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RuPaul

Biography

Famous cross-dressing star of the VH1 celebrity talk show. He offers made cameos in a number of movies including To Wong Foo, Thanks a lot for Everything! Julie Newmar. He spent some time working as an underground musician and filmmaker a long time before he received acclaim for his flamboyant personality. A pull Queen singer-songwriter, he published and performed this year’s 2009 track “Jealous Of My Boogie.” He was raised with his mom and three sisters in NORTH PARK, California. He previously his biggest strike using the remake of “Don’t Proceed Breaking My Center,” with Elton John.

Quick Facts


Full Name RuPaul
Date Of Birth November 17, 1960
Place Of Birth San Diego, CA
Height 1.93 m
Profession TV Show Host
Nationality American
Spouse Georges LeBar
Parents Ernestine Charles, Irving Charles, Sissy That Walk, Can I Get an Amen, Cover Girl
Siblings Renetta Charles, Renae Charles, Rozy Charles, Sissy That Walk, Can I Get an Amen, Cover Girl
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, GLAAD Media Vito Russo Award, Sissy That Walk, Can I Get an Amen, Cover Girl
Nominations Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host, MTV Video Music Award for Best Electronic Video, Shorty Award for Best Celebrity, Independent Music Award for Best Song - Acoustic, Independent Music Award for Best Album - Dance/Electronica, Independent Music Award for Best Song - Dance or Electronica, Independent Music Award for Best Song - Used in Film, TV, Gaming or Multimedia, Independent Music Award for Best Song - Sing Out For Social Action (Any Social Issue), MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Host, Sissy That Walk, Can I Get an Amen, Cover Girl
Movies To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, The Brady Bunch Movie, Crooklyn, But I'm a Cheerleader, Who Is Cletis Tout?, A Very Brady Sequel, Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!, The Truth About Jane, EDtv, Blue in the Face, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, A Mother's Prayer, RuPaul Is: Starbooty!, Zombie Prom, Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen, Hurricane Bianca, An Unexpected Life, Alma, Red Ribbon Blues, Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, Glitter & Queer
TV Shows RuPaul's Drag Race, RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul, The RuPaul Show, RuPaul's Drag U, Skin Wars, Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, Mystery Girls, Good Work, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, Skin Wars: Fresh Paint
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1His fourth full-length installment, provacatively titled "RedHot", is set to hit stores on August 17, 2004. [June 2004]
2Producer and host of "RuPaul's Drag Race" on LogoTV. [June 2010]
3Currently putting finishing touches to his forthcoming album to be released later in the year. [March 2004]
4In 2002 he recorded "You're No Lady" a dance-club song with actress Brigitte Nielsen as Gitta
5Has appeared in four films with actress Stockard Channing in Smoke (1995), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), An Unexpected Life (1998) and The Truth About Jane (2000).
6Was voted "Queen of Manhattan 1990" by club owners, promoters and djs at the annual event.
7Ranked #85 on E TV's "101 Reasons The 90's Ruled".
8His #1 dance single Supermodel (You Better Work) was covered by 80s dance sensation Taylor Dayne for the Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack in 2003.
9Born at 7:58 PM PST.
10Scored four #1 singles from his debut album on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts, with Supermodel (You Better Work), A Shade Shadey (Now Prance), Back To My Roots and House Of Love.
11Ended what was a prosperous affiliation with MTV in 1993, shortly after the success of his debut album, which was supported heavily by the network at the time. This was due in large part to the infamous incident at that year's Video Music Awards, in which he was paired with Milton Berle to present an award. The two got along very poorly, spending most of the time on-camera exchanging vicious insults and going off-script than actually presenting the award. RuPaul also claimed Berle was acting very rudely and sexually inappropriate towards him backstage, even claiming Berle touched his fake breasts at one point.
12Made a media comeback in 1996 after the tabloids dubbed him "The Wicked Witch of MTV" following his Milton Berle issue. He appeared in an exuberantly done gown by fashion designer Bob Mackie at the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards.
13He was the surprise guest at the VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross in an all star lineup that included Donna Summer, Faith Hill, Destiny's Child and Mariah Carey, performing Ross's hit song I'm Coming Out.
14On the week of Rupaul's 40th birthday in 2000, a replica statue of him was unveiled at Madame Tussaud's wax museum in New York City.
15Hosted his own talk show/ comedy sketch show on VH1
16Can be seen in the B52's video "Love Shack"
