Compilation of the new generation of black actors, under 35.
Tristan Mack Wilds
Tristan Wilds was born in Staten Island, New York. In 2005, at the age of 15, Tristan made his television debut as AJ in the mini-series Miracle Boys. After that, he took his talents to a different venue and tried his hand in theater. He worked with Phylicia Rashad and the Roundabout Theater Company in the workshops Wool and Stockholm Brooklyn as Bryce for the Cherry Lane Theater...
“ Tristan Paul Mack Wilds (born July 15, 1989) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Michael Lee on the HBO original drama series The Wire and as Dixon Wilson on the CW drama series 90210. ” - Bri Smith
Donald McKinley Glover was born at the Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (Smith), ran a daycare center, and his father, Donald Glover, was a postal worker. He is, despite rumors, not related to actor Danny Glover. Donald graduated from New York University with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006...
“ Donald McKinley Glover (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and musician. Glover first came to attention for his work with Derrick Comedy. He is best known for being a writer for 30 Rock, and for his role as college student Troy Barnes on the NBC comedy series Community. In 2011, Glover signed to Glassnote Records under the stage name Childish Gambino; his first studio album, Camp, was released on November 15, 2011. ” - Bri Smith
Cobin Bleu was born Corbin Bleu Reivers on February 21, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Martha (Callari) and David Reivers
, an actor. His mother is of Italian descent and his father is Jamaican. Corbin began appearing in television commercials at the age two, for products such as Life cereal...
“ Corbin Bleu Reivers (born February 21, 1989), known professionally as Corbin Bleu, is an American actor, model, dancer, producer, and singer-songwriter. He performed in the High School Musical film series, the Discovery Kids drama series Flight 29 Down, and the Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In!. His first lead role was in the film Catch That Kid (2004).
He has also pursued a music career, and released his debut album Another Side on May 1, 2007, which included the single "Push It to the Limit". The album debuted at number thirty-six on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 18,000 copies in its first week. Bleu released his second album, Speed of Light, on March 10, 2009, in the U.S.
Bleu played Usnavi in the Broadway company of In the Heights. Bleu was considered as host for The X Factor USA. ” - Bri Smith
Nathan was born in 1985. Brought up in Wandsworth,London,he jokes that he was 'pushed' into acting by his mother,a 'frustrated actress' and he studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama, from where he graduated in 2006. He made his professional stage debut playing a number of roles in 'Brixton...
“ Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (born Nathan Lloyd Stewart-Jarrett in 1985 in Wandsworth) is an English actor, he is best known for his starring role in the E4 and E4+1 comedy-drama for television series Misfits as Curtis Donovan. As of 2012 he is the only remaining original Misfits cast member still on the show.
He had trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama graduating in 2006. ” - Bri Smith
Brandon T. Jackson
Brandon Timothy Jackson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Beverly Yvonne (Bozeman) and Wayne Timothy Jackson. His parents are both pastors, and his maternal grandfather was a Pentecostal child preacher. He credits his sense of humor to both his father and his life straddling the fence between suburbia and the inner city...
“ Brandon Timothy Jackson is an American stand-up comedian, rapper, actor, and writer. He is best known for his roles in the films Roll Bounce, Tropic Thunder, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Lottery Ticket, and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. ” - Bri Smith
“ Apart from recording music, Brown has also pursued an acting career. In 2007, he made his on-screen feature film debut in Stomp the Yard, and appeared as a guest on the television series The O.C.. Other films Brown has appeared in, include This Christmas (2007), Takers (2010) and Think Like a Man (2012). Throughout his career, Brown has won numerous awards, including two NAACP Image Awards, three American Music Awards and nine BET Awards. ” - Bri Smith
Born in Los Angeles, Jonathan spent four years living in Germany as a youth and still speaks some German. He first became interested in show business when his cousin Crystal brought him along on her acting auditions. At age nine, he asked his cousin to let him audition, and within six months got his first role...
“ Wesley Jonathan Waples (born October 18, 1978), known professionally as Wesley Jonathan, is an American actor. He is best known for his starring role as Jamal Grant on the NBC Saturday morning dramedy series City Guys, the dim-witted Gary Thorpe on The WB sitcom What I Like About You, Sweetness in the 2005 film, Roll Bounce, and as Noah Cruise in the 2006 basketball film, Crossover. Now, Wesley co-stars in the TV Land sitcom, The Soul Man. ” - Bri Smith
Marcus T. Paulk
Marcus Terrell Paulk was born on October 12, 1986 in the sunny city of Los Angeles, California. With all the buzz of Hollywood glamour and celebrity stardom it seems Paulk felt right at home so early in life "street performing" in California's ever popular Venice Beach, at the impressionable age of 3...
“ Marcus Terrell Paulk (born October 12, 1986) is an American actor, rapper and dancer best known for his role as Myles Mitchell in the UPN sitcom Moesha, which aired from 1996 through 2001.
He has also appeared with Bow Wow in the 2005 film Roll Bounce, as 'The Funk' in Another Cinderella Story, and with Antonio Banderas in the 2006 film Take the Lead. Paulk is currently working on a studio album. Further details for this project remain TBA ” - Bri Smith
“ Evan Olav Næss (born August 26, 1988) is an American actor and musician. He is the son of entertainer Diana Ross. He is the brother of actresses Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Tracee Ellis Ross, and of singer Leona Naess. He began acting in the late 2000s (decade), appearing in the films ATL and Pride. Evan released his first single in February 2011, called "Yes Me". ” - Bri Smith
Khleo Thomas has a definite passion for acting. Khleo recently made the outstanding "Black Stars Rising: 10 young African-Americans to Watch" by AOL's Film Fixation joining the ranks of Joy Bryant
, Meagan Good
, and Kerry Washington to name a few. From digging holes as Zero with Sigourney Weaver
“ Khaleed Leon Thomas or simply Khleo (born January 30, 1989) is an American actor, rapper, singer, and entertainer best known for his role as Zero in Holes and Mixed Mike in Roll Bounce. Khleo also starred in other films like Walking Tall starring Dwayne Johnson in 2004 and Remember the Daze starring Amber Heard in 2007.
Currently Khleo is working on his debut album Just A Sample but as of yet the album does not have a official release date but its stated to be released in 2012. ” - Bri Smith
An American actor whose career balances healthily between television and film describes Arjay Smith. He was born on November 27, 1983, in California and began his acting career in the summer of 1993 at the age of 9. Easily recognized, Arjay is perhaps best known for his title role in the Nickelodeon television series The Journey of Allen Strange
“ Arjay L. Smith (born November 27, 1983) is an American actor best known for his teenage role portraying the titular character of the Nickelodeon children's television series, The Journey of Allen Strange. Arjay portrayed terrorist, Laurent Dubaku, during Season 7 of the FOX thriller/drama 24. He was recently cast as Max Lewicki in the TNT television series Perception. ” - Bri Smith
Shad Gregory Moss was born on March 9, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio to Teresa Rena (Jones) and Alfonso Preston Moss. When Shad was five, he started his rap career using the nickname "Kid Gangsta." One year later, he took front stage during "The Chronic Tour" and impressed rapper Snoop Dogg, who later gave him the name Lil' Bow Wow...
“ Shad Gregory Moss (born March 9, 1987), better known by his stage name Bow Wow (formerly Lil' Bow Wow), is an American rapper and actor. As Lil' Bow Wow, he released his first album, Beware of Dog in 2000 at age 13, which was followed by Doggy Bag 2001. In 2003, Bow Wow released his third album Unleashed, which was the first album released without using Lil' in his name.
Bow Wow made his first movie appearance in All About the Benjamins, in 2002 as a cameo. In the same year, Bow Wow made his debut as the lead role in Like Mike. He later began to undertake lead roles in movies such as, Johnson Family Vacation in 2004, and Roll Bounce, in 2005. He was also played as a supporting role in the film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006. Bow Wow also appeared in five episodes of the television series, Entourage. ” - Bri Smith
“ Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, radio, and television personality. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild 'N Out, and America's Got Talent. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and Roll Bounce. As a rapper, he released his debut self-titled album in 2003 with the hit single "Gigolo", a collaboration with singer R. Kelly. In 2006, Cannon recorded singles "Dime Piece" and "My Wife" for a planned album Stages, which was never released. Cannon married American R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey on April 30, 2008. ” - Bri Smith
“ Alphonso McAuley is an American actor. McAuley plays Cassius Sparks on Fox's comedy television series Breaking In.
McAuley played Bucky in the Fat Albert movie. He also played Orsten Artis in the 2006 film Glory Road, based on the true story of the Texas Western Miners, and Walt in the film Pride. He went on to co-star with Tatyana Ali in the sitcom Love That Girl!. He also voiced the rooster Drake in The Lion of Judah. He is featured in the music video for Miracle by Matisyahu ” - Bri Smith
Larramie Doc Shaw
Doc Shaw was born to Larry and Tamie Shaw, being an only child. His grandparents noticed he had a special gift and gave him the nickname, Doc. Doc's dad got him into a modeling career. He moved through the industry fast, and has appeared in many print ads. A car accident took his father's life in 1994...
