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Not many actors can say they've been a rapper, underwear model, producer, and ex-con, but then again not many actors are Mark Wahlberg. Born in Boston, Wahlberg has made a name for himself as one of Hollywood's top actors, but he has also gone on to be one of the industry's best businessmen. Starring in the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction," Wahlberg continues to transform himself into an even bigger star.
"Hugh Hilton is a Founding Partner of A&M CapRE. He is a member of the firm’s Board and sits on its Investment Committee. "
Prior to joining A&M in 1992, Mr. Hilton enjoyed a 15+ year career in real estate working primarily in a principal capacity on behalf of public and private U.S.-based pension funds and international investors. During this period, Mr. Hilton served in a number of senior executive roles, including: CEO of Trinity Pacific Real Estate Services; President of Karsten Institutional Realty Advisors (a subsidiary of First Interstate Bancorp); and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for BankAmerica Investment Real Estate. Mr. Hilton began his real estate career in Associate positions at Jones, Lang, Wooton (now JLL) and Coopers and Lybrand National Real Estate Group (now part of PWC).
Michael Buffer is an American ring announcer for boxing and professional wrestling matches. He is known for his trademarked catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!", and for pioneering a distinct announcing style in which he rolls certain letters and adds other inflections to a fighter's name. He is one of the most recognized faces in the world of sports and entertainment due to his 25 plus years of announcing many of the biggest championship boxing events and many other internationally televised sports and entertainment events. He is considered the "Voice of Champions" by millions of fans worldwide and regularly performs voice-over work for sports, entertainment, internet and product advertising and promotional campaigns due to the fact that his voice is so highly distinguishable.
50 Cent was one of the biggest stars hip-hop produced in the 2000s, a muscled and menacing, yet imperturbably cool presence with a near-mythic backstory. The protégé of Dr. Dre and Eminem, 50 Cent made music that was both gangsta and good fun. His 2003 debut, the nine-times-platinum Get Rich or Die Tryin', made him a star. Though his popularity diminished somewhat by the end of decade, 50 Cent's bank account didn't suffer since he also spent the 2000s establishing himself as a hip-hop entrepreneur.
He was born Curtis Jackson in Queens, NY, on July 6, 1975, and was raised by his single mother, a crack dealer, until she was murdered when he was eight. Living with his grandparents, 50 Cent competed as an amateur boxer but soon became a crack dealer himself. Jackson was arrested while in 10th grade, but by eighteen, he was making $5,000 a day selling crack and heroin.
50 Cent began rapping in high scool. In 1996, a friend introduced him to Run-D.M.C.'s Jam Master Jay, who was starting a record label, JMJ Records. Jay produced an album for 50, though it went unreleased. 50 later recorded an album for Columbia Records in 2000, Power of the Dollar. (The label declined to release that one, too, though it's been heavily bootlegged.)
In April of that year, 50 Cent was shot nine times outside his grandmother's home; in a 2003 cover story for Rolling Strone, Touré chronicled the aftermath of the shooting: " spent thirteen days in the hospital, then staggered out on a walker. Six weeks later, he began walking on his own. Now life was more precious to him. He began working on his body with endless push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups that turned him from kinda fat to chiseled. But more important for an MC, there was now a large, squarish hole through the left side of his lower jaw and a piece of bullet left in his tongue. He'd lost a bottom tooth and a U-shaped chunk of his gums, but his lazy tongue and the hole in his jaw gave him a slur like no one in hip-hop. 'There's a different sound now when I talk, 'cause of the air around the tooth,' 50 says. 'Gettin' shot just totally fixed my instrument.'"
50 set about releasing a cavalcade of menacing, diss-heavy mixtapes — No Mercy, No Fear, recorded with his G-Unit crew in 2002, is one of the best. 50 soon caught the attention of Eminem, who touted 50 as "the illest motherfucker in the world." Along with partner Dr. Dre, Eminem signed 50 to Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment. While gearing up for his debut, 50 released Guess Who's Back?, a commercially available collection of his early work that finds a middle ground between the off-the-cuff rhymes of his mixtapes and the more polished assault of his official studio albums.
