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Also Known As: Bobby Baresford Brown Died:
Born: February 5, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA Profession: singer, actor

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A charismatic but polarizing singer, Bobby Brown scored as a member of the R&B boy band New Edition with hits including "Candy Girl," "Cool It Now" and "Mr. Telephone Man" as well as an appearance in the film "Krush Groove" (1985). Frustrated by his limited role and the band's pop-oriented direction, Brown was kicked out and began a solo career that flashed supernova with 1988's Don't Be Cruel, which helped shape the new jack swing movement with hits like "Every Little Step" and "My Prerogative." After a cameo in "Ghostbusters II" (1989) and performing its smash theme "On Our Own," Brown's musical momentum began to slow. Most famous for his unlikely and troubled marriage to "good girl" superstar Whitney Houston, Brown was immediately regarded as a destructive, abusive influence on her and seemed eager to live up to his bad rep, submerged in increasingly flagrant legal and drug woes. Although the two welcomed a child, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993, and filmed an image-destroying reality show "Being Bobby Brown" (Bravo, 2005), they divorced in 2007. Although he continued to perform at the margins of mainstream music, Brown's biggest return to the spotlight came when Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012. His musical...

A charismatic but polarizing singer, Bobby Brown scored as a member of the R&B boy band New Edition with hits including "Candy Girl," "Cool It Now" and "Mr. Telephone Man" as well as an appearance in the film "Krush Groove" (1985). Frustrated by his limited role and the band's pop-oriented direction, Brown was kicked out and began a solo career that flashed supernova with 1988's Don't Be Cruel, which helped shape the new jack swing movement with hits like "Every Little Step" and "My Prerogative." After a cameo in "Ghostbusters II" (1989) and performing its smash theme "On Our Own," Brown's musical momentum began to slow. Most famous for his unlikely and troubled marriage to "good girl" superstar Whitney Houston, Brown was immediately regarded as a destructive, abusive influence on her and seemed eager to live up to his bad rep, submerged in increasingly flagrant legal and drug woes. Although the two welcomed a child, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993, and filmed an image-destroying reality show "Being Bobby Brown" (Bravo, 2005), they divorced in 2007. Although he continued to perform at the margins of mainstream music, Brown's biggest return to the spotlight came when Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012. His musical success overshadowed by his tumultuous personal life, Bobby Brown never seemed quite able to outrun his demons.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Gang of Roses (2003) Left Eye Watkins
2.
 Two Can Play That Game (2001) Michael
3.
 Score, The (2001) Tony
5.
 Panther (1995) Rose
6.
 Ghostbusters II (1989) Mayor'S Doorman
7.
 Krush Groove (1985)
9.
 VH1 Divas Duets (2003)
10.
 Primetime Special Edition: Whitney Houston (2002) Featuring Interviewee
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1978:
Began singing with Roxbury schoolmates Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell, which later developed into "New Edition"
:
Discovered by producer Maurice Starr who signed them to his label and co-authored their debut hit, "Candy Girl," which helped get New Edition a deal with MCA
1986:
Left New Edition to become a solo artist
1987:
Released debut solo album, <i>King of Stage</i>
1988:
Released second album, <i>Don't Be Cruel</i>, which sold 7 million copies, producing the smash single "My Prerogative"
1990:
Provide the theme song for "Ghostbusters II," the smash hit "On Our Own"; also had a cameo in the film
1990:
Released an album of remixes <i>Dance! ... Ya Know It!</i>, which went platinum
1992:
Third solo album <i>Bobby</i> was released to moderate success
1996:
Briefly reunited with New Edition whose comeback album, <i>Home Again</i> entered the charts at number one
1996:
Cast in "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," a comedy written, directed and starring Martin Lawrence
1997:
Released fourth solo album, <i>Forever</i>, a commercial disappointment which failed to break the Top 50
2000:
Released his <i>Greatest Hits</i> album
2001:
Had a small role in the comedy "Two Can Play That Game," starring Vivica A. Fox and Anthony Anderson
2002:
Heard on Ja Rule's <i>The Last Temptation</i>, on the track "Thug Lovin'"
2003:
Performed on VH1's "Divas Duets"
2005:
Starred in the reality television show "Being Bobby Brown," (Bravo) which featured Brown, Whitney Houston, and their extended family over the course of six months
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