Claim to fame: In 1969, Buzz was one of the first men to ever walk on the moon (along with Neil Armstrong)
Full Name: Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. (He legally changed his name to Buzz Aldrin in 1988, which sounds far cooler.)
Date of Birth: January 20, 1930
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey
Occupation: Former NASA astronaut
Previous dance experience: None, unless moonwalking counts.Background:
As the requisite "old guy" of the competish, Buzz Aldrin has a lot of younger viewers scratching their heads in confusion. But trust us, this guy is famous. Legendary, even.
Astronaut, scientist, inventor, best-selling author, advocate for man’s future in space, Buzz is considered one of the greatest heroes of space exploration. On July 20, 1969, he and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world.
An estimated 600 million people witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor. Upon his return from the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American peacetime award. Buzz's accolades have us thinkin' that the DWTS mirrorball trophy would really be the ultimate addition to his mantle.
Born in 1930, Buzz was educated at the prestigious West Point military academy. He then joined the Air Force, where he flew 66 combat missions in Korea and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Buzz received his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT before being selected as a NASA astronaut in 1963.
Aldrin has been married three times. His first wife was actress Joan Archer, followed by Beverly Zile. He married his current wife, Lois Driggs Cannon, on Valentine's Day in 1988. He has three children and one grandchild.
Achievements and Awards:
After the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among their distinguished honors and medals, Buzz and his Apollo 11 crew also have four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California. Aldrin has written several nonfiction, science fiction, and children's books on the subject of space exploration.