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    17 Times Celebrities Created TV Shows Or Movies Based On Their Real Lives

    No one else could tell their stories better.

    A lot of the time, biopics, such as House of Gucci, are done without input (or approval!) from the people they're about. Sometimes, however, the subject of a biopic is the very person bringing the story to life behind the scenes.

    Here are 17 celebrities who created TV shows or movies based on their own lives:

    1. Harry Styles executive produced Happy Together, a sitcom loosely based on the time he spent living in Ben Winston's attic during the height of his One Direction fame.

    "Watermelon Sugar" singer, Wayne takes a selfie with Cooper

    2. In 2017, married couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon co-wrote The Big Sick, which is based on their real-life love story.

    writer and comedian Kumail and Emily talk on the outside steps in the cold

    3. Weird Al Yankovic co-wrote the script for the upcoming biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, which will star Daniel Radcliffe.


    4. Pete Davidson co-wrote and starred in 2020's The King of Staten Island, which director Judd Apatow described as "an imagining of what Pete’s life would have been if he didn’t find comedy."

    shirtless, Scott holds his arms out like he's king of the world

    5. Muhammad Ali starred as himself in the 1977 biopic The Greatest.

    Angelo encourages Ali to keep fighting in the ring

    6. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson both executive produces and stars as a future version of himself in Young Rock, a sitcom inspired by the "wildly Forrest Gump-ian life that [he has] been lucky enough to have."

    future Dwayne makes a speech, and young Dwayne sits in class

    7. Chris Rock created and narrated the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, which was based on his teenage years in Brooklyn.

    comedian, young Chris is skeptical of his dad's advice

    8. In 1980, Sophia Loren starred as herself in the biopic Sophia Loren: Her Own Story.

    Sophia carries her own bags and coat down the street

    9. Nicki Minaj was set to executive produce and cameo in Nicki, a sitcom based on her family's immigration from Trinidad to Queens, but it was effectively cancelled before it aired.


    10. In 1950, Jackie Robinson starred as himself in the biopic The Jackie Robinson Story.

    the baseball hero meets with a trio of businessmen

    11. Many storylines on Seinfeld were based on the real-life experience of show creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.

    comedians, the main cast rides the subway together

    12. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre produced Straight Outta Compton, a 2015 biopic about their rap group N.W.A.

    the rappers and their fictitious younger selves

    13. Dolly Parton narrated the 2015 film Coat of Many Colors, which is based on a story from her childhood in Tennessee.

    current-day Dolly and young Dolly proudly strike similar poses in their colorful patchwork coats

    14. In the mid-'90s, Johnny Cash asked James Keach to make a movie about his life, so Keach began interviewing Cash, which eventually led to the 2005 biopic Walk the Line.

    singer, Johnny holds hands with June

    15. In 1920, Babe Ruth starred as himself in the silent film Headin’ Home, which was marketed as the "true story" of his life but was largely fictionalized.

    Babe is followed by a large crowd

    16. Venus and Serena Williams executive produced King Richard, a biopic about their father and coach, Richard Williams.

    tennis champions, Richard coaches his daughters on the tennis court

    17. And finally, after Elton John and his husband David Furnish spent nearly 20 years trying to get a film about the singer's life off the ground, they co-produced 2019's Rocketman.

    singer, young Elton plays piano for his friends