Dweezil Zappa Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa was born on 5 September 1969, in Los Angeles, California, USA, of Sicilian, Arab, Greek, French, Danish, and Irish ancestry. He later learned how he had a different birth name from his nickname Dweezil, and resolved to change his name, which his parents obliged. Dweezil is a guitarist and actor best known for his proficiency in playing the guitar, and being the son of performer Frank Zappa. He’s also appeared in various films and done some voice acting work. All of his endeavors have helped raise his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Dweezil Zappa? As of early-2016, sources estimate that his net worth is at $3 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the music industry. His occasional acting stints have also helped in raising his wealth somewhat. He’s said to own several valuable guitars, most of which are custom made.

Dweezil Zappa Net Worth $3 Million

At a young age, Zappa showed an affinity for playing guitar and producing music. He was taught how to play the guitar by famous guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. Dweezil started his career y being noticed as a VJ for MTV – he was subsequently fired after badmouthing the network on “The Howard Stern Show”. Around this time he was working on solo albums and playing for other artists as well, some of whom include the Fat Boys, Winger and Don Johnson. He also had a few small acting roles, including in “The Running Man” which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and “Pretty in Pink”. During the 1990s, Zappa started working on a project called “What the Hell Was I Thinking?” and it features guitar solos from several popular guitarists – the project is still under work today.

In the mid-1990s Dweezil was given the chance to voice the character Ajax Duckman in the series “Duckman”. He continued to take various television opportunities presented to him like the sitcom “Normal Life”, and “The Ben Stiller Show”. Dweezil was also part of a popular show entitled “Happy Hour” which however only lasted for one season due to copyright disputes.

In 2003, Zappa helped record for Weird Al Yankovic’s album “Poodie Hat”. Three years later he formed a band of young musicians for the “Zappa Plays Zappa” tour, which hoped to bring his father’s music to the younger generation. It began its tour in Europe during 2006 and then continued on to the United States, taking breaks but eventually continuing with each year. The tour has had various guests like Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio and Ray White.

For his personal life, it is known that Dweezil dated Lisa Loeb for around six years and Zappa even toured with Loeb’s band. They also had a Food Network show called “Dweezil & Lisa” which aired in 2004. However, he married fashion stylist Lauren Knudsen in 2005 and they have two children, but divorce was filed for in 2010, with his wife citing irreconcilable differences. Dweezil subsequently married again in 2012, to Megan Marsicano.

Quick Facts

Birth date: September 5, 1969
Birth place: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Profession:American rock guitarist, actor
Spouse:Megan Marsicano (m. 2012), Lauren Knudsen (m. 2005)
Parents:Frank Zappa, Gail Zappa
Siblings:Moon Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, Diva Zappa
Music groups:Fat Boys, Winger, Don Johnson, “Zappa Plays Zappa” (2006), LOEBS
Movies:“Duckman” (1997), “The Running Man” (1987), “Pretty in Pink” (1986)
TV shows:“The Howard Stern Show”, “Normal Life”, “The Ben Stiller Show”, "Happy Hour"
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Just finished the "Zappa plays Zappa" tour [October 2007]
2New TV show, with Lisa Loeb, Dweezil & Lisa (2004). [March 2005]
3Brother-in-law of Paul Doucette.
4Was always called Dweezil by his family, but wasn't registered as such on his birth certificate; the hospital where he'd been born refused to record the unusual name, so father Frank gave him the names of his bandmates. When Dweezil found out about this as a boy, he wanted to make the name official - so his parents took him to legally change it.
5Attended Walter Reed Jr. High in North Hollywood, CA.
6Cousin of Lala Sloatman
7Brother of Moon Unit Zappa, Diva Zappa, and Ahmet Zappa.
8Son of Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa.


Quotes

#Quote
1I didn't really hear any music other than what my dad was working on until I was twelve. My recollection of hearing other music was that I liked some things that I heard but I always thought,'Where's the rest of it?'. It didn't have the same amount of detail or instrumentation in the arrangements. I liked a lot of the things other people liked - Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC - but if I compared it to my dad's music, there just seemed to be elements missing.
2[on 'St. Alonzo's Pancake Breakfast'] As a kid, his song about pancakes was the best thing ever. There's a crazy interlude at the end. It's a very short song - under two minutes - but it has this one interlude that's the most difficult thing he ever wrote. I learned it on the guitar.
3[on the 'Zappa Plays Zappa' project] We've been doing this since 2006 and we started with the simple goal to give people an opportunity to see and hear the music played live, a chance to hear a selection of songs that, in my estimation, is the best representation of my dad's work. Part of the struggle is that his music is relegated to a novelty section - a combination of novelty and nostalgia at this point. My feelings are very different. To me his music is still very contemporary, if not still from the future. There's stuff he's done that nobody else ever came close to.


