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Also Known As: James Lance Bass Died:
Born: May 4, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Laurel, Mississippi, USA Profession: musician, singer, actor, producer

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y's first release.Bass surprised even his most loyal fans when he pursued an acting career. He guest-starred on "7th Heaven" (WB/CW, 1996-2007) in 2000 as a love interest for the character Lucy, played by Beverly Mitchell. A year later, he was cast in the leading role for the film "On The Line," a 2001 romantic comedy that starred Emmanuelle Chriqui and his 'N Sync bandmate, Fatone. Even though it relied on 'N Sync's teen fanbase for ticket sales, the movie only grossed $4.3 million domestically and was considered a flop. Film critic Roger Ebert said the plot was contrived, although he did praise Bass and Chriqui's onscreen chemistry. In his autobiography, Bass later expressed his believe that because the film was released a week after the September 11th terrorist attacks, there was no way the country would have gone out to see the movie after the devastating event.After a successful run as one fifth of one of modern music's biggest pop groups, Bass decided it was time to fulfill his childhood dream of going to outer space. In August 2002, he started cosmonaut training in Star City, Russia after he was offered to host a competition show titled "The Big Mission," where contestants battled to win a...

y's first release.

Bass surprised even his most loyal fans when he pursued an acting career. He guest-starred on "7th Heaven" (WB/CW, 1996-2007) in 2000 as a love interest for the character Lucy, played by Beverly Mitchell. A year later, he was cast in the leading role for the film "On The Line," a 2001 romantic comedy that starred Emmanuelle Chriqui and his 'N Sync bandmate, Fatone. Even though it relied on 'N Sync's teen fanbase for ticket sales, the movie only grossed $4.3 million domestically and was considered a flop. Film critic Roger Ebert said the plot was contrived, although he did praise Bass and Chriqui's onscreen chemistry. In his autobiography, Bass later expressed his believe that because the film was released a week after the September 11th terrorist attacks, there was no way the country would have gone out to see the movie after the devastating event.

After a successful run as one fifth of one of modern music's biggest pop groups, Bass decided it was time to fulfill his childhood dream of going to outer space. In August 2002, he started cosmonaut training in Star City, Russia after he was offered to host a competition show titled "The Big Mission," where contestants battled to win a seat on a Russian Soyuz space capsule. Production of the show fell apart and the creators thought shooting a documentary about a celebrity going through space training was a better idea. Bass became the primary candidate for the project after producers learned about his childhood dream of space travel. He trained for several months and even underwent heart surgery to correct cardiac arrhythmia - a condition discovered after the singer collapsed after a 1999 'N Sync concert - to receive his cosmonaut certification. On Oct. 30, 2002, the pop star was scheduled to board the Soyuz TMA-1 mission to fly to the International Space Station. Unfortunately, financial sponsorship fell through; first by the original creators of the game show, then by MTV, who initially agreed but then backed out due to "payment, insurance and indemnification issues." Other sponsors followed MTV's lead and backed out as well, including one brand that worried their image would be tarnished if Bass possibly died during the mission. The singer's dream was shattered when he was rejected from the program and was replaced on the flight by Russian cosmonauts. Even though his own space mission did not come to fruition, Bass used his star status to inspire children about reaching for the stars. In 2003, the singer joined World Space Week as their Youth Spokesman, where he visited high schools to talk about space exploration and the importance of math and science. He also joined the National Space Society, a non-profit advocacy group, serving as one of its Board of Governors. In 2007, Bass told GQ magazine that he would never give up his dream of going to space.

Hollywood took more notice of Bass after he made headlines with his space mission. He acted in a few more projects, including the comedies "Zoolander" (2001) and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" (2007), as well as the Wes Craven thriller "Cursed" (2005). He also did voice work in tween programs such as "Kim Possible" (Disney Channel, 2002-07) and "Higglytown Heroes" (Disney Channel, 2004- ). His singing and acting skills led him to a starring role in the Broadway production of "Hairspray," where he played the charming TV host Corny Collins from August 2007 to January 2008. His music company folded after a few years, but Bass had other production endeavors in mind. He formed his first film production company in 2001 called "A Happy Place," which then changed its name to "Bacon & Eggs" and produced the TV movie "Lovewrecked" (ABC Family, 2007), starring Amanda Bynes.

The question of Bass' sexuality loomed over everyone's minds for most of his career, but no one dealt with the issue more than the singer himself. He dated women until he was 22, including "Boy Meets World" (ABC, 1993-2000) actress Danielle Fishel, but kept his personal relationships out of the spotlight for several years. Tabloids and celebrity bloggers like Perez Hilton blasted Bass for staying "in the closet," saying he was doing a disservice to the LGBT community for hiding his true colors. In July 2006, Bass appeared on the cover of People magazine - smiling next to the headline "I'm Gay." The singer finally spoke out about his sexuality, silencing his biggest critics and giving a face to the issue of coming out. "I'm not ashamed," Bass said. "The main reason I wanted to speak my mind was that (the rumors) really were starting to affect my daily life. Now it feels like it's on my terms." The response to Bass' announcement was beyond positive. Though his family was shocked initially (he told them in private first), his friends - including his 'N Sync bandmates - supported him 110 percent. Months before he came out, Bass' courtship with model and "Amazing Race" (CBS, 2001- ) winner Reichen Lehmkuhl was followed by the press, and the couple revealed their relationship after the People article. They split several months later, and Bass briefly dated Brazilian model Pedro Andrade, then New York hair stylist Ben Thigpen.

