Name: Gabriel Soto
Born As: Gabriel Soto Borjam-Diaz
Birth date/place: April 17, 1975 in Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican actor/model Gabriel Soto won the nation male pageant El Modelo Mexico and was first runner-up in Mister World. He is a former member of the Mexican boy band Kairo. Soto regularly appears in Mexican TV series such as La verdad oculta, Querida enemiga, and, currently, in La fuerza del destino.
Name: Christopher ”Play” Martin
Born As: Christopher Martin
Birth date/place: July 10, 1962 in Queens, NY
During the late 1980s and early 1990s Christopher “Play” Martin was half of a hip hop/comedy duo called Kid ‘n Play. The other half of the duo was Christopher “Kid” Reid. Together the duo released three successful albums and starred in four hip-hop comedy based films. They were House Party, House Party 2, Class Act, and House Party 3. Kid n’ Play broke up in 1995 and Christopher “Play” Martin became a born-again Christian focusing on Christian hip hop music.
Name: Lance Bass
Born As: James Lance Bass
Birth date/place: May 4, 1979 in Laurel, MS
Shirtless Lance Bass gained fame as the bass singer for ‘N Sync. He has also appeared in the films Longshot, On the Line, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Girl Camp.
Born As: Earl Simmons
Birth date/place: December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, MD
Shirtless DMX started rapping in 1990. At that time his stage name was Dark Man X, which he later shortened to DMX. He has released many album, both studio and compilation, and has sold over 28 million worldwide. His best-selling album was And Then There Was X released in 1999.
In addition to his rapper career, DMX made several films such as: Belly, Exit Wounds Romeo Must Die and Last Hour. In 2002, he wrote his autobiography titled E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.
Name: John Cena
Born As: John Felix Anthony Cena
Birth date/place: April 23, 1977 in West Newbury, MA
Claim to Fame: Actor, Hip Hop Musician and Pro Wrestler
John Cena is primarily known as professional wrestler and is the current reigning WWE Champion. He was also successful in The Marine, his first film appearance. In his next film, Cena played “Danny Fisher” in 12 Rounds.
Name: Ryan Carnes
Born As: Ryan Gregg Carnes
Birth date/place: December 6, 1982 in Pittsfield, IL
Trivia: Ryan Carnes is an accomplished drummer who also writes lyrics and is collaborating with other musicians on their first project.
Ryan Carnes was the ninth actor to portray “Lucas” on General Hospital from 2004-2005. He also played “Justin” on Desperate Housewives and made guest appearances on Doctor Who, Saving Grace, and Samantha Who? His most recent performance is as “Tyler” in the film Suicide Dolls.
Name: Aaron Carter
Born As: Aaron Charles Carter
Birth date/place: December 7, 1987 in Tampa, FL
Trivia: Younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys
Aaron Carter began his music career when he was 7 as lead singer for “Dead End”. He released his first studio album, Aaron Carter, in 1997 when he was ten years old. Carter released more studio albums, Aaron’s Party (2000), Oh Aaron (2001) and Another Earthquake (2002) and three compilation albums Most Requested Hits (2003), Come Get It (2006) and 2 Good 2 B True (2006). Along with working on Broadway, Aaron Carter has appeared in several kid friendly films and television series episodes.
Name: Ray J
Born As: William Raymond Norwood, Jr.
Birth date/place: January 17, 1981 in McComb, MS
Trivia: Ray J is the younger brother of R & B singer Brandy
Ray J started acting in 1993 with a small role in the TV mini-series Rhythm & Jam. He also appeared in several episodes of The Sinbad Show and as” Dorinan ‘D-Money’ Long” on Moesha from 1996-2001 and “D-Mack” on One on One.
Ray J has 5 studio albums out. His first, Everything You Want (1997), followed by This Ain’t A Game (2001), Raydiation (2005), All I Feel (2008) and For the Love of Ray J (2009).
Name: Ja Rule
Born As: Jeffrey Atkins
Birth date/place: February 29, 1976 in New York City
Ja Rule is a rapper, singer and actor who has released seven albums and made guest appearances on TV episodes as a well as movies such as: Turn It Up, Crime Partners, Scary Movie 3, and Furnace. His most recent acting role was “Foster” in the 2009 film Don’t Fade Away.