17Is a drag queen.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
RuPaul's Drag Race All StarsTV Series performer - 6 episodes, 2012 - 2016 writer - 5 episodes, 2012
Who's Doing the Dishes?TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
RuPaul's Drag RaceTV Series 3 episodes, 2013 - 2014 writer - 49 episodes, 2009 - 2015 performer - 47 episodes, 2009 - 2015
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!TV Series 2 episodes, 2014 performer - 14 episodes, 2013 - 2014 writer - 13 episodes, 2013 - 2014
Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular2013TV Movie performer: "Fashion!" - uncredited
(My) Immortal: The Web Series2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sarah G Live2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
BearCity2010performer: "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous"
Being EricaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Sorority Row2009performer: "Jealous of My Boogie" / writer: "Jealous of My Boogie" - as RuPaul Charles
20 to 12008TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag2006Documentary writer: "Supermodel You Better Work" - as RuPaul Andre Charles
Bachelor Party Vegas2006Video performer: "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous"
Zombie Prom2006Short performer: "Jonny Don't Go To the Nuclear Plant - End Credits"
Disaster!2005performer: "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous"
Beauty Shop2005writer: "Supermodel" 2000 - as Rupaul Charles
Die Lugners2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lizzie McGuire Movie2003writer: "Supermodel" - as Ru Paul Andre Charles
Party Monster2003performer: "Supermodel" / writer: "Supermodel" - as RuPaul Charles
Bring It On2001TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
La gran vida2000performer: "Dont Go Breaking My Heart"
But I'm a Cheerleader1999performer: "Party Train" / writer: "Party Train" - as RuPaul Charles
The Brady Bunch Movie1995as RuPaul Charles, "Supermodel You Better Work" / performer: "Supermodel You Better Work"
Wigstock: The Movie1995Documentary "Free To Be", "House of Love"
Beavis and Butt-Head1993-1994TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Brit Awards 19941994TV Special performer: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
Addams Family Values1993performer: "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2 Broke Girls2017TV SeriesRuPaul
The Real O'Neals2016TV SeriesRuPaul
Hurricane Bianca2016Weatherman
The Muppets.2016TV SeriesRuPaul Charles
Harvey Beaks2015TV SeriesJackie Slitherstein
Bubble Guppies2015TV SeriesRuPearl
The Comeback2014TV SeriesRuPaul
Mystery Girls2014TV SeriesEmilio San Juan
Happy Endings2013TV SeriesKrisJahn
Ugly Betty2010TV SeriesRudolph
Seeds2009/IShortJames
Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World2009TV SeriesTyler
Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!2008Tyrell Tyrelle
How We Got Over2008Marquis de Saint (voice)
Starrbooty2007Starrbooty / Cupcake
Zombie Prom2006ShortMs. Strict
Whitepaddy2006Radio Kissin'
Skin Walker2004Video as RuPaul Charles
Essential Music Videos: Hits of the '80s2003Video shortDancer (segment "Love Shack")
The Groovenians2002TV ShortChampagne courvoisier (voice)
Son of the Beach2002TV SeriesHeinous Anus
Arrested Soul2002Video shortDon Williams (as RuPaul Charles)
Who Is Cletis Tout?2001Ginger Markum
Port Charles2001TV SeriesMadame Alicia
Popular2001TV SeriesSweet Honey Chile
V.I.P.2001TV SeriesPepe Dutille
For the Love of May2000ShortJimbo (as RuPaul Charles)
Shock Video 2001: A Sex Odyssey2000TV MovieNarrator
The Truth About Jane2000TV MovieJimmy (as RuPaul Charles)
Any Day Now2000TV SeriesJerry / Sheri Walters
Time of Your Life1999TV SeriesWilliam Landford
But I'm a Cheerleader1999Mike (as RuPaul Charles)
Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World1999ShortDaryl.com (as RuPaul Charles)
Edtv1999RuPaul
Veronica's Closet1999TV SeriesBrett
Walker, Texas Ranger1998TV SeriesBob
Hercules1998TV SeriesRock Guardian
An Unexpected Life1998TV MovieCharles
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1998TV SeriesThe Witch Judge
Nash Bridges1996-1998TV SeriesSimon Dubois / Simone Dubois
Shantay1997ShortShantay
A Very Brady Sequel1996Ms. Cummings
Vor Transsexuellen wird gewarnt1996TV Movie
Red Ribbon Blues1996Duke
In the House1995TV SeriesKevin
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar1995Rachel Tensions
A Mother's Prayer1995TV MovieDeacon "Dede"
Sister, Sister1995TV SeriesMarje
The Brady Bunch Movie1995Mrs. Cummings
Blue in the Face1995Dancer
Crooklyn1994Bodega Woman
Saturday Night Live1993TV SeriesDanielle
Inferno1992TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Skin Wars: Fresh Paint2016TV Series executive producer
Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul2016TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Skin Wars: Fresh Paint2015TV Special executive producer
RuPaul's Drag Race2010-2014TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!2010-2014TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
Starrbooty2007producer - as R.A. Charles

