Meat Loaf

Mostly Credited As: Meat Loaf
Sometimes Credited As: Marvin Lee Aday
Michael Lee Aday
Meat Loaf Aday

Birth Name: Marvin Lee Aday
Date Of Birth: September 27, 1947 (Age 68)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Meat Loaf

Despite being best known for his largely theatrical songs and albums of the 1970’s, Marvin Lee Aday (born September 27, 1967) has been on camera for almost as long as he has been behind a microphone. According to his official website, his nickname was started when his father began to call him “Meat.” His schoolmates would later start calling him Meat Loaf, due to the fact that both that name and his real name shared the same initials: M.L.

In his autobiography, Meat Loaf talks about how his friend’s father took his friend and him out to see John F. Kennedy land at Love Field. After watching him land, they went to a spot on his parade route: Market Hall. On the trip there, they heard he had been shot. Upon hearing that news, they drove to Parkland Hospital, to see Jackie Kennedy and the Governor, John Connaly get out, but not John Kennedy himself.

Meat Loaf was transferred to North Texas State University, after attending Lubbock Christian College. He then tried to fail an Army physical by gaining sixty-eight pounds in a mere four-and-a-half weeks. The Army still considered him fit, even though he had a trick shoulder, was colorblind, and was quite prone to suffering concussions. He ignored his draft notice two years later, when it arrived. His mother died in 1967, which led to him moving to Los Angeles, becoming a bouncer for a nightclub.

Shortly after his mother died, his father, while in a drunken rage, attempted to kill him with a knife. Meat Loaf barely managed to escape, after a huge fight. After he received his mother’s inheritance, he rented out a place in Dallas, and didn’t leave for three-and-a-half months. Eventually, Meat Loaf purchased a car with the money, and drove out to California. It was there where he formed the band Meat Loaf Soul. His performance in the recording studio left quite an impression, as he was offered recording contracts on the spot. Meat Loaf turned these offers down, however, and the band would open for bands such as The Who and Grateful Dead.

After the break-up of the band, Meat Loaf’s next steady job was a role in the musical, Hair. After hiring an agent, he auditioned for a production of More Than You Deserve, where he met Jim Steinman, his future collaborator.

In 1973, after the success of The Rocky Horror Show, Meat Loaf was asked to appear in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where he would play the role of Eddie. Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman were working on his album Bat out of Hell at that time, and Meat Loaf even convinced the producer of Rocky Horror to run one of his singles as a trailer to the movie.

1974 marked the year when Meat Loaf decided to stop doing theater and focus solely on his recording career. After getting turned down time and again by numerous recording companies, Todd Rundgren eventually decided to produce the album (he would also play the lead guitar on the album). Steinman began to grow jealous of all the attention Meat Loaf was receiving. In May of 1978, Meat Loaf fell off of a stage during a performance in Ottawa, and broke his leg. The rest of the tour was canceled, and Meat Loaf resorted to doing cocaine to cope with the pressure. It peaked when he threatened to commit suicide by jumping off of a ledge of a New York building during a nervous breakdown.

In December of 1978, Meat Loaf traveled out to Woodstock to work on an album with Steinman, where he would meet his future wife, Leslie Edmonds. Meat Loaf lost his ability to sing in the middle of the recording process, which doctors attributed to a mental cause. Meat Loaf was able to pick up the pieces, however, mostly by playing a tremendous amount of softball and getting off of cocaine.

Leslie gave birth to Amanda Lee Aday in 1981; the same year Meat Loaf changed managers after finding out his then current managers were stealing money. They froze his assets, and even spread rumors of him being violent, threatening people with handguns. He ended up declaring bankruptcy. Meat Loaf released a self-written album, Midnight at the Lost and Found, in 1983. Even he didn’t like the lyrics he had written. 1986 also marked another critical failure, when his album Blind Before I Stop was given a dance beat underneath every song. He eventually started touring again, and developed a faithful following.

In the December of 1990, Meat Loaf reunited with Steinman, and the two began to work on the sequel to Bat out of Hell: Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. The CD was released in 1993, and was greeted with enormous success, selling over 10 million copies. The single “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” hit the number one spot in over 28 countries. That song also won Meat Loaf a Grammy for Best Solo Rock Performance.

He collapsed during a performance at Wembley Stadium, due to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, on November 17, 2003. He would later go under surgery to correct the problem.

Meat Loaf’s next CD, Bat out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, is slated to hit stores on October 31 2006. Desmond Child is set to produce, and it is reported that 9 of the 12 songs are written by Jim Steinman, as opposed to the other Bat out of Hell CDs, which feature songs written exclusively by Steinman.

Meat Loaf is married and has two daughters.

