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Jon Bon Jovi's Biography

Real Name: John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.
Birthday: March 2, 1962 @ 8:45 pm ~Pisces~
Birthplace: Perth Amboy, NJ. His family moved to Sayreville when he was 4.
Grew up: Sayreville, NJ.
Currently Lives: Red Bank, NJ
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Light Brown
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Shoe Size: 11
Father - John Bongiovi, Sr. (Hairdresser, from Italy)
Mother - Carol Sharkey Bongiovi (Former florist, Former Playboy bunny, President of official Bon Jovi fan club)
Siblings - Anthony Michael (October 11, 1966) and Matthew (August 30, 1971)
Wife - Dorothea Rose Hurley (High School sweethearts, Jon and Dorothea were married on April 29, 1989 in Las Vegas Nevada). Dorothea finished 4th in a US National Karate Championship in late 1992
Children - Stephanie Rose (born May 31, 1993), Jesse James Louis (born February 19, 1995) and Jacob Hurley (born May 7th, 2002)
Education: Sayreville War Memorial High School, Class of 1980, Sayreville New Jersey. Studied acting with Harold Guskin
First Instrument: His mom bought him a guitar when he was 7 years old.
Other Instruments Played: Piano, Harmonica, Keyboard
Idols: Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen.
Tatoos: Superman tattoo on his left upper arm, Steers Head on his right upper arm and a small Dragon on his left ankle.
Favorite Quote: "We've been away five years and all they could come up with is boy bands? Well, this is a man band." -- Jon Bon Jovi, 2000
Favorite Quote #2: "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 closest thing I can do to having sex without getting in trouble for it..."--Movieline, February 1998
Interesting Facts: He was named one of People Magazines 50 most beautiful people in 1996. He was named "Sexiest Rock Artist" by PEOPLE magazine in 2000.
1991-Oscar Nominee for Best Music Song, for Young Guns II-for the song Blaze of Glory.
1991-VMA Nominee for Male Video of the Year & Best Video from a Film, for Blaze of Glory.
1991-Golden Globe Winner for Best Original Song, for Young Guns II-for the song Blaze of Glory.
1991-AMA Winner for Favorite Single, for Blaze of Glory
2001- DOCTORATE OF HUMANITIES, HONORIS CAUSA from the Monmouth University, New Jersey

Parts of this Biography are transcripts from VH1's Behind the Music.
John Bongiovi grew up wanting to be a rock star. Still barely in his teens John began jamming with several local bands and hanging out in the Asbury Park nightclubs that span legendary rockers like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny. In 1979 John formed the Atlantic City Expressway. One of the first to audition was a 17 year old David Bryan. The Expressway was a moderate hit with the locals, but it was John that commended the spotlight. Even Bruce Springsteen took notice. He would go to school in the morning at 8am after having played until 3am and he would doze off. In his senior year he met Dorothea in his history class and, as he put it, 'he held on to her with both hands and never let go' (how sweet is that?). In 1980 he got a job at the legendary Power Station Studios doing gopher jobs. Hungry for a record deal John wrote and recorded over 50 demos from 1980-1983. In 1982 John recorded the demo of a song he wrote called "Runaway". Nothing came of it until he went to a radio station in New York called WAPP. WAPP was at the time NYC cutting edge Rock radio station. In 1983 a DJ put 'Runaway' on a station sponsored album of local artists and started breaking nationwide without a band, without management and without representation... as John has said... "it was a fluke". With several major label eager to grab him, Mercury Records made John a deal he couldn't refuse. That is when he called David Bryan to put the band back together. He then signed on Alex John Such and Tico Torres. Richie Sambora caught John's act and was eager to be his guitar player. He was persistent enough that he got the job. The rest is R&R history!

