James Brown (I) (1933–2006)

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James Brown was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA as James Joseph Brown. He was an actor and composer, known for The Blues Brothers (1980), Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014) and Django Unchained (2012). He was married to Tomirae Brown, Adrienne Rodriguez, Deidra Jenkins and Velma Warren. He died on December 25, 2006 ... See full bio »

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The Blues Brothers Reverend Cleophus James
Django Unchained Soundtrack
Payback Soundtrack


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 2005 Robots
Diesel (uncredited)
 2002 The Tuxedo
James Brown
 1998 Blues Brothers 2000
Cleophus James
 1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
Hostage Negotiator
- Kidney, Popsicle, and Nuts (1997) ... Hostage Negotiator (voice)
 1993 The Simpsons (TV Series)
James Brown
- Bart's Inner Child (1993) ... James Brown (voice)
 1991 MC Hammer: 2 Legit 2 Quit (Video short)
James Brown
 1991 Amen (TV Series)
James Brown
- Deliverance: Part 2 (1991) ... James Brown
 1989 Aretha Franklin: Gimme Your Love (Video short)
James Brown (voice)
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Lou De Long
- Missing Hours (1987) ... Lou De Long
 1985 James Brown: Living in America (Video short)
James Brown
 1985 Rocky IV
The Godfather of Soul
 1983 Doctor Detroit
 1980 The Blues Brothers
Reverend Cleophus James
 1970 The Phynx
James Brown
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Other Works:

CD: "Early Studio Hits" See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 4 Interviews | 30 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

'The Godfather of Soul' James Brown | Mr. James Brown | James & Deidre | James Brown and The Flames | The Godfather of Soul | The James Brown Revue


5' 7" (1.7 m)


Tomirae Brown  (annulled)  (1 child) | See more »

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I would like to pass on the want to do something. The need is there. Good lyrics are good things, but I would like to pass on that drive, that vigorous undying determination. See more »


Insisted on using the title Mr. or Ms. for everyone in his band. He felt it was a sign of respect if people called each other by their proper title. See more »


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