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Name: Nick Carter                                                                         
Born: 28 January 1980 Jamestown, New York,                                                 
Nickolas Gene Carter (born January 28, 1980) is the older brother of American             
performer Aaron Carter. Nick is an American actor, musician, and pop singer. He           
is a member of the music group the Backstreet Boys.                                       
Nick Carter was born in Jamestown, New York. His father, Robert Gene Carter,               
is of Jewish descent and his mother, Jane Elizabeth Spaulding, is a Mayflower             
descendant of Welsh, Irish, German, English and 1/4 Native American ancestry.             
His siblings include Angel, Leslie, Bobbie Jean (nickname:BJ), and singer Aaron.           
He also has an older half-sister named Ginger from his father's first marriage,           
a stepsister named Taelyn and a half-brother, Kanden, from his father's new wife.         
Several years later, the family moved to Tampa, Florida and managed a retirement           
home where they added his younger siblings to their family. Carter began                   
auditioning for acting roles in the early 1990s, and appeared in many                     
commercials. He later made a tiny background appearance in Edward Scissorhands (1990).     
It is said that in several auditions, Nick met AJ McLean and Howie Dorough and             
they became friends. Later, they formed a mini-vocal group and started seeking a           
manager. As they found him, Lou Pearlman, he thought it most appropriate to seek           
for a fourth member. This was the chance for Kevin Richardson, who brought his             
cousin Brian with him. At the beginning, there was no success in the United               
States, even though the first single had been a hit on Orlando radio stations.             
Lou then marketed the Backstreet Boys in Europe, where they became commercially           
successful in 1996. To date, Carter has helped the group sell over 100 million             
The Backstreet Boys became hugely popular in Europe and the United States in the           
late 1990s, and Carter gained fame, becoming known as the "heartthrob" of the             
group. He is the youngest, joining the group at twelve years old. On tour, he             
played drums and guitar in addition to singing. Carter had become a prominent             
lead singer in the group, though all five members sing lead on each album.                 
In 1999, he was ranked #1 on the list of "Hottest Under 21" by Teen Scene                 
magazine and was named "The Biggest Teen Idol" by Teen People magazine. He was             
also named one of People magazines "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in             
2000. Carter's fame has helped create the career of his brother Aaron.                     
Carter attempted a career as a solo artist in 2002, when he released Now Or               
Never. The album reached #17 on Billboard 200 and was certified gold. That same           
year, Carter was named "The Sexiest Man in the World" in a CosmoGirl Magazine             
poll conducted by its readers. Carter has also returned to his acting career. He           
appeared opposite Kevin Zegers in the 2004 horror film, The Hollow, made two               
appearances on the TV show "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter", and           
also appeared on "American Dreams".                                                       
Carter then went back on tour with the Backstreet Boys, who were promoting the             
album Never Gone which debuted at #3 in the Billboard 200 and was certified               
platinum. "Never Gone" helped the group break the 100 million mark for albums             
sold worldwide. In fall 2005, they toured Europe.                                         
Carter and his siblings starred in a reality television show, House of Carters,           
which premiered in October 2006 on E!. The series features all five Carter                 
siblings reuniting to live in the same house, as well as feature in-depth                 
moments of their ups and downs. The first season of HoC had 8 episodes, and               
Carter has since said the show will not seek another season.                               
Carter is currently (May 2007) filming independent movie Fast Glass with Brandon           
Quinn, Andrew Keegan, Natalia Cigliuti, Greg Grunberg, and Reno Wilson. The               
movie is directed by Kim Bass and produced by Dave Riggs and Desiree Jellerette.           
It's slated for release in 2008.                                                           
Nick Carter was announced as the new Special Ambassador for the Year of the               
Dolphin (YoD) on May 17, 2007. He will record a new song and video with all               
proceeds going to this project, he will also make a public service announcement           
and appear at local schools.                                                               
Nick Carter began work on his second solo album in 2003, but the recordings were           
aborted when the Backstreet Boys reformed and he went into the studio with them.           
One of the tracks from the earlier recording sessions was used as the theme song           
to the House of Carters. "Let It Go" was written by Nick Carter, Matthew Gerrard,         
and Bridget Louise Benenate.