“ Larramie "Doc" Shaw (born April 24, 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States) is an American actor, singer and rapper. He is best known for playing Malik Payne in Tyler Perry's House of Payne, for which he won a Young Artist Award in 2009 for best supporting performance in a TV series. Shaw is also well known for his roles as Marcus Little in The Suite Life on Deck and King Boomer in Pair of Kings. ” - Bri Smith
“ Nate Parker (born November 18, 1979) is an American actor and musical performer who has appeared in Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, and Pride. In his recent roles, he has performed alongside Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and Terrence Howard. Parker has overcome turbulence and turmoil in his life both as a youth and a collegian. He was raised in both Virginia and Maine, but blossomed as a wrestler in his later high school years at Great Bridge High School in Virginia. Parker was an All-American wrestler in both high school and at the University of Oklahoma. Parker has been active in charitable work, donating his time both as a volunteer wrestling coach and a political activist. ” - Bri Smith
“ Kevin Phillips (born December 11, 1981) is an American film actor, best known for his leading role in Suna Gonera’s Pride (2007), as well as his role in 2009's Notorious. Kevin is set to star in the upcoming film, Red Tails, written and produced by George Lucas, which chronicles the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. ” - Bri Smith
“ Brandon Fobbs (born April 19, 1981) is an American actor.
He had a recurring role on HBO television series The Wire as Fruit. He also appeared in Pride (2007) and This Christmas and The Devil's Tomb. ” - Bri Smith
Tyler James Williams
Tyler James Williams was born on October 9, 1992 in Westchester County, New York, USA. He is a TV actor, known for Dear White People (2014), most recognizable for having played the title character of the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005) and songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie Let It Shine (2012)...
“ Tyler James Williams (born October 9, 1992) is an American singer, actor and rapper. He is most recognizable for having played the title character of the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and for playing the songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie Let It Shine. ” - Bri Smith
“ Tyrel Jackson Williams (born March 16, 1997) is an American child actor. He currently stars as Leo the Disney XD series, Lab Rats. Williams was previously seen in Everybody Hates Chris, as a younger version of Chris, played by his older brother, Tyler James Williams. ” - Bri Smith
Tequan (Tuh-kwon) Richmond arrived in Los Angeles from his hometown of Burlington, North Carolina a little over a decade ago, but he certainly hasn't sat idle since planting his feet in Los Angeles soil. He has appeared in a national Spalding basketball commercial with Boston Celtic's Paul Pierce, as well as other national commercials for Verizon Wireless...
“ Tequan Richmond (born October 30, 1992), pronounced (Tuh-kwon), also known as T-Rich, is an African American actor and performer, best known for his role as Drew on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. He also had a small role as Ray Charles, Jr. (son of singer/musician Ray Charles), in the motion picture Ray. ” - Bri Smith
Kyle Orlando Massey was born on August 28, 1991, in Atlanta, Georgia. His first acting job was in "The Wizard of Oz," but his big break came after he was cast in the popular Disney sitcom That's So Raven
, where he starred as Cory, the mischievous, money-obsessed brother of the main character, Raven-Symoné
“ Kyle Orlando Massey (born August 28, 1991), is an American actor, dancer, singer, comedian,rapper and magician from Atlanta, Georgia. He is perhaps best known for starring in the Disney Channel sitcoms That's So Raven and its spin-off Cory in the House, in which he played Cory Baxter. Massey is also well known for starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie Life Is Ruff. Massey is the brother of Zoey 101 star Christopher Massey. As a rapper, Massey has released several songs for Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records including "Underdog Raps". He is currently the voice of Milo in the Disney animated series Fish Hooks and also finished second place in ABC's Dancing with the Stars with his partner Lacey Schwimmer. (Note: Kyle Massey may also refer to the Mississippi born scholar and educator of the same name.) ” - Bri Smith
“ Christopher Michael Massey (born January 26, 1990) is an American actor, comedian and rapper best known for starring as Michael Barret in Nickelodeon television series Zoey 101. Massey has received many awards and nomination including a Young Artist Award and Emmy Awards nominations. He is also known for appearing in several commercials in the early 2000s. ” - Bri Smith
“ Elijah Kelley (born August 1, 1986) is an American actor, singer, and dancer. Kelley appeared in the films Take the Lead (2006) and 28 Days (2000), and co-starred in the musical film re-adaptation of Hairspray (2007), in which he portrayed the character Seaweed J. Stubbs. ” - Bri Smith
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan, middle of three children, was born in Santa Ana, California and raised in Newark, New Jersey by Donna (Davis), and Michael A. Jordan. His middle name Bakari means "noble promise" in Swahili. Jordan has starred in three of the most critically acclaimed television dramas of the past decade...
“ Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as teenage drug dealer Wallace on the HBO drama television series The Wire, for his role as Reggie Montgomery in All My Children, as quarterback Vince Howard on the NBC television series Friday Night Lights, and since 2010, as Alex in Parenthood. He most recently appeared as Steve Montgomery in the 2012 film, Chronicle. ” - Bri Smith
“ Denzel Dominique Whitaker (born June 15, 1990) is an American actor, playing key roles in the films The Great Debaters and Training Day, as well as TV shows ER, Brothers & Sisters and The War At Home. He later went on to be a featured cast member during the tenth and final season of the Nickelodeon sketch-comedy series All That. He was also in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Dadnapped. He also appeared on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, as a player on Zack and Cody's basketball team, and in Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Whitaker was born in Torrance, California, the son of Younalanda and Dale Whitaker.He was named after Denzel Washington, a fact he disputed on The Oprah Winfrey Show while promoting the movie The Great Debaters, only to learn later from his father that, in fact, Washington was his namesake. He appeared in the film Abduction. ” - Bri Smith
Leslie Odom Jr.
Born in New York. Grew up in Philadelphia with his parents and little sister. Attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Graduated and moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2003.
“ Born in New York. Grew up in Philadelphia with his parents and little sister. Attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Graduated and moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2003.
Leslie was most recently seen in Red Tails (2012), and the television show Smash (2012) ” - Bri Smith
Aml Ameen is a British actor in film, theatre and television. Hailing from North London, the son of Caribbean parents, Aml burst onto UK cinema screens with his standout performance as "Trife" in the cult classic, feature indie film, Kidulthood. His performance earned him a nomination for 'Best Newcomer" 2006 Screen Nation Awards...
“ Aml Eysan Ameen (play /æˈmɛl/;[dubious – discuss] born 30 July 1985 in London, England) is an English actor best known for his roles as Trife in Kidulthood, Lewis Hardy in The Bill and Malcolm in Harry's Law. ” - Bri Smith
“ He has starred in the UPN hit sitcom One on One which was the most significant of his television roles as Arnaz Ballard, and in the Nickelodeon sitcom Cousin Skeeter. He also made a few appearances as himself on the hit Nickelodeon game show, Figure It Out. Also, he has appeared in films such as Coach Carter and House of Wax. His breakout role was in the TV adaptation of Anne Rice's novel, The Feast of All Saints, where he played the young Marcel who becomes a man within society. He has been professionally acting since the age of 13. He appeared in the movie Light It Up along with R&B star Usher. He attended Palms Middle School in Los Angeles, California.
Ri'chard has guest starred on many hit shows such as Boston Public, Touched by an Angel, CSI: Miami, My Wife and Kids, and The Jamie Foxx Show. In 2000 he starred in the Disney Channel TV movie Alley Cats Strike. Ri'chard has appeared in the 2006 season of Veronica Mars. In 1997, Ri'chard starred in the television special, In His Father's Shoes, which earned him the 1998 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Children's Special. In the sitcom Meet the Browns, he portrays Derek Porter, a buffoonish frat student who lives next door to Brown Meadows. He often provides service to Brown Meadows, and is often either the mastermind or participant in Brown's antics. He debuts in Season 3 as a recurring character, and in the fourth season, is promoted to a main character.
Ri'chard was set to star in a new series entitled "Eight Days a Week", starring Christina Milian and Mario Lopez on the CW Television Network during the Fall 2007 season, but it was canceled due to the Writer's Strike before airing. On November 16, 2011, it was announced that Robert Ri'chard was cast as Jamie in the TV series The Vampire Diaries. ” - Bri Smith
T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. on September 25, 1980, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Violeta Morgan and Clifford "Buddy" Harris, Sr. He is also known as T.I.P. and "Rubberband Man". T.I. is from the streets of Westside Bankhead Zone 1 in Atlanta. His original stage name, T.I.P., it stems from his childhood nickname "Tip"...
“ In 2006 T.I. starred in his first film, ATL, which was loosely based on the rapper's life growing up in Atlanta and attending a skating rink named "Jellybeans" (the name of the skating rink was changed due to "Jellybeans" not giving the movie rights to the name). The other cast members included Lauren London, Antwan Patton, Evan Ross, Mykelti Williamson, Jason Weaver, and Keith David. The movie was written by Tina Gordon Chism and Antwone Fisher, produced by Timothy M. Bourne, Tionne Watkins, and Will Smith, and directed by Christopher Robinson. T.I. played the character Rashad Swann, an orphaned 17-year-old senior in high school. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $11.5 million, ranking third in the United States box office, and went on to gross $21.2 million.
He also appeared in American Gangster as Stevie Lucas, Drug Kingpin Frank Lucas' nephew.
T.I. starred in the crime heist film Takers (originally called Bone Deep) as Ghost. The film was directed by John Luessenhop and was produced by William Packer, Michael Ealy, Tom Lassally, Jason Geter, Gary Gilbert and T.I. himself. The film was released on August 27, 2010 through Grand Hustle Films and Rainforest Films distributed by Screen Gems. The film also includes Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, and Zoe Saldana. Takers debuted at number one at the American box office at 20.5 million in its opening weekend. ” - Bri Smith
“ Omar M. Gooding (born October 19, 1976) is an American actor and rapper by the name Big O. He is the younger brother of veteran actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. and the son of singer Cuba Gooding, Sr.