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Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Metalocalypse2012TV SeriesBullied Camper
Fully Loaded2011Eric
On the Spot2003TV SeriesBandleader
According to Jim2001TV SeriesJoe
Son of the Beach2001TV SeriesTom Maxwell
Behind the Seams2000Siro
Jack Frost1998John Kaplan
Anarchy TV1998Sid
MADtv1998TV SeriesGerman Tourist Tobias
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1994-1997TV SeriesAjax
Second Noah1997TV SeriesCirrus Rose
Duckman1997Video GameAjax (voice)
Normal Life1990TV SeriesJake Harlow
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme1990TV MovieSpecial Guest Appearance
The Running Man1987Stevie
Heartbeat1987VideoBand Performer
Pretty in Pink1986Simon

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment2002TV Series composer - 3 episodes
The Ben Stiller Show1992-1993TV Series composer - 15 episodes
Pee-wee's Playhouse1986TV Series composer: additional music

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gracie2007performer: "Bad Intensions" / writer: "Bad Intensions"
Legally Blonde2001producer: "We Could Still Belong Together"
Ready to Rumble2000performer: "Diamond Dallas Page King Of Ba-Da-Bing Theme", "... Baby One More Time" / producer: "Diamond Dallas Page King Of Ba-Da-Bing Theme", "... Baby One More Time" / writer: "Diamond Dallas Page King Of Ba-Da-Bing Theme"
The Ben Stiller Show1992TV Series performer: "Groove Holmes"
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure1989writer: "Two Heads Are Better Than One"
Back to the Beach1987performer: "Wipe Out"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Summer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily2014Documentary
1982. L'estate di Frank2012Documentary short
On the Spot2003TV Series
Normal Life1990TV Series
Pee-wee's Playhouse1988TV Series 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words2016Documentary special thanks - as Dweezil
Roxy the Movie2015Documentary special thanks
Zappa's Universe1993Video special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hearing Is Believing2017Documentary completedHimself
Chopped2015TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Celebrity Wife Swap2014TV SeriesHimself
Skavlan2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
American Masters2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Morgan Agren's Conundrum: A Percussive Misadventure2013DocumentaryHimself
1982. L'estate di Frank2012Documentary shortHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1999-2011TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World2011Video documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2007TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Zappa Plays Zappa2007VideoHimself
Classic Albums: Frank Zappa - Apostrophe (')/Over-Nite Sensation2007Video documentaryHimself
Cinderella: Rocked, Wired & Bluesed - The Greatest Video Hits2005VideoHimself (Segment: "Shelter Me")
Spinal Tap Goes to 202004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dweezil & Lisa2004TV SeriesHimself
Life with Lisa Loeb2002TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Frank Zappa: Phase II - The Big Note2002DocumentaryHimself
The Chris Isaak Show2001TV SeriesHimself
Grosse Pointe2001TV SeriesHimself
Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood1999Documentary short
Hollywood Squares1999TV SeriesHimself
Happy Hour1999TV SeriesHimself - Host
Celebrity Profile1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Weird Al Show1997TV SeriesHimself
In a Metal Mood1996DocumentaryHimself
Grill Me1996TV MovieHimself - Contestant
1995 MTV Movie Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
Roseanne1994TV SeriesHimself - Guitarist
Zappa's Universe1993VideoHimself - Guitar
MTV Video Music Awards 19931993TV SpecialHimself
Newton's Apple1993TV SeriesHimself
Ein Leben als Extravaganza - Das Genie Frank Zappa1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Negligee and Underpants Party1988TV MovieHimself
Square One Television1987TV SeriesHimself
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19861986TV SpecialHimself - Host
Ozzy Osbourne: The Ultimate Ozzy1986TV SpecialHimself
Frank Zappa1971TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
X-Large1989TV Series documentaryHimself
The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels1988Video documentaryHimself

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