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Jack Osbourne

Osbourne at his autobiography signing in London, 2006.
Born Jack Joseph Osbourne
8 November 1985 (1985-11-08) (age 24)
Saint John's Wood, London, England
Occupation Television personality
Years active 2001–present

Jack Joseph Osbourne (born 8 November 1985) is an English media personality, best known as the son of singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne and music manager Sharon Osbourne, and brother of Aimee and Kelly Osbourne.

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Early life and family

Osbourne was born in Saint John's Wood, London. He has two older sisters, Aimee Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne, and also two elder half-siblings; Jessica Hobbs and Louis John Osbourne, both of whom are from Ozzy's previous marriage to Thelma Riley. The Osbournes have many pets, and Jack owns a female bulldog named Lola. Jack says that his childhood years were "perfectly happy and contented".[1] For the first six years of his life he lived in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire. When he was six, Sharon and Ozzy decided to move the family to L.A., but a year later the family moved back to Buckinghamshire. When Jack was eleven, the family moved back to Southern California but this time to Beverly Hills. In spite of moving so many times at a young age, Jack claims "he didn't find it too disruptive".[2]

The only aspect of his life that constant moving did affect was his school life, and Jack soon despised going to school, which was not helped by the fact that when he was eight he was diagnosed with a form of dyslexia,[3][4] and when he was ten he was diagnosed with ADD. At the time, Jack was studying at a Christian school in L.A., but their attitude was "pray hard and you'll get better"[5] and Jack returned to England again for a year, before returning to L.A. This time Jack did not return to the Christian school, but was enrolled into a special needs school (Park Century School), and was prescribed Ritalin to combat his ADD. Jack had been on the road with Ozzy throughout much of his childhood, and when he was fourteen he was offered an internship at Virgin Records while Sharon was managing The Smashing Pumpkins on this label.

A&R and music management

After Sharon stopped managing The Smashing Pumpkins, Jack soon started A&R scouting for Epic Records as Ozzy had been on Epic for many years. Jack also helped Sharon in managing his father's annual touring festival, Ozzfest, through advising her about up-and-coming bands.[6]

Television

The Osbournes

Jack shot to fame in 2002 after appearing in his family's reality television show The Osbournes, which was aired on MTV and won an Emmy Award in 2002.[7] When inititally approached about the idea of the show, Jack said to Sharon "I don't want to be famous."[8] In the show Jack was mostly shown as a rebellious teenager who liked to party and fight with Kelly. In a song advertising The Osbournes.[9] Jack Black sings the line "and he's got a big 'fro on his head", describing Jack's curly hair that grew longer until he eventually shaved it off in the third season of the show.

The Osbournes opened many doors for Jack, as in 2002 he briefly appeared in Goldmember along with the rest of his family, and subsequently he also appeared in an advertisement for Pepsi Twist with Kelly during the Super Bowl 2003. In 2002 Jack also appeared in Season 6 of Dawson's Creek in the episode "The Kid's Are Alright Part 1" as Audrey's drug-taking friend. In more recent years Jack appeared in an episode of The X Factor as a joke under the guise of a 'goth rapper'[10] in which he sang Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. He also made a cameo in the fifth season of That 70's Show.

Post-rehab, Osbourne went on in 2003 to star in his own show on Channel 4 entitled Union Jack. In 2004 he hit the big screen for a second time to play a small role in New York Minute, a film starring the Olsen twins in which he plays a music promoter named Justin. In 2005 Jack started to show more of an interest in fitness through co-hosting the ITV2 show, Celebrity Wrestling:Bring It On!. In February 2005 Jack appeared in Extreme Celebrity Detox in which he took part in T'ai Chi and climbing exercises, which possibly inspired him[11] to appear in his own programme Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie, which was produced by the same production company (Ginger Productions) as Extreme Celebrity Detox'.

