Jeff Fenholt
Jeff Fenholt
Jeffrey Craig "Jeff" Fenholt is an American singer best known for his performance as the title character in the original Broadway theatre adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar and for his appearance on the cover of "Time Magazine". In later years, Fenholt would gain notoriety as a Christian evangelist and singer, as well as controversy over his involvement with the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
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  • 2008
    Age 57
    In 2008, Fenholt was hired as Executive Producer of The Beijing Olympic Concert Series.
    More Details Hide Details He has been living with his wife, Kim, at his beach house in Newport Beach, California, and his Ranch in Colorado.
  • 2004
    Age 53
    Fenholt returned to TBN on March 3, 2004, as a guest on the Behind the Scenes program, hosted by Paul Crouch.
    More Details Hide Details Fenholt mentioned Black Sabbath, citing the book 'Never Say Die', a "Black Sabbath" biography.
  • 2001
    Age 50
    His album of sacred music was TBN's promotion in December 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Fenholt recorded 5 solo albums for TBN, featuring many of his own compositions. They sold in excess of 3.3 million copies. Fenholt earned 1 Platinum and 2 Gold albums. He was also briefly seen doing a late-night timeslot for a half-hour program. Fenholt stated that after his divorce he had "lost his fire".
  • 1998
    Age 47
    Fenholt was divorced in 1998 and left TBN, except for a few brief appearances, including one after the events of September 11, 2001, that featured a marked change in his demeanor and appearance, including short hair and a quick exit from the stage following his performance.
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  • 1997
    Age 46
    In the December 1997 issue, Vanity Fair detailed his past as a "boy toy" for Gala Dalí, wife of Salvador Dalí and that Fenholt had worked on the side as a representative for Salvador Dalí.
    More Details Hide Details The article was titled, "Gala, Dali's Demon Bride". Fenholt was outraged at the depiction of Gala, and wrote a scathing letter to the editor, stating they had no evidence to substantiate their smear campaign of Gala.
  • 1996
    Age 45
    In 1996, Fenholt was The Chairman of "Washington For Jesus" youth rally on The Nation's Capital Steps, drawing nearly 500,000 in attendance.
    More Details Hide Details Fenholt raised over $1.7 million to stage the event, donating over $300,000 of his own funds.
    In 1996, Fenholt's parents sued him, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), and the publisher of his autobiography for $12 million each for defamation of character.
    More Details Hide Details Fenholt's siblings claimed he made up the stories of abuse. The lawsuit was subsequently dropped after Fenholt produced court documents from the Superior Court Of Franklin County, Ohio, confirming his claims, and Fenholt later claimed that he has a "warm relationship" with his mother and family. According to Fenholt's autobiography, he was heavily addicted to alcohol and drugs following the end of Jesus Christ Superstars run on Broadway. Fenholt's often-repeated testimony (later published in his autobiography) details a visit from Christian construction workers (Nick Dissipio, owner, hired by his Christian wife to rebuild a wing of his house) who confronted him regarding his portrayal of Christ on stage. Fenholt was converted to Christ, beat his addictions, then spent the next several years struggling to balance his faith and his career, before becoming a high-profile personality on programming aired by TBN. Fenholt sported long hair, an unusual style in conservative evangelical circles. Fenholt would often appear with his wife Maureen (nicknamed "Reeni").
  • 1994
    Age 43
    Fenholt's 1994 autobiography From Darkness To Light makes substantial allegations of abuse and mistreatment as a youth, including claims that he was subjected to frequent beatings.
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  • 1978
    Age 27
    In 1978, Fenholt recorded a Disco LP called "Smile" for CBS and was paid $300,000 dollars.
    More Details Hide Details Fenholt also recorded for Capitol Records, Universal, Paramount, Polygram, Polydor, Decca, RCA, and as a youth, Laurie, Diamond and Cameo Parkway. He is currently recording for Sony.
  • 1951
    Age 0
    Born in 1951.
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