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Also Known As: John Francis Bongiovi Died:
Born: March 2, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA Profession: singer, actor, songwriter

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The ultimate Jersey boy who made good but never forgot his roots, Jon Bon Jovi was the founder, lead songwriter and frontman for the hugely successful rock band, Bon Jovi. Powered by his movie star face and charismatic stage presence, the band ruled the 1980s, claiming their throne with 1986's seminal Slippery When Wet, which unleashed such anthems as "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer." Their follow up, 1988's New Jersey launched the classics "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You." Branching out on his own, Jon's solo debut, 1990's Blaze of Glory gave him another No. 1 with the title track. The band continued to enjoy success, evolving as the musical landscape changed, and became one of the industry's all-time most successful touring bands. Blessed with a natural acting ability, Bon Jovi embarked on an onscreen career. Although he often appeared in lower-profile projects, he earned solid notices for his turns in such films as "Moonlight and Valentino" (1995), "U-571" (2000) and "Pay it Forward" (2000) as well as a recurring role on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). Proving that he and his band remained - outside of Bruce Springsteen - the consummate hometown boys, Bon Jovi became...

The ultimate Jersey boy who made good but never forgot his roots, Jon Bon Jovi was the founder, lead songwriter and frontman for the hugely successful rock band, Bon Jovi. Powered by his movie star face and charismatic stage presence, the band ruled the 1980s, claiming their throne with 1986's seminal Slippery When Wet, which unleashed such anthems as "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer." Their follow up, 1988's New Jersey launched the classics "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You." Branching out on his own, Jon's solo debut, 1990's Blaze of Glory gave him another No. 1 with the title track. The band continued to enjoy success, evolving as the musical landscape changed, and became one of the industry's all-time most successful touring bands. Blessed with a natural acting ability, Bon Jovi embarked on an onscreen career. Although he often appeared in lower-profile projects, he earned solid notices for his turns in such films as "Moonlight and Valentino" (1995), "U-571" (2000) and "Pay it Forward" (2000) as well as a recurring role on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). Proving that he and his band remained - outside of Bruce Springsteen - the consummate hometown boys, Bon Jovi became something of a national treasure. Displaying enormous career longevity and range for a "hair band" singer, Jon Bon Jovi was the rare entertainer who not only conquered the musical world, but found a way to call the shots, age gracefully and continue to create commercial hits.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 New Year's Eve (2011)
4.
 U-571 (2000) Lieutenant Emmett
5.
 Pay it Forward (2000) Ricky
6.
 Row Your Boat (1999) Jamey Meadows
7.
 No Looking Back (1998) Michael
8.
 Homegrown (1998) Danny
9.
 Little City (1997) Kevin
10.
 Destination Anywhere (1997) Jon
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Raised in Sayreville, NJ
1975:
At age 13, formed first band Raze
1978:
With David Bryan, formed band Atlantic City Expressway
:
Fronted bands The Rest and Jon Bongiovi and the Wild Ones
:
Made first recording at age 19 through his cousin Tony Bongiovi; recorded a song for the Star Wars Christmas Album, "Christmas With the Stars", with music by John Williams
1983:
Formed the rock group Bon Jovi
1984:
Band released its first self-titled album <i>Bon Jovi</i>
1985:
Group's second album <i>7800° Fahrenheit</i> released
1986:
Band's breakthrough album <i>Slippery When Wet</i> released
1987:
Bon Jovi (band) provided the song "Raise Your Hands" for the soundtrack to Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs"
1988:
Band released album <i>New Jersey<i>
1990:
The band Bon Jovi announced a sabbatical
1990:
Composed songs for "Young Guns II"; earned Oscar nomination for solo single "Blaze of Glory"; also played cameo role in film
1990:
Began studying acting with Harold Guskin
1992:
Reunited with band mates; released album <i>Keep the Faith</i>
1995:
Band took a second sabbatical
1995:
Feature acting debut in "Moonlight and Valentino"
1996:
First starring role, "The Leading Man"
1997:
Made 48-minute short film "Destination Anywhere" to accompany release of solo album
1997:
Had featured role in the independent film "Little City"
1998:
Co-starred in "Homegrown" and Edward Burns' "No Looking Back"
2000:
Reteamed with band to release Bon Jovi album <i>Crush</i>
2000:
Starred opposite Bai Ling in "Row Your Boat"; film shown at the Santa Barbara Film Festival
2000:
Featured in the ensemble cast of the WWII submarine drama "U-571"
2000:
Played the alcoholic father of Haley Joel Osment in "Pay It Forward"
2002:
Joined the cast of Fox's "Ally McBeal"
2002:
Landed supporting role in "John Carpenter Presents Vampires: Los Muertos"
2005:
Band debuted at No. 2 on the albums chart with <i>Have a Nice Day</i>
2005:
Acted in the horror feature "Cry Wolf"
2007:
Charted at No. 1 with the Bon Jovi (band) album <i>Lost Highway</i>
2010:
Released band's <i>Greatest Hits</i> album
2011:
Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year¿s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall
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Education

