basketball player, actor, endorser, mass-media phenomenon
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Professional basketball player, actor, and mass-media phenomenon, Jordan is a star of international status. After joining the Chicago Bulls after his junior year at the University of North Carolina, he quickly proved himself to be a star of the likes of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. He was quickly dubbed Air, and became a marketing fantasy for various companies, including Nike and Hanes. After leading the Bulls to three consecutive NBA World Championships in '91, '92, and '93, Jordan retired from basketball to try his hand at baseball. He wasn't very good, and he returned to the NBA and the Bulls just in time for the '95 playoffs. He led the Bulls to three more consecutive World Championships ('96–'98) before retiring again in 1999. He acts in commercials and appeared in Space Jam with Bugs Bunny (1996).