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Jeff Fenholt Biography

Jeff Fenholt Biography

Jeffrey Craig “Jeff” Fenholt best known for playing the title character in the original Broadway theater production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He is an American singer best known for his performance as the title character in the original Broadway theatre adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar and for his appearance on the cover of Time magazine. In later years, Fenholt would gain notoriety as a Christian evangelist and singer, as well as controversy over his involvement with the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Jeff Fenholt
Birth name Jeffrey Craig Fenholt
Born 1951 (age 67–68)
United States
Died September 10, 2019
Genres CCM, Christian rock/metal, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician,
Instruments Vocals Guitar Piano
Years active 1970–2019
Associated acts Bible Black, Black Sabbath, Joshua, Tony Iommi, Driver, Geezer Butler Band, Craig Goldy

Jeff Fenholt Age

He was 68 years old.

Jeff Fenholt Background, Education, Early Career

Fenholt grew up in Ohio and went to school in Columbus. He was involved with a number of rock bands and performed at various school functions. Fenholt got his first Top 40 hit, (“Billboard Top 100″) recording, “Goin’ Too Far”, with the band The Fifth Order when he was 14. He toured extensively while he was in high school. By his own admission, he was a troubled youth with a juvenile delinquency record. Later, while in college, he worked at Jeffrey Mining Machinery Co. as a material mover in the motor winding and assembly department, and loading and unloading beef sides for a non-union roughneck truck dock, EC Jones, Trucking. Fenholt attended Ohio State University for two years on a music scholarship and later earned his B.A. in music at The School of Bible Theology University in San Jacinto, California.

Fenholt was cast as Jesus in the title role in the Original Broadway Production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Jesus Christ Superstar sold in excess of 12 million albums. Future JCS legends Carl Anderson (singer) and Yvonne Elliman toured alongside Fenholt on the World Premier JCS World Tour as Judas and Mary Magdalene, respectively.

Fenholt released several solo recordings, including a successful cover of Graham Nash’s “Simple Man”.

Fenholt co-founded “Entertainment Capital Corporation” with Jeff Thornburg, former President of The Robert Stigwood Org, producing Andy Warhol’s film, Bad. ECC also produced recordings for Fenholt. Thornburg and Fenholt amicably parted ways when Thornburg accepted the position of “Head Of Venture Capital” for Paramount Pictures.

In 1978, Fenholt recorded a Disco LP called Smile for CBS and was paid $300,000 dollars. Fenholt also recorded for Capitol Records, Universal, Paramount, Polygram, Polydor, Decca, RCA, and as a youth, Laurie, Diamond and Cameo-Parkway. He is currently recording for Sony.

Fenholt’s 1994 autobiography From Darkness To Light reveals that he was abused and mistreated as a youth and subjected to frequent beatings. In 1996, Fenholt’s parents sued him, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), and the publisher of his autobiography for $12 million each for defamation of character. Fenholt’s siblings claimed he made up the stories of abuse, but the lawsuit was subsequently dropped after Fenholt produced court documents from the Superior Court Of Franklin County, Ohio, confirming his claims. Fenholt later said that he has a “warm relationship” with his mother and family.

Jeff Fenholt Conversion to Christianity

According to Fenholt’s autobiography, he was heavily addicted to alcohol and drugs following the end of Jesus Christ Superstar’s run on Broadway. Fenholt’s often-repeated testimony (later published in his autobiography) details a visit from Christian construction workers (Nick Dissipio, owner, hired by his Christian wife to rebuild a wing of his house) who confronted him regarding his portrayal of Christ on stage. Fenholt was converted to Christ, beat his addictions, then spent the next several years struggling to balance his faith and his career, before becoming a high-profile personality on programming aired by TBN. Fenholt sported long hair, an unusual style in conservative evangelical circles. Fenholt would often appear with his wife Maureen (nicknamed “Reeni”).

Jeff Fenholt Death, Jeff Fenholt Cause of Death

Jeff died on Tuesday, only 5 days before his 69th birthday. We’re told Fenholt had recently been battling some health issues and was found dead at his home. Jeff’s death is not being investigated under suspicious circumstances.

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