Alex Briley

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Alex Briley
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Alex Briley at right with the Village People, Asbury Park, New Jersey on June 3, 2006
Born Alexander Briley
(1947-04-12) April 12, 1947 (age 70)
Harlem, New York City, New York
  • Singer

Alexander "Alex" Briley (born April 12, 1947) is the original "G.I." in the disco music group Village People.[1] Briley was born and raised in Harlem, New York, and later Mount Vernon, New York. A minister's son,[2] he sang in church from an early age and studied voice at the University of Hartford.

Briley was introduced to producer/composer Jacques Morali by Village People member Victor Willis.[citation needed]. He originally performed in jeans and a T-shirt, but he took the role of a soldier for the album Cruisin' in 1978 and when the group recorded "In the Navy" in 1979 he appeared as a sailor.

In 2005, Briley's brother Jonathan was identified by several people as The Falling Man – the figure depicted in the iconic photo of a man falling from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks.[3]


  1. ^ Sutherland, Donnie (11 November 1979). "Village People - great disco fun". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 118. Retrieved 13 April 2010. [dead link]
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  3. ^ Junod, Tom (2003). Esquire Magazine, ed. "The Falling Man".