11 Ozzy Osbourne Facts: Height, Tattoos, and Why He Bit Off a Dove’s Head

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Ozzy choking out Ralph. Image by Irish Hap7976 on Wikimedia Commons.

Last updated on March 19th, 2023 at 10:20 pm

Known as one of the most controversial and iconic heavy metal musicians of all time, Ozzy Osbourne has had a long and successful career. With songs such as “Crazy Train” and “Mama I’m Coming Home,” the Prince of Darkness has had many sounds.

Although the bizarre stories concerning this legendary musician have left fans wondering if they were true, Ozzy continues to be one of the most talked about rock stars of all time. Keep reading to find out some of the most exciting Ozzy Osbourne facts.

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Ozzy Osbourne inducted into the Birmingham ‘Walk of Stars’. Image by Kaiserjnr on Wikimedia Commons.

1. How Tall is Ozzy Osbourne?

Ozzy Osbourne stands at a whopping 5 feet 10 inches, meaning he is not tall, nor short, when compared to the height of the average man.

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Ozzy Osbourne at Black Sabbath’s last ever concert, Genting Arena, Birmingham in 2017. Image by Egghead06 on Wikimedia Commons.

2. What is Ozzy’s Zodiac Sign?

Ozzy Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948, in Birmingham, England. Because of this, his Zodiac sign is Sagittarius which is a sign known as the last fire sign.

People born under this sign are known to have very few boundaries when it comes to what they want to do.

Sound like the Prince of Darkness to you?

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Ozzy Osbourne in 1973. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

3. Ozzy Osbourne’s Real Name

One of our favorite Ozzy Osbourne facts is that Ozzy was not his real name.

John Michael Osbourne was his given name at birth by his parents. The name “Ozzy” was a nickname given to him when he was in primary school, and he chose to keep it as his stage name.

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Black Sabbath performing live at Lollapalooza 2012. Image by Shane Hershman on Wikimedia Commons.

4. He has More than 15 Tattoos

Ozzy Osbourne has more than 15 tattoos that he has gotten throughout his career.

Interestingly enough, he gave himself his first tattoo when he was only 16 years old. The letters, O-Z-Z-Y are tattooed across the knuckles on his left hand. It has been reported that he did the tattoo himself with a sewing needle and pencil lead.

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Ozzy Osbourne in 2010. Image by Kevin Burkett on Wikimedia Commons.

5. Did You Know Ozzy Once Spent Time in Prison?

Ozzy wasn’t always a superstar, he once worked various jobs, such as a plumber and a construction worker, to make ends meet.

Because of his low-income situation, Ozzy once robbed a store and stole a television, baby clothes, and t-shirts.

His father refused to pay the fine to teach him a lesson, so Ozzy Osbourne spent about six weeks in Winson Green Prison.

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Wash D.C. White house correspondents dinner May 4 2002. Image by John Matthew Smith on Wikimedia Commons.

6. Ozzy Osbourne Has Dyslexia

From an early age, Ozzy struggled with learning when he was in school.

He was diagnosed with dyslexia in school, which is a learning disability that has followed him throughout his life.

Anytime he has to read, he states that he has had a hard time staying focused.

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Ozzy Osbourne in Chile in 2011. Image by Carlos Varela on Wikimedia Commons.

7. Ozzy Stopped Breathing After an Accident

Following an ATV accident where he suffered from several broken bones, it was reported that Ozzy Osbourne stopped breathing. He was resuscitated by his bodyguard and was in a coma for about a week.

Although he made a full recovery, he had at the time suffered from eight broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and neck vertebrae. He also suffered temporarily from short-term memory loss.

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Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne tour Battleship Missouri while filming their MTV show “The Osbournes”. Image by the US Navy on Wikimedia Commons.

8. The Prince of Darkness Once Fought Off a Burglar While Naked

While sleeping in his bed naked, Ozzy woke to discover a burglar riffling through Sharon’s closet.

He sprung into action to fight him off, however, the robber ended up running away quickly, along with some of Sharon’s expensive jewelry and her wedding ring.

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Ozzy Osbourne during the Diary of a Madman Tour (1982). Image by Ted Van Pelt on Wikimedia Commons.

9. Ozzy Really Did Bite the Head Off of a Live Dove

In 1981 Ozzy and Sharon had a meeting with CBS Records to sign a record deal. Ozzy, with good original intentions, put doves in his pocket to set them free once the deal was done.

However, he was so intoxicated that he forgot his original plan and decided to bite the head off of one of them and toss it on the table.

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Ozzy Osbourne’s Net Worth. Ozzy Osbourne, Prince of Darkness, at the I Am Ozzy book signing at Changing Hands, Tempe Arizona, Feb 20th, 2010. Image by darkbladeus on Wikimedia Commons.

10. Ozzy Osbourne Suffers From Stage Fright

Despite his extreme antics on and off the stage, it is a fact that the legendary Prince of Darkness suffers from stage fright.

Although once on stage, the fear is less intense, just before his performances, the stage fright is nearly crippling.

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Ozzy Osbourne at BlizzCon 09 image by Aznplayer213 on Wikimedia Commons.

11. While Drunk, He Once Peed in a Record Executive’s Wine

During a meeting with CBS Europe in Germany, Ozzy Osbourne was once again intoxicated and thought he performed a little dance and kissed an executive.

However, his wife informed him that he danced on the table, but instead of a kiss, he actually peed in the executive’s wine glass.

By now, you know all of the most interesting Ozzy Osbourne facts. We hope you had a good time getting to know this unique rock artist!

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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