Get Rich or Die Tryin' had a boatload of advance buzz; a feud with rapper Ja Rule also helped 50 increase his profile. Nobody seemed surprised when became a blockbuster. "Wanksta," one of Jam Master Jay's last productions, and the Dre-produced party anthem "In Da Club" tore up the pop charts, and the album was full of slick, powerful hooks—the half-sung, half-shouted chants of "Life's on the Line," the slick steel drum on "P.I.M.P." 50 gets stoned, gets laid and fires off gunshots like it's nothing, all the while employing a steady, laid-back cadence.
After conquering the world, 50 became a business, scoring his own G-Unit clothing line, his own PlayStation game, a semi-biographical movie (also called Get Rich or Die Tryin'), and even his own Vitamin Water flavor. His record label, G-Unit, released a stream of high-profile, no-bullshit gangsta rap from The Game, and a handful of releases from his G-Unit stable. On Forbes magazine's 2007 list of "Hip Hop Cash Kings," 50, worth $32 million, ranked second behind Jay-Z.
In July 2011 Jackson launched a philanthropic initiative to provide food for one billion starving people in Africa by 2016, joining Pure Growth Partners to introduce Street King. A portion of the proceeds from each Street King purchase would be used to provide a daily meal to an underprivileged child.
He has co-starred with Robin Williams and Billy Crystal on NBC’s hit TV show “FRIENDS”, appeared alongside Antonio Banderas in the motion picture “Play it to the Bone”, performed voice over work for Clint Eastwood’s 2004 Best Picture Oscar award winner, “Million Dollar Baby” and recently co-starred on HBO’s hit series “Entourage” as himself, amongst numerous other TV shows, movies and special events.
Bruce is President and CEO of Buffer Enterprises, Inc., through which he manages his entrepreneurial ventures. He has proven himself as a motivational speaker at corporate events and has received praise from top industry professionals for the management and guidance of the successful career of his brother Michael Buffer.
Natural foods chef, best-selling author, reality TV star, self-made businesswoman, and mom, Bethenny Frankel first came to national attention with her wit, wisdom, and humor when she was named first runner-up on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Her success on the series led her to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City for three seasons, as well as two spin-off series on the network, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After…After a three-season hiatus, she made her highly anticipated return for season seven of The Real Housewives of New York City.
Bethenny is the creator of the low calorie cocktail brand Skinnygirl Cocktails and partnered with Beam Suntory in 2011. The cocktail portfolio now includes over 20 products including wines, flavored vodkas, and delicious ready-to-drink cocktails. Frankel is a brand collaborator, developer, and marketer for Skinnygirl Cocktails. As the owner of Skinnygirl, Bethenny has created a thriving lifestyle brand featuring products offering women practical solutions to everyday problems. Some of the many Skinnygirl products include “Sparklers” non-alcoholic beverages, microwave popcorn, snacks, hummus, dips, nutrition bars, salad dressings, liquid sweeteners and water enhancers, shapewear, and appliances. In 2013, Frankel brought her distinct voice and candid point of view to daytime television onBethenny, her nationally syndicated daytime talk program, and she has been named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities” by Forbes magazine.
She is the four-time best-selling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, and The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life. She has also authored Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results, the recently released children’s book Cookie Meets Peanut, the cocktail book, Skinnygirl Cocktails, and her most recent release I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To.
Calvin Klein is recognized globally as a master of minimalism and has spent his career distilling things to their very essence. Whether in fashion, fragrance, beauty or his collections for the home, his work is always subtle, sophisticated and possesses a clarity that has redefined modern living.
He is an award-winning fashion icon and marketing pioneer who launched his first Collection in 1968, going on to revolutionize the designer denim and underwear businesses with his overtly sexy ad campaigns.
Calvin Klein designs for the modern woman, man and home with a clear and consistent philosophy about modernism, simplicity and an American point of view.
Johanna Mukoki is a successful entrepreneur with various industry accolades. She graduated from Rhodes University with high academic performance. She is the executive producer of SABC 2’s Women on the Move, a business program highlighting successful South African businesswomen from around the country. Johanna is also the group CEO and shareholder of Travel with Flair, a travel management company with branches in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kwa-Zulu Natal. She is a dynamic motivational speaker on entrepreneurship, reaching your best potential, living your best life, and various business life topics.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak's Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak was involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he “adopted” the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Wozniak served as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times Best Selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing.