Sayreville War Memorial High School: Sayrevillle , New Jersey -

Notes

Received an honorary degree from Monmouth University in May 2001.

"How many guys would have left their wives when they found fame and fortune? Why would I get rid of my wife for, you know, Michelle Pfeiffer? It would be a stupid move. How many guys would have left their friends, fired the band? I haven't, because these were people who believed in me seventeen years ago. I wouldn't be able to sleep or go on if I didn't acknowledge them and give back to the people who gave to me. There's a lot of people, executive types, who say to me, 'Why go backwards? You're getting all this acclaim now.' I'll tell you why: because none of it is going backwards." --Jon Bon Jovi in Interview, February 1998

"I don't want to be Elvis in a white suit. It's something that hit me last summer when I was doing multiple nights in a stadium. It was an unbelievable time, but if it meant I was only there because people were coming to hear the hits, then I'd rather walk away and try it in a different way." --Bon Jovi in The Boston Globe, May 30, 1997

"This is the way I look at sex scenes. I have basically been doing them for a living for years. Trying to seduce an audience is the basis of rock'n'roll. And if I may say so, I'm pretty good at it. ... Plus, being married and monogamous, it's the closet thing I can do to having sex without getting in trouble for it. ... The only thing I like more than my wife is my money. And I'm not about to lose that to her and her lawyers, that's for damn sure. And you can quote me on that." --Bon Jovi quoted in Movieline, February 1998

After working with Jon Bon Jovi, Elizabeth Perkins told US (August 1995): "I finally grasp the concept of the word 'groupie'."

"I'm telling you it's Christmas every day, it really truly is. I'm the luckiest guy in the whole second grade." --Jon Bon Jovi in US, August 1995.

"Everybody's going to have their baby pictures to regret. For me, looking at the 80s is like looking back at pictures from the disco era. I think maybe I should have stuck to a pair of Levi's jeans and not been the king of long hair. But that's how things worked out. You survive it and move on." --Bon Jovi in US, August 1995.

"I was a little gigolo when I was 17. And I had older women picking me up when I was 15. So, I've been around the block a time or two, you know?" --Jon Bon Jovi to US, August 1995.

"I am the whitest man in America. No rhythm whatsoever. If I were going to be a rapper, my name would be DW Toast - Dry White Toast."- Jon Bon Jovi US Weekly October 28, 2002

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companion:
Diane Lane. Actor. No longer together.
wife:
Dorothea Hurley. Have been together since high school; married on April 29, 1989 in Las Vegas, NV; holds black belt in karate.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Bongiovi. Hairdresser.
mother:
Carol Bongiovi.
brother:
Anthony Bongiovi.
brother:
Matthew Bongiovi.
daughter:
Stephanie Rose Bon Jovi. Born on May 31, 1993.
son:
Jesse James Louis Bon Jovi. Born on February 19, 1995.
son:
Jacob Hurley Bon Jovi. Born on May 7, 2002.
son:
Romeo Jon Bon Jovi. Born March 29, 2004.
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