Simon Cowell

Birthday: Oct 7, 1959
Birthplace: Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
Known to millions as the surly British judge on American Idol, Simon Cowell started his career at EMI Music Publishing, where he worked his way up from the assistant to an A&R representative to a record producer, but in the early '80s, he left the company to create his own label, E&S Music. The company went bankrupt, and Cowell returned to EMI, but he tried to launch his own label again in 1985 with Fanfare Records, which enjoyed more success but was forced to fold when its parent company went under.Frustrated by his second major setback, Cowell began working as an A&R consultant for BMG, where he found major success with the bright idea to produce novelty records by stars from other areas of the entertainment industry who were already popular, such as professional wrestlers and kid's TV personalities. The music man also signed a number of successful bands to the label, and began working on other music-based projects like the British show Pop Idol, which would be reincarnated in America as American Idol. Cowell also tried starting up his own music company once again, Sysco Records, this time with the brilliant angle of releasing all the music from American Idol and Pop Idol winners on it. The entertainment mogul also came up with a number of other competitive reality series like America's Got Talent, American Inventor, and The X Factor.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Himself 2016
63% One Chance Producer $1.4M 2014
0% Pudsey the Dog: The Movie Producer $0.7M 2014
64% One Direction: This Is Us Producer $28.9M 2013
No Score Yet One Direction: Going Our Way Producer 2013
No Score Yet One Direction: The Only Way Is Up Actor 2012
No Score Yet Far Far Away Idol Actor 2004
35% Scary Movie 3 Himself 2003

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet America's Got Talent
2006-2018
Judge Creator Executive Producer Producer
  • 2019
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No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2013
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No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Retro Cribs
2013
Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The X Factor
2011-2014
Judge Executive Producer Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
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85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2010
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
Judge Guest Appearing Judge
  • 2010
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No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
Guest
  • 2008
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No Score Yet American Inventor
2006-2007
Executive Producer
  • 2007
  • 2006
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2007
  • 2000
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest
  • 2004

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