Chad Michaels

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Chad Michaels
Rupaul Dragcon 2018-148 (41356433034).jpg
Oil on canvas painting of Michaels (2018)
Born (1971-03-20) March 20, 1971 (age 48)
Residence San Diego, California U.S.
Occupation Drag performer, Cher impersonator
Years active 1995 – present
Known for RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars winner; runner-up on season 4 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Successor Alaska
Spouse(s) Adam Magee (m. 2003)
Website "Chad Michaels Official Website". Archived from the original on April 10, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2017.

Chad Michaels is an American drag performer and professional Cher impersonator. He was the runner-up of the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the winner of the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars.

Early life

Michaels was raised in San Diego.[1] He originally went by the drag name "Brigitte Love." Michaels chose to perform under his own name after working at "An Evening at La Cage" in Las Vegas, which required the drag queens to use male stage names.[1]

Career

In 2010, Michaels competed in the first California Entertainer of the Year pageant, becoming first alternate to winner Shangela.[2]

Michaels produces and performs with the Dreamgirls Revue, the longest running female impersonation show in California.[3] Performers in the Dreamgirls Revue include RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Delta Work, Raven, Detox, Morgan McMichaels, Raja, Shannel, and Venus D-Lite.[4] Morgan McMichaels is Michaels' drag daughter, from whom he took his last name.[5]

Michaels started touring with Farrah Moan in 2019 for the Burlesque tour, based on the Cher and Christina Aguilera movie.[6]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Bamboo Shark Cher

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2002 MADtv Cher impersonator at gay bar Season 7, Episode 15
2003 E! True Hollywood Story: Cher Himself
2007 Women's Murder Club Glenn Whitney Episode 9: "To Drag and to Hold"
2009 Kath & Kim Cher Episode 16: "Bachelorette"
2011 Top Gear Cher impersonator Series 17, Episode 3
2012–18 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself Contestant (Season 4) – Runner-Up
Guest Star (Season 8, Episode 1: "Keeping It 100!")
Guest Star (Season 10, Episode 8: "The Unauthorized Rusical")
2012 NewNowNext Awards Himself
2012 RuPaul's Drag U Himself
2012-19 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Himself Contestant (Season 1) - Winner

Guest Star (Season 2)

Guest Star (Season 3)

Guest Star (Season 4, Episode 10)

2015 Jane the Virgin Cher impersonator
2015 2 Broke Girls Cher impersonator

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 WOW Shopping Network Herself Guest [7]
2013 Ring My Bell Guest [8]
2013 RuPaul Drives Guest [9]
2013 Transformations Guest [10]
2013 It Gets Better Guest [11]
2014-2016 Cher Tweets Host [12]
2014 Raja Drawja Guest [13]
2014 Bestie$ For Ca$h Guest, with Morgan McMichaels [14]
2016 Eat It! Guest [15]
2018 The Pit Stop Episode: "A Jury of Their Queers" [16]

References

  1. ^ a b Michaels in Peterson, Brian (January 5, 2012). "Untucked with Brian: Interview with Chad Michaels of RuPaul's Drag Race, Season Four". SeattleGayScene,com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Addams, Calpernia. "California EOY 2010 – The Recap". Calpernia.com. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "About Chad Michaels". ChadMichaels.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "See Chad Michaels Perform with the Dreamgirls Revue!". World of Wonder. November 27, 2012. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Miller, Joshua (April 15, 2010). "The Scottish Scandal, Morgan McMichaels". Edge Boston. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Farrah Moan is not here for your criticism: "Walk a mile in my motherf**king Louboutins"". Gay Times. March 7, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Chad Michaels as Cher on WOW Shopping Network. YouTube. July 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Chad Michaels - Ring My Bell. YouTube. August 15, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  9. ^ RuPaul Drives... Chad Michaels. YouTube. December 2, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  10. ^ James St. James and Chad Michaels: Transformations. YouTube. August 27, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  11. ^ RuPaul's Drag Race's Chad Michaels - It Gets Better - LogoTV. YouTube. July 25, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  12. ^ Cher Tweets with Chad Michaels - Cher Impersonators. YouTube. November 25, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Raja Drawja - Chad Michaels. YouTube. November 26, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  14. ^ Chad Michaels and Morgan McMichaels – Bestie$ For Ca$h. YouTube. October 3, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  15. ^ EAT IT! with James St. James! Chad Michaels & Friends Taste Crazy Oreo Flavors. YouTube. June 24, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  16. ^ The Pit Stop Season 3 Episode 8: A Jury of Their Queers | RuPaul's Drag All Stars 3. YouTube. March 19, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2019.

External links

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