Bruce Springsteen


23 Sep 1949


Long Branch, New Jersey, USA


Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen


Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian ancestry. He has an older sister, Virginia, and a younger sister Pamela Springsteen. Bruce was raised as a Catholic. He was inspired to take up music when he, at the age of seven, saw Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948). When he was 13 he bought his first guitar for 18 dollars. His mother took out a loan when Bruce was 16 and bought him a Kent guitar for 60 dollars.

In 1965, he became the lead guitarist in the band "The Castiles", he would later become lead singer in the band. The Castiles recorded two original songs at a public recording studio in Brick Township, New Jersey. From 1969 to 1971 he performed with Steven Van Zandt, Danny Federici and Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez in a band called "Child", that was renamed later to "Steel Mill" when guitarist Robbin Thompson joined the band.

In 1972, he signed a record deal with Columbia Records and released his debut album, "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.", with his New Jersey-based colleagues, who would later be called "The E Street Band", In January, 1973. The album had critical success and so did their second album, "The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle", released in September, 1973, but had little commercial success. In 1975, after more than 14 month of recording, their third album was released, "Born to Run", which had both critical and commercial success for Springsteen and the band.

In 1977, he returned to the studio, after a two-year legal battle with former manager Mike Appel, and produced the album, "Darkness on the Edge of Town", released in 1978 and became a turning point musically for his career. In 1980 came the release of "The River", the album sold well and he followed up with the album "Nebraska" which had critical success but had little commercial success. Springsteen came back with a bang with the release of the album "Born in the U.S.A." in 1984, which sold 15 million copies in the U.S. alone and had seven top ten singles. It became one of the best-selling albums of all time.

After the huge success of the "Born in the U.S.A." album he released a more calm and sedate album in 1987, "Tunnel of Love", which included songs about love lost and the challenges of love, after the break-up with first wife, Julianne Phillips. The albums released in 1992, "Lucky Town" and "Human Touch" were also popular, Human Touch being the most popular of the two, hitting the number one spot of the best-selling albums in the UK. In 1994 he won an academy award for the song "Streets of Philadelphia" featured in the film Philadelphia (1993).

In 1995, he released the album "The Ghost of Tom Joad", which was mostly a solo guitar album and was inspired by "Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass," a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Dale Maharidge. After being apart from the E Street Band for several years they reunited with a successful tour which ended in Madison Square Garden in New York in the year 2000. In 2002 he released the first studio album with the full band in over 18 years, "The Rising", and it became a critical and commercial success. In 2005 he released his third folk album (after "Nebraska" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad"), "Devils & Dust" It was followed by "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" in 2006 and "Magic" in 2007. His 16th album will be released on January 27, 2009 and is called "Working on a Dream".

He married for the first time at the age of 35 to actress Julianne Phillips. The marriage helped boost her acting career, but his traveling took it's toll on the marriage and the final blow came when she found out his affair with the American singer/songwriter/guitarist Patti Scialfa. Their marriage ended in 1989. He then married Patti Scialfa on June 8th, 1991, They had lived together since the separation between him and his first wife and they had a child before they married. They have three children together: Evan James Springsteen (born July 25, 1990), Jessica Rae (born December 30, 1991) and Sam Ryan Springsteen (born January 5, 1994).

Actor ( 78 credits )

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: The River Tour, Tempe 1980 (2015)
Els dies clau (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 2015)
Dolezal Backstage (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
The Seventies (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) Himself - Musician
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
12-12-12 (2013) Himself
Springsteen & I (2013) Himself
Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) Himself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina (2013)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Lilyhammer (2012)  Giuseppe Tagliano (1 episode, 2014)
The Bridge School Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition (2011) Himself
Jerseyboy Hero (2011) Himself
Who Do I Think I Am? (2011) Himself
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut (2010)
The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010) Himself
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: London Calling - Live in Hyde Park (2010) Himself
No me la puc treure del cap (2010)  Himself (archive footage) (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
The People Speak (2009) Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (4 episodes, 2010-2014)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Welcome to the 80's (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Auf Wieder-Sehen Österreich (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
50 años de (2009)  Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Divendres (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Glastonbury 2009 (2009)  Himself
Tribute This! (2008) Himself
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (2008)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
60/90 (2008)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice (2008) Himself
A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story (2007) Himself
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007) Himself
Banda sonora (2007)  Himself (9 episodes, 2007-2012)
Seven Ages of Rock (2007)  Himself (unknown episodes)
...So Goes the Nation (2006) Himself (archive footage)
20 to 1 (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Loops! (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
80s (2005)  Himself (archive footage) (4 episodes, 2005)
La tierra de las 1000 músicas (2005)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Miradas 2 (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Get Up, Stand Up (2003)  Himself - Interviewee / ... (5 episodes, 2003)
Go' aften Danmark (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Democracy Now! (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
La noche con Fuentes y Cía (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Temps de silenci (2001)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
I Love 1980's (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
High Fidelity (2000) Himself
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Singer (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Música sí (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
VH1 Storytellers (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Sen kväll med Luuk (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Power Vision - Pop Galerie (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
VH1 Legends (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
The History of Rock 'n' Roll (1995)  Himself (7 episodes, 1995)
Top of the Pops 2 (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1994-2002)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (4 episodes, 1999-2009)
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes: Having a Party Live at the Stone Pony (1992) Himself
The Howard Stern Show (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Harry Måneskin (1990)  Himself - Singer (archive footage) (uncredited) (2 epi
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) Himself
¡Qué noche la de aquel año! (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1987)
Zomerrock (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
American Masters (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Arsenal (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 1985)
Rock in Rio (1985)  Himself - Performer (1 episode, 2013)
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
No Nukes (1980) Himself
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Musical Guest (2 episodes, 1992-2002)
Fantástico (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Ajankohtainen kakkonen (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
60 Minutes (1968)  Himself (segment "Springsteen") (2 episodes, 2007-2008
Telenoche (1966)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Top of the Pops (1964)  Himself (2 episodes, 1993-2006)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)

Producer ( 3 credits )

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: The River Tour, Tempe 1980 (2015) executive producer
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut (2010) executive producer
The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010) executive producer