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Also Known As: Meat Loaf Aday, Michael Lee Aday, Marvin Lee Aday Died:
Born: September 27, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: singer, actor, songwriter

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A larger than life figure - in both a literal and figurative sense - on the rock and pop scenes, Grammy-winning singer and actor Meat Loaf unleashed some of the most bombastic and beloved tunes of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, including "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," and "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", which appeared on 1977's Bat of Out Hell and its two sequels. Massive in figure and voice, Meat Loaf, a.k.a. Marvin (later Michael) Meat Loaf, and chief songwriter/nemesis Jim Steinman embraced the excesses and overwrought romanticism of classic rock in their music, crafting prodigious, ear-splitting tributes to everlasting love and the glories of youth. Their crowning achievement, Bat Out of Hell, became one of the best-selling albums of the 20th century, with some 20,000 copies sold each year after its release. His rise and fall and resurrection to the heights of fame was an epic unto itself, with illness, drug abuse and the tides of popular favor crashing against him time and again, only to be cast aside each time he reunited with Steinman for a new Bat album. While fighting the good fight in the rock world, Meat Loaf also carved out an impressive...

A larger than life figure - in both a literal and figurative sense - on the rock and pop scenes, Grammy-winning singer and actor Meat Loaf unleashed some of the most bombastic and beloved tunes of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, including "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," and "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", which appeared on 1977's Bat of Out Hell and its two sequels. Massive in figure and voice, Meat Loaf, a.k.a. Marvin (later Michael) Meat Loaf, and chief songwriter/nemesis Jim Steinman embraced the excesses and overwrought romanticism of classic rock in their music, crafting prodigious, ear-splitting tributes to everlasting love and the glories of youth. Their crowning achievement, Bat Out of Hell, became one of the best-selling albums of the 20th century, with some 20,000 copies sold each year after its release. His rise and fall and resurrection to the heights of fame was an epic unto itself, with illness, drug abuse and the tides of popular favor crashing against him time and again, only to be cast aside each time he reunited with Steinman for a new Bat album. While fighting the good fight in the rock world, Meat Loaf also carved out an impressive career as a character actor in features and on television, with carefully tuned performances in "Fight Club" (1999), among others. His passionate commitment to rock music, as well as his considerable body of material, made him one of the most iconic figures in pop culture for over three decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Stage Fright (2014)
4.
 Beautiful Boy (2011)
5.
 Snitch (2011)
6.
 Polish Bar (2010)
7.
 Moment, The (2009)
8.
 Citizen Jane (2009)
9.
 Pleasure Drivers (2007)
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Sang in his church choir as a child in Texas
1967:
Dropped out of college to pursue career in show business
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Formed first band, Meat Loaf Soul (also went by the names Popcorn Blizzard and Floating Circus)
1969:
Joined a touring production of "Hair"
1971:
Teamed with Shaun 'Stoney' Murphy to record the album, <i>Stoney & Meatloaf</i> for Motown
1971:
Made his Broadway debut when "Hair" moved to New York
1973:
Joined the stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" where he played the parts of Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott
1975:
Made feature debut reprising the role of motorcycle-riding Eddie in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
1977:
Signed a record deal with songwriter Jim Steinman; released debut album, <i>Bat Out of Hell</i>
1980:
Starred as the titular "Roadie" trying to meet Alice Cooper; film directed by Alan Rudolph
1983:
Released the self written <i>Midnight at the Lost and Found</i>
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Walked away from music at one point during the 1980s
1992:
Acted in "Wayne's World" and "Leap of Faith"
1993:
Released <i>Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell</i> with Jim Steinman
1995:
Starred in Disney Channel movie, "To Catch a Yeti"
1995:
Released seventh studio album, <i>Welcome to the Neighborhood</i>
1997:
Appeared in the film, "Spice World" with the Spice Girls as their bus driver
1998:
Played Dennis Quaid's best friend in Quaid's directing debut, "Everything that Rises" for TNT
1998:
Played Gillian Anderson's husband in Peter Chelsom's "The Mighty"
1999:
Portrayed a small town sheriff who must confront his own prejudices in "Crazy in Alabama"
1999:
Wore a fat suit to portray a 400 pound former bouncer in David Fincher's "Fight Club"
2001:
Played a vicious drug lord in "The 51st State"
2005:
Starred as a a small time gangster, opposite Michelle Williams in "A Hole in One"
2006:
Released <i>Bat out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose</i> with little involved from songwriter Jim Steinman
2006:
Cast as Jack Black's father in "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny"; he also provided the vocals on the film's soundtrack
2010:
Appeared on the FOX series, "Glee" (FOX) in the episode "The Rocky Horror Glee Show"
2011:
Joined the cast of the fourth season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC)
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Education

Thomas Jefferson High School: Dallas , Texas -
Lubbock Christian College: Lubbock , Texas -
North Texas State University: Denton , Texas -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Sources vary as to the year of Meat Loaf's birth: it has variously been reported as 1947, 1949 and 1951. Similarly, he has given various versions of how he obtained his unusual moniker.

"I got done with Shakespeare at 10:30 at night and then I'd go to Max's Kansas City Bar, put on my motorcycle jacket and get up on stage to sing rock'n'roll songs until 3 am. Everyone thought I was a wacko." --Meat Loaf quoted in THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, April 26, 1998

"It's funny; I was interested in trying out for this small part in an Eddie Murphy movie. It was going to be two great scenes between me and Eddie, and I thought it would be really cool to work with a guy like that. So we called the lady about it, and her response was, 'Oh, get serious--we're only seeing real actors for this film.' I went loony. I mean, just because I have this name, they don't think I'm a serious actor. They always balk at the name. But then sometimes I balk at it too." --Meat Loaf to TIME OUT NEW YORK, October 15-22, 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Leslie Aday. Married in 1975.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Pearl Aday. Singer. Born c. 1976; sang back-up for her father; married Kevin O'Regan on July 4, 1998.
daughter:
Amanda Aday. Born c. 1980.

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"To Hell and Back" ReganBooks

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