Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American rock musician, actor, painter, multimedia artist and former music journalist known for his controversial stage persona and image as the lead singer of the eponymous band Marilyn Manson. His stage name was formed by juxtaposing the names of two American cultural icons, namely actress Marilyn Monroe and multiple murder conspiracy convict Charles Manson. Manson has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (#44).
Marilyn Manson was born in Canton, Ohio. He is the only son of Barbara Warner (maiden name Wyer) and Hugh Warner. Manson is of German and Polish descent on his father's side, and is a fourth cousin twice removed of Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. In his autobiography The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, he detailed his grandfather's sexual fetishes (including bestiality and sadomasochism) which... Read more