He rose to fame for hits such as "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Living on a Prayer," and "Blaze of Glory," whichwon an American Music Award in 1991.
He skipped school to record music with his cousin at The Power Station.
His band gained recognition after releasing Slippery When Wet, which peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in the late 1980s.
His mother, a Playboy Bunny turned florist, raised him alongside his brothers, Anthony and Matthew; he got married to Dorothea Hurley on April 29, 1989 and they had four children together: Stephanie, Jesse, Jacob, and Romeo.
He campaigned for Al Gore during the 2000 Presidential election, and became a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions in 2010.