Before They Were Famous Guess Who 08/20/2008

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This two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter's debut solo album became one of the best selling albums of all time, and was also the first album to produce six top 5 singles in the United States.

He started his career in a ska band.

He was once rumored to have romantic relationships with Brooke Shields, Whoopi Goldberg and Melissa Megginsson.

In 1984, he sang as part of Band Aid on the charity song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for famine relief in Ethiopia.

He made his American acting debut on an ABC televison series in 2008.

Who is he?

Continue reading for the answer.

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George Michael, frontman for the duo Wham!, went solo in 1987.  His debut solo album, Faith, won a Grammy for Album of the Year, and became one of the best selling albums of all time.  Six of the album's singles were in Billboard's top 5, with four ("Faith," "Father Figure," "One More Try," and "Monkey") reaching #1.

He began his career by forming a short-lived ska band called The Executive with his best friends Andrew Ridgeley, Paul Ridgeley, Andrew Leaver, and David Mortimer (aka David Austin).

Although frequently linked to high-profile women during his Wham! career, Michael became open about his homosexuality after being arrested for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom in a park in Beverly Hills in 1998.

George played a guardian angel to Jonny Lee Miller's character on ABC's Eli Stone. In addition to appearing on the show as himself and as "visions," each episode was named after a song of his.

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