Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$200 million dollars
Date Of BirthOctober 28, 1953
SpouseCurtis Shaw
FactHe was inducted into the Songerwrites Hall of Fame in 2008.

Desmond Child is an American musician, songwriter and producer. He is the co-writer of many hit songs, including “Livin’ la Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin, “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” by Aerosmith, and “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” by Kiss. He has also produced albums for artists such as Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera.

Child was born in Miami, Florida, on October 28, 1953. His father, Jorge Luis Child, was a Cuban-born doctor and his mother, Maria Luisa Jimenez, was a Cuban-born singer. He has two older sisters, Maria Elena and Irene.

Child was educated at Miami Palmetto Senior High School and the University of Miami, where he studied music composition and theory.

He began his career in the music industry working as a staff writer for the publishing company April-Blackwood Music. He later moved to New York City to pursue a career as a songwriter and producer.

In the 1980s, Child wrote and produced albums for a number of artists, including Kiss, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. He also wrote and produced the hit song “Livin’ la Vida Loca” for Ricky Martin.

Child has won numerous awards for his work, including Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and BMI Awards. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.

Child is married to former model Diane McAdams. They have two children together, Desmond and Dylan.

General Info

Full NameDesmond Child
Net Worth$200 million dollars
Date Of BirthOctober 28, 1953
ProfessionRecord producer, Film producer, Composer, Songwriter, Love on a Rooftop, Egy Szabad Országért, Last of an Ancient Breed


SpouseCurtis Shaw
ChildrenRoman Child, Nyro Child, Love on a Rooftop, Egy Szabad Országért, Last of an Ancient Breed
ParentsElena Casals, Baron Sándor Márfy, Love on a Rooftop, Egy Szabad Országért, Last of an Ancient Breed
SiblingsJoey Barrett, Fred Barrett, Love on a Rooftop, Egy Szabad Országért, Last of an Ancient Breed


AwardsLatin Grammy Award for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album
NominationsGrammy Award for Song of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, Love on a Rooftop, Egy Szabad Ors...
MoviesTwo: The Story of Roman & Nyro
TV ShowsThe Next GAC Star

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1Son of songwriter and poet, Elena "Mimi" Casals (born January 28,1927 in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba and died on March 17, 2012 in USA.).
2He was inducted into the Songerwrites Hall of Fame in 2008.
3Brother of Fred Barrett; Uncle of Freddy Barrett, Marylou Barrett, and Natalya Barrett; father of Roman Child and Nyro Child.
4He has written songs for Bon Jovi, Cher, Ricky Martin, and Katy Perry.