The details of Bass' private life finally unfolded in the pages of his 2007 autobiography, Out of Sync, including two other relationships with men that he was able to hide from everyone. He also spoke out about his 'N Sync years and the agony of going through the group's legal battles with Pearlman, as well as their unspoken split during the height of their popularity. The People article also helped Bass move up to Hollywood's A-list, with invitations to appear as himself on TV shows like "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List" (Bravo, 2205- ), magazine covers, and even becoming a modern LGBT icon and advocate. In 2007, he formed a new production company named Lance Bass Productions, and pitched a reality television show to the LOGO network about forming and developing an all-gay boy band.

Bass' star status was fully cemented with a cameo appearance as himself in the blockbuster comedy "Tropic Thunder" (2008). After cheering on former bandmate Joey Fatone in season five, Bass threw his hat in the dance ring when he competed in season seven of ABC's megahit, "Dancing With the Stars." Rumors swirled before the season began that Bass was going to partner up with a professional male dancer - it would have been a first for the show - but the honor eventually went to "So You Think You Can Dance" (FOX, 2005- ) finalist and swing dance champion, Lacey Schwimmer.ver music videos like "Bye, Bye, Bye" - a tongue-in-cheek reference to leaving Pearlman. Their next album, Celebrity, released in 2001, gave 'N Sync the second highest first-week album sales ever, with their previous album holding the top spot, and made them an unstoppable force in music, eliciting ear-piercing screams from teenage fans everywhere they went. Rolling Stone magazine even went so far as to label 'N Sync "the biggest band in the world" in 2001, fueled by their mega-selling, high-energy "Pop Odyssey Tour."

Celebrity went on to sell over 56 million albums worldwide, a sure sign that 'N Sync's train was unstoppable. However, in 2002 - less than a year after their stellar success on the charts - the teen dream quintet announced they were taking a hiatus - during which Timberlake, the curly-haired, falsetto-voiced front man, started work on a solo album. Bass felt betrayed by Timberlake's decision to pursue a solo career, relinquishing all hope of a reunion. "I felt heartbroken," he said. The Mississippi native, however, was not resting on 'N Sync's success; choosing to pursue his own projects, starting with Free Lance Entertainment, a music management company he founded in 2000. Bass kept his company small, employing his parents and sister as talent scouts. He also worked on childhood friend Meredith Edwards' album as the compan

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Trouble Dolls (2014)
2.
 Tropic Thunder (2008)
4.
 Lovewrecked (2005)
5.
 Cursed (2005) Himself
6.
 On the Line (2001) Kevin Gibbons
7.
 Zoolander (2001)
8.
 'N Sync: Bigger Than Live (2001) Himself--'N Sync Band Member
10.
 I Love The '90s (2004) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1989:
Moved with family to Clinton, MS
1992:
Began singing in the seventh grade
:
Joined the Mississippi Show Stoppers, a state-wide music group sponsored by the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum
1995:
Joined the vocal group *NSYNC, rounding out the quintet
1998:
*NSYNC released their self-titled American debut album, spawning the hits "I Want You Back" and "Tearing Up My Heart"
1998:
*NSYNC released the holiday album <i>Home for Christmas</i>
1999:
Made TV debut on an episode of "Touched by an Angel" (CBS)
1999:
*NSYNC sued Pearlman and his record company, Trans Continental, for defrauding the group of more than 50% of their earnings; Pearlman countersued for $150 million for breach of contract; the injunction was thrown out of court and *NSYNC signed with Jive Records
2000:
Made guest appearance on the WB series "7th Heaven" as a love interest for Beverly Mitchell's character
2000:
*NSYNC released <i>No Strings Attached</i> to record-breaking debut week sales of 2.4 million
2000:
Launched the music management company, Free Lance Entertainment, a joint venture with Mercury Records
2000:
Featured in the HBO concert special "*NSYNC Live at Madison Square Garden"
2001:
Lent his voice to an episode of "The Simpsons" (FOX) that featured cartoon likenesses of *NSYNC
2001:
With *NSYNC, starred in the IMAX concert film "*NSYNC: Bigger Than Live," a chronicle of their "No Strings Attached" tour
2001:
*NSYNC released their fourth and final album, <i>Celebrity</i>
2001:
First starring role in the film, "On The Line"; produced by Bass's production company, A Happy Place (later renamed Bacon & Eggs)
2005:
Had a cameo appearance in Wes Craven's "Cursed"
2005:
Produced second feature film, "Lovewrecked"
2007:
Played a wedding singer in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James
2007:
Took over the role of Corny Collins in the Broadway musical "Hairspray"
2007:
Published autobiography, <i>Out Of Sync</i>
2008:
Joined the seventh season of ABC's reality competition "Dancing with the Stars"
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Education

Clinton High School: Clinton , Mississippi -

Notes

"I think if you had all five guys of *NSYNC, people really wouldn't take the movie seriously, This way, there's a couple of us in it, and it's a real movie. It really stands up on its own." --Bass from the set of "On the Line", quoted to MTVNEWS.com, May 2, 2001.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Danielle Fishel. Actor. Starred on the ABC sitcom "Boy Meets World"; no longer together.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Jim Bass.
mother:
Diane Bass. Teacher.
sister:
Stacy Bass. Older.

Bibliography close complete biography

"*NSYNC: The Official Book" Bantam Books
"*NSIDE *NSYNC: The Ultimate Official Album"
"*NSYNC *NDEPTH" MetroBooks

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