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First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor. On October 6, 1992, Common released his first LP, "Can I Borrow A Dollar?" under the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Suicide Squad (post-production)
Tattooed Man
 2016 Barbershop 3 (filming)
 2016 Coco (post-production)
 2015 The Wiz Live! (TV Movie) (pre-production)
The Bouncer
 2015 Being Charlie
 2015 Entourage
 2015 Run All Night
Andrew Price
 2014 Every Secret Thing
Devlin Hatch
 2014 X/Y
 2013 Movie 43
Bob Mone (segment "The Pitch")
 2013/I Pawn
Jeff Porter
 2013 Bizarre Bracket Behavior (Video short)
 2013 The Mindy Project (TV Series)
Security Guard
- Harry & Mindy (2013) ... Security Guard
 2012 LUV
 2011 New Year's Eve
Soldier - Hospital Story
 2011 Happy Feet 2
Seymour (voice)
 2011 Single Ladies (TV Series)
Mayor Howard
- Pilot (2011) ... Mayor Howard
 2009 Dow Jones (Video short)
Dow Jones
 2009 Terminator Salvation (Video Game)
Barnes (voice)
 2009 Wanted: Weapons of Fate (Video Game)
Brummel (voice)
 2004 One on One (TV Series)
- Cabin Fever (2004) ... Darius
 2004 Game Over (TV Series)
Common (voice)
 2003 Girlfriends (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Music video for Alicia Keys: "Like You'll Never See Me Again" See more »

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3 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lonnie Lynn | Common Sense


6' 0½" (1.84 m)

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Personal Quote:

[Talking about Britney Spears comeback concert performance]: I think it didn't seem like she wanted to be there. There wasn't any spark, it didn't feel like life was there.


Is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label. See more »

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