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Tähdet, tähdet2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena2011-2016TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Loco x vos2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Superstar Duets2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015-2016TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Lucha Mexico2016Documentary writer: "BAD MEDICINE"
Lip Sync Battle Philippines2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Hola y adiós2016TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Molly2016TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Boomerang2015/Iwriter: "I Was Made for Lovin' You"
The Voice2013-2015TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Slash 32015writer: "Bad Karma"
Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery2015Video writer: "I Was Made for Loving You"
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2010-2015TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Pitch Perfect 22015writer: "Thong Song"
Jane the Virgin2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Family Guy2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee2009-2015TV Series writer - 4 episodes
An Evening with Alice Cooper2015TV Movie writer: "House of Fire", "Poison"
Coronation Street2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Mentalist2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena - ArgentinaTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2014 producer - 1 episode, 2014
Guapas2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The ActressTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Dancing with the Stars2006-2014TV Series writer - 9 episodes
Dreamland2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Masters Snooker2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Great American Rock Anthems: Turn It Up to 112013TV Movie documentary writer: "Livin' On A Prayer"
The X Factor2004-2013TV Series writer - 12 episodes
Felony2013writer: "Livin' On A Prayer"
August: Osage County2013writer: "Livin' La Vida Loca Pablo Flores English Radio Edit"
Slash2013writer: "Bad Karma"
Tom à la ferme2013"Pleurs dans la pluie"
Kick-Ass 22013writer: "I Hate Myself for Loving You" - as Child
North America2013TV Series documentary writer: "Army of One"
The Vampire Diaries2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Big Time RushTV Series writer - 9 episodes, 2009 - 2013 performer - 1 episode, 2010
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2013TV Series writer - 22 episodes
Divorce2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Girl Most Likely2012writer: "Bad Medicine"
Stars 802012writer: "I Was Made for Lovin' You"
Cheias de Charme2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Katy Perry: Part of Me2012Documentary writer: "Waking Up in Vegas" live
Australia's Got Talent2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
That's My Boy2012writer: "I Was Made For Lovin' You"
Soltera Otra Vez2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Britain's Got Talent2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing Stars2011-2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Voice UK2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Big Time Movie2012TV Movie writer: "Famous"
Metal Evolution2011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Friends Forever2011Short writer: "Bad Karma"
The Footy Show2010-2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dancing with the Stars2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010-2011TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Idool 20112011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scream 42011writer: "Bad Karma"
20 to 12009-2011TV Series documentary writer - 6 episodes
Drive Angry2011writer: "Alive"
Elvira's Movie Macabre2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman2010-2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Pizza & Karaoke2010TV Movie writer: "Livin' on a Prayer"
What About Boys?2010Short writer: "Dude Looks Like a Lady"
Hebe: Mulher e Amigos2010Video writer: "É o Amor"
Rude Tube2009-2010TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Fallout2010/IIShort writer: "Hour 1"
Cold Case2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five2010TV Series writer - 2 episodes
CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival2010TV Special documentary writer: "I Was Made For Lovin' You"
Saturday Night LiveTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2001 - 2009 performer - 1 episode, 1979
Greek2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Medium2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gentlemen Broncos2009writer: "Just Like Jesse James"
Guitar Hero 52009Video Game writer: "You Give Love A Bad Name"
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!2009producer: "The Word Is Love", "It's Raining Men" / writer: "The Word Is Love"
Alan Carr: Chatty Man2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Premiya Muz-TV 20092009TV Special lyrics: "Waking Up in Vegas" / music: "Waking Up in Vegas"
Everybody Hates Chris2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past2009writer: "I Hate Myself For Loving You"
CHIKARA: King of Trios 2009 - Night II2009Video writer: "Livin' on a Prayer"
Memòries de la tele2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Blackout2008/Iwriter: "Livin' In A World Without You", "Justify", "Your Forgivness"
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 22008Video Game "Livin' On A Prayer"
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "Livin' On A Prayer"
Paul Stanley: One Live Kiss2008Video documentary writer: "Live to Win", "Hide Your Heart", "Lift", "Where Angels Dare"
The Hills2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Baby Mama2008writer: "She Bangs"
Ping-pongkingen2008writer: "Heavens on Fire"
Atrapats pel cap d'any2007TV Movie writer: "Viu una vida boja"
Nearly Famous2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Meat Loaf: Three Bats Live2007Video writer: "The Monster Is Loose", "Blind As A Bat"
The Singing Bee2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-19912007Video documentary writer: "I Was Made for Lovin' You" - as G. Child
The Sopranos1999-2007TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2002-2007TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Idool 20072007TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Very British Gangster2007Documentary lyrics: "She Bangs" - as Child / music: "She Bangs" - as Child
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol2007Video Game "She Bangs"
Jammin'2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Feet2006writer: "Shake Your Bon Bon"
Gilmore Girls2001-2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Australian Idol2003-2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
NBC Sunday Night Football2006TV Series writer: "I Hate Myself For Loving You" - uncredited
Canadian Idol2005-2006TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2003-2006TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Class Act2006Documentary performer: "Weird" / writer: "Weird" - as D. Child
How I Met Your Mother2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop2005TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Party2005Video Game "Crazy"
Love Wrecked2005writer: "Girl on the Verge"
