Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Michael Jackson Remembered

How the child superstar grew into an icon beloved by the world – and the eccentricities that later defined him

'WIZ' KID

When Jackson made his film debut in The Wiz, it was a critical and commercial failure, but the singer earned positive reviews for his turn as the Scarecrow. Jackson called shooting it "my greatest experience so far" in the 1993 book Michael Jackson: In His Own Words. "I don't think it could have been any better, I really don't."