Christie Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide. She is also an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist & environmentalist. Combining her modeling experience with her artistic talents and diverse interests, Christie's career over the years has been interesting and dynamic and has been photographed in six continents and more than 30 countries. Forty-two years in the beauty industry, including thirty years as a top Ford model, Christie was first discovered by a photographer while studying art in Paris, France. Since then, she has become the first model to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for three consecutive years. Christie has played many roles throughout her acting career and has also won many awards for her humanitarian efforts.
Charlie Sheen is an American movie and television actor. He was born and brought up in New York to the veteran actor Martin Sheen. He started acting at a very young age and appeared in ‘Super 8’ movies. He started doing cameos in movies during the late 80’s and it was finally in 2000 that he appeared in a meaty role on television in the series called ‘Spin City’. His performance was critically acclaimed and he received a Golden Globe for it. Soon after that he got the biggest role of his acting career in CBS’s ‘Two and a Half Men’. He worked in the series for almost 8 years and received many Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. The series had put him on the top of highest paid television actors’s list.
STAR OF BRAVO TV SHOW MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NEW YORK, ENTREPRENUER, FOUNDER OF INTERNET COMPANY
Fredrik Eklund, the energetic, high-kicking, top broker at Douglas Elliman has secured over two billion dollars in closed residential sales. Constantly rated as New York City’ “Top Luxury Broker,” he set record sales in 28 buildings in Manhattan last year alone and is often spotted showing apartments to top name celebrities including Sara Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lopez. His active listings amount to $540,000,000.
Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Eklund studied at the Stockholm School of Economics before founding an Internet company and working for the investment bank SEB in Stockholm, London, Singapore and Tokyo. In addition, he is the founder of Scandinavia’s most high end residential real estate brokerage with 50 employees and $1 billion in closed sales in 2014. Eklund founded the #1 top-producing team at Elliman, which has 5,000 agents in 85 o ces all over the East Coast.
Eklund is the star of the hit BRAVO show, Million Dollar Listing New York. He is known for being part “shark” in business and part “softie” at home with his puppies and family.
Fredrik’s book, The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone, is published by Gotham Books and is an international best seller appearing on both the New York and Sweden Best Seller Lists.
He has been in real estate for nearly 50 years as a real estate attorney. His influence and smart strategies has made him the advisor to one of the most successful men in the world.
Ross has been a central figure in The Apprentice. Besides his investment work, he has also written several books.
Lori Taylor - World's Top Social Media Expert
Lori Taylor spent the first 20 years of her business life at RR Donnelley working for the Response Marketing Services division, where she created direct mail campaigns and branding strategies while managing marketing promotions for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Disabled American Veterans, Juvenile Diabetes Foundations and many others.
Ms. Taylor started her own marketing agency in 2009 in Cincinnati, REV Media Marketing LLC, right after having her son. Her creative ideas and skill set were making billions for her clients, and she wanted to continue on to use her power to start focusing on bringing her own programs and products to life! Coining the phrase given to her by her young son, “You bring the rain, we’ll make it pour.” She learned to run her own race from her heart, with the mantra, “Say what you do and do what you say, and always show people you care.” Everything she does is fueled by these beliefs. From angel investing in disruptive start-ups (like Klout), to motivational speaking, to marketing consulting, she always wants to challenge herself, her friends and her clients to “run your own race”; cautioning you to never change who you are.
Vikki is a UK Real Estate Investor, International Speaker, Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor and Published Author. This accomplished dynamic woman with an absolute passion for her family at her core, comes across authentically and with power, in her drive to help others.
This accomplished dynamic woman with an absolute passion for her family at her core, comes across authentically and with power, in her drive to help others.
Her love for real estate developed over time after she worked hand-in- hand with her husband in developing there own property portfolio. She is a Member of RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) as well as completing a degree in Property Management & Investment and graduated with first class honours.
Looking at her life you can very quickly pick up that this is someone that holds themselves to high standards and expects them from everybody in her team as well.
