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Billy Idol

Nov. 30, 1955

Artistfacts for Billy Idol

  • His real name is William Broad. The name Idol is based on a report card he received that said, "Billy is an idle student."
  • Before going solo in 1981, he was leader of the Punk band Generation X.
  • He suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in 1990. That's why you see him only from the waist up in the "Cradle Of Love" video.
  • He played himself in the 1998 Adam Sandler movie The Wedding Singer.
  • Idol is the voice of Odin in the animated movie Heavy Metal 2000.
  • After a show in London in 1989, Idol was attacked by a fan who ran after him and stabbed him in the leg.
  • Billy is a vegetarian. He doesn't eat meat, but does wear leather.
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Comments: 7

Casey, ask the fan who killed John Lennon.Alphy - Manila, Philippines
The only reason Idol is a vegetarian is because according to him, rock and roll and food don't go together.Tiffane - Kalispell, Mt
Billy Idol is a vegetarian. He became a vegetarian not due to animal rights but due to the fact of being a rocker, drinking and keeping weird hours, his stomach would get upset. So he made a conscious decision to stop eating meat to avoid the stomach problems.
He loves his leather pants ;)
Annie - Norman, Ok
"After a show in London in 1989, Idol was attacked by a fan who ran after him and stabbed him in the leg." wtf?? Why would his fan stab him? =(Casey - Costa Mesa, Ca
was in a motorcycle accident in 1990Tiffane - Kalispell, Mt
He is a vegetarian.Tiffane - Kalispell, Mt
also had a small part in oliver stones the doors movieMarlow - Perth, Australia