In 1993, the band drew the attention of Trent Reznor.Reznor produced their 1994 debut album, Portrait of an American Family and released it on his Nothing Records label.
He has appeared in animated form in Clone High and participated in several episodes of the MTV series Celebrity Deathmatch, becoming the show's unofficial champion and mascot; he often performed the voice for his claymated puppet, and contributed the song "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" to the soundtrack album.
In July 2005, Manson told Rolling Stone that he was shifting his focus from music to filmmaking – "I just don't think the world is worth putting music into right now.
He also appeared on HBO's Eastbound & Down, and had lobbied to appear on for years; and ABC's Once Upon a Time, for which he provided the voice of the character "Shadow".
He was interviewed in Michael Moore's political documentary Bowling for Columbine discussing possible motivations for the Columbine massacre and allegations that his music was somehow a factor.
Manson made his film debut in 1997, as an actor in David Lynch's Lost Highway.
Since then he has appeared in a variety of minor roles and cameos, including Party Monster; then-girlfriend Rose Mc Gowan's 1999 film Jawbreaker; Asia Argento's 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things; Rise; The Hire: Beat The Devil, the sixth installment in the BMW films series; and Showtime's comedy-drama TV series Californication in 2013, in which Manson portrayed himself.
Manson later wrote the liner notes to the band's album Humid Teenage Mediocrity 1992–1996, a collection of early Jack Off Jill recordings.
Commentators have referred to the band's lead singer as being one of the most iconic and controversial figures in heavy metal music, He's very savvy in that he lets people think things about him or plays into things to see what will happen, almost like a performance artist.
He unveiled a series of 20 paintings in 2010 entitled Genealogies of Pain, an exhibition showcased at Kunsthalle gallery in Vienna, He attended Heritage Christian School from first to 10th grade.
In that school, his instructors tried to show children what music they were not supposed to listen to; Warner then fell in love with what he "wasn't supposed to do".
He was working towards a degree in journalism and gaining experience in the field by writing articles for a music magazine, 25th Parallel.