A post on his official Facebook page said the rocker, who became a global star with hits like ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ and ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’, died with his wife Deborah at his side,
It added that his daughters, Pearl and Amanda, “and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours”.
He had a career spanning more than six decades and during that time sold over 100 million albums worldwide and starred in some 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.
Here’s everything you need to know about his movie career.
How did Meat Loaf get into acting?
Meat Loaf initially made his name in theatre productions, including a Broadway run of Hair, and then found his feet in the stage and film versions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, playing Eddie, the ex-delivery man and partial brain donor to Rocky.
What films did he appear in?
In 1992, Meat Loaf appeared as “Tiny”, a bouncer in Wayne's World who tells Mike Myers’ titular character that the band playing that night - “the S***ty Beatles” - “suck”.
In 1997 he appeared as the Spice Girls' bus driver in Spice World, and a year later played Red action thriller Black Dog alongside Patrick Swayze.
One of his more notable performances came in 1999 in David Fincher's iconic film Fight Club, in which he played Bob Paulsen.
In 2006, he made an uncredited cameo as Jack Black's father in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, and also provided vocals on the film's opening song ‘Kickapoo’ - the first time Meat Loaf had sung for a movie soundtrack since The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Other films he has appeared in include 2001’s Focus and 2002’s The 51st State. A full list of his big screen credits can be found at IMDb.com.
Which TV shows did he appear in?
Alongside film appearances, Meat Loaf also played roles on television, perhaps most notably in an episode of Glee titled "The Rocky Horror Glee Show", which paid tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
He also “appeared” in an episode of South Park in which a humorous take on the story behind his name was explored.
Claiming that he started out as an unsuccessful artist named Couscous, was booed off stage and almost deciding to quit, the character of Chef tells him that his name might be the problem, and then hands him a plate of meatloaf to cheer him up.
In reality, he took on the name of Meat Loaf after a nickname coined by his football coach because of his weight.
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