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Rapper whose career included hit singles and acting roles
The rapper Heavy D, who has died suddenly aged 44, after collapsing at his home, was among a handful of hip-hop stars from the 1980s who successfully established a lasting career. Having created a string of infectious, party-time hits with Heavy D & the Boyz, he was able to extend his reach into the commercial mainstream through collaborations with Bb King and Michael Jackson, and subsequently exhibited bankable skills as both a businessman and actor. Although he was past his commercial peak as a musician, his last album, Love Opus, released in September, showed that he had not entirely run out of creative juice.
He was born Dwight Arrington Myers in Mandeville, Jamaica, and his parents moved the family to Mount Vernon, New York, in 1971. His mother Eulahlee was a nurse and his father Clifford a technician. He began putting together his own »
- Adam Sweeting
Robert Pattinson turned down a role in James Franco's tribute to Brad Renfro saying he 'didn't see the point'. Franco, "127 Hours" star, who was recently slammed for a lack luster hosting role at the Oscars, will debut his movie "Rebel" at the Venice Biennale art festival in Italy. The movie is a tribute to Brad Renfro, the young actor who beat Franco to a lead role in the movies "Deuces Wild" in 2002. He died from an accidental heroin overdose, in January 2008. Franco, who carved the name 'Brad' into his shoulder' told Playboy magazine " Heath Ledger died a week after Brad, and I feel Brad has been forgotten already. They didn't even mention his death at the Oscars that year." ---------------- Read More: Visit Robert Pattinson's profile page for stories, photos and his bio Robert Pattinson as a funny man? Robert Pattinson’s top ten movies - Videos ---------------- »
The 127 Hours star will debut his movie Rebel - about Brad Renfro - at the upcoming Venice Biennale art festival in Italy, and he hopes the project will remind film fans of how great the tragic star was.
Franco, who carved the name 'Brad' into his shoulder, tells Playboy magazine, "Heath Ledger died a week after Brad, and I feel Brad has been forgotten already. They didn't even mention his death at the Oscars that year."
And Franco admits he had hoped that Twilight star Robert Pattinson would agree to be a part of the arty tribute piece.
Renfro died from an accidental heroin overdose in January, 2008. »
Hollywood heartthrob James Franco has turned himself into art work to pay tribute to Hollywood icon James Dean. The Oscar nominated actor who shot to fame playing the ''Rebel Without A Cause'' star in a 2001 TV bio-pic, got a body carving dedicated to his ''Deuces Wild'' co-star Brad Renfro, as part of the exhibition in Venice Biennale. The 33-year-old got Renfro''s name carved into his right arm with a switchblade, documenting the process in photography and film, reported Los Angeles Times online. Renfro, who died in 2008 at the age of 25 of a heroin overdose, reprised the character played by Sal Mineo in the original film. Franco, who had a hand in the other artists'' projects, says that the carving itself could be seen as one of the show''s more permanent artworks. This isn''t the only Dean-related project coming up for Franco as he is getting ready »
We think they'll make a great team since their careers have followed such a shockingly similar path.
So similar, in fact, that we decided to put them head-to-head in a career-off of epic proportions. Which of these performers has what it takes to win?
Short-Lived TV Show
Franco: "Freaks & Geeks" is the landmark chronicle of life among outcast high schoolers in 1980s Michigan. Besides launching Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, and Seth Rogen, the Judd Apatow-produced 18-episode run is one of the most beloved in TV history.
Winner: Franco, by a mile… make that several million miles. »
- Max Evry
5 items from 2011
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