Randy Jackson: Life in Pictures
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Randy Jackson: Life in Pictures

Randy Jackson

Zydeco and beyond

Music producer Randy Jackson now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and kids, but he is originally from Baton Rouge, La. There he was exposed to rock, zydeco and everything in between. (Bloomberg News)
“American Idol”

Randy is best known for his work on the outrageously successful singing competition “American Idol.” Since 2002, he has judged the series alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. Paula can be too sweet and Simon can be too cruel, but Randy is always juuust riiight. (Sam Jones / Associated Press)
Industry vet

As a Grammy-winning producer who has spent 20 years in the industry, Randy is well suited to spot talent on “Idol.” (Associated Press)
Musician

Randy was once a musician himself. In fact, he has been playing the bass since he was 13. He even played in famed band Journey. (FOX)
Music exec

Randy served as vice president of artists and repertoire at Columbia Records and as senior VP of A&R at MCA. (Bloomberg News)
Music exec

Randy served as vice president of artists and repertoire at Columbia Records and as senior VP of A&R at MCA. (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Weighty issues

In 2003, after years of failed dieting, Randy took control of his health by getting gastric bypass surgery. The procedure helped him shed 100 pounds. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Favorite word

Randy is known for his casual, friendly way of addressing contestants on “American Idol.” He calls them “dawg.” (Zach Trenholm / For The Times)
Author

In 2003, Randy penned a book titled “What’s Up Dawg?: How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business.” (FOX)
But what I really wanna do is act

Randy used his “Idol” fame to launch an acting career; he appeared on “Dr. Vegas” in 2004 and “Kevin Hill” in 2005. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
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