Maynard James Keenan

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Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan; April 17, 1964), also known by fans simply by his initials as MJK, is an American progressive metal singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning American metal band Tool. He is originally from Ohio, but spent his high school and college years in Michigan. After serving in the Army in the early 1980s, he attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1988 to pursue a career in interior design and set construction. Shortly thereafter, he formed the band Tool with Adam Jones.

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Selected Maynard James Keenan film and TV show credits.

Acting Credits

What Is... Puscifer
Billy D

Bobby Angel

Vile (2011)
Special Agent Ford

Dog Walker

Golden Gods Awards (TV Movie)


Sleeping Dogs Lie (Short Film)
Deputy Lance

Titannica Lead Singer

Screenland Drive
Car Thief

Composer Credits

Final Notice (Short Film)

Soundtrack Credits

End of Watch (2012)



The Invisible (2007)

Constantine (2005)

Underworld (2003)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) (TV Show)

Six Feet Under (2001) (TV Show)


Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995) (TV Show)


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I think psychedelics play a major part in what we do, but having said that, I feel that if somebody's going to experiment with those things they really need to educate themselves about them. People just taking the chemicals and diving in without having any kind of preparation about what they're about to experience tend to have no frame of reference, so they're missing everything flying by and all these new perspectives. It's just a waste. They reach a little bit of spiritual enlightenment, but they end up going, 'Well, now I need that drug to get back there again.' The trick is to use the drugs once to get there, and maybe spend the next ten years trying to get back there without the drug.

Once you take yourself too seriously the art will suffer.

I'm a pessimist. But I'm a pessimist with a sense of responsibility. If I had never joined the military, the weight of my words wouldn't be so heavy.


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List of top 10 songs by Maynard James Keenan.
Song TitleYear Released *Song Rank
David Bowie- Bring Me the Disco King (Loner Mix) 1,043,575
Rocket Man 1,312,746
Where the Streets Have No Name 1,122,268
Calling Dr. Love 1,022,855
Rev 22:20 1,416,683
Replicants- Silly Little Love Songs 1,043,574
21st Century Schizoid Man- RARE & NEW 1,092,428
Silly Love Songs 1,197,808
Terrible Lie 1,043,573
Titannica- Ass Kickin' Fat Kid 1,022,854
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

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First NameMaynard
Middle NameJames
Last NameKeenan
Full Name at BirthJames Herbert Keenan
Date of BirthApril 17, 1964
BirthplaceRavenna, Ohio, USA
Height5' 7" (170 cm)
Hair ColorBald
Star SignAries
UniversityKendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
OccupationSinger, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Winemaker
Occupation CategorySinger
Claim to FameLead singer of Tool
FatherMichael Loren Keenan
MotherJudith Marie Keenan
FriendsBill Hicks (comedian)

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