He released his first album Venni Vetti Vecci in 1999 followed by Rule 3:36, Pain Is Love, The Last Temptation, Blood in My Eye, R.U.L.E and, most recently, The Mirror: Reloaded. Ja Rule’s 8th studio album will be released in 2010, and he will star alongside Dave Batista and Stormy Daniels in The Wrong Side of Town to hit theaters in 2010.
Name: Ace Young
Born As: Brett Asa Young
Birth date/place: November 15, 1980 in Denver, CO
Trivia: Didn’t know his real name was Brett until he saw his birth certificate when he was six
Young is primarily a musician of the pop/rock, rhythm and blues genre. He gained national recognition when he appeared on American Idol in 2006 finishing in the top 7 before he was eliminated.
After Idol he released two albums, American Idol Encores and Ace Young. Although his acting career has been limited, he will appear in Section B, a movie to be released in 2010.
Name: John Mayer
Born As: John Clayton Mayer
Birth date/place: October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, CT
Trivia: Wrote his Grammy winning song “Daughters” while in the shower
Starting out, Nude John Mayer performed mainly acoustic rock. He shifted more toward blues in 2005 when he began collaborating with blues musicians like B. B. King and Buddy Guy and by forming the John Mayer Trio in 2005.
In addition to his musical career, Mayer has done occasional stand-up comedy. He has written articles for magazines, notably for Esquire.
Name: Tupac Shakur
Born As: Lesane Parish Crooks
Birth date/place: June 16, 1971 in Brooklyn, NY
Shakur’s rapper career was highly successful, although, brief. In the six years that he was active as a rapper, he released 5 studio albums. His first album, 2Pacalpyse Now, released in November of 1991, was certified Gold. Shakur’s next release Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z (1993) went Platinum. Me Against the World, (1995), was a two-time Platinum album and All Eyes on Me (February, 1996) was a nine-time Platinum album. His last album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was released on November 5, 1996, two months after Shakur’s death on September 13, 1996. It was a four-time Platinum hit.
Shakur also pursued an acting career. His first major role was in the 1992 crime drama Juice. In his next film, Poetic Justice, Shakur co-starred with Janet Jackson. Prior to his death, Shakur had completed three films, Bullet, Gridlok’d and Gang Related. All three were released posthumously.
Name: Lenny Kravitz
Born As: Leonard Albert Kravitz
Birth date/place: May 26, 1964 in New York City
Claim to Fame: Hit single Let Love Rule
Often playing all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and percussion instruments himself when recording, Kravitz is, among many things, a singer-songwriter, actor, interior and clothing designer. His worldwide album sales have been estimated at 38 million. Kravitz’s musical talents have earned him 4 Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. He has also won the American Music Award, MTV Video Mucis Award, Radio Music Award, BRIT Award, and Blockbuster Entertainment Award. Between 1989 and 2008 Kravitz released 9 albums, all of them (except 2008s It Is Time for a Love Revolution) have been certified either Gold or Platinum with 200s Greatest Hits being a 3-time platinum album.
Kravitz did a voice role in the 1998 The Rugrats Movie. He played himself in Being Bick and Zoolander and the character “John” in the 2009 film Precious.
Name: Bow Wow
Born As: Shad Gregory Moss
Birthdate/place: March 9, 1987 in Columbus, OH
Claim to Fame: His 2000 debut Beware of Dog
Bio: Bow Wow showed a talent for rap when he began rhyming at the age of 3. He began his rap career at age five using the name “Kid Gangsta”. Bow Wow made his debut album at the age of thirteen earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest rapper to have a No. 1 hit, Bounce with Me. He released 5 more albums between 2001 and 2009.
Not just an accomplished rapper, Bow Wow has appeared in several television series episodes (most notably as “Charlie” in Entourage). His acting career includes cameo appearances in 3 movies and the lead role in three others (Like Mike, Johnson Family Vacation and Roll Bounce).
Much to his credit, Bow Wow has always been a straight-A student.
Name: Jamie Foxx
Born As: Eric Morlon Bishop
Birthdate/place: December 13, 1967 in Terrell, TX
Claim to Fame: As Willie Beamen in Any Given Sunday (1999)
Bio: Foxx started his career as a stand up comedian. With his sense of humor, that isn’t a surprise! He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Any Given Sunday (1999). 2004 was the year for Foxx. He won three awards for his role in Ray. The awards were: The Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and The SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. In the same year, Foxx was also nominated for an Oscar for his role in Collateral (2005). Other films include: Jarheads, Dreamgirls and The Kingdom.