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Also Known As: Donald Clark Osmond Died:
Born: December 9, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ogden, Utah, USA Profession: singer, TV host, actor

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Entertainment superstar Donny Osmond came of age in the mid-1970s - an era of long-haired rock stars and sexual liberation. But Osmond and the rest of his performing siblings, with their traditional Mormon upbringing, had more in common with the previous generation. They favored the style of gracious song and dance men with canned stage patter, over the increasingly popular style of youthful rebellion. Fortunately, even the rebellious, hedonistic decade of the seventies needed perky entertainers who said "yes, sir" as much as it needed angry delinquents, and Osmond was able to parlay being an affable man of faith and family into more than four decades of solid work on stage and screen. He released an astonishing 54 albums, with total sales of over 80 million units. He hosted talk shows and game shows. He performed thousands of musical theater performances, wowing audiences with his skillful range. And he never made headlines for doing anything bawdy, inappropriate or illegal. Not many entertainers who grew up from childhood in the public eye could lay claim to that feat.

Entertainment superstar Donny Osmond came of age in the mid-1970s - an era of long-haired rock stars and sexual liberation. But Osmond and the rest of his performing siblings, with their traditional Mormon upbringing, had more in common with the previous generation. They favored the style of gracious song and dance men with canned stage patter, over the increasingly popular style of youthful rebellion. Fortunately, even the rebellious, hedonistic decade of the seventies needed perky entertainers who said "yes, sir" as much as it needed angry delinquents, and Osmond was able to parlay being an affable man of faith and family into more than four decades of solid work on stage and screen. He released an astonishing 54 albums, with total sales of over 80 million units. He hosted talk shows and game shows. He performed thousands of musical theater performances, wowing audiences with his skillful range. And he never made headlines for doing anything bawdy, inappropriate or illegal. Not many entertainers who grew up from childhood in the public eye could lay claim to that feat.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Inside the Osmonds (2001) Himself
3.
 Get Bruce (1999)
4.
 MULAN (1998) Singing Voice Of Shang
5.
 Wild Women Of Chastity Gulch, The (1982) Frank Isaacs
6.
 Goin' Coconuts (1978) Donny
8.
9.
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1963:
Made TV debut as member of the Osmond Brothers on "The Andy Williams Show"
1963:
With brothers, was regular performer on "The Andy Williams Show" (NBC)
1964:
Appeared with brothers in the unsold NBC pilot "The Seven Little Foys"
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Spent one year as regulars on "The Jerry Lewis Show" (ABC)
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Made recurring appearances on "The Andy Williams Show" (NBC)
1971:
With brothers, had hit record with "One Bad Apple"
1971:
Co-hosted the CBS special "The Osmond Brothers Show"
1971:
First solo gold record, <i>Go Away Little Girl</i>
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Provided voice for Donny in the animated series "The Osmonds" (ABC)
1972:
Had hit single, "Puppy Love"; received gold record
1974:
With Marie, had hit recording with "I'm Leaving It (All) Up to You"
1975:
Teamed with sister for the variety special "The Donny and Marie Osmond Show" (ABC)
1976:
Co-hosted the ABC weekly variety series "Donny & Marie"
1978:
Co-starred with sister in the feature "Goin' Coconuts"
1981:
Created the syndicated series "The Blue Jean Networks"
1982:
TV acting debut in the comedy Western "The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch" (ABC)
1982:
Made Broadway debut in an ill-fated revival of the George M Cohan musical "Little Johnny Jones"
1989:
Attempted to remake his image with a slightly edgier rock recording, the single "Soldier of Love"
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Spent five years touring in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
1996:
Embroiled in "controversy" when he joked about Rosie O'Donnell's weight on her syndicated talk show; returned and apologized by singing "Puppy Love" dressed in a dog suit
1998:
Reprised role in "Joseph" for seven weeks in Utah
1998:
Provided the singing voice of Shang in the Disney animated feature "Mulan"
1998:
Served as writer-producer and co-host of the syndicated talk show "Donny & Marie"
1999:
With Marie, hosted the Miss America pageant
2002:
Hosted the syndicated television game show "Pyramid"
2006:
Returned to Broadway in the role of Gaston in Disney's "Beauty And The Beast"
2008:
Replaced Pat O'Brien as co-host of The Insider (CBS)
2008:
Joined sister, Marie, to headline a six month run as the headlining act at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, NV; extended their contract to go until October of 2012
2009:
Joined the ninth season of ABC's reality series "Dancing With the Stars" as a contestant
2010:
Teamed with sister Marie for "Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas" at Broadway┬┐s Marriott Marquis Theatre
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Notes

His website is located at www.donny.com

"We've had life experiences. Now, granted, we may not have been in the ditches like a lot of people who had drug problems or were fired from jobs. But when I quit the old 'Donny and Marie' show, that was the toughest time in my life. I couldn't even get arrested." --Donny Osmond quoted in TV Guide, September 26, 1998.

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wife:
Debra Glenn. Married on May 8, 1978.

Family close complete family listing

father:
George Virl Osmond.
mother:
Olive May Osmond. Died May 9, 2004.
brother:
George Virl Osmond Jr. Born on October 19, 1945; hearing-impaired; married with seven children.
brother:
Thomas Rulon Osmond. Born on October 26, 1947; married twice; has nine children.
brother:
Alan R Osmond. Entertainer. Born on June 22, 1949; has eight sons who perform as The Osmonds-Second Generation.
brother:
Wayne Osmond. Entertainer. Born on August 28, 1951; married with five children.
brother:
Merrill Osmond. Entertainer, theater owner. Operates a theater in Branson, Missouri; married with six children.
brother:
Jay Osmond. Entertainer, producer. Married with three sons; produced "The Donny and Marie Show".
sister:
Marie Osmond. Singer, actor. Born on October 13, 1959; married twice; has six children; co-starred with brother Donny on a variety series in the 1970s and a talk show in the 1990s.
brother:
Jimmy Osmond. Businessman, singer. Born on April 16, 1963; married with one daughter.
son:
Donald Clark Osmond Jr. Born on July 31, 1979.
son:
Jeremy James Osmond. Born on June 8, 1981.
son:
Brandon Michael Osmond. Born on January 29, 1985.
son:
Christopher Glen Osmond. Born on December 12, 1990.
son:
Joshua Davis Osmond. Born on February 16, 1998.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Life Is Just What You Make It: My Life So Far" Hyperion

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