Gooding is best known for appearing in television shows such as Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Smart Guy, and Playmakers, and also the films Ghost Dad and Baby Boy for which he received critical praise for his role as "Sweatpea." He was one of the original hosts of the Nickelodeon television show Wild and Crazy Kids from 1990 to 1992. Gooding played D.H., a running back, on the ESPN show Playmakers in 2003. He played the character Odell in the 3rd season of Deadwood. In 2005, he took the role of Chicago barber Calvin Palmer, Jr. in Showtime's Barbershop: The Series, based upon the 2002 film of the same name. Coincidentally, he also appeared on the UPN sitcom One on One as a barber in Flex Washington's barber shop.
From April 2010 to July 2010 he starred as trauma charge nurse, Tuck Brody, in the Bruckheimer television series Miami Medical. ” - Bri Smith
Tahj Mowry, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, is known for playing the young prodigy on the Disney sitcom, Smart Guy
. He is the son of Darlene Renee (Flowers), who eventually ended up managing the siblings' early career, and Timothy John Mowry, a police officer and a veteran of the war. His mother is of Afro-Bahamian descent and his father...
“ Mowry starred and is perhaps best known as T.J. Henderson, a child prodigy, on the sitcom Smart Guy. He played Teddy on the sitcom Full House. He also appeared in Disney Channel movies such as Hounded and The Poof Point. He had a guest role on the Disney Channel Original Series, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and in a Star Trek: Voyager episode entitled "Innocence". Mowry appeared in the movie Are We Done Yet? as Danny Pulu and in Seventeen Again as Willie Donovan. Mowry also had an appearance in one episode in the fourth season of Desperate Housewives. He also made a guest appearance on an episode of The Game as Melanie Barnett's brother (he's also the real brother of Melanie's portrayer Tia Mowry).
Mowry performed the voice of Wade in the Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible. Mowry sang "Shine Your Light On Me" for School's Out! Christmas and Circle of Life for the Disney Channel Circle of Stars recording of The Lion King.
Currently[when?] Tahj is recording music. He was featured on a single called "Kick It Out" with Boom Boom Satellites and Flo-Rida.
He played varsity football at Westlake High School in California, and one season of football at Savannah State University and the University of Wyoming. He has also attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where his sisters Tia and Tamera both graduated.
He is currently starring as Tucker Dobbs in the new ABC Family sitcom Baby Daddy. The half-hour sitcom premiered June 19, 2012. ” - Bri Smith
Born on July 18, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, Jason Weaver has always been surrounded by the world of entertainment. His mother Kitty Haywood, a legendary studio singer, was a staple in his young life and encouraged his pursuit of singing as well as acting. In being surrounded by the some of the best entertainers to date...
“ Jason Michael Weaver (born July 18, 1979) also known by his stage name J-Weav, is an American actor and singer. He is perhaps best known for his television roles as a pre-teenage Michael Jackson in the Emmy Award-winning 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, and as the older brother Marcus Henderson on the WB sitcom Smart Guy. ” - Bri Smith
“ Rickey D'Shon Collins (born June 3, 1983) is an American voice actor who most notably provided the voice of Vince Lasalle on Disney's hit show Recess. He also voices as Tucker Foley in the Nickelodeon show Danny Phantom and Eric Ovens on Wayside. He is also best known as the associate producer in the 2009 comedy short Brotherlee ” - Bri Smith
Pooch Hall was born on February 8th 1976 in Brockton, Massachussetts. There he played football, ran track and boxed. Pooch won the Southern New England golden gloves in 1994. He started acting at the age of 21. He started in commercials and then made his debut in the film Lift
. He played Derrick...
“ Marion H. "Pooch" Hall, Jr. (born February 8, 1977) is an American television and film actor and model known for his role as Derwin Davis, the football player on the The CW/BET sitcom, The Game and as Ricky in the 2011 film, Jumping the Broom. Hall started his career doing commercials and modeling.Hall landed his first acting role in the 2001 Lift. That same year, he appeared In 2003, he served as co-host for The N reality series Girls v. Boys. In 2005, he portrayed Ty'ree in the miniseries Miracle's Boys. The following year, he won the role of Derwin Davis on The Game. He was featured as Chrisette Michele's love interest in her music video "What You Do".
During the 2009-2010 season, he had a recurring role as Ryan on the CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose, replacing Cory Hardrict (the husband of Tia Mowry, his co-star from The Game). ” - Bri Smith
Chanchez was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and spent the majority of his childhood in Atlanta. He was raised by a loving family who recognized his talents and encouraged him to pursue his dreams. From the moment he sang along to his grandmother's records, Chanchez displayed an inherent knack for performance...
“ Hosea Chanchez (born September 12, 1981), also credited as Hosea, is an American actor best known for his recurring role on For Your Love and the quarterbacking football player Malik Wright on The CW/BET sitcom, The Game.
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Chanchez spent most of his childhood in Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama. After Chanchez relocated to California, he expressed in an interview with Wendy Williams that he slept in his car for thirty days before starring as various guest roles on For Your Love, The Guardian, Jack & Bobby, NCIS, and Everwood. From 2006 to 2009, he appeared on the CW television series The Game. Chanchez portrays quarterback Malik El Debarge Wright, opposite Wendy Raquel Robinson (who portrays his mother and agent). The series returned to the air on Black Entertainment Television on January 11, 2011.
Chanchez also has a theater background with roles in Shop Life, The Wiz, The Long Walk Home, Royal Oats and Glory. Hosea's is of Dominican descent. ” - Bri Smith
Jay Ellis was born in Sumter, South Carolina on December 27th, 1981. Jay grew up as an only child in a military family traveling all around the world including Germany and the Philipines. Jay attended twelve schools in thirteen years. After graduating from Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
“ Jay Ellis was born in Sumter, South Carolina on December 27th, 1981. Jay grew up as an only child in a military family traveling all around the world including Germany and the Philipines. Jay attended twelve schools in thirteen years. After graduating from Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jay attended Concordia University in Portland Oregon where he received a scholarship for basketball. While attending Concordia Jay began a modeling career with Mode Models International which lead to placements with other top agencies such as Ford Models. Jay has been featured in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Air Jordan Brand, Diesel, The Gap, etc.
More recently Jay has been featured in shows such as "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"(2008), "Millionaire Matchmaker" (2008), "How To Look Good Naked" (2008), and in the new MTV series "Hired!" debuting Spring 2010. ” - Bri Smith
“ Terrence Jenkins (born April 21, 1982), better known as Terrence J, is an American actor and television personality best known as the host of BET's popular music video countdown show 106 & Park, which, at the time, was BET's number-one-rated show for African Americans. After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University in 2004 with a degree in mass communication, Terrence worked in the diversity office of a sports company in Daytona Beach, Florida. His brother Fred Whitaker phoned to tell him about BET's search for new hosts of 106 & Park. Terrence took all his savings and flew to New York to audition in late 2005. Unhappy with his first audition, he rented a car and drove to Atlanta to attend auditions, where he was successful. He has now started his acting career.
He starred in the sequel to the 2007 film Stomp the Yard, Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, and appeared in the Christina Aguilera and Cher movie Burlesque as Dave the D.J. He has also starred in the fourth season of the show The Game. He has also played in The Heart Specialist with [[Marla Gi
Terrence J is starring in Steve Harvey's movie "Think Like A Man", a Sony Pictures Future Film. ” - Bri Smith
Mandela Van Peebles
Mandela Van Peebles is graduating Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor's in Communications in May 2016. This spring will be momentous for the young Van Peebles when he appears USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
and in the TV miniseries Roots
, based on Alex Haley
's epic story. Cast as Noah, a field-hand with a hunger for freedom...
“ Mandela Van Peebles (born June 4, 1994) in Los Angeles, California is an American actor who has appeared in movies directed by his father such as We The Party and BAADASSSSS!. He is of Mexican, African American, and Indian descent. ” - Bri Smith
“ Originally from Florida, he began modeling at age of 12, and soon began appearing in commercials and on the stage.
He made his first appearance on television in 1998 on the Late Show with David Letterman and his first film appearance that year in a small role in Hot Boyz. His first notable role was the recurring character of Carver Washington on Any Day Now (1998–2000). Other recurring roles soon followed including Nick on The Amanda Show (1999–2000), Jesse Robbins (the nephew of Peter Benton) on ER (2000), and Anthony Marcus on The West Wing (2002).
Andrew McFarlane (born August 3, 1986) is an American actor and former model. He is perhaps best known for his role as Tony Jeffers on the ABC sitcom My Wife and Kids.
In 2001, McFarlane joined the main cast of My Wife and Kids in the role of Tony Jeffers, portraying the character through 2005 when the series ended. In 2008-2009, he played the role of Jason in ten episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. He had a small role in the 2009 parody film Dance Flick and an upcoming role in Just Peck. ” - Bri Smith
Born and raised in Los Angeles, DeVaughn Nixon has been working in the industry for over twenty years. He began with roles in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "The Bodyguard" and over the years was featured in several TV series including "JAG," "The Unit," "The Game" and more. His father is former NBA player Norm Nixon and step-mother is dancer/choreographer Debbie Allen.
“ DeVaughn Nixon (born in 1984) is an American actor who became best known for his role in the romantic movie The Bodyguard. He starred in films like The Bodyguard and Sugar Hill, and then starred in numerous television series among which include: Disney series "Lizzie McGuire and "Mackenzie Falls"DeVaughn Nixon was born in Los Angeles in 1984, where he also lived his childhood. His father is the former basketball player Norm Nixon. His parents taught him to appreciate education, hard work and independence (his mother was very independent). When he was a child he worked in several roles in acting, putting voice to one of the characters of the Bébé's Kids movie. Later, he had a role in the romantic film The Bodyguard, along with other roles in other films and TV series. However, he temporarily left his film career to devote himself to his studies. He graduated in television production and business finance from a university. He also had worked with his father as a mortgage broker. However, he missed acting, so he decided to return to his work in the cinema, participating first in the film Monster Heroes . ” - Bri Smith
“ Jordan Fisher is a 17yr old actor who most recently plays Jacob in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. ” - Bri Smith
Originally from Louisiana, Sinqua moved to Los Angeles with his Family and Attended Beverly Hills High School. He is a Graduate of the University of San Francisco arts program where he studied Theater and Film. He is also of French, and Native American Descent. When not acting, Sinqua is a published poet...
