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James Hetfield

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Not to be confused with James Hatfield.
James Hetfield

James Hetfield speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International held in San Diego, July 19, 2013
Background information
Birth name James Alan Hetfield
Born August 3, 1963 (age 50)
Downey, California, United States
Genres Heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock,speed metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Main: Guitar, vocals

Occasional: drums, piano, bass

Years active 1978–present
Labels Warner Bros., Elektra, Megaforce
Associated acts Metallica, Spastik Children, Leather Charm
Website metallica.com
Notable instruments
Gibson Explorer
ESP Truckster
Ken Lawrence custom models
Gibson Les Paul Custom “Iron Cross”

James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is the main songwriter, co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and lyricist for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his rhythm playing, but has also performed occasional lead guitar duties both in the studio and live.

Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released nine studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles. In 2009, Hetfield was ranked number 8 in Joel McIver‘s book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists,[1] and ranked 24th by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. In Guitar World‘s poll, Hetfield was placed as the 19th greatest guitarist of all time, as well as being placed 2nd (along with Kirk Hammett) in The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists poll of the same magazine, only behind of Tony Iommi. Rolling Stone placed Hetfield as the 87th greatest guitarist of all time.

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Michael Ealy

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Michael Ealy
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Ealy at a football game in 2012
Born Michael Brown
August 3, 1973 (age 40)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active late 1990s–present
Spouse(s) Khatira Rafiqzada (m. 2012)

Michael Brown (born August 3, 1973),[1] professionally known as Michael Ealy, is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in Barbershop (2002), its sequel Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), Seven Pounds (2008), For Colored Girls (2010), and Underworld: Awakening (2012). Ealy starred as Dorian the android in the science fiction police drama, Almost Human.

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Tony Bennett

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This article is about the singer. For other people, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation).
Tony Bennett
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Tony Bennett performing in 2003
Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto
August 3, 1926 (age 87)
Astoria, Queens, New York, U.S.
Education School of Industrial Art
Occupation singer, painter
  • Patricia Beech
    (m. 1952–1971; divorced)
  • Sandra Grant
    (m. 1971–2007; divorced)
  • Susan Crow
    (m. 2007–present)
  • D’Andrea Benedetto
  • Daegal Benedetto
  • Joanna Benedetto
  • Antonia Benedetto
Parents John Benedetto
Anna Suraci
Musical career
Years active 1949–present
Associated acts

Anthony Dominick “Tony” Benedetto (born August 3, 1926), known as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, show tunes, and jazz. Bennett is also an accomplished painter, having created works—under the name Anthony Benedetto—that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City.

Raised in New York City, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as an infantryman with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre. Afterwards, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records, and had his first number-one popular song with “Because of You” in 1951. Several top hits such as “Rags to Riches” followed in the early 1950s. Bennett then further refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached an artistic peak in the late 1950s with albums such as The Beat of My Heart and Basie Swings, Bennett Sings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco“. His career and his personal life then suffered an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era.

Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and expanding his audience to the MTV Generation while keeping his musical style intact. He remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer in the 2010s. Bennett has won 17 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 2001) and two Emmy Awards, and has been named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

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Martin Sheen

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Martin Sheen
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Martin Sheen in 2008
Born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez
August 3, 1940 (age 73)[1]
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Citizenship United States
Occupation Actor, activist
Years active 1961–present
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Janet Templeton (1961–present)
Children Emilio
Carlos (a.k.a. Charlie Sheen)
Renée Estevez
from the BBC programme Desert Island Discs, 03 Apr 2011[2]

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Martin Sheen, (born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez; August 3, 1940), is an American actor who achieved fame with roles in films like Badlands (1973), Apocalypse Now (1979) and the alternate history, 1980 science fiction film, The Final Countdown.

Since then, Sheen is better known for films like Gettysburg (1993), The Departed (2006), and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). He starred in the television series The West Wing (1999–2006) as President Josiah Bartlet, and lent his voice as the Illusive Man in the Mass Effect video game trilogy.

He is considered one of the best actors never to have been officially nominated for an Academy Award.[3] He did however receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his role in Apocalypse Now but he requested that his nomination be withdrawn.[4] In film, he has won the Best Actor award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for his performance as Kit Carruthers in Badlands. His portrayal of Capt. Willard in Apocalypse Nowearned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Sheen has worked with a wide variety of film directors, such as Richard Attenborough, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, David Cronenberg, Mike Nichols,Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone. He has had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1989. In television, he has won both a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for playing the role of President Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing, and an Emmy for guest starring in the sitcom Murphy Brown.

Born and raised in the United States from immigrant parents, he adopted the stage name Martin Sheen to help him gain acting parts.[5] He is the father of four children (Emilio, Ramón, Carlos (better known as Charlie Sheen), and Renée), all of whom are actors, as is his younger brother Joe Estevez.

Although known as an actor, Sheen also has directed one film, Cadence (1990), appearing alongside sons Charlie and Ramón. He has narrated, produced, and directed documentary television, earning two Daytime Emmy awards in the 1980s. In addition to film and television, Sheen has been active in liberal politics.

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Brent Kutzle

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Brent Kutzle
Background information
Birth name Brent Michael Kutzle
Born August 3, 1985 (age 28)
Newport Beach, California
Occupations musician
Instruments bass guitar, cello, acoustic guitar,keyboard, piano, lead guitar,tambourine, backing vocals
Years active 2007 – present
Associated acts OneRepublic, Monarch
Website onerepublic.com

Brent Michael Kutzle (born August 3, 1985) is an American musician, born in Newport Beach, California. Brent is best known for playing the bass guitar and cello for OneRepublic, who are signed to Interscope Records. He has written and performed with various other musicians from both underground music scenes and mainstream acts, including Beyoncé, Cobra Starship, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, ísland, Vermeer, Augustine, Torrent, This Allure, Monarch, Venus Infers, Jessica Dobson, and Kevin Max

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