Adrenaline Junkie

Jack Osbourne got in shape and lost 50 pounds[12] in Thailand at a Muay Thai martial arts camp in Pattaya in order to be fit enough to climb El Capitan (which he achieved) whilst filming the first series of Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie . It is aired on ITV2 in the UK, the Travel Channel in the United States, The LifeStyle Channel in Australia, GOtv in South Africa and on MuchMusic in Canada. Adrenaline Junkie focuses on Osbourne's training for sports like rock climbing, mountaineering and a jungle trek in Belize from the Chiquibul Chamber through dense jungle ending at Caracol Ruins (Guided by the UK volunteer conservation organisation Trekforce). The effects of Jack's weight loss are clearly shown by the two semi-naked photo shoots he did for Cosmopolitan in 2005 to raise awareness of testicular cancer. The first, taken in June 2005, shows him sitting on a motor bike, with him claiming in the same issue that Cosmo are "chubby chasers for wanting to see him starkers". However, in the second photo shoot, which appeared in the December 2005 issue of Cosmo, he was noticeably more toned,[13] and Jack declared that the second shoot was a big "Ha! To everyone to who laughed at him before".

After the first series of Adrenaline Junkie he began filling in for Stephen Mulhern on CITV's Saturday morning kids' show Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown (the show has now ended). Jack took part in Sport Relief and faced former singer in the band S Club 7, Bradley McIntosh, in a boxing match of three one-minute rounds to raise money for the charity. Jack won by a unanimous decision.

He once claimed to be considering a career in law enforcement and was on reality television show Armed and Famous. The show was pulled from CBS in January 2007, and Jack is being sued by a woman from Muncie, Indiana whose house was accidentally raided during the filming on the show.[14]

Jack's recently filmed a programme for the BBC's Saving Planet Earth series. In it he travelled to Namibia to highlight the tensions between elephants and the local people, and what can be done so that both groups can live peacefully beside one another. Whilst filming, Jack had a near-miss when an elephant was threatening to charge at him, but luckily the elephant walked off.[15]

The fourth series of Adrenaline Junkie, which was aired on ITV2, showed Jack taking on a leadership role as he lead a group of celebrities through similar challenges to the ones he faced on the first two series of the programme.

After the end of the third series Jack took part in the Mongol Rally with News Corporation director Andrew Knights' daughter, Amaryllis Knight.[16] Their challenge was to drive a car with under 1000cc from London to Ulan bator, the capital of Mongolia, for charity.

In the first episode of the new series Jack is joined by sister Kelly and parents Sharon and Ozzy, as the Osbournes take part in a family adventure Adrenaline Junkie style. In 2009.

Osbournes Reloaded

Jack and the rest of the Osbourne Family reunite with a Reality TV show on Fox. Debut March 31, 2009.

Drug Addiction

On Jack's 13th birthday he got drunk for the first time on whiskey and, by the time he was fourteen, he was drinking regularly and had started smoking marijuana.[17] He started partying more, and made headlines on 21 April 2003 when he was admitted to a child psychiatric ward for an addiction to OxyContin.[18] Jack's drug addiction escalated after Sharon was diagnosed with cancer as well as battling with his own depression, but the final straw came when Jack attempted suicide by taking absinthe, a cocktail of prescription pills and as well as cutting his hands with shards of glass after hearing his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend pick up her phone when he called her.[19] Jack woke up twelve hours later.[20]

Rehabilitation

Jack continued with his drug use until he realized "I never want to feel this way ever again" and admitted himself into an adolescent psych ward, as that was the only place that could legally detox adolescents. After spending 10 days detoxing, he was then moved to an adolescent rehabilitation center in Malibu, where he enrolled in the Twelve Step Program. Jack has been clean since he left rehab, apart from when he accidentally had a shot of vodka jelly, mistaking it for normal jelly.[21]

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Personal life

He enjoys heavy metal and his favourite bands include: Tool, System of A Down, Pantera, Down, Electric Wizard, Faith No More, Eyehategod, Hatebreed, Meshuggah. Osbourne is also a gamer and can frequently be seen playing video games on The Osbournes.

