The ‘Fight Club’ (1999) star who found fame as a rock opera singer and musical theatre actor widely regarded for his ‘Bat Out of Hell’ album trilogy.
September 27, 1947
Dallas, Texas, United States
Meat Loaf came to prominence as a multi-platinum rock singer from Texas who first got his start as a band frontman for Meat Loaf Soul. Later on, he gained recognition on stage when he first appeared in the Los Angeles production of the musical, ‘Hair’. He reprised his role on Broadway afterward.
From 1972 to 1974, he worked on his debut album, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ (1977), and decided to leave the theatre and fully focus on his music. He found further fame for selling 43 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time. He has released 12 solo albums, notably ‘Braver Than We Are’ (2016), ‘Hell in a Handbasket’ (2011) and ‘Batt Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose’ (2006) from 1977 to 2016. The record-setting crooner sold over 50 million albums worldwide also appeared in the cult hit films such as ‘Fight Club’ (1999) as Robert ‘Bob’ Paulson and ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ (1975) as Eddie.
In 2016, he once shared on ‘Oprah’ that he received the nickname Meat Loaf from his father because he was ‘born bright red.’ His father reckoned that he could pass up as a ‘nine and a half pounds of ground chuck.’ Another story that was shared was when his sports coach yelled, ‘Get off my foot, you hunk of meat loaf!’ to call the then 13-year-old teen when Meat Loaf accidentally stood on his coach’s foot.