Meat Loaf (born Marvin Lee Aday September 27, 1947 in Dallas, Texas) is an American actor and rock and roll performer who came to fame with his album Bat Out of Hell and for his movie performances, including Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Robert "Bob" Paulson in Fight club and Jack Black's father in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. He has had a very successful music career spawning some of the greatest selling albums of all time and breaking various records. Although he enjoyed success with Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell and Bat Out Of Hell II, he experienced some initial difficulty establishing a steady career within the United States; however, he is considered a legend in the UK and across Europe. In the UK he is ranked 23rd for number of weeks in the charts overall. Due to his Anthemic songs and a performance for Veronica in Holland he stormed up their Top 100 of all times making a top 10 spot 6 years in a row. He ranks at 96th on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". His overall success in Europe and Australia has been exceptional and he is considered one of the top artists of all time.