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Michael Jackson performing at the Oscars

Name:             Michael Joseph Jackson

Date of Birth:  29 August 1958, Gary, Indiana, USA

Date of Death: 25 June 2009, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Nicknames:     The Gloved One, Wacko Jacko, Jacko, King Of Pop, MJ, Applehead, Mike, Mikey

Height:            5′ 9″ (1.75 m)

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musicalambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together, they prodded their growing family’s musical interests at home. By the early 1960s, the older boys Jackie, Tito and Jermaine had begun performing around the city; by 1964, Michael and Marlon had joined in.

Michael Jackson performing Original Song nominee “Ben” from the film “Ben” at the 45th Annual Academy Awards® in 1973. Introduced by Charlton Heston.