“ Sinqua was recently nominated for the "Best Lead Actor Award" in the Southern California Film Festival for his work in the award winning film "The Second Half." ” - Bri Smith
Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will Smith in both The Pursuit of Happyness and in the 2013 science fiction film After Earth...
“ Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998) is an American teen actor, rapper, songwriter, dancer, and the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. He is the elder brother of singer Willow Smith. His breakthrough role was in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness, and he has also starred in the remakes of The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Karate Kid.
Jaden made a cameo along with his older brother Trey Smith in the 2002 sequel of Men in Black. Smith then made his major role debut in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness as Christopher, the son of Will Smith's character, Chris Gardner. For his role, Smith won the award for Breakthrough Performance at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. At the 79th Academy Awards, Smith presented the award for the Best Animated Short and the Best Live Action Short, along with acting nominee Abigail Breslin. Smith next appeared as Jacob in the 2008 Scott Derrickson science fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still, a remake of the 1951 classic of the same name
In 2010, along with Jackie Chan, Smith starred in The Karate Kid, a remake of the 1984 film. Smith rapped alongside Canadian singer Justin Bieber in the song "Never Say Never" ” - Bri Smith
“ Patrick Cage is a promising up and coming actor. Who was last seen in We the Party (2012), as Chowder. He has also appeared in Hollywood Heights (2012) a t.v. series, as well as iCarly (2010). ” - Bri Smith
“ Jackie Long(born October 23, 1981) is an American television and film actor, writer, musician, director and producer from Altadena/Pasadena, California. He is best known for his roles as Benjamin “Esquire” Gordon in the movie ATL and Trotter in The Comebacks. Jackie Long’s film credits include the Will Smith produced cult-classic ATL where he played Benjamin “Esquire” Gordon; Idlewild, co-starring Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast,; The Comebacks playing the macho ride receiver, Trotter; Soulmen, with the late Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes and Samuel L. Jackson; Love for Sale; Love Wrecked; The Magnificent Cooly-T; and Hurricane Season co-starring Oscar winning Forest Whitaker.
His television credits include Nick Cannon’s improv comedy show Wild’n Out on MTV; the Gosper Music Channel’s (GMC) film, A Cross to Bear; Love That Girl!, on the TV One network, co-starring Tatyana Ali; and a guest-starring role on the BET sitcom, Let’s Stay Together where he plays Micah, Kita’s love interest. ” - Bri Smith
Sterling Sulieman is an American actor from Oahu, Hawaii. While he may have attended Punahou High School like Barack Obama, he has no aspirations of becoming the President of the United States. Unless its in a Motion Picture or Television Show. Or if this whole acting career thing doesn't work out. Then, maybe a presidency. But lets not bet on that.
“ Sterling Sulieman was born 26 March 1984, but raised on the Island of Oahu from the age of six. It was in Hawaii that he cultivated his love for acting, singing, and dancing along with his sister Yasmeen. He went on to attend UCLA, and got his BA there in the school of Theater Film and Television. Sterling is currently working on becoming a huge success one step at a time. ” - Bri Smith
“ Marc John Jefferies (born May 16, 1990) is an American television and film actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Derrick Mitchell on the NBC sitcom The Tracy Morgan Show, and as Darius on Treme, the HBO drama series set in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Jefferies debuted as the title character "Isaiah", in the 1995 drama, Losing Isaiah as a toddler. He was also featured in a commercial for PeoplePC. In 2005, he portrayed a young Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson in Get Rich or Die Tryin,'.
He was in many popular films when he was younger, these included The Haunted Mansion, Stuart Little 2, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Spider-Man 2. He was Young Dre in "Brown Sugar". He also did voiceovers in the films Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. He also played Derrick on the NBC sitcom The Tracy Morgan Show.
He recently portrayed the rapper Lil' Cease in the 2009 movie, Notorious (2009 film). He also guest stars on T.V. Series Dexter Season 3 as Wendell, a drug dealer's doorman. Jeffries is now looking to have more main character roles in films, according to several magazines. Rapper "The Game" is to make a biographical film with the interest of casting Jefferies.In 2012 Jefferies was in the film, Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son.
Currently, he appears as Darius on Treme, the HBO drama series set in post-Katrina New Orleans. ” - Bri Smith
“ Quinton Aaron (born August 15, 1984) is an American actor whose first lead role was as Michael Oher in the 2009 film The Blind Side.Aaron made his film debut as "The Lion King guy" in Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind, starring Mos Def and Jack Black. He has also appeared in Fighting with Channing Tatum and Terrance Howard and co-starred in a NYU thesis short film called Mr. Brooklyn with Al Thompson (Liberty Kid, A Walk To Remember), directed by Jason Sokoloff.
Aaron has appeared in two episodes of the TV show Law & Order (Season 17, episode "Bling" as a bodyguard and episode "Fallout" as a bouncer).
He starred in his first lead role playing Michael Oher. Quinton starred alongside Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw in The Blind Side, released November 20, 2009. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the film was adapted from Michael Lewis's 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which features the real-life story of Michael Oher. Oher had started in ten games as a guard during his first season with the Ole Miss Rebels, becoming a first-team freshman All American, and later an American football offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.
Aaron auditioned for the role of Michael Oher after his mother found out about the casting call online. Chosen as a finalist, he was flown in to Los Angeles for the final audition. Unsure whether he had been successful, he reached into his pocket on his way to the door and pulled out a card, telling director John Lee Hancock that he knew that it was a long shot for him to get the part but that he did security work and would love to do those services that should they be needed for the film. Director Hancock said that he would keep it in mind.
On March 24, 2010, Aaron guest-starred with Jill Scott in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. On April 28, 2010, Quinton guest-starred in the "We All Saw This Coming" episode of Mercy. On April 4, 2011 Quinton guest-starred in the season finale of Harry's Law with his The Blind Side co-star Kathy Bates.
During the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Aaron participated in the Taco Bell Legends and Celebrities Softball Game as a victorious American Leaguer.
In May 2011, Quinton signed up for a guest role in the third season of the television series Drop Dead Diva. ” - Bri Smith
Damon Wayans Jr.
Damon Wayans Jr. was born at his grandmother's home in Vermont, in November 1982, and was raised in Los Angeles. He is the son of Lisa Thorner and actor Damon Wayans
. He made his film debut at age 11 in the 1994 film "Blank Man" playing the role of young Kevin. Later, Damon pursued his early passion...
“ Damon Kyle Wayans, Jr. (born November 18, 1982) is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, most widely known for starring as Brad Williams in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings. He is the oldest son of actor-comedian Damon WayansWayans made his film debut when he was cast in his father's 1994 feature film Blankman playing Young Kevin. He later appeared on his father's sitcom My Wife and Kids as John, one of Junior's friends. He later worked as a staff writer on the series. In fact, the character of Junior was loosely based on Wayans Jr. himself. He appeared in and served as a writer on The Underground. Wayans, Jr. also surprised audiences when he garnered a standing ovation during his debut appearance on Def Comedy Jam. He starred in the Wayans comedy Dance Flick as the film's main character, Thomas.
Wayans currently stars as Brad Williams, one of the lead characters in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, alongside Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, and Casey Wilson. The series was picked up for a third season on May 11, 2012. In 2012, Wayans was nominated in the "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" category at the NAACP Image Awards and Critic's Choice Television Awards for his work on season two of Happy Endings.
On May 16, 2011, the Fox Network announced that it had picked up the Zooey Deschanel anchored comedy New Girl, which featured Wayans in the supporting role of Coach. However, Happy Endings had already been picked up for a second season on rival network ABC. The producers of New Girl initially planned to recast Wayans' role, but later decided not to recast nor reshoot the pilot episode in which he appeared. Instead, starting with the second episode, Wayans' character was substituted with Lamorne Morris, playing the role of Winston, a former roommate who had been pursuing a career out of the country. ” - Bri Smith
Leon Thomas III
Thomas was born in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Los Angeles, California, and now resides there. At age 10 he made his Broadway debut in 2003 as Young Simba in the Broadway production of The Lion King
. In 2004, he appeared as Jackie Thibodeaux in the original Broadway cast of Tony Kushner
“ Leon G. Thomas III (born August 1, 1993) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, musician and dancer who plays the role of Andre Harris on the Nickelodeon series Victorious. He will be debuting an album in 2012. On Youtube he currently has his own channel known as "leonthomasmusic".In 2007, Thomas appeared in the film August Rush as Arthur performing the song "La Bamba" and was the singing voice for Tyrone in The Backyardigans. Thomas has also guest starred on Jack's Big Music Show and Just Jordan. He also appeared as Harper in iCarly Saves TV and was featured on The Naked Brothers Band Christmas Special. He is a main character on Victorious, playing Andre Harris, which premiered on Nickelodeon on March 27, 2010. He also appeared as himself in the True Jackson, VP February 5, 2011, season 2 episode. He also appeared as Andre in the iCarly and Victorious crossover, "iParty with Victorious"He made his Broadway debut at age 10 in 2003 as Young Simba in the Broadway production of The Lion King. In 2004, he appeared as Jackie Thibodeaux in the original Broadway cast of Tony Kushner's Caroline or Change. He also toured with the company during its five-month run in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Thomas has performed in the Broadway productions The Lion King, Caroline, or Change, and The Color Purple ” - Bri Smith
Raised in Lagos Nigeria, Dayo Okeniyi (Pronounced: Die-o Okay-ni-yii) began acting in theatre at his elementary school. In 2003, Okeniyi, the youngest of five siblings, moved from Nigeria with his family to the United States. His father, now a retired customs officer and mother, a British literature teacher...