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
RuPaul's Drag RaceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
The Biggest Loser2004TV Series composer - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucas Encounters: The Heat of the Moment2006Video

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucas Encounters: The Heat of the Moment2006Video segment "Therapist Session"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A French Guy Named Saba2015TV Mini-Series special thanks - 1 episode
The Houseboy2007special thanks - as RuPaul Charles

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!2010-2015TV SeriesHimself - Host / Judge
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2015TV SeriesHimself
The View2009-2015TV SeriesHimself
Skin Wars Reunion2014TV MovieHimself - Host
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself
TakePart Live2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Unsung2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself
The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHimself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Sing Your Face Off2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
Hey Qween2014TV SeriesHimself
The Face2014TV SeriesHimself
Bethenny2014TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fashion News Live2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular2013TV MovieHimself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2013TV SeriesHimself
In Bed with Joan2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2013 New Now Next Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHimself
RuPaul's New Hire2013ShortHimself
The Chew2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Watch What Happens: Live2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
RuPaul's Drag U2010-2012TV SeriesHimself - Host
2012 New Now Next Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
The Soup2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie Show2012TV SeriesHimself
Inconvenient Interviews with Risa2011Video shortHimself - interviewee
2010 New Now Next Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Rachael Ray2010TV SeriesHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2010TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Tori & Dean: Inn Love2009TV SeriesHimself
New Now Next Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2009TV SeriesHimself
Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen2008TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Project Runway2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
Paula's Party2008TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2007TV SeriesHimself
The Making of Michael Lucas' 'Dangerous Liaisons'2006Video documentaryHimself
The Evolution Will Be Televised2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Disco: Spinning the Story2005Video documentaryHerself
Dangerous Liaisons2005VideoHimself - Non-sexual Role
In the Life2002-2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Host / Himself
The Graham Norton Effect2004TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares1998-2002TV SeriesHimself
Sylvester: Mighty Real2002Documentary shortHimself
Heroes of Black Comedy2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (as RuPaul Charles)
Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHimself
Bravo Profiles2001TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross2000TV SpecialHimself
100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (as RuPaul Charles)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye2000DocumentaryHimself (Narrator) (voice)
Alma1999DocumentaryHimself
The RuPaul Show1997-1998TV SeriesHimself - Host
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Is My Life1998TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
1997 VH1 Fashion Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHimself
Fled1996Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-1996TV SeriesHimself
Ellen1996TV SeriesHimself
MADtv1995TV SeriesHimself
Catwalk1995DocumentaryHimself
VH1 Fashion and Music Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
The Crew1995TV SeriesHimself
The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special1995TV MovieHimself
Lauren Hutton and...1995TV SeriesHimself
All My Children1995TV SeriesHimself
Wigstock: The Movie1995DocumentaryHimself
1996 Clio Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
¡Hola Raffaella!1994TV SeriesHimself
The Brit Awards 19941994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (as Ru Paul)
The 1993 Billboard Music Awards1993TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
