Bret Michael Sychak , professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singersongwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and reality television personality. He first gained fame as the lead vocalist of the glam metal band Poison who have sold over 45 million records worldwide andmillion records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Topof the Billboard Hot 100, including six Topsingles and the numberone single, Every Rose Has Its Thorn.
Michaels was born Bret Michael Sychak, to Wally and Marjorie Sychak, north of Pittsburgh in the city of Butler, Pennsylvania and grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He has two sisters, Michelle and Nicole. He claims that his parents had originally intended for him to have the middle name Maverick, after the title character in the popular James Garner TV Western series Maverick. He is of CarpathoRusyn , Irish, English, German, and Swiss descent. Brets greatuncle Nick Sychak fought at Omaha Beach in the Invasion of Normandy and was killed in action in France in 1944.