Always being open to recognise other opportunities to grow and develop she has added other businesses to her portfolio, namely in the catering /hospitality industry as Vikki is a Qualified Chef and in cyber security working with government agencies and the military. Vikki has also became a business partner with the Worlds No.1 Wealth Coach JT Foxx setting up a global business, investment & real estate club, the Millionaire Underdog Club in London. She is focused on assisting members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional network that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. Vikki works on the principle ‘together we are stronger.”
Coming out of Vikki's experience in all aspects of property and business, she would like very much to be able to ‘give back’ through the means of educating people. She has identified a huge need in the property market and also in the business market to educate and coach, to develop their property portfolios and businesses correctly. “I have achieved my own successes and now I feel the time is right for me to give back and help other people in their journey. I feel that it is my destiny to share all that I know”.Ideally she loves the intimacy of coaching people one-on -one and really seeing her students thrive in this environment. Vikki knows and appreciates the value of stretching yourself and growing by taking massive action and being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Vikki has taken her speaking career from being relatively unknown to now speaking on international stages worldwide to very large audiences thanks to the people that she is surrounding herself with. The powerful message of her success is what holds her audiences enthralled from start to finish.
Vikki's family is her fulcrum and everything that makes Vikki the person she is today, revolves around that fact. From spending quality time hiking through the hills with her husband and children near her home, to quiet evenings spent with a glass of good wine and great food - this makes her complete. Her love for architecture in particular, gives her a great foundation to operate from when she finds an old property and renovates it back to its former glory.
Once you have met her - you will not easily forget her !
He is the master of transformational thinking, he completely transformed High Point University from what it was to the highly esteemed university it is today.
He hasn’t just transformed the look of the school but the complete mindset of the faculty and staff. They aren’t teaching people to take jobs, they are teaching people how to become job creators. High Point is just one small part of his empire, which also includes involvement in Lay-Z-Boy, BB&T Bank, Great Harvest Bread Company, among many more. Coach Nido is an absolute game changer in which JT runs all of his ideas past. Without the input that Nido gave JT he wouldn’t be where he is today.
Michael Irvin is a retired American football player, actor, and sports commentator. He played college football at the University of Miami, then for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League for his entire pro athletic career, which ended due to a spinal cord injury. He was nicknamed "The Playmaker" due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during his college and pro careers. He is one of three key Cowboys offensive players who helped the team attain three Super Bowl wins: he is known as one of "The Triplets" along with Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. He is also a former broadcaster for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown and currently an analyst for NFL Network. In 2007, he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Michael Buffer is an American ring announcer for boxing and professional wrestling matches. He is known for his trademarked catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!", and for pioneering a distinct announcing style in which he rolls certain letters and adds other inflections to a fighter's name. He is one of the most recognized faces in the world of sports and entertainment due to his 25 plus years of announcing many of the biggest championship boxing events and many other internationally televised sports and entertainment events. He is considered the "Voice of Champions" by millions of fans worldwide and regularly performs voice-over work for sports, entertainment, internet and product advertising and promotional campaigns due to the fact that his voice is so highly distinguishable internationally.
Actor and director Al Pacino is a unique and enduring figure in the world of American stage and film. He was born in East Harlem and grew up in New York City’s South Bronx. He attended the famed School of Performing Arts until the age of 17 when he moved on to study acting first at the Herbert Berghof Studio (HB Studio) with teacher and coach Charles Laughton, and later, at the legendary Actors Studio with mentor Lee Strasberg.
Between 1963 and 1969 he honed his craft working in numerous theatrical productions including William Saroyan’s Hello Out There for his off-Broadway debut in 1963; Why is a Crooked Letter in 1966, for which he won an off-Broadway Obie Award; The Indian Wants the Bronx, that earned him another Obie Award as best actor of the 1967-68 season; and Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? for his Broadway debut and first Tony Award in 1969. Pacino continued appearing onstage in the 1970s, receiving a second Tony Award for The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and performing the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III. In the1980s he again achieved critical success on the stage while appearing in David Mamet’s American Buffalo. Since 1990 Pacino’s stage work has included revivals of Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, Oscar Wilde’s Salome and Lyle Kessler’s Orphans. In 2011 he portrayed Shylock in The Merchant of Venice on Broadway, garnering a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Play and in 2013 appeared on Broadway playing Shelley Levine in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross.