“ Oladayo. A. Okeniyi is a Nigerian-born actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games.Dayo was born in Jos, Nigeria, and has five siblings. His father is a retired customs officer from Nigeria, and his mother is a Literature teacher from Kenya. In 2003, he moved with his family to Indiana from Nigeria and later moved to California. He earned a bachelor's degree in visual communications in 2009.
Prior to being cast in The Hunger Games, Okeniyi worked in local theatre and in film shorts. ” - Bri Smith
“ Edi Mue Gathegi (born March 10, 1979) is a Kenyan-American film, stage and television actor. He is best known for his recurring character Dr. Jeffrey Cole (aka "Big Love") in the television series House, as Cheese in the 2007 film Gone Baby Gone and as Laurent in the films Twilight, its sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Darwin in X-Men: First Class.
Gathegi's first professional role was the Haitian Cabbie in the 2006 film Crank. Though he had originally auditioned for the role of Kaylo, the producers gave the role to Efren Ramirez and instead offered Gathegi an appearance as the Haitian Cabbie. He was dubious at first about performing a Haitian accent, but was coached by a Haitian friend. In 2007, after guest-starring on Lincoln Heights and Veronica Mars, Gathegi went on to star as Bodie in Death Sentence, Darudi in The Fifth Patient and Cheese in Gone Baby Gone. He later had a recurring role as Mormon intern Dr. Jeffrey Cole on the television medical drama House, his character was often mocked for his religious beliefs by Dr. House, who himself is an Atheist. He also guest-starred on CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Life on Mars in 2008 before being cast as Laurent in Twilight. When Gathegi first auditioned for the 2008 film, adapted from the same-titled first book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, he had not heard of the series and was not aware that his character was a vampire. He now has read the whole series and calls himself a hardcore fan. He will play A-Guy in Son of Magnet. He portrays Eddie Willers in Atlas Shrugged (2011), based on Ayn Rand's novel of the same name. ” - Bri Smith
Music man and entertainer Ro Shon Fegan began his claim to fame here in Los Angeles at the age of 18 months. His first creative moments of his career was actually a national soda commercial where he collaborated with the musical classic group Boyz II Men. And his momentum for the creative industry took off from there...
“ Roshon Bernard Fegan (born October 6, 1991) is an American actor, songwriter, producer, freestyle dancer and rapper. He is best known for his role as Ty Blue on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up and for his role as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel movie franchise Camp Rock with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato
Fegan began his acting career at the age of 12 with a small role in the 2004 feature film Spider-Man 2, followed by an appearance in 2006 on the TV series Monk. In 2008, he appeared in the comedy film Drillbit Taylor and the VC FilmFest Award winning film Baby. In the summer of that same year, Fegan gained popular notoriety as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel original movie Camp Rock, which was the number one entertainment telecast on cable TV in 2008. with the Jonas Brothers. He also performed songs on the Camp Rock soundtrack as well as the DVD bonus track Camp Rock. In the summer of 2010, Fegan reprised his role as Sander in the Disney Channel movie sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Roshon currently co-stars on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up! as Ty Blue.
Fegan is on the cast of the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars He stayed on for 8 weeks and placed in the top 6. ” - Bri Smith
Jeffery was born in Houston, Texas and has been performing since the age of 8. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, performing in numerous community venues. He and his family moved to Los Angeles in 2005 so he could pursue a career his music and acting. He is a rapper under the stage name of "Lil-c Note". He now stars in the Disney Channel comedy, "A.N.T. Farm" as Cameron Parks.
“ Carlon Jeffery (born July 10, 1993) is an American actor. He currently co-stars as Cameron Parks in the Disney Channel sitcom A.N.T. Farm.
Jeffery was born in Houston, Texas and has been performing since the age of eight. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, performing in numerous community venues. He and his family moved to Los Angeles in 2005 so he could pursue a career his music and acting.
Within the next year, he landed his first notable acting role, a guest appearance in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2007, he had a three-episode stint in the drama Heroes. His other television credits include Bones and Trust Me.
He currently co-stars as Cameron Parks in the Disney Channel sitcom A.N.T. Farm, which premiered in 2011.
In music, Jeffery is also a rapper, performing under the pseudonym Lil' C-Note. He has a twin sister, Carla Jeffery, who is also an actor ” - Bri Smith
Daniel Curtis Lee
Piggy-backing off his brother Nathaniel Lee Jr., Daniel Curtis Lee, also known as Dan Curtis Lee, started his acting career at the age of seven in his hometown of Clinton, Mississippi. However, it was not until three years later in Long Beach, California, that he got his first principal role in a Hollywood feature film...
“ Daniel Curtis Lee (born May 17, 1991) is an American actor, comedian, and rapper. He is best known in Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, in which he played the nerdy Simon Nelson-Cook, known as "Cookie" or "P Cookie". Lee has also appeared in other television shows such as First Monday and The Shield, and motion pictures such as Friday After Next. He recently starred in Zeke & Luther as Kojo. He likes to disguise himself as "Keante Balelo". ” - Bri Smith
Jesse Wesley Williams born August 5, 1981 is an American actor, model, and activist, best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC Television series Grey's Anatomy. He also appears in the hit 2013 film Lee Daniels' The Butler as real life civil rights leader Rev. James Lawson. Previous roles include Holden in The Cabin in the Woods (2012)...
“ In 2006, Jesse guest starred in an episode of Law & Order portraying the character Kwame. He starred in the Off Broadway hits The American Dream and The Sandbox at Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village in New York City. Both one-act plays were written and directed by legendary playwright Edward Albee.
In 2008, Williams made his theatrical debut in the supporting role of Leo in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, a sequel to the 2004 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. He also starred as Drew Collins ("The Hotness Monster") in a recurring role on the ABC Family series Greek. He appeared in two episodes. In 2009, he portrayed Keya in the HBO pilot The Washingtonienne which was executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker. The pilot was not picked up. He also signed on as Eddie Quinlain in the film Brooklyn's Finest which stars Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, and Ellen Barkin. The film was released on Friday, March 5, 2010. He also starred in a 8 episode stint in the television series Beyond the Break as "Eric Medina".
In 2008, Williams signed on for his first leading role, as Holden McCrea, in the MGM/United Artists horror film film The Cabin in the Woods. The film was produced by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard, and was released April 13, 2012.
In 2009, it was announced Williams would appear in a multi-episode arc on the Golden Globe Award Winning ABC television series Grey's Anatomy. He portrays a new Mercy West surgeon Dr. Jackson Avery in the series sixth season. He made his debut in the season's fifth episode which aired October 15, 2009. On June 8, 2010, it was announced that Williams had been officially upgraded to a full-time series regular, starting in season 7. Consequently, BuddyTV ranked him #6 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010" list and #11 in 2011.
Williams has modeled for Kenneth Cole. He also appears in the limited-edition coffee table book ("About Face") by celebrity photographer John Russo.
He can be seen as the love interest of R&B singer Rihanna in the music video for her single "Russian Roulette" from her 2009 album Rated R. He also appears in the official music video for Estelle's upcoming single Fall In Love featuring John Legend from her yet to be released 2011 album All of Me.
On February 24, 2012, Jesse joined such celebrities such as Kevin Hart, Common, Ne-Yo and Javier Colón to play for the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game. Williams played for the West coast team coached by Kevin Durant.
In May 2012, Ted Casablancas and Jesse discussed a fan campaign to get him cast in the role of Finnick Odair in the movie Catching Fire. This revelation resulted in some fans of the Hunger Games franchise to contest the possible casting due to race, sparking another race-related scandal associated with Hunger Game casting. ” - Bri Smith
“ Cory D. Hardrict (born November 9, 1979) is an American actor and film producer.
Born in Chicago, Illinios, Hardrict began his career on television during the late 1990s, with appearances in weekly prime-time programs including Smart Guy, Felicity, Once and Again and ER. He made his film debut in 1999 romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, starring Drew Barrymore followed by a role in the drama Crazy/Beautiful (2001). Hardrict has also appeared in Creature Unknown (2004), Return of the Living Dead: Rave from the Grave (2005), Miles from Home (2006), and Driftwood (2006)
In 2007, he had a recurring role on the ABC Family series Lincoln Heights and executive produced the film Neighborhood Watch, in which he also starred. The following year, he had a cameo role in the movie Gran Torino directed and starred by Clint Eastwood. That same year, he appeared as singer Brandy's love interest in the music video for "Right Here (Departed)".
In 2009, Hardrict co-starred in the film Hollywood Horror with wife Tia Mowry and her twin sister Tamera Mowry. Later that year, he appeared in the romantic comedy He's Just Not That into You, and the drama Dough Boys. Hardrict also had a guest appearance on the CW show The Game with wife Tia Mowry as the cable guy in the "Hill Street Blues" episode. Hardrict also appeared as Ryan in the pilot episode of the CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose. However, he was subsequently replaced by Pooch Hall (his wife's co-star from The Game). ” - Bri Smith
“ Maestro Harrell (born July 29, 1991) is an American actor who starred on the HBO original series The Wire as Randy Wagstaff. He was also on the NBC drama ER on April 26, 2007.
