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Real Name: Justin Randall, Justin Randall Timberlake
Birthday: January 31, 1981
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Education: National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, Australia

 

Biography:

Grammy winning recording artist and actor Justin Timberlake grew up in the limelight of Hollywood. Making his screen introduction before he was ten years old, he was a cast member of the early 1990’s variation of “The Mickey Mouse Club. His greatest claim to fame was as the front man for the incredibly trendy boy band "NSYNC". Going solo in the early 2000’s, he established integrity as a solo artist, soon surpassing the careers of his NSYNC contemporaries. After establishing his role as one of the modern music industry’s most reliable artists, and one half of pop teen music’s cutest  couple, next to fellow Mouseketeer Britney Spears, Justin relocated to Hollywood, where he attempted to jump-start his acting career with a series of daring movie roles in various films and movie projects.

Born on January 31, 1981, he grew up in the suburb of Millington, Tennessee, just outside of Memphis. The grandson of a Baptist mister, he was raised in the religion and even attended the same Baptist church where his father, Randall, served as choir director. Randall and his wife Lynn Bomar, divorced in 1985. Lynn remained a functioning part of Justin's life and career well into his adulthood. Showing a appetite for singing as a young boy, the twelve year old appeared as a contestant on “Star Search” in 1993. Performing under the stage name of “Justin Randall,” he sang appealing country-western songs to an eager audience. His profession was officially launched.

Not long after his “Star Search” appearance, the young singer was hired by an Orlando casting company for a remake of the admired children’s television variety series, “The Mickey Mouse Club.” The cast proved to be a talented group, in addition to his role, other cast members included his future girlfriend, Britney Spears, future tour companion Christina Aguilera and future ‘NYSNC band member, J.C. Chasez. It was his short, curly blonde hair, with his mushrooming dancing and singing skills on display, who emerged as one of the show’s most desired young stars.

After “The Mickey Mouse Club” ended production in 1995, Timberlake was hired by singer Chris Kirkpatrick and music producer Lou Pearlman to be a member of a new young male vocal group and boy band. To help complete the band, Timberlake recommended his fellow Mouseketeer, J.C. Chasez. Next to Joey Fatone and Lance Bass, the camera-friendly boy band was named NSYNC (or *NSYNC, as it was often called). Starting their careers in Germany, the band later dominated United States Billboard charts. Their first album, 1998’s self-titled "*NSYNC " yielded various Top 40 hits, most markedly the chart buster "Tearin' Up My Heart" and the puppy love ballad, "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time On You." N Sync’s next album, 2000’s "No Strings Attached", did even better, selling over 2.5 million albums in its first week, ultimately becoming the band’s fastest selling album of all time.

Expectations ran particularly high for their next album, 2001’s "Celebrity". Even though the album did well – eventually selling well over 6 million units – sales for "Celebrity" were way short of the 16 million copies sold of "No Strings Attached". After the end of the "Celebrity" road tour in 2002, ‘NSync issued a press release stating that the group would be taking a leave of absence from the recording studio. Justin used the time off to work on his solo project. Tired of his young teen boy clean cut image, he desperately searched out for help from music producers Pharrell Williams and Timbaland to help him develop a sexier, newer sound. 

Aware of his old fan base, he also hired R&B singer and producer Brian McKnight to refine his young sexy pop friendly ballads. Released in November 2002, "Justified" debuted at number two on the charts, and in time went platinum eight times. In addition to winning the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album of the year, "Justified" also yielded a Grammy winning single “Cry Me a River” – and a video that noticeably took a jab at his now ex-girlfriend Britney Spears.

In February 2004, the singer found himself shoved into the middle of controversy as the result of a performance during the Super Bowl half-time show. There to sing “Rock the Body” live on-stage next to Janet Jackson, the singer flabbergasted audiences with a hot version and sexually suggestive dance routine. At the end of the song, he tore off a part of Jackson’s black leather outfit as part of a planned costume stunt. As part of her outfit came off, however, Jackson’s right breast – complete with metal nipple cover – was momentarily exposed to 150 million viewers worldwide. The fallout from this so-called “wardrobe malfunction” was amazing. The next day, CBS issued a press statement, expressing anger over the incident. Pressured into issuing an apology, Justin publicly apologized for the incident at the 2004 Grammy Awards. 

The only thing more sexy than his music career was his personal life. From 1998 to 2007, he was romantically linked with a long list of A-list celebrity starlets and musicians, starting with music queen and former Mouseketeer, Britney Spears. Their relationship ended after four years in 2002 among rumors of her infidelity, and her fall into bi-polar depression.  After his separation from Spears, he started seeing actress Cameron Diaz. The romance between these two young, beautiful, sexy, and highly successful people lasted almost five years. In early 2007, however, the couple confirmed what many tabloid and gossip rags had predicted by splitting up. He wasted no time and was soon seen publicly in the arms of some of Hollywood's hottest sex symbols, including Jessica Biel and Scarlett Johansson.

In September 2006, He released his second solo album, "FutureSex/LoveSounds," which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. To support the album, he appeared on the television comedy “Saturday Night Live” as both guest host and musical talent. The high spot of the show was a bogus music video that featured the singer and “SNL” regular Adam Samberg for a song called “Dick in a Box.” Outrageously crude and madly funny, “Dick in a Box” swiftly gained a cult following on the internet, becoming one of the most downloaded video clips on YouTube. In addition to producing two hit singles, “SexyBack” and “My Love ”, the album also gained the singer two more Grammy's for Best Dance Recording and Best Rap/Collaboration.

The singer started his screen and acting career in 2007. While Timberlake had a few small film roles in the past, such as in the direct-to-video thriller, “Edison” (2006), his first true role was as Frankie Ballenbacher in director Nick Cassavettes’ “Alpha Dog” with Bruce Willis (2007), a drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list. “Alpha Dog” did not do well at the box office, even with a strong marketing push from Universal Pictures. Timberlake’s next project Black Snake Moan” did a little better better but was no means a runaway smash hit. 

Next for the actor was the comedy "Southland Tales" (2007), a film set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. He also lent his distinctive voice talents to the smash hit animated comedy "Shrek The Third" working with the big time celebrity voices of Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy, in the story about Shrek's new father-in-law, King Harold who falls ill, and Shrek is looked at as the heir to the land of Far, Far Away. Not one to give up his beloved swamp, Shrek recruits his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to install the rebellious Artie as the new king. Princess Fiona, however, rallies a band of royal girlfriends to fend off an attack by the upset Prince Charming. 

During 2008, the musician and actor was hired and cast in the comedy "The Love Guru" (2008) starring Jessica Alba, in the story of Pitka, an American raised outside of his country by gurus, who returns to the States in order to break into the self-help business. His first challenge: To settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of a star hockey player whose wife left him for a rival athlete. Next was the comedy "The Open Road" (2008), a film about the adult son of a baseball legend who, together with his girlfriend, embarks on a road trip with his estranged father.

 

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