Since the early 90s, the character of Marilyn Manson has been a constant feature of the world of rock.
Back then, Manson and his band (called Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, and later shortened to just Marilyn Manson), appealed to a niche market. Fans were people who considered themselves to be outsiders, dissenters or metalheads, reflected in the gore, leather and chains of the band’s image.
Controversy followed the music and Christians who wanted it banned, accused the band of onstage drug use and portrayals of rape. In 1999, after the Columbine High School shooting, Marilyn Manson’s music was reported as being on the shooters’ playlist and an influence in the tragic incident.
More than a decade later, however, especially after an endorsement from teen idol, Justin Bieber, most people know that many of the myths that make up the character of Marilyn Manson are probably not true, though they remain hard to prove either way.
Here are some things you probably didn’t know about lead singer Marilyn Manson that are 100% provable!
1. Although a self-pronounced atheist, Marilyn attended Heritage Christian School from grades one to ten.
2. Originally called “Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids,’ Marilyn’s band was launched in 1989.
Shortened to just ‘Marilyn Manson’ in 1992, the name is a combination of the infamous serial killer, Charles Manson and 1950s sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe.
3. Marilyn made his acting debut in 1997 in David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway’ and more recently played Ron Tully in the final season of Sons of Anarchy.
Marilyn is cited as saying that the most challenging aspect of the role of Tully was growing a goatee.
4. Marilyn creates his signature makeup look with a Christian Dior foundation, Aquacolor for the blue eyeshadow and a combination of products for the black eyeshadow.
5. Marilyn and Johnny Depp are best friends who have matching wrist tattoos that say ‘No reason.’
The friends have even performed together on-stage!
Apparently they are like two peas in a pod!
6. The rock star has a condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome which causes an unusually quick heart rate.
Other famous performers with this condition include Jessie J and Meat Loaf.
7. Marilyn is connected to multiple charities, many of which help children and teens.
These include ‘Music for Life’ and ‘Little Kids Rock’ which provide musical instruments and training to low-income children.Another is ‘Project Nightlight’ which supports children and teens to speak up against abuse.
8. Although Marilyn has been nominated for a Grammy award in 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2013, he has never won!
He was nominated in the categories of ‘Best Hard Rock Performance’ and ‘Best Metal Performance.’
Hopefully one day, he’ll get one!
9. Marilyn has shared that his late mother suffered from Munchausen by Proxy syndrome, a condition in which primarily parents will create health conditions for their child(ren) to gain sympathy.
Until discovered, his childhood was marked by strange “allergies” that disappeared once he became an adult.
10. Marilyn always has a Nintendo DS when he is on tour.
One of his favourite games is ‘Mario Kart.’
11. The singer has three dogs.
14. Johnny Depp used Marilyn as an inspiration for his Willy Wonka character in the 2005 remake.
The 1971 version is actually Marilyn’s favourite movie of all time and the singer was interested in auditioning for the role that his friend eventually landed.
15. Marilyn is into strange collectibles.
He has collections of vintage metal lunch boxes, glass eyeballs and prosthetic limbs.
16. In 2013, Marilyn appeared in one of his favourite television shows, ‘Eastbound and Down.’
He played the role of a roller-skating waiter.
Is there anything he can’t do?
17. Marilyn has been engaged three times but only married once.
He married Dita Von Teese in 2005 and the couple divorced a year later. He was engaged to Rose McGowan in 1999 and Evan Rachel Wood in 2010.
18. Marilyn majored in journalism at the Broward College in Fort Lauderdale and initially planned on a career in music journalism!
He even had a gig writing for a magazine called 25th Parallel, during which he had the opportunity to interview a number of contemporary rock stars.
19. His real name is Brian Hugh Warner.
And he was born in Ohio to an Episcopalian mother named Barbara and a Catholic father called Hugh.