The Warriors2005Video Game performer: "Last of an Ancient Breed" / writer: "Last of an Ancient Breed" - as D. Child
Reunion2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Liebeskind2005writer: "I Was Made for Lovin' You"
Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ice Princess2005producer: "Reachin' for Heaven" / writer: "Reachin' for Heaven"
The Simpsons2003-2005TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Slovensko hladá SuperStar2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brit Awards 20052005TV Special writer: "Right to Be Wrong"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jimmy Fallon2005TV Special writer: "She Bangs"
Project Runway2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Indonesian Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Without a Paddle2004"Invisible"
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement2004writer: "Because You Live"
The Very Best of Cher: The Video Hits Collection2004Video writer: "Save Up All Your Tears", "Main Man", "We All Sleep Alone"
Stuck in the Suburbs2004TV Movie writer: "A Whatever Life"
A Cinderella Story2004writer: "Crash World"
American Idol2002-2004TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Shrek 22004writer: "Livin' La Vida Loca" 1999
New Zealand Idol2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super Secret Movie Rules2004TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Idols2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Real Wild Child: Joan Jett Music Video Anthology2003Video writer: "I Hate Myself For Lovin' You", "Little Liar" original video, "Little Liar" concert version, "Don't Surrender", "Only Good Thing", "As I Am"
Operación triunfo2003TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Ultimate Clip Collection: Alice Cooper2003Video short writer: "Poison", "Bed Of Nails"
Haggard2003writer: "Livin' La Vida Loca"
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle2003writer: "Livin' On A Prayer"
Idool 20032003TV Series writer - 1 episode
View from the Top2003writer: "Suddenly", "Livin' on a Prayer"
Mulheres Apaixonadas2003TV Series writer: "Misunderstood"
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie2002TV Movie writer: "Everyone Matters"
MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 20022002TV Special writer: "Más / I Was Made for Lovin' You"
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace2002TV Movie documentary writer: "Cup Of Life / Livin' La Vida Loca"
Undercover Brother2002writer: "Thong Song"
Dawson's Creek2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sex with Strangers2002Documentary writer: "I Hate Myself For Loving You"
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Live!2001Video writer: "I Hate Myself For Loving You"
On the Line2001writer: "Take Me On"
Rock Star2001writer: "Wasted Generation", "Livin' on a Prayer"
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back2001writer: "Bad Medicine"
Moulin Rouge!2001writer: "Elephant Love Medley"
Frontline2001TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
An Audience with Ricky Martin2001TV Special writer: "Livin' la Vida Loca"
Alice Cooper: Brutally Live2000Video writer: "Poison"
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie2000writer: "Excuse My French"
Top of the Pops1986-2000TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Bette2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lucky Numbers2000writer: "Heaven's On Fire"
The Little Vampire2000writer: "You Can Get It"
The Replacements2000writer: "Ride"
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps2000writer: "Thong Song Uncensored" - as D. Child
Runaway Bride1999"And That's What Hurts" / producer: "And That's What Hurts"
Edtv1999writer: "Real Life"
KISS Live: The Ultimate Halloween Party1998TV Movie writer: "I Was Made for Lovin' You"
Rounders1998writer: "I Hate Myself For Loving You"
The Borrowers1997writer: "Weird"
Slaves to the Underground1997writer: "You Got A Problem" - as D. Child
Stars in Their Eyes1994-1997TV Series writer - 4 episodes
The Video Pool1997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Striptease1996writer: "I Live For You", "I Hate Myself For Loving You"
Brit Awards 19961996TV Special writer: "This Ain't a Love Song"
Unplugged1995TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
It's Pat1994writer: "Dude Looks Like a Lady"
Aerosmith: Crazy1994Video short writer: "Crazy"
The Brit Awards 19941994TV Special writer: "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
Wayne's World 21993Live version, "DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY "
Mrs. Doubtfire1993writer: "Dude Looks Like A Lady"
The Magic of David Copperfield XV: Fires of Passion1993TV Special writer: "You Give Love a Bad Name"
Alice Cooper Trashes the World1990Video writer: "Trash", "I'm Your Gun", "House Of Fire", "This Maniac's In Love With You", "Poison", "Spark In The Dark", "Bed Of Nails"
Derrick1990TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tango & Cash1989writer: "Poison"
Shocker1989performer: "Shocker" / writer: "Sword and Stone", "Shocker"
Sing1989writer: "Somethin' to Believe In"
Iron Eagle II1988writer: "Burning My Heart Down"
Like Father Like Son1987writer: " Dude Looks Like a Lady"
Disorderlies1987writer: "Edge of a Broken Heart"
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images1986TV Movie writer: "Uh! All Night" - uncredited
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can1982"OUR LOVE IS INSANE"
Endless Love1981writer: "I Was Made For Lovin' You"
Times Square1980performer: "The Night Was Not" / writer: "The Night Was Not"
The Warriors1979performer: "Last of an Ancient Breed" / writer: "Last of an Ancient Breed"

Music Department

Big Time Rush2009-2011TV Series composer - 13 episodes
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!2009original songs
Shocker1989music supervisor


Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro2013Documentary executive producer / producer
The Word Is Love2010Video short executive producer
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!2009executive producer


Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro2013Documentary writer


Your Forgiveness: The Rasmus2009Video short


Biography2001TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode


No More Mr. Nice Guy: The Music of Shocker2015Video shortHimself
Great American Rock Anthems: Turn It Up to 112013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Songwriter
Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro2013DocumentaryHimself
Idol2008TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Class Act2006DocumentaryHimself
Top Ten2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Producer, Bat Out Of Hell III
Behind the Music2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Full Moon Show1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Rockstop!1988TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Saturday Night Live1979TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest

Archive Footage

Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2010Silver AwardWorldFest HoustonBest Music VideoOy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! (2009)

Nominated Awards

2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Music and LyricsIt's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongMoulin Rouge! (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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