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Isaac Hayes (I) (1942–2008)

Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school teachers to get his diploma. He earned his diploma at... See full bio »

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 2008 Kill Switch (Video)
 2005-2006 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
Tolok / Teal'c PI Announcer
- 200 (2006) ... Teal'c PI Announcer (voice)
- Threads (2005) ... Tolok
- Reckoning: Part 2 (2005) ... Tolok
- Reckoning: Part 1 (2005) ... Tolok
 1997-2005 South Park (TV Series)
- Bloody Mary (2005) ... Chef (voice, credit only)
- Free Willzyx (2005) ... Chef (voice, credit only)
- Ginger Kids (2005) ... Chef (voice, credit only)
- Follow That Egg (2005) ... Chef (voice, credit only)
- Marjorine (2005) ... Chef (voice, credit only)
 2005 The Bernie Mac Show (TV Series)
Isaac Hayes
- The Music Mac (2005) ... Isaac Hayes
 2004 Anonymous Rex (TV Movie)
Elegant Man
 2003 Dream Warrior
 2003 Book of Days (TV Movie)
 2002 Fastlane (TV Series)
Detective Marcus
- Pilot (2002) ... Detective Marcus
 2002 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
'Night Train' Raymond
- Save the Country (2002) ... 'Night Train' Raymond
 2001 Chelsea Walls
Man in Elevator (uncredited)
 2001 Dr. Dolittle 2
Possum (voice)
 2000 Shaft
Mr. P (uncredited)
 2000 South Park Rally (Video Game)
Chef (voice)
 1999 The Hughleys (TV Series)
The Man
- Miracle on 135th and Avalon (1999) ... The Man
- Daddy's Going to Hell (1999) ... The Man
 1999 Ninth Street
 1999 South Park: Chef's Luv Shack (Video Game)
Chef (voice)
 1998 South Park (Video Game)
Jerome 'Chef' McElroy (voice)
 1997 Six Ways to Sunday
Bill Bennet
 1996 Illtown
 1996 Escape from L.A.
Guard at Basketball Court (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1996 Sliders (TV Series)
The Prime Oracle
- Obsession (1996) ... The Prime Oracle
 1996 The Dana Carvey Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.7 (1996) ... Kim (uncredited)
 1996 Oblivion 2: Backlash
 1996 Uncle Sam (Video)
Jed Crowley
 1995 Soul Survivors (TV Movie)
Vernon Holland
 1995 Magic Island (Video)
Mad Face (voice)
 1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
- The Wedding Show (Psyche!) (1995) ... Minister
 1994 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
- Revenge Is the Nuts (1994) ... Samuel
 1994 Oblivion
 1993 American Playhouse (TV Series)
- Hallelujah (1993) ... Prophet
 1993 Deadly Exposure
Lt. Johanson
 1993 Acting on Impulse (TV Movie)
Detective Stubbs
 1993 Posse
 1993 CB4
 1991 Prime Target
Capt. Tompkins
 1991 Guilty as Charged
 1990 Hammer, Slammer, & Slade (TV Movie)
 1990 Fire, Ice & Dynamite
Hitek Leader / Himself
 1988 Counterforce
 1987 Dead Aim
 1987 Medium Rare
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
- Child's Play (1987) ... Holiday
 1986 Hunter (TV Series)
Jerome 'Typhoon' Thompson
- The Return of Typhoon Thompson (1986) ... Jerome 'Typhoon' Thompson
 1986 Betrayed by Innocence (TV Movie)
Frank Moreno
 1985 The A-Team (TV Series)
C.J. Mack
- The Heart of Rock N' Roll (1985) ... C.J. Mack
 1974 Tough Guys
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CD: "Wonderful" (Fantasy) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Interviews | 26 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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5' 11½" (1.82 m)

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"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins. Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices." - On why he quit South Park (1997) ... See more »


His performance as "Chef" in the TV series South Park (1997) was supposed to be a one-time event, but audience reaction was so positive, "Chef" became a regular character. See more »


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