Harrell was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 2005, Maestro performed at the grand opening ceremony for Disneyland in Hong Kong. He signed a recording deal with So So Def/Island Def Jam with hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri.
Maestro made his motion picture film debut in the movie Ali, which was directed by Michael Mann. He portrayed the young Muhammad Ali, and the all-star cast included Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and Jon Voight. He also was in Barbershop which featured Cedric the Entertainer, Ice Cube and Eve. Maestro also had a small role in the film The Promotion.
His voice is featured on the Twilight Zone episodes CD, along with Blair Underwood. Maestro starred in ABC's production of the PGA Tour Western Open with Tiger Woods and other pro-golfers.
He started singing and dancing at age two. Since then, his many accomplishments include: performing several times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Maury Povich -Most Talented Kids Show and other television shows; serving as the spokesperson for Western Union's Study Buddy Reading Program which enabled him to travel around the United States performing at schools and delivering motivational speeches to encourage students to read, as well as singing numerous jingles. He is a member of SAG, AFTRA and EQUITY unions. In addition to his lead role in Sony TriStar's Guys Like Us, Maestro has appeared in several television commercials.
He was the recipient of The Most Talented Child Under Twelve Years Old at the Chicago Music Awards in 1999, 2000, and 2001. Maestro was a presenter at the NAACP's 25 and ACT-SO Awards Ceremony in Houston, Texas, and he received standing ovations as he performed for NABSE (National Alliance of Black School Educators) in Atlanta, Georgia. For a short period of time, Maestro attended James E. McDade classical school in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Morgan Park Academy in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles, California to further pursue his career. For his 16th birthday, Harrell held a party August 12, 2007 featured on My Super Sweet Sixteen, airing on MTV, September 25, 2007 at 9:30pm CST.
For the 2011-12 TV season, Maestro has a recurring role as Malik on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. ” - Bri Smith
Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Dennis Graham, an African-American musician born in Memphis, Tennessee, and Sandi (Sher) Graham, a Canadian Jewish educator. As a young man, Drake appeared in several commercials, for such retailers as Sears and GMC. In 2001, Drake rose to fame playing the role of "Jimmy Brooks"...
“ In 2001, Drake began his acting career, playing the role of Jimmy Brooks, a character on Degrassi: The Next Generation. In the show, Brooks is a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. His role on the show ended in 2009, when his character graduated from Degrassi. He appeared in 138 episodes. He also appeared in the 2008 television movie Degrassi Spring Break Movie. Drake is mentioned in the 2010 television movie Degrassi Takes Manhattan, making him one of two Degrassi actors (along with Shenae Grimes) who exist within the series' fictional universe independently of their characters. ” - Bri Smith
“ Houston made his acting debut in the animated comedy film Bébé's Kids (1992) in which he was the voice of Khalil, the leader and oldest child of the titular "Bébé's Kids".
Houston later appeared in House Party 3 (1994), where he played a fictional version of himself along with fellow Immature bandmates Jerome "Romeo" Jones and Don "Half Pint" Santos. In the film, they portrayed Kid's trouble-making younger cousins who aspire to become musicians.
Houston's breakthrough role came when he won the part of Roger Evans in the television comedy show Sister, Sister, playing the next-door neighbor of identical twin sisters Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell (Tia and Tamera Mowry). Marques played the role for five of the show's six seasons. The show wrote his character out of the script during the fifth season, but he made a guest appearance in the series finale.
In 1997, he had a brief cameo in the movie "Good Burger", a spin off from a sketch on the Nickelodeon show "All That" starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. He played Jake, Kenan's friend.
Houston and his IMx (formerly Immature) band members made an appearance in Destiny's Child music video for the single "No, No, No Part 1" off their 1998 album The Writing's on the Wall. Houston was rumored to be dating lead singer Beyoncé Knowles at the time.
In 1999, shortly after Houston's run on the Sister, Sister program, Marques had a brief cameo in Destiny Child's video rendition of the The Writing's on the Wall single Jumpin', Jumpin' directed by Joseph Kahn.
He also played the character Elgin Barrett Eugene Smith III in the 2004 film You Got Served. Following You Got Served, in both live-action and voiceover, he portrayed Dumb Donald in the film adaptation of Fat Albert, based on Bill Cosby's popular cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
In 2005 Houston starred in his own television series, Cuts, which was a spin-off of One on One. Despite good ratings, the show only lasted one season due to UPN merging with The WB to become The CW which caused Cuts along with many other UPN shows to get cancelled.
In 2007 Houston starred in the horror film Somebody Help Me. He then starred in the sequel, Somebody Help Me 2 in 2010. ” - Bri Smith
“ Miller started his acting career with a cameo appearance in the 2001 film Max Keeble's Big Move. He later co-starred with Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer and Zachary Isaiah Williams in the film Honey (2003). In Honey, his supporting character was Benny, a young boy looking for a break. In 2003, he voiced himself on an episode of the animated series, Static Shock, to which he had performed the theme song. He starred in another movie with Zachary Isaiah Williams, God's Gift, which came out in 2006. He then went on to co-star with his dad in a movie called Uncle P in 2007.. His next project in 2007, was a film calledASL in which he starred as himself, Romeo, alongside Forrest Lipton and Zachary Isaiah Williams who played the young Romeo; Williams had previously co-starred with Romeo in Honey and Nickelodeon's Romeo!. Recently, Miller made a cameo appearance in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide as a rapping coach for the teachers. He then guest-starred as a rapper accused of murder in the 2010 CBS series, The Defenders and acted in the highly successful film, Jumping the Broom, released in May 2011. In 2011, he also starred in TV commercials for McDonald's & ICDC Colleges. ” - Bri Smith
“ Christopher Richard O'Neal (born 1994) is an American actor who received his first major television role in the 2012 Nickelodeon series How to Rock, which premiered on February 4, 2012.
In How to Rock, O'Neal plays the role of "Kevin Reed", a gawky high school freshman who is the drummer for the band Gravity 5. O'Neal, a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, attends Teaneck High School, and previously attended Teaneck Community Charter School. He appeared in several commercials and in a Saturday Night Live skit before getting his first recurring role. ” - Bri Smith
Mehcad Brooks continues to rise as one of Hollywood's most promising stars. Brooks was in USA's new drama Necessary Roughness
, in which he portrayed Terrence "TK" King, the star wide receiver for the Hawks who is becoming notorious for his frequent fumbles -- not to mention his regular run-ins with the law...
“ (born October 25, 1980) is an American actor and former fashion model.
From 2005 to 2006, Brooks played the role of Matthew Applewhite on the ABC TV drama Desperate Housewives. He appeared in Glory Road, portraying Harry Flournoy, an athlete at Texas Western University. He acted in the 2007 film In the Valley of Elah. He guest starred opposite Tia Mowry as her boyfriend, Jerome, on the TV series The Game in 2008. In 2009 he appeared on FOX's TV series Dollhouse. Brooks played Benedict "Eggs" Talley in the second season of HBO's True Blood. Beginning January 2010, he appeared as attorney Malcolm Bennet in the now-canceled ABC series The Deep End. He plays the "new boyfriend" in a recent State Farm Insurance television commercial alongside former The Game co-star Gabrielle Dennis.
Brooks appeared in the ABC documentary-style dramedy television series My Generation, which premiered in Fall 2010. The show was canceled after only two episodes. He is among the cast on the USA Network series Necessary Roughness which debuted on June 29, 2011. Brooks guest starred in the episode "Personal Fouls" of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Prince Miller, a basketball superstar who was once one of his coach's (Dan Lauria) prodigies, the coach under suspicion of being a sexual predator.2012 and a guest role on JJ Abrams new show 'Alcatraz'episode 6 as a bomb disposal expert. ” - Bri Smith
Malcolm David Kelley
The entertainment industry isn't new to young Malcolm David Kelley, he has been working in show business since the age of five. He is most known for his role as young "Walt" on the TV series "Lost" and his role as "Finn" on TeenNick's "Gigantic" in 2010-11. His motion picture credits include roles in Antwone Fisher
and You Got Served
“ born May 12, 1992) is an American teen actor. He starred in the 2004 film You Got Served as "Li'l Saint". He also appears in the television series Lost as the character Walt Lloyd. A regular cast member in the show's first season (2004–2005), he has appeared only occasionally since due to a dramatic growth spurt. He returned for an appearance in "Through the Looking Glass", Lost's third season finale, and twice more in the fourth season, with the episodes "Meet Kevin Johnson" and "There's No Place Like Home", and reprised his role in the fifth season with the episode "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham". He reprised the role a final time in the Season 6 DVD boxset mini-episode "The New Man in Charge".
He has also made appearances on Judging Amy, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, My Name Is Earl, and Saving Grace. ” - Bri Smith
“ Robbie Jones (born September 25, 1977) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Quentin Fields in One Tree Hill. In 2010 he began filming the series Hellcats, in which he portrays Lewis Flynn. Jones starred in the film Hurricane Season with Forest Whitaker. ” - Bri Smith
Anthony Mackie is an American actor. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Martha (Gordon) and Willie Mackie, Sr., who owned a business, Mackie Roofing. Anthony has been featured in feature films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow...
“ (born September 23, 1979) is an American actor. He has been featured in feature films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow, McReele, A Soldier's Play, and Talk, by Carl Hancock Rux, for which he won an Obie Award in 2002.