His first leading part in a feature film was in the 1971 drama Panic in Needle Park, and the following year Francis Ford Coppola selected him to take on the breakthrough role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on The Godfather and within the next 6 years he received another four Academy Award nominations for the films Serpico, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon and …And Justice For All. A long and rich film career has followed with over 45 titles including Scarface, Sea of Love, The Insider, Donnie Brasco, Heat (where he shared the screen for the first time with fellow film icon Robert DeNiro) and Any Given Sunday. He garnered additional Academy award nominations for his performances in Dick Tracy and Glengarry Glen Ross. His role as Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman won him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992. He played Shylock in Michael Radford’s film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice. He directed and stars in the films Looking For Richard and Chinese Coffee. He has recently completed shooting three films which will be coming out in the future: The Humbling, Manglehorn and Danny Collins.
Television work includes a rich relationship with HBO first as Roy Cohn in the 2003 miniseries Angels in America and as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack in 2010 both of which garnered Golden Globes and Emmy Awards for Mr. Pacino’s performances. In 2013 he won Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for the title role in David Mamet’s film Phil Spector.
Al Pacino recently directed the films Salome and Wilde Salome in which he stars as King Herod, with Jessica Chastain as Salome. Wilde Salome received its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.
He has been awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures, the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award and in 2011 he was received the National Merit of Arts from President Obama.
Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur, investor, author, and media personality. As an early employee at Facebook, she led major marketing initiatives in the company's formative years, helped launch the live streaming video industry, and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her innovative coverage of the midterm elections, combining television and social media. She helped create Facebook Live, which is now used by more than a billion people around the globe.
After leaving Facebook, she launched Zuckerberg Media, with the mission of creating media content that puts intelligent, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial women and girls at the forefront. She has published two books: Dot Complicated, a New York Times Best Seller, about our (sometimes overly) wired lives, and Dot, a children's book about a tech-savvy little girl, airing as an animated children's show on NBC Sprout, in partnership with Jim Henson Productions. Randi's third book, Missy President, a graphic novel about a 9-year-old girl who becomes President, is set for release this Fall.
In this new world of social media, though, you have to be everywhere your audience is! In addition to books, Randi is executive producer on three television shows, hosts a weekly business talk radio show on SiriusXM, is a frequent contributor on The Today Show, host of "American Dreams" on HSN, where she finds entrepreneurs from all over the country and helps them sell their products in real time on-air. And of course, is highly active on social media, with more than 2 million subscribers across her different platforms.
When she's not creating content about entrepreneurs, she is investing in and supporting them. Randi is an active angel investor, with a portfolio that she is proud to say has 53% female founders and almost 30% diverse founders (industry averages for both these categories are single digits). She enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs, building the next generation of amazing businesses, and sharing best practices with audiences around the world.
In her free time, Randi loves to act and sing, and is a lifetime lover of musical theater. She voices one of the characters in her upcoming Dot TV series. And in spring 2014, Randi realized the ultimate life dream when she joined the cast of Rock of Ages on Broadway in a leading role (Regina) for 30 performances. Randi serves on the American Theater Wing's Tech Advisory Board, as well as the nominating committee for The Astaire Awards. Randi relishes her role as an ambassador for the arts and feels that in an increasingly digital world, connectivity is nothing without incredible art and content to connect to.
But above all, Randi's favorite job is mom. She has a B.A. in psychology from Harvard University and currently enjoys life in New York City with her husband and two young sons.
Anthony Lolli is the Founder, Owner, and Chief Executive Officer of Rapid Realty Franchise, LLC. A true entrepreneur, his passion, positivity, and relentless dedication to his goals have led Rapid Realty from its humble beginnings in a single room to one of the largest—and fastest growing—real estate companies in New York City.
Anthony’s dynamic leadership style, business innovation, and philanthropy have garnered recognition both locally—receiving awards from New York publications like The Queens Courier and Brooklyn Spectator—and on the international stage.