  • Stoney and Meat Loaf [1971]
  • Bat out of Hell [1977]
  • Dead Ringer [1981]
  • Midnight at the Lost and Found [1983]
  • Bad Attitude [1984]
  • Blind Before I Stop [1986]
  • Live at Wembley [1987]
  • Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell [1993]
  • Welcome to the Neighborhood [1995]
  • Live Around the World [1996]
  • The Very Best Of Meat Loaf [1998]
  • VH1 Storytellers [1999]
  • Couldn’t Have Said It Better [2003]
  • Bat out of Hell Live [2004]
  • Bat out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose [2006] [tentative release date]

  • State Fair [1962] {as an extra}
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show [1975]
  • Americathon [1979]
  • Scavenger Hunt [1979]
  • Roadie [1980]
  • Dead Ringer [1981]
  • Out Of Bounds [1986]
  • The Squeeze [1987]
  • Motorama [1991]
  • Leap of Faith [1992]
  • The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag [1992]
  • Wayne’s World [1992]
  • Spice World [1997]
  • The Mighty [1998]
  • Gunshy [1998]
  • Black Dog [1998]
  • Outside Ozona [1998]
  • Crazy In Alabama [1999]
  • Fight Club [1999]
  • A Tekerölantos Naplója [1999]
  • Blacktop [2000]
  • Rustin [2001]
  • Focus [2001]
  • The 51st State [2001]
  • Polish Spaghetti [2001]
  • Face to Face [2001]
  • The Salton Sea [2002]
  • Wishcraft [2002]
  • Learning Curves [2002]
  • A Hole in One [2003]
  • Chasing Ghosts [2005]
  • The Pleasure Drivers [2005] - not yet released
  • Crazylove [2005] - not yet released
  • Bloodrayne [2006]
  • Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny [2006] - not yet released

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Popstar to Operastar (2010)As: Judge (Series 1)
Rock & A Hard Place (2008)As: Himself (Host)
The Apprentice (US) (2004)As: Himself (S11 - Celebrity Apprentice 4 - Fired in task 12)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Wendy Williams Show (2009) 
  Meat Loaf! 05x83: (Jan/27/2014) As Himself 

The Jonathan Ross Show (2011) 
  Russell Tovey, Joanna Lumley, Meat Loaf, Peter Andre, Rudimental 04x17: (Apr/27/2013) As Himself 

Loose Women (1999) 
  Series 17, Show 132 17x132: (Apr/02/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Loose Leap Year Lovin' show 16x122: (Feb/29/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Series 15, Show 65 15x65: (Dec/03/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Series 14, Show 160 14x160: (Apr/21/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The One Show (2006) 
  March 29, 2013 07x155: (Mar/29/2013) As Himself 
  February 27, 2012 06x155: (Feb/27/2012) As Himself 
  April 15, 2010 04x189: (Apr/15/2010) As Himself 
  April 14, 2010 04x188: (Apr/14/2010) As Himself 

Bookaboo (2009) 
  Warduff and the Corn Cob Caper 03x01: (Feb/23/2013) As Himself, [Featuring]

Fairly Legal (2011) 
  Kiss Me, Kate 02x09: (May/11/2012) As Charlie McKay (as Meat Loaf Aday) 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Channing Tatum, Drew Brees, Meat Loaf 20x68: (Apr/20/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Channing Tatum, Drew Brees, Meat Loaf 20x41: (Mar/14/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Katherine Heigl, Ben Rappaport, Meat Loaf 18x136: (Oct/07/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Episode dated 12 November 1998 07x11: (Nov/12/1998) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  February 29, 2012 02x122: (Feb/29/2012) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  February 28, 2012 13x59: (Feb/28/2012) As Himself 
  April 20, 2010 11x110: (Apr/20/2010) As Himself 

Wetten, dass..? (1981) 
  Friedrichshafen (3) 32x03: (Dec/03/2011) As Himself ("Medley"), [Musical Guests]

Glee (2009) 
  The Rocky Horror Glee Show 02x05: (Oct/26/2010) As Barry Jeffries 

Justin Lee Collins: Good Times (2010) 
  Episode 8 01x08: (May/17/2010) As Himself 

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 1, Show 147 01x147: (Apr/20/2010) As Himself 

The Circle (2010) 
  Season 1, Episode 39 - Good Friday Highlights Special (Apr/02/2010) As Himself (Archive Footage), [Featuring]
  Season 1, Episode 19 01x19: (Mar/05/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Ghost Hunters (2004) 
  A Bat Out Of Hell 05x15: (Sep/30/2009) As Himself 

Monk (2002) 
  Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse 08x07: (Sep/25/2009) As Reverend Hadley Jorgensen (as Meat Loaf Aday) 

House (2004) 
  Simple Explanation 05x20: (Apr/06/2009) As Eddie (as Meat Load Aday) 

Any Dream Will Do (2007) 
  Live Finals 4 (Result) 01x10: (May/05/2007) As Himself 

Dancing With the Stars (2005) 
  Result Show 04x14: (May/01/2007) As Himself (Guest Performer) 

Masters of Horror (2005) 
  Pelts 02x06: (Dec/01/2006) As Jake Feldman (as Meat Loaf Aday) 

