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      Chaz Bono

      Chaz Bono

      Highest Rated: 53% Reborn (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 36% Bar Girls (1994)

      Birthday: Mar 4, 1969

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      The only child born to music legends Sonny & Cher, Chastity Bono became a weekly fixture as a blonde, cherubic child on the variety series "The Sonny and Cher Show" (CBS, 1971-74). After growing up in the public eye, Bono came out as a lesbian in 1995 and worked as a writer and LGBT activist. Several years after an appearance on "Celebrity Fit Club" (VH1, 2005-2010), Bono made headlines for undergoing the social, legal and physical process of female-to-male gender transition, becoming "Chaz Salvatore Bono." Stating his determination to become an advocate for the transgender community, he filmed the documentary "Becoming Chaz" (OWN, 2011) and penned his third memoir, "Transition: The Story of How I Became A Man." In a revolutionary casting coup that shone a spotlight on issues dear to his heart, Bono joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). Although he chose to keep a lower profile than that of his superstar parents, Chaz Bono showed unique courage to become an icon of a different sort: a hero to the LGBT community and proud ambassador for the transgendered population. Born March 4, 1969 in Los Angeles, Chastity Sun Bono was the only child born to entertainers Sonny Bono and Cher, famous at the time as the singing duo Sonny & Cher. Named for a 1969 film produced by his father and starring his mother, Bono was in the spotlight from birth, appearing frequently on the variety series "The Sonny and Cher Show" (CBS, 1971-74). Bono came out as a lesbian at 18 and then publicly via The Advocate in 1995. Although he dabbled in music, as an adult Bono mostly eschewed an entertainment career, focusing on working as a writer and LGBT activist, serving as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign and as Entertainment Media Director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Sadly, Bono and his Republican congressman father were estranged due to political differences when he died in January 1998 from injuries suffered during a skiing accident in Northern California, he was able to gain the full support of his mother, who became a staunch LGBT ally. In 2006, Bono appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Fit Club" (VH1, 2005-2010) and served as a team captain for the weight-loss series. After extensive therapy and soul-searching, Bono began the physical and social process of gender transitioning from female to male in 2009. On May 7, 2010, his legal transition was complete, and he took the name "Chaz Salvatore Bono" in tribute to his late father. Publicly stating a desire to serve as an ambassador and advocate for the trans community the way he already had for the LGBT community, Bono made the acclaimed documentary "Becoming Chaz" (OWN, 2011) and published Transition: The Story of How I Became A Man, his third memoir, following 1998's Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians and Their Families and 2003's The End of Innocence. Bono made history with the revolutionary news that he had joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), sparking a national conversation about an underrepresented community.

      Highest rated movies

      53% Reborn
      36% Bar Girls

      Photos

      The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Chaz Bono (L), Bryan Branly (R), 'Season', ©NBC The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jay Leno (L), Chaz Bono (R), 'Season', ©NBC The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Chaz Bono (L), Bryan Branly (R), 'Season', ©NBC DIRTY, Chaz Bono, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures DIRTY, from left: Roger Guenveur Smith, Paul Elia, Chaz Bono, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures DIRTY, Chaz Bono, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 56% The Bell Keeper Sheriff Carlson (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bury the Bride Puppy (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2023
      No Score Yet 94% Reboot Camp Herbert (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Famous and Fatal The Hunter (Character) - 2019
      53% 20% Reborn Ken Stern (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Jerry the Hoarder (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Muppets 201: Rarities From the Henson Vault Unknown (Character) - 2009
      36% 41% Bar Girls Scorp (Character) $265.2K 1994

      TV

      Credit
      77% 66% American Horror Story Gary K. Longstreet (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rupaul's Drag Race: RuVealed Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold And The Beautiful, The Beginning Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Am Cait Self 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2012-2013
      No Score Yet 39% The Secret Life of the American Teenager Himself (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Contestant 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2011
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1997