Known as a branding and marketing genius, JT owns over 50 companies and brands in everything from education, technology, real estate, clothing, diamonds, insurance, lending and internet presence. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book "Millionaire Underdog: Against All Odds"; the greatest book on how to start, grow and explode any business. He also does business in more than 30 countries worldwide and is referred to as the "World's #1 Wealth Coach". He will be focused on three core topics at the Summit:
Topic 1: How to Build A Strong Company Brand Overnight
Topic 2: How to Use Celebrity Brands to Catapult Your Business.
Topic 3: 47 Marketing Strategies to IncreaseYour Business by 10x
The CEO and business partner to JT Foxx, is a master at sales and profits. Starting as a sales person and has now grown into a global CEO, managing several companies and brands. He will be focused on three core topics at the Summit:
Topic 1: Increase Your Profits Starting Now
Topic 2: How to Become a CEO vs. Manager
Topic 3: How to Use a 100% Commission Based SalesForce to Grow Your Business
Gene Simmons co-founded KISS 43 years ago. KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and The Beatles.
Gene Simmons is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur and one of the world’s most recognized personalities. He has starred in his own reality show, Gene Simmons Family and has starred in Gene Simmons Rock School for two seasons. He created Mr. Romance, the cartoon My Dad the Rock Star and co-produced the film Detroit Rock City.
Simmons is co-founding partner of Rock and Brews restaurants as well as a co-founding partner of the only football team of any kind in the greater Los Angeles area – LA KISS ™.
He is currently gearing up for a Spring/Summer European tour with KISS, celebrating its 43th anniversary.
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent. Mel and his family moved to Australia in the late 1960s, settling in New South Wales, where Mel's paternal grandmother, contralto opera singer Eva Mylott, was born. After high school, Mel studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, performing at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts alongside future film thespians Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush. After college, Mel had a few stints on stage and starred in a few TV shows. Eventually, he was chosen to star in Mad Max (1979) and in a movie called Tim (1979), co-starring Piper Laurie. The small budgeted movie Mad Max (1979) made him known worldwide, while Tim (1979) garnered him an award for Best Actor from the Australian Film Institute (equivalent to the Oscar). Later, he went on to star in Gallipoli (1981), which earned him a second award for Best Actor from the AFI. In 1980, he married Robyn Moore and had seven children. In 1984, Mel made his American debut in The Bounty (1984), which co-starred Anthony Hopkins. Then in 1987, Mel starred in what would become his signature series, Lethal Weapon (1987), in which he played "Martin Riggs". In 1990, he took on the interesting starring role in Hamlet (1990), which garnered him some critical praise. He also made the more endearing Forever Young (1992) and the somewhat disturbing The Man Without a Face (1993). 1995 brought his most famous role as "Sir William Wallace" in Braveheart(1995), for which he won two Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. From there, he made such box office hits as The Patriot (2000), Ransom (1996), and Payback (1999). Today, Mel remains an international superstar mogul, continuously topping the Hollywood power lists as well as the Most Beautiful and Sexiest lists.
John Travolta has been honored twice with Academy Award nominations, the latest for his riveting portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” He also received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this highly acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, among other distinguished awards. Travolta garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned- movie producer in the comedy sensation “Get Shorty,” winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. In 1998, Travolta was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with the Britanna Award: and in that same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival. Travolta also won the prestigious Alan J. Pakula Award from the US Broadcast Critics Association for his performance in “A Civil Action,” based on the best-selling book and directed by Steve Zailian. He was nominated again for a Golden Globe for his performance in “Primary Colors,” directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Emma Thompson and Billy Bob Thornton, and in 2008, he received his sixth Golden Globe nomination for his role as Edna Turnblad in the big-screen, box-office hit “Hairspray.” As a result of this performance, the Chicago Film Critics and the Santa Barbara Film Festival decided to recognize Travolta with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role.
