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Bounce (2002)
One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001 (2001)
Tokyo Road: Best of Bon Jovi (2001)
Crush (2000)
Maximum Bon Jovi (2000)
Bon Jovi [Remastered] (2000)
Jon Bon Jovi (1983-Present), vocals
Richie Sambora (1983-Present), guitar
David Bryan (1983-Present), keyboards
Tico Torres (1983-Present), drums
Jon Bon Jovi made his first film appearance in 1990's Young Guns II (he played the pit inmate who gets shot back into the pit), for which he also composed the soundtrack. Though he did have a speaking part in that movie, his first significant role was the part of the Painter in David Anspaugh's 1995 romantic drama Moonlight and Valentino. Since then he has appeared in a variety of films and made a splash on television as Ally McBeal's love interest, Victor Morrison. A selective filmography includes:

John Carpenter's Vampires: Los Muertos 2002, director Tommy Lee Wallace
Pay It Forward 2000, director Mimi Leder
U-571 2000, director Jonathan Mostow
Row Your Boat 1998, director Sollace Mitchell
Homegrown 1998, director Stephen Gyllenhaal
No Looking Back 1998, director Edward Burns I
Little City 1998, director Roberto Benabib
Destination Anywhere 1997, director Mark Pellington
The Leading Man 1996, director John Duigan
Bon Jovi
The '80s produced droves of slick, carefully crafted pop metal bands, but few of them made commercial music with as much flair or as successfully as Bon Jovi.

Future Bon Jovi frontman, John Bongiovi, began his career in music with all the usual rock'n'roll aspirations you'd expect a New Jersey teenager to harbor - only he had the distinct advantage of having a cousin who owned a world-famous recording studio: the Power Station in New York. After years spent playing hooky in order to play in bands, Bongiovi's cousin Tony hire him as a janitor at the Power Station. With his foot in the door, it wasn't long before the aspiring rocker was cutting demos with some heavy-hitting musicians from well-known outfits like the E Street Band and Aldo Nova.

Bongiovi's first big break came when he scored a local radio hit with one of the demos he'd made, a song called "Runaway." Later, in 1984 it would become a Top 40 hit for his future band, Bon Jovi. After the release of Bon Jovi's self-titled debut, the band was sued by Tony Bongiovi, who claimed he had had an integral role in developing the band's sound. The case was settled out of court and Bon Jovi went on to gold success with its second album 7800 Fahrenheit. With its next effort, Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi's career in rock would jump ahead by leaps and bounds, thanks to some shrewd marketing moves.

Bon Jovi (who had adopted this less ethnic, more phonetically friendly version of his name when the band signed with Polygram/Mercury) secured the services of professional songwriter Desmond Child (whose credits include hits by Kiss, Aerosmith and Cher). After working on a cache of 30 possible tracks for the band's next album, Bon Jovi turned to its fans (a test group of teens from the New Jersey/New York area) for input on the selections and sequencing of the final product. The Slippery strategy paid off in a big, big way. A number one album, it sold in excess of nine million copies and spawned two number one singles ("You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' On a Prayer," both co-written by Child) and the top ten "Wanted Dead or Alive."

Two years later, 1988's New Jersey met with similar success. The album sold more than five million copies and yielded a clutch of top ten hits. The band headed out on the road to support it and in the midst of the tour Jon Bon Jovi married his high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley. Later that year the group played the Moscow Music Peace Festival and backed Cher (who Sambora had dated) on a few tracks of her Heart of Stone album.

By the end of 1989 Bon Jovi went on hiatus. Jon Bon Jovi dabbled in acting and assembled the Oscar and Grammy nominated soundtrack to Young Guns II, which featured an all-star cast of players including Little Richard, Elton John and Jeff Beck; Sambora worked on a solo album (Stranger In This Town) as did David Bryan (Netherworld). Rumors that the band had broken up were dispelled with a December 1991 concert appearance in Tokyo.

Bon Jovi released its fifth album, Keep the Faith in 1992. Though the rise of grittier and poppier popular music stole some of Bon Jovi's commercial thunder, the band continued to release hit albums and draw arena crowds throughout the '90s and into the new millennium.
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