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Meat Loaf



Though he is most famous for the supremely theatrical best-selling 1970s album Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf has been acting almost as long as he has been singing. Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, accounts regarding his stage name place its origins in either a childhood nickname or a high school football incident. Either way, by the time Meat Loaf moved to Los Angeles at age 20 to pursue music, the moniker had stuck. After the first band he formed broke up, Meat Loaf found work on stage in the road company of the notorious late-'60s rock musical Hair. Landing in New York in the early '70s, Meat Loaf continued to do theater while trying to make it in the music world. After playing the part on stage, Meat Loaf made his movie debut as the ill-fated Eddie in the flop-turned-midnight movie classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Two years later, Meat Loaf's music took precedence with the release of Bat Out of Hell (1977). Powered by several dramatic singles, Bat Out of Hell became one of the all-time top-selling albums. Various problems, including writer's block, though, turned Meat Loaf's focus back to movies in the late '70s. After appearing in the comedy flop Americathon (1979), Meat Loaf starred in Alan Rudolph's comedy Roadie (1980). While he managed to make several albums in the 1980s, none of them came close to Bat Out of Hell's popularity. Meat Loaf's 1980s movies, including the vehicle Dead Ringer (1982) and the Anthony Michael Hall thriller Out of Bounds (1986) did not fare well, either. Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy, but his slide towards obscurity began to reverse itself in the early '90s. Meat Loaf's presence in the Steve Martin evangelist comedy-drama Leap of Faith (1992) signaled his arrival as an estimable character actor. His music career also revived by the best-selling Bat Out of Hell II: Back to Hell (1993), Meat Loaf once again turned his attention to singing; his mid-'90s albums suffered the same fate as his 1980s oeuvre. By the late '90s, Meat Loaf, often credited as Meat Loaf Aday, returned to acting in an eclectic mix of films. Along with co-starring as a criminal in the Patrick Swayze actioner Black Dog (1998), Meat Loaf played supporting roles in the Sharon Stone-Kieran Culkin drama The Mighty (1998), the offbeat ensemble piece Outside Ozona (1998), and the Spice Girls romp Spice World (1998). Finding a balance between movies and music, Meat Loaf did a segment of VH1's Storytellers that resulted in a 1999 CD and earned positive notices for his performances as a bigoted sheriff in Crazy in Alabama (1999) and the physically freakish but genuinely sympathetic Robert Paulsen in David Fincher's controversial Fight Club (1999). It was this cultish role that guaranteed him supporting work in both high-octane genre fare (Formula 51, The Salton Sea) as well as uncompromising indies (Focus) for the next decade or so.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
13% The Moment
  • Sergeant Goodman
2014
No Score Yet Wishin' And Hopin'
  • Monsignor Muldoon
2014
No Score Yet All American Christmas Carol
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Polish Bar
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Witness Insecurity
  • Actor
2012
69% Beautiful Boy
  • Motel Clerk
2011
No Score Yet Citizen Jane
  • Det. Jask Morris
2009
No Score Yet Meat Loaf: Bat out of Hell - The Original Tour
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Burning Bright
  • Howie
2009
75% Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Rock the Universe
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Meat Loaf: 3 Bats Live
  • Actor
2007
54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
  • Jack's Father
2006
4% BloodRayne
  • Leonid
2006
No Score Yet Old Grey Whistle Test 2
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Jake Feldman
2006
No Score Yet Crazylove
  • John
2005
No Score Yet Chasing Ghosts
  • Richard Valbruno
2005
No Score Yet Pleasure Drivers - What Drives You?
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Pleasure Drivers
  • Dale
2005
No Score Yet Meat Loaf: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Extreme Dating
  • Marshall Jackson
2004
17% A Hole in One
  • Billy
2004
No Score Yet Stadium Rock - The Anthology
  • Actor
2004
25% Formula 51
  • The Lizard
2002
62% The Salton Sea
  • Bo
2002
No Score Yet Wishcraft
  • Sparky Shaw
2002
56% Focus
  • Fred
2001
No Score Yet Rustin
  • Coach T.
2001
No Score Yet Golden Dreams: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
  • Amos
2001
57% A Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Trapped
  • Jim
2001
No Score Yet Meat Loaf: Hits Out of Hell
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Blacktop
  • Jack
2000
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI
  • Actor
2000
30% Crazy in Alabama
  • Sheriff John Doggett
1999
79% Fight Club
  • Robert
1999
25% Outside Ozona
  • Floyd Bibbs
1999
75% The Mighty
  • Iggy
1998
No Score Yet Everything That Rises
  • Red
1998
10% Black Dog
  • Red
1998
20% Gunshy
  • Lew
1998
36% Spice World
  • Dennis
1998
No Score Yet Pavarotti and Friends - Together For The Children of Bosnia
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet To Catch a Yeti
  • Big Jake Grizzley
1993
67% Leap of Faith
  • Hoover
1992
14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
  • Larry
1992
60% Motorama
  • Vern
1992
85% Wayne's World
  • Tiny
1992
17% The Squeeze
  • Titus
1987
No Score Yet Stand by Me - AIDS Day Benefit
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Out of Bounds
  • Gil
1986
No Score Yet Der Formel Eins Film
  • Actor
1986
14% Roadie
  • Travis W. Redfish
1980
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt
  • Scum
1979
No Score Yet Americathon
  • Oklahoma Roy
1979
80% The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Eddie
1975
14% State Fair
  • Boy In Stands
1962
No Score Yet Meat Loaf Live
  • Actor
No Score Yet Meat Loaf - Live at Wembley
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
57% Fairly Legal
2011-2012
  • Charlie DeKay
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Performer
Monk
2002-2009
  • Reverend Jorgenson
No Score Yet Ghost Hunters
2004-2016
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Actor
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
  • Appearing
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Eddie
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Actor
  • Performer
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Barry Jeffries
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Musical Guest
  • Performer

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