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Rick James (II) (1948–2004)

Rick James was born on February 1, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA as James Ambrose Johnson Jr. He was married to Tanya Hijazi. He died on August 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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 2016 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (writer: "U CAN'T TOUCH THIS")
 2016 Suicide Squad (performer: "Super Freak") / (writer: "Super Freak")
 2015 Furious 7 (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2014 School Dance (performer: "Give It To Me Baby") / (writer: "Give It To Me Baby")
 2014 Think Like a Man Too (performer: "Give It to Me Baby") / (writer: "Give It to Me Baby")
 2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2014 Ping Pong Summer (writer: "In My House")
 2013 16 ans ou presque (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2013 The To Do List (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2013 Grown Ups 2 (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2013 Goodbye World (writer: "Dance (A$$)" - as James A. Johnson)
 2013 In a World... (performer: "Give It To Me Baby") / (writer: "Give It To Me Baby")
 2012 The Lords of Salem (performer: "Give It to Me Baby") / (writer: "Give It to Me Baby")
 2011 I Don't Know How She Does It (writer: "I'm a Sucker for Your Love")
 2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (performer: "Give It To Me Baby") / (writer: "Give It To Me Baby")
 2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (writer: "SUPER FREAK")
 2009 Mao's Last Dancer (performer: "Superfreak") / (writer: "Superfreak")
 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (performer: "Super Freak") / (writer: "Super Freak" - as James Johnson)
 2009/I The Proposal (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2009 Dance Flick (performer: "Super Freak") / (writer: "Super Freak" - as James Johnson)
 2009 Bride Wars (performer: "Give It To Me Baby") / (writer: "Give It To Me Baby")
 2008 Tropic Thunder (writer: "U Can't Touch This" (1990))
 2008 You Don't Mess with the Zohan (writer: "All Night Long")
 2008 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (performer: "Super Freak") / (writer: "Super Freak")
 2007 Into the Wild (writer: "U Can't Touch This" - as James Johnson)
 2007 Superbad (performer: "Bustin' Out (On Funk)") / (writer: "Bustin' Out (On Funk)")
 2007 Norbit (writer: "Superfreak" - as James Johnson)
 2006 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (writer: "U Can't Touch This" (1990) - as James Johnson)
 2006 Astérix et les Vikings (writer: "Super Freak")
 2006 American Dreamz (writer: "Super Freak")
 2006 Little Miss Sunshine (performer: "Super Freak (Rocasound Revamp)") / (writer: "Super Freak (Rocasound Revamp)")
 2006 The Fear (El Miedo) (writer: "U Can't Touch This" (extract))
 2005 The Business (performer: "Ghetto Life") / (writer: "All Night Long", "Ghetto Life")
 2005 King's Ransom (performer: "Fire and Desire") / (writer: "Fire and Desire")
 2005/I Man of the House (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2005 Racing Stripes (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2004 After the Sunset (writer: "Party All the Time")
 2004 Shark Tale (writer: "U Can't Touch This" - as James Johnson)
 2004 The Cookout (performer: "Mary Jane") / (writer: "All Night Long", "Mary Jane")
 2004 White Chicks (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2004 EuroTrip (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2003 Lost in Translation (performer: "Love Gun" (1979)) / (writer: "Love Gun" (1979))
 2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2002 The Master of Disguise (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2002 Undercover Brother (writer: "All Night Long")
 2002 Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2001 Glitter (producer: "All My Life") / (writer: "All My Life")
 2001 Bubble Boy (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 2001 Freddy Got Fingered (writer: "I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me)", "All Night Long")
 2000 Big Momma's House (performer: "Give It to Me Baby") / (writer: "Give It to Me Baby")
 1999 Three Kings (writer: "Party All the Time")
 1999 Blue Streak (performer: "All Eyes On Me (Revisiting Cold Blooded)") / (writer: "All Eyes On Me (Revisiting Cold Blooded)")
 1999 The Muse (performer: "Super Freak") / (writer: "Super Freak")
 1999 200 Cigarettes (performer: "Give It to Me Baby") / (writer: "Give It to Me Baby")
 1999 She's All That (performer: "Give It To Me Baby") / (writer: "Give It To Me Baby")
 1998 Half Baked (writer: "(I'm In Love With) Mary Jane")
 1997 Money Talks (performer: "Back In You Again") / (writer: "Back In You Again")
 1997 How to Be a Player (performer: "Hard to Get (Revisited)") / (writer: "Hard to Get (Revisited)")
 1997 Booty Call (writer: "Fire and Desire")
 1996 The Pallbearer (performer: "Super Freak") / (writer: "Super Freak")
 1995 Friday (performer: "Mary Jane") / (writer: "Mary Jane")
 1993 Blood In, Blood Out (performer: "Superfreak") / (writer: "Superfreak")
 1992 Batman Returns (writer: "Super Freak")
 1992 Class Act (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 1992 Gladiator (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 1991 The Super (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 1991 Hot Shots! (writer: "U Can't Touch This")
 1991 Shalnaya baba (writer: "U Can't Touch This" - uncredited)
 1990 Look Who's Talking Too (writer: "Party All The Time")
 1988 Colors (performer: "EVERYWHERE I GO (COLORS)") / (writer: "EVERYWHERE I GO (COLORS)")
 1987 Summer School (writer: "Party All the Time")
 1987 Critical Condition (writer: "PARTY ALL THE TIME")
 1987 The Bedroom Window (performer: "Sweet & Sexy Thing") / (writer: "Seduction", "Sweet & Sexy Thing")
 1986 The Whoopee Boys ("PARTY ALL THE TIME")
 1986 A Fine Mess (producer: "Walk Like a Man")
 1983 Doctor Detroit (performer: "Super Freak")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Music video: Appeared in Eddie Murphy video "Party All The Time" See more »

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Alternate Names:

Rick James & The Stone City Band | James Boys | Ricky James | James Johnson


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Personal Quote:

[on his appearance on Chappelle's Show (2003)] I love Dave (Dave Chappelle). I think he's brought something to comedy that people haven't seen before. He's a beautiful human being, and Charlie Murphy (Charlie Murphy) is a very dear friend. Everywhere I go, white folks, black folks, green folks, I hear "I'm Rick James, bitch!" I don't really think David did it purposely. I take that back. He ... See more »


He and Tanya Hijazi lived together from 1986 till their marriage. They have a son, Tazman James, born in 1992. See more »


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