Short Biography

Singer, songwriter, actor, television personality. Born Bret Michael Sychak on March 15, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania . Usually seen wearing his trademark bandanas and cowboy hats, Bret Michaels became a rock icon Lead singer of Poison , one of the biggest hair metal bands of the 1980s. He has also recently become a reality television star with Rock of Love and Rock of Love 2. While pursuing his dreams, Michaels has wrestled with a chronic disease.

At the age of 6, Michaels was diagnosed with diabetes. Throughout his career, he has taken insulin and measured his blood sugar levels to manage his illness.In the early 1980s, Michaels started playing in a band with longtime friend and drummer Rikki Rockett. The two later joined forces with bassist Bobby Dall and guitarist Matt Smith to form the band Paris. After playing mostly local gigs in the Pittsburgh area, the band moved to Los Angeles. Not long after their arrival, Smith was replaced by C. C. DeVille, and the band changed its name to Poison. Like some of the other LA metal bands of the time, Michaels and the rest of the group teased their hair, went heavy on the make-up, and worn outlandish outfits, which led critics to label such groups as hair metal bands. They were sometimes compared to Mötley Crüe, another up-and-coming LA metal band.

In the 1990s, Michaels formed a film production company with actor Charlie Sheen. The partnership ultimately led to Michaels writing, directing, and starring in several films including A Letter From Death Row, which he executive co-produced with Sheen.

In June 2010 Michaels flew to New York as a finalist in the finale of The Celebrity Apprentice, where...

Donald Trump announced him as the winner and 2010 Celebrity Apprentice. Michaels won $500,000 for his charity, The American Diabetes Association, in addition to the $250,000 donation from Snapple to help find a cure for diabetes.