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Justin Timberlake (born 1981) is an American singer and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as the lead vocalist and youngest member of the boy band 'N Sync, whose launch was financed by Lou Pearlman.
During the group's hiatus he produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "SexyBack", "My Love", and "What Goes Around... Comes Around". With each album exceeding sales of seven million copies worldwide, he was established as one of the most commercially successful singers. From 2007 through 2012, Timberlake focused on his acting career, effectively putting his music career on hiatus; he held starring roles in the films The Social Network, Bad Teacher, In Time, and Friends with Benefits.
In 2013, Timberlake resumed his music career with his third album The 20/20 Experience which became one of the best-selling records of the year and spawned hits "Suit & Tie" and "Mirrors".
Timberlake's work has earned him nine Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards.
His other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, and the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality.
At the age of 11, Timberlake appeared on the television show Star Search, performing country music songs as "Justin Randall" (his middle name). In 1993 and 1994, he was a cast member in The Mickey Mouse Club, where his castmates included future girlfriend and pop superstar Britney Spears, future tourmate Christina Aguilera, future bandmate JC Chasez, and future movie actor Ryan Gosling. In 1995, Timberlake recruited Chasez to be in an all-male singing group, organized by boy band manager Lou Pearlman, that eventually became 'N Sync.
The boy band 'N Sync formed in 1995, and began their career in 1996 in Europe; Timberlake and Chasez served as its two lead singers. In 1998, the group rose to prominence in the United States with the release of their debut studio album *NSYNC, which sold 11 million copies and included hit single "Tearin' Up My Heart". The group went into hiatus in 2002. In its lifetime, 'N Sync was internationally famous and performed at the Academy Awards, the Olympics, and the Super Bowl, as well as selling more than 50 million copies worldwide, becoming the third-best selling boy band in history.
After the Super Bowl controversy, Timberlake put his recording career on hold to act in several films, having starred in a few feature films earlier in his career. The first role he took during this time was as a journalist in Edison Force, filmed in 2004 and received a direct-to-video release on July 18, 2006.
He also appeared in the films Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan and voiced Prince Artie Pendragon in the animated film Shrek the Third, released on May 18, 2007. Timberlake was considered to play the role of Roger Davis in the film version of the rock musical Rent, but director Chris Columbus had insisted that only the original Broadway members could convey the true meaning of Rent.
In November 2007, he donated A$100,000 from takings from his Australian tour to Wildlife Warriors founded by Steve Irwin. On March 23, 2008, he donated $100,000 to the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum and another $100,000 to the Memphis Music Foundation.
In early 1999, Timberlake began dating fellow former The New Mickey Mouse Club cast member and recording artist Britney Spears. Their relationship ended abruptly in March 2002. The breakup influenced the lyrics and theme of "Cry Me a River". In April 2003, he began dating actress Cameron Diaz soon after they met at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. After much speculation of breakups throughout their relationship the couple split in December 2006.
In January 2007, Timberlake began dating actress Jessica Biel, with whom he had been photographed on multiple occasions. They became engaged in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming in December 2011. The couple married on October 19, 2012 at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy.
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