He previously starred in a number of monumental films, earning his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role in the blockbuster “Saturday Night Fever,” which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970s. He went on to star in the big-screen version of the long-running musical “Grease” and the wildly successful “Urban Cowboy,” which also influenced trends in popular culture. Additional film credits include the Brian DePalma thrillers “Carrie” and “Blowout,” as well as Amy Heckerling’s hit comedy “Look Who’s Talking” and Nora Ephron’s comic hit “Michael.” Travolta starred in “Phenomenon” and took an equally distinctive turn as an action star in John Woo’s top-grossing “Broken Arrow.” He also starred in the classic “Face/Off” opposite Nicolas Cage, and “The General’s Daughter,” co-starring Madeline Stowe. In 2005, Travolta reprised the role of ultra cool Chili Palmer in the “Get Shorty” sequel “Be Cool.” In addition, he starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in the critically acclaimed independent feature film “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” which was screened at the Venice Film Festival, where both Travolta and the films won rave reviews. In February 2011, John was honored by Europe’s leading weekly program magazine HORZU, with the prestigious Golden Camera Award for “Best Actor International” in Berlin, Germany. And this past April, John received global recognition when he was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to International Cinema by the International Indian Film Academy at the 2014 IIFA Film Awards. Other recent feature film credits include box-office hit-comedy “Wild Hogs,” the action-thriller “Ladder 49,” the movie version of the successful comic book “The Punisher,” the drama “Basic,” the psychological thriller “Domestic Disturbance,” the hit action picture “Swordfish,” the successful sci-fi movie “Battlefield Earth,” based upon the best-selling novel by L. Ron Hubbard, and “Lonely Hearts.” In addition, Travolta starred opposite Denzel Washington in director Tony Scott’s remake of “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” and he provided the voice of the lead character in Walt Disney Pictures’ animated hit “Bolt.” Bolt was nominated for a 2009 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, in addition to Best Song for John and Miley Cyrus’ duet titled, “I Thought I Lost You.” Next, Travolta starred in Walt Disney Pictures’ 2009 film “Old Dogs,” along with Robin Williams, Kelly Preston and Ella Bleu Travolta, followed by the action thriller “From Paris with Love,” starring opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
In 2012, John starred alongside Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir in the Oliver Stone directed movie, “Savages”. The film was based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010. John next starred opposite Robert De Niro in the 2013 action thriller “Killing Season”, directed by Mark Steven Johnson.
Most recently, he was seen starring with Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer and Critics Choice nominee Tye Sheridan in “The Forger”. John plays a second generation petty thief who arranges to get out of prison to spend time with his ailing son (Sheridan) by taking on a job with his father (Plummer) to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release. In the last year, John has completed production on four feature films: “Criminal Activities”, a crime thriller co-starring Michael Pitt and directed by Jackie Earle Haley; “In A Valley of Violence”, the revenge-driven western co-starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Ti West; “Life On The Line”, an action/drama co-starring Kate Bosworth and directed by David Hackl; and “I Am Wrath”, an action/thriller directed by Chuck Russell.
John will make his return to television in the upcoming F/X miniseries “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson,” produced by Ryan Murphy and Nina Jacobson. John plays the role of OJ Simpson’s attorney Robert Shapiro in this drama, which is set to premiere in 2016. John has received 2 prestigious aviation awards: in 2003 the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Award for Excellence for his efforts to promote commercial flying, and in 2007 The Living Legends Ambassador of Aviation award.
John currently holds the following jet licenses and type ratings: Boeing 747 (Australian cert), Boeing 707, Boeing 720, Cessna 500, Challenger 600, Eclipse 500, Gulfstream II, Hawker 125, Lear Jet and Soko Galeb. He is also qualified to fly the de Havilland Vampire and Canadair CL- 41 Tutor/Tebaun.
Travolta is the Qantas Airways Global Goodwill “Ambassador-at- Large” and piloted the original Qantas 707 during “Spirit of Friendship” global tour in July/August 2002. John is also a business aircraft brand ambassador for Learjet, Challenger and Global jets for the world’s leading business aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier. John’s other aviation association is with the Breitling Watch Company, for whom he advertises the luxury aviation watches as a professional aviator, and his advertisements can be seen worldwide.
John flew the 707 to New Orleans after the 2005 hurricane disaster bringing food and medical supplies, and in 2010, again flew the 707, this time to Haiti after the earthquake, carrying supplies, doctors and volunteers.
John, along with his wife, actress Kelly Preston are also very involved in their charity, The Jett Travolta Foundation, which raises money for children with educational needs.
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