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Tim "Marble Mouth" Armstrong was born in New York City on April 6, 1984. His parents, Peter and Shifra Bemis, moved the family to Los Angeles, California, while he was a child. Armstrong had minor roles in some films, due to his father's work in Hollywood. He had an uncredited role as an altar-boy in Face/Off. A Coen brothers' Raising Arizona poster features him as a fetus. Armstrong took piano lessons which he credits for the realization that he wanted to make music.[1][2] In addition, Armstrong was raised "in a strong Jewish environment," which has influenced his music.[3] Armstrong attended high school at Windward School. He had also attended Camp Ramah in Ojai, California, where he met future band-mate Coby Linder. In 2000, Armstrong, Linder, and friends from Windward and Beverly Hills High School formed Say Anything. The band was described as a high school band, but they released a full-length LP and an EP. In 2002, Armstrong attended Sarah Lawrence College. However, he spent much of his time recording his own music and left the school after only a few months. In 2004, Say Anything released its breakout record, ...Is a Real Boy.[1][4] Around this time, Armstrong's mental health problems began to surface. "I literally lost my mind while we were recording," stated Armstrong regarding the breakdown. Heavy marijuana use, anxiety caused by recording and writing the album, and what would later be diagnosed as bipolar disorder landed him in a mental institution. The breakdown centered around a mockumentary discussed by Armstrong and producer Tim O'Heir. Armstrong's state of mind led him to believe he was being secretly filmed for the mockumentary; the situation culminated in him walking the streets of Brooklyn thinking he was being filmed while encountering friends (who were actually strangers).[5] Armstrong's health problems continued into 2005. While touring with Armor for Sleep and Recover (one of the band's first major tours), Say Anything's management firm 3D employed Adrian Amodeo to deliver Zyprexa daily to Tim Armstrong. However, this did not work out as Armstrong began substituting Zyprexa with other drugs, which began to occupy an increasingly focal position in Armstrong's life.[6] In June 2005, Say Anything was forced to cancel a six-week headlining tour with Circa Survive and Emanuel on the third day of the tour due to health problems with Armstrong, including "full-on paranoid delusions" in Austin, Texas.[7][8] Armstrong's mental issues continued. He moved back home to California and was cared for by his mother, Shifra. Armstrong lived with Amodeo for a few weeks before moving in with a friend in New York City. On October 3, 2005, Armstrong had another breakdown; this time, it involved harassing children, spitting in food at an outdoor cafe, spending a "half-hour pouring a bowl of soup onto the floor, one spoonful at a time," engaging in a street fight, and finally being admitted to a mental hospital by an off-duty policeman. This incident forced Say Anything to cancel another tour, this time with Armstrong's personal idols Saves the Day, along with Senses Fail and The Early November. After returning from his stay in the hospital, Armstrong's mother and the remaining members of the band selected the Menninger clinic in Houston, Texas, to rehab Armstrong. Eventually, Armstrong improved and he has reportedly not had a relapse since.[9][1] By 2007, Say Anything and Armstrong got back on track with co-headlining tours with Saves the Day and Hellogoodbye and the release of In Defense of the Genre.[10][11] On April 4, 2009, Armstrong married Sherri DuPree of the band Eisley.



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Tim_armstrong's Favorite Albums

Angels and Airwaves - We Don\'t Need to Whisper (Interscope)
Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue (Capitol)
Rancid - Indestructible (Warner)


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