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Richard Heene

Richard Heene (born September 11, 1961) is best known as the dad of "Balloon Boy"- a hoax that gained national media attention in October, 2009. Heene, who is an amateur storm chaser, launched a large balloon into the atmosphere. The family has said the balloon was a transportation prototype and it was launched as part of an experiment. Heene then called 911 and the media, claiming his then six year old boy, Falcon, had climbed into the balloon. After massive media coverage and rescue efforts, Falcon was discovered hiding in the family's garage. Heene was sentenced to 90 days in jail for the hoax, and ordered to may more than $35 in restitution to cover the rescue costs.

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'Balloon Boy' Dad: Buy My Balloon ... For $1 Million!!!

'Balloon Boy' Dad: Buy My Balloon ... For $1 Million!!!

"Balloon Boy" dad Richard Heene is selling off the infamous balloon that made him the most hated father in America -- and if everything goes to plan ... he'll raise over a million bucks for… READ MORE >

New Charlie Sheen Copycat -- 'Balloon Boy' Dad!

New Charlie Sheen Copycat -- 'Balloon Boy' Dad!

Charlie Sheen is getting ripped by the one guy who still might be crazier than him -- Richard Heene, aka Balloon Boy's dad -- and TMZ has the bizarre music video where Heene morphs into… READ MORE >

- 1303 days ago
Balloon Boy's Dad: I'll Scratch Your Back

Balloon Boy's Dad: I'll Scratch Your Back

Balloon Boy's dad Richard Heene has hatched a new money making scheme that doesn't involve exploiting his kids -- and TMZ has learned it involves a giant back scratcher ... and a whole lot of… READ MORE >

- 1461 days ago
TMZ's Mug Shot Match Game!

TMZ's
Mug Shot Match Game!

Can you match up the beautiful celebrity mug shots? READ MORE >

- 1490 days ago
Balloon Boy's Home Takes Off with Renters!

Balloon Boy's Home Takes Off with Renters!

The Colorado house where Richard Heene launched his stupid "Balloon Boy" hoax was just rented out to a brand new family ... and TMZ has learned, the home's infamous past was a HUGE selling point.… READ MORE >

- 1503 days ago
Balloon Dad -- The 'Welcome to Florida' Mug Shot

Balloon Dad -- The 'Welcome to Florida' Mug Shot

"Balloon Dad" Richard Heene has a brand new mug shot in Florida -- but dude didn't break the law this time ... TMZ has learned it's all because he decided to move. Law enforcement tells us the… READ MORE >

- 1512 days ago
TMZ Live: Jackson vs Murray, Tyson & Gosselin

TMZ Live:
Jackson vs Murray, Tyson & Gosselin

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- 1802 days ago
TMZ Live: DJ AM Suit, Papa Lohan & The Heenes

TMZ Live: DJ AM Suit, Papa Lohan & The Heenes

Harvey and Mike answered your questions on anything this Friday the 13th -- including breaking news about DJ AM's wrongful death suit, the potential prison time Michael Lohan faces for releasing… READ MORE >

- 1806 days ago
TMZ Live -- Balloon, Mel and Manson Madness

TMZ Live -- Balloon, Mel and Manson Madness

Harvey, Mike, Max and Rick were on live today -- where they answered questions on the Heene family's past run-ins with the law, went on a random Charles Manson tangent and hit on Harvey's… READ MORE >

- 1830 days ago
Sheriff: Balloon Boy Incident a 'Hoax'

Sheriff:
Balloon Boy Incident a 'Hoax'

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden says they have evidence that the runaway balloon incident was a "hoax" and a "publicity stunt" to promote a reality show.Alderden says they plan on filing… READ MORE >

- 1832 days ago

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