The Megan Mullally Show (2006) 
  Jamie Kennedy, Jeffrey Sebelia, Meat Loaf, Card Thrower Rick Smith 01x33: (Nov/01/2006) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Meatloaf, Healthy Halloween 56x40: (Oct/27/2006) As Himself 

The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006) 
  Series 2, Show 25 02x25: (Oct/27/2006) As Himself 

American Idol (2002) 
  Season 5 Finale 05x41: (May/24/2006) As Himself 

Celebrity Poker Showdown (2003) 
  Tournament 6 Game 2 06x02: (Aug/25/2005) As Himself 

Patrick Kielty Almost Live! (1998) 
  Series 6, Show 3 06x03: (Jul/04/2003) As Himself 

Top of The Pops 2 (1994) 
  May 6, 2003 09x69: (May/06/2003) As Himself 

Behind The Music (1997) 
  Hair 04x34: (Aug/26/2001) As Himself 
  Rocky Horror Picture Show 03x11: (Oct/31/1999) As Himself 
  Meat Loaf 01x16: (Feb/01/1998) As Himself 

Where Are They Now? (1999) (1999) 
  The Rocky Horror Picture Show 02x13: (Aug/07/2000) As Himself 

The Outer Limits (1995) (1995) 
  Gettysburg 06x17: (Jul/28/2000) As Colonel Angus Devine, [Special Guest Stars]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Dylan Mcdermott 07x20: (Oct/21/1999) As Himself 

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) 
  10/6/1999 01x16: (Oct/06/1999) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  John Leguizamo, Meat Loaf 07x07: (Sep/15/1999) As Himself 
  Barbara Walters, Sean Penn, Meat Loaf 03x49: (Nov/16/1995) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Dan Jansen, Dennis Miller, Meatloaf 01x121: (Mar/01/1994) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Dana Carvey, Meatloaf, Joan Cusak 01x60: (Nov/19/1993) As Himself 

Never Mind the Buzzcocks (UK) (1996) 
  Rowland Rivron, Meat Loaf, Billie Piper, Nick Keynes 05x04: (Mar/05/1999) As Himself 

TFI Friday (1996) 
  Larry Hagman, Melinda Messenger, Meatloaf 04x09: (Oct/30/1998) As Himself 

Noel's House Party (1991) 
  Series 8, Show 1 08x01: (Oct/17/1998) As Himself 

South Park (1997) 
  Chef Aid 02x14: (Oct/07/1998) Voiced  Himself 

Nash Bridges (1996) 
  Wild Card 02x22: (Apr/25/1997) As Charlie Pep 

The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996) 
  Show #40 01x40: (Aug/07/1996) As Himself 

MLB All-Star Game (1948) 
  MLB 65th All-Star Game 46x01: (Jul/12/1994) As Himself (The Star-Spangled Banner), [Musical Guests]

Tales from the Crypt (1989) (1989) 
  What's Cookin' 04x06: (Jul/22/1992) As Chumley 

Lightning Force (1991) 
  MIA (2) 01x16: (Feb/23/1992) As Richard Talbot 
  MIA (1) 01x15: (Feb/16/1992) As Richard Talbot 

Monsters (1988) 
  Where's the Rest of Me? 01x06: (Nov/26/1988) As Dr. Willard Wingite, [Starring Roles]

The Equalizer (1985) 
  Bump and Run 01x10: (Nov/20/1985) As Sugar Fly Simon 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Tim Curry/Meat Loaf and the Neverland Express 07x07: (Dec/05/1981) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Christopher Lee/Meat Loaf 03x15: (Mar/25/1978) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The State (1993) 
  Pilot (Unaired) As Himself 

John Doe (2002) 
  Pilot (Unaired) (Unaired) As Digger, [Uncredited]
Featured Songs

Dancing With the Stars Songs:
Result Show + Bat Out of Hell
+ Cry Over Me 
Any Dream Will Do Songs:
Live Finals 4 (Result) + Dead Ringer for Love 
Scrubs Songs:
My Old Friend's New Friend + I Would Do Anything For Love 
Melrose Place (1992) Songs:
Holy Strokes + I Would Lie for You (And That's the Truth) 
American Idol Songs:
Season 5 Finale + It's All Coming Back to Me Now 
Super Fun Night Songs:
Anything for Love + I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) 
That '70s Show Songs:
Punk Chick + Paradise By The Dashboard Light 
In Plain Sight Songs:
Don of the Dead + Two out of Three Ain't Bad 
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Meat Loaf's father nearly killed him with a knife.

He tried to fail an army physical by gaining 68 pounds of fat.

Meat Loaf was a bouncer in Los Angeles.

Sung "Dead Ringer For Love" with Cher.

His father was a police officer and alcoholic.

His mother was a school teacher.

He has been claiming he is four years older than he actually is for ages.

He was on the high school football team when he had to choose between the team and the school play. He chose the school play.

Meat Loaf has had 17 concussions.

At an early recording with his first band, Meat Loaf blew the board by hitting a big note.

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