Actors Who Could Play Jamal Lyon on Empire

by lindoryve | created - 13 Oct 2016 | updated - 02 Jul 2017 | Public

Ages 23 50 all of the actors could play Jamal Lyon on Empire if Jussie Smollett never did

1. Leon Thomas III

Actor | August Rush

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 (1994). In 2004, he appeared as Jackie Thibodeaux in the original Broadway cast of Tony Kushner'...

2. Tyler James Williams

Actor | Dear White People

Tyler James Williams is an American actor, 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). He became known for playing the lead role in the show ...

3. Kyle Massey

Actor | Cory in the House

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 (2002), where he starred as Cory, the mischievous, money-obsessed brother of the main character...

4. Marc John Jefferies

Actor | The Haunted Mansion

Marc John Jefferies was born on May 16, 1990 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Haunted Mansion (2003), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and Spider-Man 2 (2004).

5. Malachi Kirby

Actor | Curfew

Malachi Kirby was born on September 20, 1989 in England. He is an actor, known for Curfew (2019), Devils (2019) and Roots (2016).

6. Evan Ross

Actor | The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Evan Ross was born on August 26, 1988 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA as Evan Olav Næss. He is an actor, known for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and ATL (2006). He has been married to Ashlee Simpson since August 30, 2014. They have one ...

7. Michael B. Jordan

Actor | Black Panther

Michael B. Jordan, the middle of three children, was born in Santa Ana, California and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He is the son of Donna (Davis), a high school counselor, and Michael A. Jordan. His middle name, Bakari, means "noble promise" in Swahili. (He is not related to, or named after, ...

8. Drake

Actor | Degrassi: The Next Generation

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 ...

9. Edwin Hodge

Actor | Big Momma's House

Edwin Hodge can currently be seen on Kurt Sutter's new FX series, "Mayans Mc." He is also in the upcoming Paramount feature, "Bumblebee" and "If Not Now, When?" opposite Mekia Cox. Most recently, he could be seen in the second season of The History Channel's hit series, Six, opposite Olivia Munn, ...

10. Brandon T. Jackson

Actor | Tropic Thunder

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 ...

11. Donald Glover

Actor | Solo: A Star Wars Story

The multi-talented Donald Glover is a writer, actor, musician, comedian, producer and director, who performs under the stage names Childish Gambino and mcDJ. He was born Donald McKinley Glover at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (...

12. Columbus Short

Actor | The Losers

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,...

13. Lance Gross

Actor | House of Payne

Lance Gross was born on July 8, 1981 in Oakland, California, USA as Lance Darnell Gross. He is an actor and producer, known for House of Payne (2006), Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013) and Sleepy Hollow (2013). He has been married to Rebecca Jefferson since May 23, 2015. They ...

14. Mehcad Brooks

Actor | Desperate Housewives

Mehcad Brooks continues to rise as one of Hollywood's most promising stars. Brooks was in USA's new drama Necessary Roughness (2011), 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 ...

15. Jason Weaver

Actor | The Jacksons: An American Dream

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...

16. Anthony Mackie

Actor | The Hurt Locker

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, ...

17. RonReaco Lee

Actor | Glory

RonReaco Lee was born August 27, 1976 in Decatur Illinois. He is an actor who has appeared in Glory (1989), Guess who (2005), Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail (2009), Sister, Sister (1994-1999), Survivor's Remorse (2014), and Moesha (1996-2001). He has been married since 2010 to Sheana Freeman and ...

18. Chadwick Boseman

Actor | Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of T'Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (since 2016), particularly in Black Panther (2018), and for his starring roles in as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall...

19. Brian White

Actor | The Family Stone

Brian White was born on April 21, 1975 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Brian Joseph White. He is an actor and producer, known for The Family Stone (2005), Stomp the Yard (2007) and The Game Plan (2007). He has been married to Paula Da Silva since August 28, 2010. They have one child.

20. Laz Alonso

Actor | Avatar

Chosen as one of Variety's "Top Ten Actors to Watch" and part of the new breed of leading men in Hollywood, Laz Alonso is starring in Amazon Prime's series THE BOYS. He can also be seen playing opposite Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in their new series LA'S FINEST. He previously starred opposite...

21. Michael Ealy

Actor | Barbershop

Known for his charming looks and deep personality, Michael Ealy blessed the movie screen with his role in Barbershop (2002). When he left Silver Spring, Maryland, with a degree in English, he headed off to New York. From there he performed in several stage productions, including the Off-Broadway ...

22. Deon Cole

Actor | Black-ish

Deon Cole is an actor and writer, known for Black-ish (2014), Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) and Angie Tribeca (2016).

23. Taye Diggs

Actor | Chicago

Taye Diggs was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was raised in Rochester, New York. He is the son of Marcia (Berry), a teacher and actress, and Andre Young, a visual artist. When he was a child, his mother married Jeffries Diggs, whose surname Taye took. He received a BFA degree in musical theater ...

24. Henry Simmons

Actor | No Good Deed

Henry Simmons was born in Stamford, Connecticut, one of three children to Aurelia, a school teacher, and Henry Simmons, Sr., an IRS agent. One of his sisters is his twin. Simmons earned a basketball scholarship at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. He graduated with a business degree and ...

25. Wood Harris

Actor | Remember the Titans

Harris was born Sherwin David Harris in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Mattie Harris. However, he works under his nickname, "Wood". Attended New York University Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School. Has performed in many films and various stage productions including plays by August Wilson, ...

26. Orlando Jones

Actor | Evolution

Orlando Jones was born on April 10, 1968 in Mobile, Alabama, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Evolution (2001), The Time Machine (2002) and Drumline (2002). He has been married to Jacqueline Staph since January 2, 2009. They have two children.

27. Jamie Foxx

Actor | Django Unchained

Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the biographical film Ray (2004). The same year, he was nominated for the Academy...

28. Michael Kenneth Williams

Actor | The Wire

Emmy nominated actor and producer, Michael Kenneth Williams is one of this generation's most respected and acclaimed talents. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life-often with surprising tenderness-Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a ...



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