In 2002, he was featured in Eminem's debut film, 8 Mile, playing Papa Doc, a member of Leaders of the Free World. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in The Hurt Locker. This is Mackie's second ISA nomination, the first coming for his work in 2003 in Brother to Brother, where he was nominated for Best Actor. Also in 2009, Mackie portrayed rapper Tupac Shakur in the film Notorious. He appears in the 2011 Matt Damon film The Adjustment Bureau where he plays Harry Mitchell, a sympathetic member of a shadowy supernatural group that controls human destiny. ” - Bri Smith
Tyrese Darnell Gibson was born December 30, 1978 in Watts, Los Angeles, California, where he was raised. He is an R&B singer, songwriter, actor, author, television producer and model. He is well known for his actor role as Roman Pearce in the The Fast and Furious movie franchise. Other popular movies Tyrese has acted in are Death Race...
“ Born December 30, 1978, in Watts, Los Angeles, CA. As an actor, he rose into prominence when he starred in John Singleton's Baby Boy in 2001, which was considered a prequel of Boyz n the Hood, which Singleton wrote and directed 10 years earlier in 1991. Tupac Shakur was originally considered to play the character of Joseph "Jody" Summers, but after his tragic death in Las Vegas the role landed into Gibson's hands, and he did not hesitate to say yes. Baby Boy led Gibson to do two more films with Singleton in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), opposite Paul Walker and Eva Mendes, and Four Brothers (2005), with Mark Wahlberg, André Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund. Both films were box-office hits in the summers of 2003 and 2005, respectively. Gibson went on to act in Waist Deep in 2006, starring Meagan Good. In 2007, he co-starred with the ensemble cast of Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight in Transformers, directed and produced by Michael Bay, with Steven Spielberg as the executive producer. It was a blockbuster smash of that year that led to two more successful sequels; in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), playing the role of USAF Master Sergeant Robert Epps. In 2008, he co-starred with Jason Statham in Death Race, Legion in 2010, and reprised his role of Roman Pearce in Fast Five in 2011, which was set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the ensemble cast of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. In 2010, he also appeared in a music video "Telephone" by Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé. ” - Bri Smith
Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 19, 1982, Columbus Keith Short, Jr., started entertaining at the age of three, by putting on shows for his folks' enjoyment. Whether impersonating relatives, dancing or just making people laugh, everyone sensed something special about the boy. Fortunately, his family later relocated to Los Angeles where...
“ Columbus Keith Short, Jr. (born September 19, 1982) is an American choreographer, actor, and singer. He choreographed Britney Spears's Onyx Hotel Tour and worked with Brian Friedman (of So You Think You Can Dance fame). He is best known for his roles in the films Stomp the Yard, Cadillac Records, Armored, and The Losers. He stars in the ABC drama Scandal, as Harrison Wright. Short's acting debut came as a dancer in You Got Served and he later appeared in Accepted, starring Justin Long. He then took lead roles in the direct-to-DVD movie Save the Last Dance 2 alongside Izabella Miko and Stomp the Yard. He has also appeared twice in the Disney Channel Original Series That's So Raven as Trey, a member of the fictional Boy band "Boyz n' Motion". Other TV appearances include ER and Judging Amy.
In 2006, he appeared in NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as novice show writer Darius Hawthorne. He was among the presenters at the 2007 NAACP Image Awards.
In 2007, Columbus appeared in the movie This Christmas also starring Chris Brown and Lauren London.
In 2008, Short appeared in the movie Quarantine, co-starring Jay Hernandez and Jennifer Carpenter, and played the part of musician Little Walter in Cadillac Records, alongside Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce Knowles, and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody. In 2010, Short played "Pooch" in the film The Losers, based on the graphic novel, co-starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, and Zoe Saldana, and directed by Sylvain White (Stomp The Yard). His next appearance will be in the action comedy, The Wannabes, where he will play in his first villanous role. ” - Bri Smith
“ (born May 27, 1975) Benjamin has made appearances in Families, The Shield (he plays Robert Huggins, a character that originated in an episode titled “On Tilt” from Season 3 in 2004), Be Cool, Revolver, Semi Pro, and Four Brothers. He was also cast as Percival in Idlewild, released on August 26, 2006. He is currently shooting a movie with Big Boi for HBO. He is also currently working on an as-of-yet untitled project, filming on location in Louisiana and is being produced by Chesley Seals and Kat Hantas. He voiced a crow in Charlotte's Web, a movie adaptation of the 1952 children's book. As of November 2006, he voiced "Sunny Bridges," a prize-winning musician who gives up touring to teach at his alma mater, in Class of 3000, an animated series he produced on Cartoon Network. He has also worked with Esthero on a promotional version of "Jungle Book" which was on a Wikked lil' grrrls sampler, but never made it to the actual album due to issues with Esthero's label, Warner Bros.. The following year, he appeared in the basketball comedy Semi-Pro, with Woody Harrelson and Will Ferrell. He also starred in the 2007 film Battle in Seattle, a film about the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests.
Benjamin was a member of Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender's production company A Band Apart until its close in 2006; he then formed his own company, Moxie Turtle.
In May 2012, Benjamin began filming a biopic about Jimi Hendrix entitled All Is By My Side. The Hendrix estate has denied use of any Hendrix's songs in the film, so it is likely that Benjamin will have to record his own cover versions of Hendrix's songs for the film's soundtrack. It has also been confirmed that he has recorded music for the film, though it is not clear if there are any Hendrix covers. However, he does cover songs that Hendrix himself covered at one point, including songs by The Beatles and Muddy Waters. ” - Bri Smith
“ (born July 8, 1981) is a NAACP Image Award-winning American actor currently portraying Calvin Payne in the TBS sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne, and other Tyler Perry productions such as the Meet The Browns film. He has also been on The Bernie Mac Show as well as Eve. Lance turned down the chance to become a professional track and field athlete in order to pursue his dream of acting. He received a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Howard University and then trained at The Ivanna Chubbuck Studio as well as the Tasha Smith Acting Studio. He has appeared in music videos for R&B stars Rihanna's "If It's Lovin' That You Want, Mariah Carey, Letoya Luckett's "Not Anymore", T.I.'s "Got Your Back", Angela Simmons, Kelis, Mary J. Blige, Tyra B., Kirk Franklin and Solange Knowles. He co-starred in 2010's Our Family Wedding alongside Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia, America Ferrera and Regina King. ” - Bri Smith
“ Darnell "J.D." Williams (born May 22, 1978 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American actor with starring roles in the HBO television programs Oz and The Wire, in which he appeared as Preston "Bodie" Broadus. He has also appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street, a show based on a book by The Wire creator David Simon, where he guest starred as Casper in the episode "The Why Chromosome". He played inmate Kenny Wangler in the first four seasons of Oz. He had a small guest starring role in The Sopranos episode "46 Long" as Special K, an incompetent stickup man and one of Brendan Filone's goons. He appeared in the pilot episode ("Welcome to Camelot") of Third Watch as Pee-Wee, an errant street kid.
Williams has also had leading roles or cameo appearances in a number of R&B and hip-hop music videos. He has appeared as himself, a love interest, and characters resembling his role as a drug dealer on The Wire. ” - Bri Smith
Rob Brown was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A natural who never studied acting and who had no professional acting experience, made his acting and motion picture debut in Finding Forrester
. Rob celebrated his 16th birthday just before the start of production. He is a talented athlete in high school playing both basketball and football.
“ Tanner is mostly known by his role as Antwon "Skills" Taylor on the CW show One Tree Hill. Tanner had a starring role in the 2005 film Coach Carter, where he starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson and has appeared in TV series such as NYPD Blue, Sister, Sister, Moesha, The Parkers, and CSI.
Tanner also had a role in the film The Wood.
Tanner was arrested on April 16, 2009, and was accused by federal authorities of "knowingly and intentionally" transferring Social Security cards "with intent to defraud". On August 20, 2009 he pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to selling more than a dozen Social Security numbers for $10,000. He was handed a prison sentence of 3 months for the offense and had to report to prison by April 30, 2010.
In 2007, he starred alongside Brian Hooks, Denyce Lawton, and Cherie Johnson in the horror film 7eventy 5ive. ” - Bri Smith
“ (born August 28, 1975) is an American actor.
Byrd was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he graduated from The Crefeld School in 1993. He began acting as a child, appearing as Arthur in the movie My Little Girl in 1986. He has been in movies including Dead Man, Sleepers, 8 Mile, Lift and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, and has the leading role in Confess, for which he won the Break-Out Performance Award at the 2006 Method Fest Independent Film Festival. Byrd also starred with long time friend/Rap Artist Will "Tha Vill" Fuller, Jerry Della Salla (Green Zone) and Director Clay Von Thomas. The four men worked on the highly anticipated Pilot called "The Barracks".
He starred as Dr. Sidney Trumaine in the television show Crossing Jordan. Before that he was a guest star in the seventh and eighth seasons of The Cosby Show for four episodes titled "Theo and the Kids" part 1 and 2, "Theo's Future," and "Cliff and Theo Come Clean." He also landed a role on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Rondinson Ashe III during the second season. He was also on the Touched by an Angel spin off Promised Land. He starred in the movie "Perfect Harmony".
Byrd also appeared in the TV series Ghostwriter as "Walter" in 1993 and portrayed the comical but defiant Oliver Cross on the British Children's television series, Chris Cross, which won an award for "Best Children's Series" in 1994. The show aired on the Showtime Cable Network from 1994 to 1995. Byrd had a minor role in season one of Heroes, as Nathan Petrelli's campaign manager, and as Dr. Clark Edison in several episodes of Bones. He has also made an appearance on the show Two and a Half Men, as one of Charlie's gambling and drinking buddies. ” - Bri Smith
Omari Ishmael Grandberry was born on 12th November 1984 in California, Los Angeles. He is the older brother of singer O'Ryan. He and his former band-mates Lil Fizz, Raz-B and J-Boog were discovered by manager and director Christopher B. Stokes. They formed a band called B2K. B2K stands for Boys of the New Millennium...
