Actor Jack Wagner of "Melrose Place" fame, TV star Melissa Gilbert, who
became a household name as Laura Ingalls on "Little House on the
Prairie," "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, and Jaleel White, best
known as Steve Urkel from "Family Matters," are among this season's
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, TV host Maria Menounos, Motown great
Gladys Knight, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Disney star Roshon Fegan,
NFL champ Donald Driver, singer Gavin DeGraw and Telenovela actor
William Levy round out the celebrity line-up.
The new cast and their professional partners make their official debut today on "Good Morning America." Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet joined "GMA" co-anchor Robin
Roberts at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles for the live
The stars also met their professional partners, who they will begin training with right away ahead of the March 19 two-hour season premiere. Defending pro-champion Karina Smirnoff, who won her first
mirror ball trophy last season with celeb J.R. Martinez, is partnered up this
time with singer Gavin DeGraw. Pro Cheryl Burke, who sambaed with Rob
Kardashian into the finals during season 13, will team up with William Levy
this round, and three-time champ Derek Hough will dance with Maria Menounos.
Read more about the cast in their edited bios and tell us who's your
favorite. Which celebrity are you most excited to see hit the dance
floor? Which pro pairing is your favorite? Vote now!
The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres in a
live two-hour event on Monday, March 19 at 8/7c on ABC.
Star of "General Hospital" and "Melrose Place"
Has recorded five albums
Top celebrity golfer
Pro Partner: Anna Trebunskaya, who returns for her ninth season
Bio: An actor of daytime and primetime television and the stage, Wagner
is one of the most popular stars in the history of soaps. Wagner studied
theater in college, graduating from The University of Arizona with a
BFA in Drama. Wagner has starred in multiple television series, over a
dozen of television movies, and has appeared in over forty theatrical
productions around the world. In 1983, Wagner landed the starring role
of rocker Frisco Jones on ABC's daytime series, "General Hospital" in
1983. He recorded several songs for the show, eventually signing with
Quincy Jones's record label, Qwest, where Wagner recorded his first hit
single, "All I Need." The single was #2 on Pop charts and #1 on Adult
Contemporary charts. In 1987 Wagner returned to his theatrical roots
touring nationally as Tony in "West Side Story," and as Danny Zucko in
In the early 90's, Wagner joined the hit series "Melrose Place," where
he spent the next 5 seasons both acting and directing. In 2000 he took
the role of a lifetime in the Broadway musical "Jekyll and Hyde." Most
recently, Wagner joined the company of "The Bold and the Beautiful." In
his spare time, Wagner enjoys playing golf and participating in
celebrity golf tournaments. He is the National Celebrity Ambassador of
the "Leukemia and Lymphoma Society," which benefits from "The Jack
Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic," his annual golf tournament.
Emmy Nominated Actress
Star of "Little House on the Prairie"
Former President of the Screen Actors Guild
Pro Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his twelfth season
Bio: A native of Los Angeles, Gilbert comes from a long line of
entertainers including her grandfather, Harry Crane, creator and writer
of "The Honeymooners" and her father, comedian, actor, musician and
dancer, Paul Gilbert. At age two, Gilbert made her on-air debut modeling
baby clothes and appeared in more than thirty television commercials
over the next seven years. At age nine, she joined the cast of "Little
House on the Prairie," continuing with the popular series for ten years.
She has since starred in hundreds of television movies, specials and
series including the Emmy award-winning MOW "The Miracle Worker." In
2009, Melissa shared her personal story in her bestselling memoir,
"Prairie Tale." Gilbert served two terms as the 23rd President of Screen
Actors Guild, two terms as Vice President on the AFL-CIO executive
council, as Vice President for the California Labor Federation, as a
commissioner on the California Film Commission and as chair of the 2005
SAG Theatrical/Television Negotiating Committee. An avid philanthropist,
Melissa is the President of the Board of Directors for the Children's
Hospice and palliative Care Coalition, and recently became the
first-ever national spokesperson for The Partnership at Drugfree.org.
Melissa is a devoted mother to four sons.
Super Bowl Champion
Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver
Pro Partner: Peta Murgatroyd, who is returning for her second season on the show
Bio: Driver overcame a childhood of homelessness to become a Super Bowl
champion and the all-time leading receiver in Green Bay Packers history.
After being selected in the last round of the NFL draft, he went on to
hold the Packers' all-time receiving records for yards and receptions as
well as a host of others.
Having grown up homeless and living out of a U-Haul truck for a period
of time, Donald faced obstacles growing up that most could not imagine.
From it, he was inspired to be a community-minded athlete. Along with
his wife Betina, Driver created the Donald Driver Foundation in 2001,
which focuses on homelessness, education and health and wellness
initiatives. He has donated his time for hundreds of community
appearances. Donald is most proud of his family, wife Betina and kids
Cristian, Christina and Charity. Donald's kids, and his commitment to
education, drove him to write three children's books revolving around
the lovable character "Quickie." The books' illustrations and stories
are based on Donald's family.
