Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, in Missouri, in 1972. He began rapping as a teenager, but gained recognition when he performed and recorded as Slim Shady, his more violent alter ego. In 2000, Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP to critical acclaim, selling 1.76 million copies in the first week. In 2002, he starred as a fictionalised version of himself in the film, 8 Mile, later winning an Academy Award for the song from the soundtrack, Just Lose It. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and has won fifteen Grammy awards. He is a controversial figure, and has been investigated for a number of crimes.
Eminem is 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.