10things you might not know about SI­MON COW­ELL

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MU­SIC mogul Si­mon Cow­ell was handed his own star on the iconic Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame last week.

The 58- year- old was hon­oured in a glitzy cer­e­mony which saw his pro­tégées Leona Lewis, 33, and Kelly Clark­son, 36, per­form.

Here’s 10 things you might not know about the X Fac­tor guru… 1 WHEN Si­mon was 12, he was ar­rested af­ter he hi­jacked a bus with a pea gun. He said: “My­self and a friend were go­ing on a bus and we thought it would be a joke to put the gun to the driver’s head and say take us to where we were go­ing. We got to the other end and there were cop cars wait­ing for us. They threw us in jail.” 2 IN the 1980s he left EMI records to form E& S Mu­sic. But in 1989, Si­mon found him­self so deep in debt that he had to move back in with his par­ents. 3 NAUGHTY Si at­tended 16 schools be­cause of bad be­hav­iour. He even­tu­ally dropped out at the age of 16. 4 SI­MON turned down an of­fer of £ 1mil­lion to be the face of Vi­a­gra in 2007 and said: “That’s a f** king in­sult.” 5 AF­TER school he took a job as a run­ner on the set of Stan­ley Kubrick’s The Shin­ing. Ac­tor Jack Ni­chol­son’s char­ac­ter fa­mously breaks through a door with an axe in one scene – it was Si­mon’s job to pol­ish his chop­per! 6 BACK in 1990, Cow­ell ap­peared on the telly se­ries Sale of the Cen­tury and won a set of kitchen uten­sils. 7 SI has ap­peared as a guest voice in an episode of The Simp­sons in which he gets beaten up by Homer Simp­son. 8 HIS voice was also heard on an episode of Fam­ily Guy in which he told Stewie his sing­ing was so aw­ful that he should be dead. 9 HE is al­ler­gic to lamb’s wool so has to wear cash­mere sweaters. 10 EV­ERY morn­ing while he eats break­fast, Cow­ell watches old car­toons – his favourites are vin­tage Hanna- Bar­bera clas­sics.

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