EP with Queen and Lisa Stansfield, recorded the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
1996:
Released first studio album <i>Older</i>, featuring dance hit "Fastlove"
1998:
Assembled 28 hits for first compilation album <i>Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael</i>
1999:
Recorded album of cover tracks <i>Songs from the Last Century</i>
2005:
Featured in documentary "George Michael: A Different Story"
2006:
Celebrated 25th anniversary with second greatest hits compilation <i>Twenty Five</i>
2007:
Made acting debut in "The Catherine Tate Show Xmas Special" (BBC)
2012:
Performed at Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony in London, England
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