In February 2005, Jack had a "high value amount" of jewellery stolen from his suitcase at LAX, and offered a £100,000 reward for any information that could lead to prosecution.[22]

Osbourne has been connected to many women, and claims that he is a "she-bitch man whore".[23] Although regarding romantic relationships, Osbourne is reported to have said that "having a girlfriend is like communism; on paper (it) sounds awesome; in reality (it) never really works out".[24] In the past, Osbourne has confirmed relationships with Kimberly Stewart (whose old breast implants remain nailed to his wall)[25] as well as model Kate Moss following a kiss in L.A. nightclub Teddies, but when the media claimed that they were an item Jack replied "not the worst rumor, but a little off the mark".[26] Other love interests have included Brianne Cobain, half-sister of Kurt Cobain, dancer Lydia Worth[27] and Paris Hilton.[28]

Tattoos and Piercings

Osbourne is very interested in body modifications and has various tattoos all over his body. These include:

  • A tattoo across the whole of his back which includes a dragon
  • A tattoo saying "Mum" inside a heart in white ink on his left shoulderblade
  • A smiley face on each knee (his father, Ozzy Osbourne, also has this tattoo)
  • A skull and crossbones on the back of his neck
  • An intricate pattern on his right forearm including a fish and a wheel
  • A sobriety symbol of a triangle within a circle on his left arm
  • The name "Kelly" on his inner left wrist (His sister, Kelly, has one that says "Jack")
  • A crucifix on the centre of his chest
  • The words 'Savage Times' across his right breastbone
  • A lobe piercing in each ear
  • A tiger on his lower left arm

Further reading

  • 21 Years Gone: The Autobiography (2006) ISBN 978-0230014329
  • Ordinary People: Our Story (31 Oct 2004) ISBN 978-0743462228

References

  1. ^ Osbourne, Jack, 21 Years Gone, (Macmillan 2006) pg 7.
  2. ^ Osbourne, Jack, 21 Years Gone, (Macmillan 2006) pg 36.
  3. ^ Jack Osbourne Biography |TVGuide.com
  4. ^ Jack Osbourne Biography
  5. ^ Osbourne, Jack, 21 Years Gone, (Macmillan 2006) pg 54.
  6. ^ Gold, Todd Officially Osbourne, (Simon & Schuster UK) pg 17.
  7. ^ BBC News Ozzy's Wife Collects Emmy Award.
  8. ^ Gold, Todd, Ordinary People, (Pocket Books 2004) pg 231.
  9. ^ Youtube The Osbournes by Tenacious D Retrieved 27 November 2007
  10. ^ M&C Jack Osbourne fooled Simon Cowell into believing he was a white rapper.
  11. ^ Jack's Diary about Extreme Celebrity Detox (Feb 2005), [1] Retrieved April 21, 2007.
  12. ^ Men's Fitness (Feb 2006), Rebourne. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
  13. ^ TV Squad (16 Nov 2005), Jack Osbourne goes nude for Cosmo. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
  14. ^ TV Squad (5 June 2007), CBS, Jack Osbourne sued over reality TV show. Retrieved June 20, 2007.
  15. ^ The Sun Online (3 July 2007), Osbourne's elephant scare. Retrieved July 5, 2007.
  16. ^ Amaryllis Knight
  17. ^ Osbourne, Jack, 21 Years Gone, (Macmillan 2006) pg 65.
  18. ^ BBC (24 May 2004), Kelly Osbourne talks of drug hell. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
  19. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=17813081&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=exclusive--jack-osbourne---my-story----how-my-drug-hell-began-name_page.html
  20. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=17813081&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=exclusive--jack-osbourne---my-story----how-my-drug-hell-began-name_page.html
  21. ^ Exposay (28 July 2006), Jack Falls off the wagon at Princess Beatrice's Party Retrieved 21 April 2007
  22. ^ BBC News Jack Osbourne Jewellery is stolen Retrieved June 25, 2007
  23. ^ The Osbournes, "My Big Fat Jewish Wedding" (2003)
  24. ^ Star Pulse , Jack Osbourne: 'Having a Girlfriend Is a Bit Like Communism'. Retrieved July 2007,
  25. ^ Female First , Osbourne has Rod's Daughter's Breast Implants On His Wall. Retrieved June 2007,
  26. ^ Osbourne, Jack, 21 Years Gone, (Macmillan 2006) pg 210.
  27. ^ Female First , Jack Osbourne dating dancer. Retrieved June 2007,
  28. ^ The Sun, Jack Had Sex With Paris Hilton Retrieved 20 June 2007,

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Jack Osbourne (born November 8, 1985, in London, England) is the son of Ozzy Osbourne.