During the time that 7800F came out Dorothea grew impatient of the relentless tour schedule and they broke up. It was at this time that Jon was seen dating Diane Lane. But before long he started missing Dorothea and went back begging her to come back. The two were married in 1989 in Las Vegas in a spur-of-the-moment ceremony. After the New Jersey tour was over the band decided to take a break and Jon was contacted by Emilio Estevez because he wanted to use 'Wanted Dead or Alive' for his upcoming movie 'Young Guns II'. Jon offered to write a different 'western' style song for him and ended up recording the entire soundtrack for the movie, which earned him a handful of awards and nominations and a #1 hit. It was at this time that Jon took an interest in a movie career and started taking acting lessons. The band went back to the recording studio after patching up differences to record 'Keep the Faith'. Jon and Dorothea had two babies, one in 1993 (Stephanie Rose) and one in 1995 (Jesse James Louis). It was around this time that Jon started his acting work and picked several interesting movies to appear in, even if it was a small role. He has said that it was during the filming of these movies that he came up with the ideas of 'Destination Anywhere' since he spent so much time alone in a trailer during filming. The director of the movie U-571, gave John great praise for his performance, and has said: 'Mark my words, he's going to be a MAJOR movie star'. His newest movie endeavor in which he stars in "Vampires, los muertos', is due to be released on Video/DVD in the fall of 2002, and he was a guest star in Ally McBeal for several episodes.

Jon Bon Jovi's Solo Discography

For a list of the movies he's been in, Click Here

Released in 1997

Jon Bon Jovi: Destination Anywhere
Track Listing:
1. Queen Of New Orleans
2. Janie, Don't Take Your Love To Town
3. Midnight In Chelsea
4. Ugly
5. Staring At Your Window With A Suitcase In My Hand
6. Every Word Was A Piece Of My Heart
7. It's Just Me
8. Destination Anywhere
9. Learning How To Fall
10. Naked
11. Little City
12. August 7, 4:15

Released in 1997

Jon Bon Jovi: Destination Anywhere (1997) ~VHS~
Destination Anywhere, which is a full-length LP by the artist Jon Bon Jovi, gets transferred from the concept of the album to the big screen. The idea behind this film, which works like a long music video is the fact that Jon and his wife, are in mourning over their child who was killed in an accident. As a result, both characters lives are full of confusion, despair and heartache. Jon seems like a lost soul in this film, he still hasn't gotten over the death of his child. As a result he enters a world of depression. His wife, played by Demi Moore is equally as frustrated and confused as Jon. The movie shows their pain and how they are still trying to cope with the loss. I was surprised at just how touching this film was, I was a little teary eyed when it was over. I felt for all the characters, all the characters seemed real to me. Not bad I say for a small little film like this. This film shows the world that Jon Bon Jovi is indeed a great actor, and a multitalented entertainer. Demi Moore almost steals the show, when on screen she sucks you in with her beauty and her emotions. This is a must see for fans of both actors, especially Bon Jovi fans. I find that this film gives new meaning to Jon's solo LP, Destination Anywhere. I now appreciate it more and understand it better thanks to this film. While a little on the depressing side, Destination Anywhere still manages to be engaging and worthwhile on the strengths of it's focused stars. Also stars Kevin Bacon, Annabella Sciorra, Whoopie Goldberg.

Released in 1990

Jon Bon Jovi: Blaze Of Glory
Music from and inspired by the film "Young Guns II".
Track Listing:
1. Billy Get Your Guns
2. Miracle
3. Blaze Of Glory
4. Blood Money
5. Santa Fe
6. Justice In The Barrel
7. Never Say Die
8. You Really Got Me Now
9. Bang A Drum
10. Dyin' Ain't Much Of A Livin'
11. Guano City
John Bongiovi: The Power Station Years: 1980-1983
Track Linsting:
1. Who Said It Would Last Forever
2. Open Your Heart
3. Stringin' A Line
4. Don't Leave Me Tonight
5. Hollywood Dreams
6. Don't You Believe Him
7. More Than We Bargained For
8. Head Over Heels
9. What You Want
10. Talkin' In Your Sleep

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