Justin Timberlake: Snapshot

Name
Justin Timberlake
Date of Birth
January 31, 1981
Birth Place
Memphis, Tenn.
Justin Timberlake has been known as a Mouseketeer, frontman of boy band 'N Sync, and boyfriend of pop princess Britney Spears. But he shelved this good-boy persona when he embarked on a successful solo career in 2002, with songs promising to "rock your body" and "bring sexy back."

Post-Britney, Timberlake was linked to several older women, such as actress Alyssa Milano and Janet Jackson, whose nipple he accidentally revealed during the infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. In 2003, Timberlake embarked on a four-year relationship with Cameron Diaz before moving on with actress Jessica Biel, whom he wed in Italy in October 2012.

Continuing to defy expectations, Timberlake ventured into acting, bringing the LOLs on SNL, winning an Emmy for his viral music video, "D*** in a Box," and starring in the Oscar-nominated drama The Social Network and Friends with Benefits.

Justin Timberlake: Video

Time Machine

From teen pop sensation to a triple threat of song, dance and acting, watch the birthday boy's transformation

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Justin Timberlake: Five Fun Facts

  1. Justin Timberlake likes to dip his Oreo cookies in milk for exactly seven seconds.
  2. While inducting Madonna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, Justin Timberlake confessed that she once asked him to drop his pants – then gave him a vitamin shot.
  3. Justin Timberlake and best friend Trace Ayala amuse themselves in the backyard by shooting potatoes into the air with a homemade shotgun. "It's a total country boy thing," he told Teen People.
  4. Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s Saturday Night Live viral video, "D*** in a Box," won a Creative Arts Emmy in 2007.
  5. Justin Timberlake was candid about the 2002 breakup of his relationship with Britney Spears, telling Barbara Walters that he used to cry himself to sleep.

Justin Timberlake: Biography

1992

Justin Timberlake

Star Burst

Wearing a cowboy hat and western shirt, 11-year-old Timberlake sings Alan Jackson's "Love's Got A Hold On You" as a contestant on TV's Star Search. He loses.

1993

Justin Timberlake

July

Mousing Around

Plucked from a Nashville cattle call, Timberlake wins a prized spot on Disney's TV show The New Mickey Mouse Club, joining Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and future 'N Sync band mate, JC Chasez. The show is canceled two years later.

1995

Justin Timberlake

The Boys Are 'N Sync

Timberlake, 14, teams up with Chris Kirkpatrick and dancer Joey Fatone before recruiting former Mouseketeer Chasez. Timberlake's vocal coach suggests daycare-worker Lance Bass, rounding out the quintet. The boys become 'N Sync, a name coined by Timberlake's mother, Lynn Harless, who rearranged the last letter of each member's first name. Boy-group wranglers Lou Pearlman and Johnny Wright, the same duo that launched the Backstreet Boys and late '80s group New Kids on the Block, manage the group.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Piotr Sikora/Corbis Outline

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): WILLARD G. TRESSEL; Everett; KIM TONELLI/CORBIS

Edited by Julia Wang

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