Dennis Rodman

Active - 1989 - 2016  |   Born - May 13, 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Action, Sports & Recreation, Drama

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

Instantly recognizable thanks to ever-changing brightly hued hair, multiple piercings, and flamboyant personal style, eccentric basketball superstar-cum-pro-wrestler-cum action film star Dennis Rodman has attempted to translate his remarkable on-court talents to numerous other venues, often with varying results.

Born in Trenton, NJ, in 1961, Rodman's early prominence on the court with such teams as the Detroit Pistons led the justifiably cocky hoop master to fame with both the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. As Rodman's frantic moves and wild behavior both on and off the court began to draw attention outside of the world of the NBA, Rodman began to branch out with a career in the WCW (World Championship Wrestling) in 1997. Taking his first starring film role in Double Team the same year, Rodman's cinematic turn didn't exactly spawn the celluloid career some may have anticipated, and its follow up (Simon Sez [1999]) made a brief bow in theaters before its hasty retreat to the home video market. A role in Cutaway followed in 2000, with Rodman once again donning his action film persona alongside veterans Tom Berringer and Stephen Baldwin. On the small screen, Rodman joined the cast of Soldier of Fortune, Inc. in 1997. Married to actress Carmen Electra in 1998, the couple remained an outwardly happy item until filing for divorce shortly after the new millennium. As a writer, Rodman's autobiography, As Bad as I Wanna Be, proved a popular read when published in 1996.

Although he became a B or C list celeb during the 21st century, he could be seen in a variety of projects and reality TV programs like The Mole, The Comebacks, and The Apprentice.

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  • Grew nearly a foot after graduating high school at five-foot-nine, leading to his first playing time in organized basketball at age 19.
  • Nicknamed "Worm" for the way he moved while playing pinball as a teenager in Dallas . 
  • Played on five different NBA championship teams between the Detroit Pistons (1989, 1990) and Chicago Bulls (1996-98).
  • Named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991, beginning a string of eight straight All-Defensive Team awards (seven first team, one second team).
  • Collected 1530 rebounds in 1991-92 season, the most since Wilt Chamberlain in 1971-72. Rodman's 18.7 per-game average gave him the first of seven consecutive NBA rebounding titles.   
  • Dabbled in pro wrestling and acting (Double Team, Simon Sez, Cutaway) immediately following his NBA career, while also briefly returning to the court in the ABA, Finland and United Kingdom.  
  • Appeared in numerous reality television shows, including Celebrity Mole Yucatan (2004, he won the $222,000 top prize), Celebrity Big Brother (2006), Celebrity Apprentice (2009), Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew (2009) and its spin-off, Sober House.
  • Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2011.