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  • I'm going to get you a broken alarm clock so you'll get up in the morning.
    • The Osbournes television show.
  • I'm an ass-kicking fat kid.
    • The Osbournes television show.
  • Mom! It's the cops! I'm gonna get nicked, I'm gonna get nicked!
    • The Osbournes television show.
  • I've been up the coast of St-Barts, playing with spidermonkies, tripping on acid. Changed my whole perspective on shit.
    • The Osbournes television show
  • Kelly, there are people in Somalia who would die for a banana.
    • The Osbournes television show.
  • I'm trying to get to bed, and you guys are singing "The Whole World's in my fucking hand." I'd rather you shut the fuck up!
    • The Osbournes television show.
  • As long as I know my head's in the right place, my feet are on the ground, I think I’ll be fine.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • Back then it was a very realistic thing for me. My own thing was, you know, wake up at 5 in the afternoon, it's dark out, hang out, maybe take a shower, then start drinking, start smoking pot, go out with friends, get wasted.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • But you know, my mom having to go to the hospital seven times... like passed out because of pain... I wouldn't come home and sit with my family and be with my dad - I'd call someone up and... I'd go and get obliterated drunk and I'd go, like, on two-week benders.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • Dad was just an emotional wreck. He was drinking a lot of the time; he was smoking a lot of pot. And because he takes certain medications, the drinking were making him... you know, he wasn't even present, really.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • For a while I was suicidal and I tried to kill myself. I think I should have died about four times.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I didn't get at first put into a rehab facility; I got put in a adolescent psychiatric unit for my detox.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I don't want to come off like the jealous brother who wasn't getting the attention, but it was like no one was really into me anyway. I wasn't really a priority.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I go to a meeting every day. I surround myself with people who don't use. I recently got back from Ozzfest and I caught myself in kind of a sticky situation where I was around a lot of people using, drinking and it was kind of - I didn't have the urge to use once, but I just knew I shouldn't have been there.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I had my group of friends, you know, like my real group of friends, and then I had, like, party friends.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I had smoked pot and drank every day for two years. I was taking Vicodin by the handful. Valium, Xanax, Dilaudid, Lorcet, Lortab, Perocet, you name it. It's so easy. It's L.A., you know? You just get it from people.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I have a tendency to really stuff things. I don't really express, you know? Like, express certain feelings and stuff.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I took a bottle of pills. I'd been in Europe and I had a lot of absinthe and I was just drinking and drinking, trying to, you know, just shut my body down.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I was hanging out with no one under 21. I thought that if I really wanted to fit in I had to... show them that I was in a way just as adult as they were, 'cause I could hold my own just as well as they could, if not better.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I was interning at a record label - OK, cool. I'm gonna do what my mom did, you know, work her way up in the music industry, the business side of things. I was comfortable with that. That was what I wanted to do. And then just suddenly I am thrown from that. It was super insane.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I'd have to say that Muay Thai is something special. It's really demanding and it's becoming popular all around the world.
    • The Nation, April 28 2007
  • I'd read things, like people criticizing me. But no one likes to read stuff about that, and probably the main thing that was getting to me was me mum's illness.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I'm real clear, you know? There's no fogginess.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I'm totally grateful for the fans my family has and I have; they gave me a lot of support when I was in treatment. But it was just odd, you know? It's stressful. Just the whole fact of being someone in the public eye.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • I've been drinking and using since I was 13.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • It's been real weird. It wasn't how I expected my life to turn out. Especially, mainly pertaining to the show. It never crossed my mind that one day I'm gonna be big and famous and have my own TV show, you know?
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • My parents approached me to go to rehab... So I ran away. I just took off running. I went to a friend's house and I went pretty buck wild. I was snorting Demerol, OxyContin. I don't really remember much.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • There's a lot of things that were going on. I'd run out of OxyContin, I was doing a lot of Dilaudid. Dilaudid is like a millimeter down from OxyContin. I was doing a lot of those, and life just got super stressful for me.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • There's people outside our house; you get followed by photographers; you can't go out and have a cup of coffee with a friend without someone coming up to you
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • Well, all I can say is, it's a day-by-day program, and so I'm very worried about relapsing, but I don't know. I don't want to use. I don't want to go back to that place because nothing good came of it. It was super dark; it's not nice.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
  • Where I felt comfortable was being the one that everyone liked to party with. And it was kind of the way I could fit in.
    • MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery

Attributed

  • Kelly has a rather bad habit of interrupting.
  • My mom has a tendency of flashing.

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