“ Omari Ishmael Grandberry (born November 12, 1984), known as Omarion
In early 2004, Omarion appeared in several films, most notably You Got Served in which he starred alongside Marques Houston, as well as his former B2K band mates. The movie centered around a group of friends in a hip hop dance crew who take part in underground dance competitions. Later that year, he played the role of the school bully "Reggie" in the comedy Fat Albert, based on the animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Towards the end of 2007, he displayed his acting skills in the thriller Somebody Help Me. This movie was released exclusively on DVD and aired on BET in celebration of Halloween. Omarion has also made several appearances in a number of TV shows, including One on One. Omarion also played the voice of Fifteen Cent in The Proud Family Movie. His portrayal of a rapper, who gets involved with thugs, in the movie Feel the Noise, received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics. Omarion also co-produced Feel the Noise. ” - Bri Smith
As the song states, "The Stars at Night are big and bright ... Deep in the Heart of Texas!" That's what Texas Battle has, heart. A heart and desire for acting. This young man is taking Hollywood by storm the past couple years! He will now be one of Daytime's hottest hunks as he just started a three year contract role on The Bold and the Beautiful
“ Texas Quency Battle (born August 9, 1980) is an American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Marcus Forrester on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. In May 2008, Battle was cast on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful playing a character named Marcus Walton. The new actor comes onto the show as the first African American with an in-depth story line. He comments on the huge role as stating "It really does feel good that the writers/producers of the show, really have trust in me on bringing this new character to life. I'm happy to be a part of a show that really has a family feeling. Every one of my cast members is fun to work with. Makes you feel good to get up in the morning, and go to work doing something you love." He is best known for his roles in the films Coach Carter, Final Destination 3, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, and Dragonball Evolution. Battle is scheduled to appear in the remake of The Legend of Boggy Creek as Tommy Davis in 2010, who co-stars with Sarah Jenazian and Stephanie Honore. Battle portrayed Dixon in the After Dark Originals flick The Task. Battle wrapped up the first season of Death Valley, which airs on MTV. ” - Bri Smith
A native of London, England, Jason Steed knew he wanted to act since he was 5 years of age. An avid fan of American television shows like Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere and Cheers, Steed would recreate scenes from the series, performing them for family and friends word for word. During his primary school years at St...
While living in Atlanta, Georgia, Nadji's family discovered that he had a gift in dancing, acting, and music. Nadji's talents caught the eye of several A-list entertainers, giving him the opportunity to perform for Usher's New Look Foundation Gala in New York City in 2005. In 2010 Nadji was given the honor to co-host the "Usher" Camp New Look Foundation...
Brad James is a strikingly handsome, phenomenally talented star on the rise. Brad is humble and borderline shy about his accomplishments, yet certain and fiercely focused on his missions in life. His passion to achieve greatness in the entertainment industry became clear to him a long time ago while finishing up a tour of duty in the Marine Corps...
Tyree started modeling at the age of 3 yrs old in San Fransisco, California. He booked his first job 2 weeks after meeting with an agent. He did several print ads and some radio spots. At the age of 5 was his 1st TV audition, which was Parenthood's pilot. He went from being a guest star to becoming a series regular on Parenthood after the first season...
Lamorne Morris is an American actor, comedian and television personality. He is best known for playing Winston in the Fox sitcom New Girl. As a game show host, he hosted the Cartoon Network game show BrainRush. He also worked for BET in the past. He is Originally from Chicago, before wanting to become an actor, Morris wanted to be a basketball player. Morris studied at College of DuPage.
Bobb'e J. Thompson
Kicking off an impressive career in front of the camera at the tender age of five, Bobb'e J. Thompson rose to fame as a child actor well before his teens, initially with a small but colorful and energetic supporting role as the pint-sized Tupac in My Baby's Daddy (2003). He subsequently appeared in television and film efforts such as "The Tracy Morgan Show" (2004)...
“ Bobb'e Jaques Thompson (born February 28, 1996)(age 16)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. is an American teen actor. He is known for playing Tracy Jr. on 30 Rock, Stanley on That's So Raven, Ronnie Shields in Role Models, Jimmy Mitchell on the short-lived NBC series, The Tracy Morgan Show lasted for one season from 2003–2004, his appearance in commercials for the PlayStation Portable, and being the host of his own television series Bobb'e Says, which aired on Cartoon Network block CN Real, but it was cancelled due to low ratings. Thompson had a recurring role on the hit series Tyler Perry's House of Payne. He currently has a supporting role as M.J. Williams on Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse. ” - Bri Smith
“ Born July 6, 1980 (age 32)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hart is an actor and comedian. In 2004, he produced and starred in The Big House, a short-lived situational comedy on ABC. In 2008, Hart was featured in Three 6 Mafia's music video for "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)". In 2009, Hart appeared in a series of eBay commercials. Also in 2009, Hart played a sorcerer, "Zezelryck", in a comedy television series for Comedy Central, In 2011, he appeared in T-Pain's music video "Booty Wurk (One Cheek At a Time)".
He has done several stand-up TV specials for Comedy Central, including I'm A Grown Little Man (2009), Seriously Funny (2010), and Laugh At My Pain (2011). In 2010, Hart appeared in Air Jordan commercials alongside Dwyane Wade. Hart also appears occasionally as a "round table" guest on the late night E! talk show Chelsea Lately. On June 26, 2011, he hosted the 2011 BET Awards. His stand up film "Laugh at My Pain" was released theatrically on September 9, 2011. Hart also made cameo appearances in DJ Drama's music video "Oh My" and the romantic comedy film Exit Strategy (2012).
Hart appeared in Modern Family on November 2, 2011, as Phil Dunphy's next-door neighbor. He reprised his character May 2, 2012, episode "Planes, Trains, and Cars." ” - Bri Smith
“ May 9, 1980 (age 32)
Bronx, New York. Nelson was born in the Co-Op City section of Bronx, New York. He began his acting career at age 10 when he landed a role in an off-Broadway play Hey Little Walter. Sean Nelson turned 13 shortly before beginning principal photography on his debut film, writer-director Boaz Yakin's Fresh. Prior to that, he had made his TV debut in a 1992 episode of the NBC series Here and Now. ” - Bri Smith
“ Jascha Akili Washington (born June 21, 1989) is an American television and film actor.
Washington was born in California and debuted on television in 1997 on the episode "A Reverend Runs Through It" of the series Brooklyn South. He first appeared on film a year later as Will Smith's son Eric in Enemy of the State (1998). His notable film and television roles include an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as character Draw, Trent Pierce in Big Momma's House and its sequel in a cameo role, Dr. Gideon's son Eli on Gideon's Crossing and Jerome in Like Mike 2: Streetball (2006). He guest-starred on The Bernie Mac Show episode "It's a Wonderful Wife" along with the series House M.D. in the episode "Family" in 2007.
Washington presented his last project The Final at After Dark Horrorfest 2010.
Washington did not appear in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son as Trent, the role he played in the first two films. ” - Bri Smith
AJ Saudin was born in Ontario, Canada. He started his career at the age of 4 in print and commercials and landed his first film and television role at the age of 7, playing Robbie, the son of Natalie Cole in the movie about her life directed by Robert Townsend. Over the years AJ has been seen on various TV series such as "Street Time"...
“ 14 May 1992, Toronto, Canada (20 yrs. old)
AJ Saudin was born in Ontario, Canada. He started his career at the age of 4 in print and commercials and landed his first film and television role at the age of 7, playing Robbie, the son of Natalie Cole in the movie about her life directed by Robert Townsend. Over the years AJ has been seen on various TV series such as "Street Time", "Kojak", "Da Kink in My Hair" and "The Line" directed by Canadian director Gail Harvey. He was the host of "Open Your Ears" where he introduced young audiences to different varieties of music. He received his first of two Young Artists of Hollywood nominations for his role of Milan in a short film called "Aruba", directed by Oscar nominated Hubert Davis. AJ is best know for his continuing role of Connor in "Degrassi: The Next Generation" in which he plays the challenging role of a young man with Aspergers Syndrome, a disorder within the autistic spectrum.
AJ loves to travel and continually lends his support to various charities such as Me to We and recently traveled to India to build a school for the less fortunate. He has been asked recently to help raise awareness about Epilepsy, a cause close to his heart. Outside of acting, he loves writing, video games and music. ” - Bri Smith
Nathaniel began acting when he was very young, doing small roles in community musical theatre productions like that of Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. When he finally did slip into the film and television industry, he landed a lead role on YTV's System Crash. From there he went on to play Robbie (a.k.a. Question Mark) in the popular series Radio Free Roscoe...
“ 27 July 1986, Canada
Nathaniel began acting when he was very young, doing small roles in community musical theatre productions like that of Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.
When he finally did slip into the film and television industry, he landed a lead role on YTV's System Crash. From there he went on to play Robbie (a.k.a. Question Mark) in the popular series Radio Free Roscoe.
Other recent film and television credits include Walter in the horror flick, Heartstopper, Marcus Warburton in Disney's Twitches Too, Emmett in YTV's Dark Oracle, and a guest starring role as Dante Aureus in NBC Sci-Fi's The Dresden Files. ” - Bri Smith
Nelsan Ellis (born c. 1978) is an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood. Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois. Following his parents' divorce, Ellis and his mother moved to Alabama. He moved back to Illinois as a teenager...