RuPaul's Christmas Ball1993TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Word1993TV SeriesHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19931993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
John & Leeza from Hollywood1993TV SeriesHimself
Real Sex1992TV Series documentary
Manhattan Cable1991TV SeriesHimself
Allee Willis Loves DetroitDocumentary filmingHimself
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Host / Judge
2016 Creative Arts Emmys2016TV MovieHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series / Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series / Outstanding Variety Special and Winner: Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program (as RuPaul Charles)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Skin Wars: Fresh Paint2016TV SeriesHimself - Host
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
Skin Wars2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge
RuPaul's Drag Race2009-2016TV SeriesHimself - Host / Judge / Himself / ...
Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul2016TV SeriesHimself
The Real2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Kocktails with Khloé2016TV SeriesHimself
RuPaul's Drag Race: Green Screen Christmas2015TV MovieHimself
Skin Wars: Fresh Paint2015TV SpecialHimself - Host
Skin Wars: Naked Truth2015TV SeriesHimself
It Got Better2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Alan Carr: Chatty Man2015TV SeriesHimself
Good Work2015TV SeriesHimself - Panelist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Dragged2016DocumentaryHimself
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!2015TV SeriesHimself - Host / Judge
The Rebirth of ICIZZLE2010Video documentaryHimself
20 to 12008TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition ProgramRuPaul's Drag Race (2009)
1999Vito Russo AwardGLAAD Media Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Reality Show HostRuPaul's Drag Race (2009)
2016OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Individual Host or Panelist in a Reality or Non-Fiction ProgramRuPaul's Drag Race (2009)
2014Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Reality HostRuPaul's Drag Race (2009)
2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Reality HostRuPaul's Drag Race (2009)
2012Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Reality Show HostRuPaul's Drag Race (2009)
2012Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsReality HostRuPaul's Drag Race (2009)


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#Quote
1[on his TV show 'Drag Race'] We're looking for showgirls, not some Tom, Dick or Harry who happens to have a pussycat wig and a pair of cha-cha heels. But hopefully we are inspiring a new crop of queens. The truth is we're all in drag. We're all playing dress-up. Even if you work on Wall Street or at McDonald's you're putting on a persona.
2Remember, this country was founded by a bunch of men wearing wigs.
3I've dedicated my career to fighting the mundane. My hope is that my career will be a shining example to children everywhere that life is more meaningful when you are not afraid to see all colors of the rainbow.
4Doing what I do for a living has never been easy. I've had to fight countless battles in this game that the public has no idea ever happened. But, I just pick myself up and carry on, I Carry On.
5I was having breakfast in the Presidential Suite of the Century Plaza Hotel courtesy of the "John & Leeza Show" when the phone rang and it was my manager. He told me that Elton John wanted to include me on his upcoming "Duets" album and was I interested? I said, "Hold on one minute." The size of the suite gave me the opportunity to flail my arms around while running back and forth screaming "Oh my God Elton John! Oh my God, Elton John!" I must have screamed for a good five minutes before I got back on the line and answered nonchalantly, Sure.
6As the two of us sat watching TV, Kurt Loder popped up on the tube, teasing an MTV News story with footage of me frolicking around a shopping mall in Jersey City. He said "Coming up next, she's er ah he's 6' 4" and supermodel of the world. Me and Mama both looked at each other, and in that moment we simultaneously realized that her prediction, made 32 years prior, had finally come true. I was a star. That was the last time I saw Mama. " - on his mother Ernestine Charles
7I do not impersonate females! How many women do you know who wear seven inch heels, four foot wigs, and skintight dresses?
8If you don't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?


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