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James Arthur Osmond (born April 16, 1963) is an American singer, actor, and businessman. He is the youngest member of the sibling musical group
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. As a solo artist, Osmond has accumulated six
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s, one platinum record, and two gold albums.


Early life and family

Osmond was born in Canoga Park,
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, the ninth and youngest child of Olive May (née Davis; 1925–2004) and George Virl Osmond (1917–2007). His older siblings are Virl, Tom,
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, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, and
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. He is also the only one of the nine Osmond siblings not to have been born in the family's hometown of
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. Growing up, Osmond was taught by tutors to accommodate his professional life. Jimmy was taught by Mary Osmond, Jimmy's brother Merrill's wife.


Career

He received his first gold record at age five for a song he recorded in Japanese, "My Little Darling". He was the first Osmond to achieve this. His recording of " Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" in 1972 resulted in ''The Guinness Book of World Records'' designating him the youngest performer to have a #1 single on the UK Singles Chart. The song was credited to "Little Jimmy Osmond". In Japan, he had the moniker "Jimmy Boy." In 1978, Osmond starred in the feature film ''The Great Brain (film), The Great Brain''. He starred in other acting roles as well, including two episodes of the Fame (1982 TV series), TV series ''Fame''. He performed on stage and television often with his older siblings. In 1985, he met Latino impresario Manuel Montoya at A&M Records, and this led to his only Spanish recording, "Siempre Tu". He toured Latin American markets, including Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela and Chile. On the heels of this, he served as a juror at the 1986 edition of the OTI Festival. The 2012 Osmonds album ''I Can't Get There Without You'' was performed with Jimmy Osmond on lead vocals; it was the first album to feature Jimmy as lead singer, as older brother Merrill Osmond historically held that role in the band. In live performances, Jimmy often serves as a co-lead singer with Merrill, a role previously held by Donny during the band's heyday in the early 1970s. Jimmy Osmond is president of Osmond Entertainment. He has developed and supervised most of the Osmonds' merchandising business, as well as producing hundreds of hours of programming for networks including American Broadcasting Company, ABC, PBS, the BBC and the Disney Channel. He has also featured in musical theater. Like his brother Donny many years earlier, he starred in ''Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat''. He also starred in ''Boogie Nights (play), Boogie Nights'' in 2004 at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool. In 2005, ''Jimmy Osmond's American Jukebox Show'' toured the UK in 2005, again to the Grand Theatre in Blackpool. Co-stars of the show included Billy Pearce and Jimmy's brothers Jay and Wayne. From December 11, 2010 to January 2, 2011, he played Buttons in ''Cinderella'' at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings; from December 16, 2011, to January 15, 2012, he played the role of Wishee Washee in ''Aladdin'' at Grand Theatre, Swansea; and from December 1, 2017, to January 7, 2018, the role of Abanzar in the pantomime ''Aladdin'' at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen. He has appeared on several UK TV shows, including the reality TV series ''I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'' broadcast by ITV Network, ITV in 2005 (he finished in fourth place), a 2006 appearance on ''Family Fortunes, All Star Family Fortunes'', a celebrity version of ''Come Dine with Me'', ''Celebrity Family Fortunes'', and ''Everybody Dance Now''. In January 2010, Osmond participated in the British ITV1 celebrity reality television programme ''Popstar to Operastar''. In 2016 Jimmy was a finalist on the UK version of Celebrity Masterchef. In 2014, Osmond authored a semi-autobiographical children's picture book, ''Awesome Possum Family Band''. The same year, he took over the operations of the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, where he is now responsible for producing and booking shows. In 2015, Osmond was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts and humanities by Iowa Wesleyan University. The first Osmond family member to receive that distinction, he delivered the keynote commencement speech on May 9, 2015.


Personal life

Osmond married Michele Larson on June 7, 1991. They have four children.Sophia Michelle Sept 28,1994,Zachary James Oct 10,1997,Arthur Wyatt Feb 16, 2000,Isabelle Olive Renee Feb 27,2002 Like the rest of his family, Osmond is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). On December 27, 2018, following his performance as Captain Hook in the Birmingham Hippodrome's staging of the pantomime ''Peter and Wendy, Peter Pan'', Osmond was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with having had a stroke. He had previously suffered a stroke in 2004 caused by a since-corrected patent foramen ovale. He spoke publicly for the first time since the stroke in April 2019, stating that he was in good health and was taking a "long-overdue break" from show business for the time being. He has not spoken publicly since then but has continued to operate his businesses including the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center. In a February 2020 interview, Jimmy's brother Merrill stated that Jimmy continued to recover, still planned on maintaining his business ventures, and that Merrill hoped that Jimmy would eventually return to the group.


Recordings

Jimmy Osmond has earned six music recording sales certification, gold records.


Singles


Singles from other countries

* "My Little Darling" / "Peg O' My Heart" (Japan) * "Chuk Chuk" / "Jimmy's Lullaby" (Japan) * "Jingle Bells" / "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (Japan) * "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" (Sweden) * "Happy Robbers" / "I Found a Little Happiness" (Japan) * "Goodbye Mr. Tears" / "Put Your Hand in the Hand" * "Kimi Wa Pretty" / "Tokyo Savannah" (Japan) * "Long Distance" / "After All" (Japan) * "Living in Love" / "One More Chance" (Japan) * "Siempre Tu" (Mexico) * "Dos En Uno" (Mexico) * "Otono Y Primavera" / "Tu Me Haces Falta" (Mexico) * "Shine"


Albums

* ''Little Jimmy Osmond'' (Japan, 1972) * ''Killer Joe (Jimmy Osmond album), Killer Joe'' (1972) * ''Little Arrows (Jimmy Osmond Album), Little Arrows'' (1975) * ''Kimi Wa Pretty'' (Japan, 1981) * ''Siempre Tu'' (in Spanish; Mexico, 1985) * ''Keep The Fire Burnin’'' (US 2000, UK 2001)


Soundtracks

* ''Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus'' (1974) * ''The Great Brain'' (1978) * ''Hugo The Hippo'' (1976) * ''The Osmonds'' (animated TV series, 1972)


Movies

* ''The Great Brain (film), The Great Brain'' (1978) based on the book by John D. Fitzgerald, portraying title character. * ''Hugo the Hippo'' (1976), singer


Television

* ''The Osmonds'' (1972) – animated TV series * ''Donny & Marie (1976 TV series), Donny & Marie'' (1976–1979) * (1981) - Nippon TV * ''Fame (1982 TV series), Fame'' (1982) * ''The Love Boat (Wife for Wilfred S5), E20)'' (1982) * ''Inside the Osmonds'' (2001) * ''We Are Family'' (2003) * ''Branson Jubilee'' (2005) * ''I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (UK TV series), I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'' (2005) * ''Family Fortunes, All Star Family Fortunes'' (2006) * ''Celebrity Come Dine with Me'' * ''Never Mind The Buzzcocks'' (2011) * ''Celebrity Bedlam'' (2012) * ''Celebrity MasterChef'' (2016) * ''Celebrity Antiques Road Trip'' (2016) * ''Countdown (game show), Countdown'' (2017) * ''The Chase (UK game show), A Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special'' (2017) * ''Pointless, Celebrity Pointless'' (2017)


Books

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References


External links


Jimmy Osmond Official website
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Jimmy Osmond
at the Official site of the Osmond Family
Jimmy Osmond
on Twitter
Jimmy Osmond's profile
for the ITV reality show ''I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!''
Little Jimmy Osmond
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