Co-host of "The View"
Recent newlywed and devoted mom
Pro Partner: Val Chmerkovskiy, who is returning for his second season
Bio: Shepherd is an actress, comedienne and co-host of ABC's hugely
popular daytime talk show "The View." Whether she's on stage or screen,
this Daytime Emmy® Award winner's magnetic personality and hilarious
sense of humor never fails to delight audiences. She has appeared in
such popular television shows as "30 Rock," "Less than Perfect" and
"Everybody Loves Raymond," and in films including "Precious,"
"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and most recently "One for the Money". She
is the author of a humorous autobiography Permission Slips: Every
Woman's Guide to Giving Yourself a Break (Grand Central Publishing).
Current No. 1 platinum single, "Not Over You"
Pro Partner: Karina Smirnoff, last season’s champ, who returns for her eleventh season
Bio: Gavin DeGraw broke out as a chart-topping artist with his 2003
debut album, "Chariot," which sold over a million copies, and yielded
three hit singles: "I Don't Want To Be," "Follow Through," and the
title-track, "Chariot." DeGraw's self-titled second album debuted at No.
1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard's Top 200 album
chart in 2008, earning DeGraw his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit
singles "In Love With A Girl," which Billboard dubbed "a rocking
homerun," and the gold-certified "We Belong Together." In 2009, DeGraw
released "Free, "an album featuring recorded versions of DeGraw's live
favorites. He released his third studio album, Sweeter in September of
2011 and the album's first single, "Not Over You," co-written with
OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, was just certified platinum.
Tennis legend with 359 victories
Won 59 Grand Slam championships
Pro Partner: Tony Dovolani, who returns for a thirteenth season
Bio: A champion both on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is an
influential athlete and cultural figure. Born in Prague in 1956,
Navratilova is the only player in history of tennis to win Grand Slam
titles in four different decades, including a curtain-closing US Open
victory in mixed doubles at age 49. Navratilova's resume includes 59
Grand Slam titles, a record nine Wimbledon singles championships, and an
unrivaled 344 tournament victories.
Off the court, Navratilova has been a lifelong champion for individual
freedom and a pioneer for human rights. At 18, Navratilova left
communist Czechoslovakia and sought political asylum and freedom in the
U.S. After receiving her U.S. citizenship in 1981, she publicly
acknowledged that she is gay at a time when such announcements came at
great personal cost to public figures. In 2010, Navratilova was
diagnosed with breast cancer. She approached the illness like her tennis
training, and has become cancer -free and a champion for breast cancer
awareness. She is currently the Fitness Ambassador for AARP, inspiring
its 39 million members to follow her example by redefining what it means
to be over fifty. She is an author, speaker and an on-air commentator
for the Tennis Channel.
Actor in hit Disney Channel show "Shake It Up"
Rapper and hip-hop music producer
Pro Partner: Chelsie Hightower, who is returning for her sixth season
Bio: Most widely recognized for his roles on Disney Channel, this
musical artist, songwriter, producer and actor currently stars on the
Disney Channel original series "Shake It Up!" as Ty Blue. Prior to this
role, he appeared as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel original movies
"Camp Rock" and "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam." Fegan also performed songs
on the "Camp Rock" soundtrack as well as the DVD bonus track "Camp
Rock." 20 year-old Fegan recently released his first self-produced EP "I
New York Times Best-selling Author
Speaks fluent Greek
Pro Partner: Derek Hough, a three-time champ who is returning for his ninth season
Bio: Actress, author and the host of "EXTRA," Maria Menounos' story
began cleaning Boston nightclubs alongside her Greek immigrant parents
from age of three and not learning to speak English until she was 10
years old. At 22, she became the youngest person to host "Entertainment
Tonight" and would later report for "Today", "Dateline" and "Nightly
News." She has traveled to such places as El Salvador, South Africa and
Afghanistan while reporting on earthquakes, the AIDS epidemic and the
war. Inspired by her world travels and the devastating effects of the
AIDS crisis, she created the charity, "Take Action Hollywood!." In
2008, she conducted the only interview with the Obama family during the
Presidential Campaign. Maria is the New York Times bestselling author
of the self help book, The EveryGirl's Guide to Life. She recently
launched AfterBuzzTV.com, an online digital network dedicated to
producing wrap up shows for America's favorite television series. She
loves people, life and trying new things!
Steve Urkel in "Family Matters"
He has been acting since the age of three
White plays the banjo
Pro Partner: Kym Johnson, a two-time champ who returns for her eleventh season
Bio: Jaleel White has brought laughter to millions of people around the
world as a multi-talented actor who has also become an emerging
screenwriter. White is best known for his portrayal of Steve
Urkel/Stefan Urquelle on ABC's long-running series, "Family Matters."
The series is one of 22 shows in television history to reach 200
episodes. While attending UCLA's School of Film and Television, White
occupied a dual role as star and producer of the UPN series,
"Grown-Ups." Upon graduating from UCLA, he worked as a WGA writer for
such notable companies as Imagine Entertainment and Disney Channel
Television. He has also resumed acting, playing guest starring roles in
"Boston Legal," "House," "NCIS"and Dreamworks'"Dreamgirls."Last year, he
played a role in the feature film, "Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer
Summer,"voiced the role of Sonic the Hedgehog and wrote, produced and
starred in his own webseries "Fake It 'Til You Make It." White currently
plays recurring roles on USA Network's cable smash, "Psych" and the
Nickelodeon series, "Problem Solverz."Coming up, he will host the new
SyFy game show "Total Blackout" and will begin production on a film
which he co-wrote, "Parkin'Lot Pimpin."