Born in Ontario to a secretary and a papermill worker, Ryan Gosling auditioned on a whim for "The New Mickey Mouse Club" when he was 13 years old. After leaving the show he had a number of small TV roles before landing the lead in "Young Hercules." But his career only took off when he moved to film, first in "Remember the Titans" in 2000 and then with "The Believer," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. He followed that with "Murder by Numbers," and after his turn as the male lead in "The Notebook," People magazine named him one of its 50 Hottest Bachelors. Gosling recently starred in "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Fracture" alongside Anthony Hopkins. He was supposed to have a role in the upcoming film "The Lovely Bones" but was reportedly fired by director Peter Jackson for "being too demanding," according to The New York Post. Gosling replied to these rumors by saying in Parade magazine, "The age of the character versus my real age was always a concern of mine. Peter and I tried to make it work, and ultimately it just didn't."
Boy band star JC Chasez earned his singing and dancing chops as a Mouseketeer.
This ex-Mouseketeer joined the oh-so-popular boy band 'N Sync with fellow "Mickey Mouse Club" member Justin Timberlake. Chasez and Timberlake, the two lead singers for 'N Sync, quickly became heartthrobs for millions of teenage girls. When 'N Sync decided to call it quits, Chasez followed in the footsteps of Timberlake and started a solo career. In February 2004, Chasez released "Schizophrenic," which he co-wrote and co-produced. Although the album didn't bring the kind of success that Timberlake's first album did, Chasez kept himself in the spotlight by becoming romantically linked to actress Tara Reid and engaging in a short-term relationship with actress Eva Longoria.
Annette Funicello was discovered by Walt Disney while she performed in "Swan Lake" and was chosen as one of the original Mouseketeers when she was 12 years old. Funicello appeared in a number of Disney productions both on the big screen and on television, and had several pop hits throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
Annette Funicello was one of the original Mouseketeers.
After her work with Disney, she went on to produce a series of popular "beach party" movies with co-star Frankie Avalon. In 1992, Funicello was inducted as a Disney Legend. That same year she announced she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and she founded the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation.