James Brown (I) (1933–2006)

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James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 - December 25, 2006) was an American singer, dancer, musician, record producer, and bandleader. The central progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century music, he is often referred to by the honorific nicknames "Godfather of Soul", "Mr. Dynamite", and "Soul Brother No. 1". In a career that lasted more... See full bio »

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The Blues Brothers Reverend Cleophus James
Django Unchained Soundtrack
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 2005 Robots
Diesel (uncredited)
 2002 The Tuxedo
James Brown
 1998 Holy Man
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 (Music Video short)
James Brown
 1991 Amen (TV Series)
James Brown
- Deliverance: Part 2 (1991) ... James Brown
 1989 Aretha Franklin: Gimme Your Love (Music Video)
James Brown (voice)
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Lou De Long
- Missing Hours (1987) ... Lou De Long
 1985 James Brown: Living in America (Music 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:

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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


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