Full Name: John Michael Osbourne Date of Birth: December 3rd 1948 Place of Birth: Birmingham, England Parents: Jack and Lillian Osbourne Siblings: 2 brothers, Paul and Tony - 3 sisters Jean, Iris and Gillian
Osbourne has been married twice and is the father of seven children. He was first married to Thelma Riley and from her, he adopted her son Elliot Kingsley (1966) and together they had Jessica Starshine Osbourne Hobbs (20 January 1972) and Louis John Osbourne (1975).
He later married Sharon Osbourne and had three children with her. They are Aimee Osbourne (2 September 1983), Kelly Osbourne (27 October 1984) and Jack Osbourne (8 November 1985). They also adopted Robert Marcato after his mother died. Osbourne also has two grandchildren, Isabelle and Harry from his daughter Jessica.
Osbourne garnered greater celebrity status by the unlikely success of his own brand of reality television. The Osbournes, a series featuring the domestic life of Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, children Jack and Kelly, but not Sharon's eldest daughter Aimee, who declined to participate), has turned into one of MTV's greatest hits. It premiered on March 5, 2002, and the final episode aired March 21, 2005.
In 2002, Osbourne and wife Sharon were invited to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner by Fox News Channel correspondent Greta Van Susteren for that year's event. President Bush noted Ozzy's presence by joking: "The thing about Ozzy is he's made a lot of big hit recordings: 'Party With the Animals'; 'Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath'; 'Face in Hell'; 'Black Skies and Bloodbath in Paradise.' Ozzy, Mom loves your stuff."
During 2003, a member of Birmingham City Council campaigned for him to be given Freedom of the City.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are one of the UK's richest couples, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. They ranked #458 in the 2005 list, with an estimated £100 million earned from recording, touring and TV shows. They ranked above most music stars, such as Rod Stewart, George Michael, Robbie Williams, the Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts and Ron Wood, and Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Dire Straits members.
Osbourne has shown symptoms of a mild hearing loss, as evidenced in the television show, The Osbournes, as he often asks his family members to repeat what they say.
Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates are supporters of Aston Villa Football Club, Ozzy was raised in Lodge Road, only a few hundred yards from the club's ground.
Ozzy Osbourne (born John Michael Osbourne, December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is a singer - lead vocalist of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath - popular solo artist, and former star of the popular reality show The Osbournes.
As a solo artist, Osbourne has sold over 30 million albums in the US. Two albums, Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and No More Tears (1991), are certified quadruple platinum, for sales of over 4 million copies in the US.
Osbourne spent most of his early life in Birmingham, England. He was born on 3 December 1948 into abject poverty to a family of six children.
Osbourne reportedly suffered from learning disabilities (believed to be dyslexia), making school life difficult. He sought refuge in music, eventually becoming the singer of a local band, Rare Breed.
Former schoolmate, Tony Iommi, would discover Osbourne, inviting him to play with his budding group, the Polka Tulk Blues Band (later renamed Earth). Impressed by his unique singing style Osbourne was asked to join.
During this time psychedelic rock was enormously popular. To distinguish themselves from the norm, Iommi and his partners decided to play a heavy blues inspired style of music laced with gloomy lyrics. One day during rehearsals, the band noticed people queuing up outside a movie theater where a horror film was being shown, and bassist Geezer Butler observed how curious it is that people like to be frightened, which inspired the band. On learning the name Earth was currently in use, the group appropriately re-named themselves after the movie "Black Sabbath".