<ul><li>Name: Michael Joseph Jackson </li></ul><ul><li>Birth Date: August 29, 1958 (12:13 am) </li></ul><ul><li>Star Sign: Virgo </li></ul><ul><li>Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, USA </li></ul><ul><li>Current Residence: Neverland Valley Ranch, Los Olivos, California, USA </li></ul><ul><li>Parents: Katherine (*May 4, 1930) & Joseph Jackson (*July 26, 1929) </li></ul><ul><li>Godchild: Michael Gibb (son of Barry Gibb - 'Bee Gees') Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m) </li></ul><ul><li>Eye Colour: Dark brown </li></ul><ul><li>Hair Colour: Black </li></ul><ul><li>Shoe Size: US 10 (European 42) </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary School Qualifications: high-school diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Interests & Hobbies: Reading, painting, martial arts, dancing, acting, drawing, animals, philanthropic and humanitarian causes, going to amusement parks, travelling, shopping, going to the movies, spending time with children (especially terminally ill and underprivileged children), collecting paintings, sculptures, movie memorabilia and old costumes, investing </li></ul>Michael Jackson
<ul><li>Best Friend: Elizabeth Taylor </li></ul><ul><li>Idols: Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelley, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Three Stooges, Walt Disney </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Accessory: Black Fedora </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Actors & Actresses: Shirley Temple, Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Morgan Freeman, Marlon Brando </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Artists: Michaelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Board Game: Monopoly </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Books: 'Peter Pan' by James Matthew Barrie, 'Jonathan Livingstone Seagull' by Richard Bach, 'The Old Man And The Sea' by Ernest Hemingway </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Classical Composers: Claude Debussy ('Afternoon of the Fawn'), Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky, Sergei Sergejewitsch Prokofjew </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Colours: Red, black </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Disney Characters: Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan, Pinocchio </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Drink: mineral water (e.g. Evian, Perrier), fruit juice (orange), vegetable juice (carrot), Gatorade (during concerts) </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Food: Mexican, exotic, spicy & vegetarian food, Sushi, pizza, chicken, fish, fresh fruits, popcorn, vanilla ice with cookie pieces, sunflower seeds, glazed doughnuts, frosted flakes with milk, M&Ms </li></ul>Michael Jackson
Films Released in 1978, The Wiz, directed by Sidney Lumet, is a remake of one of Michael Jackson's favourite movies "The Wizard of Oz". The film has an all blackcast with Diana Ross playing the lead role of Dorothy and Richard Pryor as The Wiz. Michael Jackson plays the Scarecrow. The Wiz was Michael’s first step into the movies and he found he enjoyed the 5-hour make-up sessions, 6 days a week, transforming him into the Scarerow and be able to become a different character. THE WIZ
MOONWALKER Films Released in 1988, Moonwalker is a magical, musical journey into the world of Michael Jackson. Directed by Jerry Kramer and Colin Chilvers, starring Joe Pesci as Mr Big and Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker and Brandon Adams. Moonwalker is a story of good over evil, mixed in with fantastic songs and dance numbers, animation and the latest special effects of the time.
Films GHOSTS A short film of 38 minutes released in 1996/97, Ghosts was written by Michael Jackson and Stephen King and directed by Oscar-winner Stan Winston, the world's foremost creator of creatures. Winston is the man behind characters such as 'The Terminator', the extra-terrestrial monstrosities of 'Aliens' and the amazing dinosaurs of 'Jurassic Park'. Featuring latest special effects, make-up and dance routines, Michael plays a number of characters that look nothing like each other making use of great make-up and special effects.
Achievements & Awards <ul><li>Most Successful Concert Series - Guiness Book Of World Records Michael Jackson sold out for seven nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England in the summer of 1988. A total of 504,000 people saw Michael perform July 14-16, 22-23, and August 26-27, 1988. </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest Selling Album Of All Time - Guiness Book Of World Records Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Album is the biggest selling album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. Thriller is also the biggest selling U.S album with sales of 25 million copies. </li></ul><ul><li>80's Most #1 Hits By The End of the 1980's MIchael Jackson had more #1 hits than any other artist for the decade. </li></ul><ul><li>Awards Michael has more awards than any other artist. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Entertainer Of The Decade With the #1 (Thriller)and #2 (Bad) ranked albums in the world Michael was the 1980's Entertainer Of The Decade. </li></ul><ul><li>Most Grammy Awards - Guiness Book Of World Records Michael won a record breaking 8 Grammy Awards in 1984, more than any other artist in one year. </li></ul><ul><li>Largest Contracts - Guiness Book Of World Records $890 million (Sony Music) Contract, with prospective earnings of $1 billion. </li></ul><ul><li>Greatest Audience - Guiness Book Of World Records The highest-ever viewership was 133.4 million viewers watching the NBC transmission of Super Bowl XXVII on June 31, 1993. Michael was spotlighted during the half-time peformance. </li></ul><ul><li>Highest-Paid Commercial Spokesperson - Guiness Book Of World Records Pepsi Cola paid Michael Jackson $12 million to do 4 TV commercials </li></ul>
<ul><li>Bad Tour - Guiness Book Of World Records Michael Jackson's world tour brought in a record gross revenue of over $124 million during September 1987-December 1988. </li></ul><ul><li>100 Million Records Michael has sold over 100 million singles and albums outside of the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Billboard Charts Michael Jackson is the first person in the 37 year history of the chart to enter at # 1, with his single "You Are Not Alone". Michael broke his previous redord held by his single "Earth Song" which debuted at #5. </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest Selling Video Michael Jackson's "The Making Of Thriller" is the biggest selling video to be released by an artist. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Billboard "Hot 100" Singles Chart Most #1 Hits by Male Artist (13) </li></ul><ul><li>#1 Debuts Michael's "Bad", "Dangerous", and "HIStory" albums all debuted at #1. </li></ul><ul><li>Consecutive #1 Singles Jackson 5 were the first group to ever have four consecutive #1 singles. </li></ul><ul><li>#1 On Charts In 1983 Michael became the first artist to simultaneously hold the number one spots on Billboard's rock albums and rock singles charts, as well as the R&B albums and singles charts. </li></ul><ul><li>First Video Michael Jackson was the first black artist to have a video aired on MTV. </li></ul>