With “The Hunger Games” doing boffo box office business this weekend, I thought writing about one of the stars of the movie was very timely. Obviously all the media attention has focused on Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Rightfully so, since they’re the main stars and will appear in the entire trilogy. That being said, one of my favorite characters from the movie was played by Lenny Kravitz. Sure, his character Cinna was a minor supporting role, but dude rocked out the gold eye shadow. Plus, he gave Katniss that fire dress. But before Kravitz appeared in the hottest movie of 2012, he was rocking it out on MTV and for Generation X.

A talented musician, the 47-year-old rocker taught himself to play piano and bass. This natural talent allowed him to become one of the most influential musicians of his time. When Lenny released his debut album, “Let Love Rule“, he was applauded for retro style that incorporated rock, soul, reggae and psychedelic folk seamlessly. He maintained that sound for throughout of his career, resulting in over 40 million albums sold. From 1999 to 2002, Kravitz won the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” Grammy four years running, earning him the most consecutive wins in one category for a male.

On a personal front, Lenny is the son of Roxie Roker who played Helen Willis in the hit 70s sitcom, “The Jeffersons“. In 1987, he eloped to Las Vegas with Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show) on her 20th birthday and were married til 1993. The two had a daughter, Zoë Isabella Kravitz. She is also a singer/actress and was most recently seen in 2011′s “X-Men: First Class”. Even though he’s nearing fifty years old, Kravitz is still one sexy man. I’ve included recent pictures of him shirtless later in this post. All I can say is… DAYUM.

Lenny Kravitz’s Best Songs

Lenny has such a long list of singles, that narrowing it down to just a select few proved daunting. Of the ones I’ve picked, I have to say “Again” and “It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over” are my absolute favorites. See what else made the cut below.

Mr. Cab Driver

Album: Let Love Rule
Released: 1990
Billboard Peak: Did Not Chart

It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over

Album: Mama Said
Released: 1991
Billboard Peak: 2

Are You Gonna Go My Way

Album: Are You Gonna Go My Way
Released: 1993
Billboard Peak: 1

Heaven Help

Album: Are You Gonna Go My Way / Reality Bites Soundtrack
Released: 1993
Billboard Peak: Did Not Chart
UK Chart Peak:

Fly Away

Album: 5
Released: 1999
Billboard Peak: 1

American Woman

Album: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Soundtrack
Released: 1999
Billboard Peak: 3

Again

Album: Greatest Hits
Released: 2000
Billboard Peak: 4

Lady

Album: Baptism
Released: 2005
Billboard Peak: 27
UK Chart Peak:

Lenny Kravitz Shirtless

In a recent interview, Kravitz showed that he still has the same smokin’ body he had in the 90s. Apparently 47 is the new 30. Check out the recent picture below and two from the 90s. He hasn’t changed a bit and has only gotten sexier.

Are you a Lenny Kravitz fan? If so, what songs are your favorite? Did you watch “The Hunger Games”? What did you think of his acting? Sound off below.