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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 was born in Chicago, and 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... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Wanted The Gunsmith
Suicide Squad Monster T
Selma James Bevel
Smokin' Aces Sir Ivy


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 2020 The Black Child (TV Series) (pre-production)
  Eve (post-production)
 2019 Common: Hercules ft. Swizz Beatz (Video short)
 2019 The Informer
 2019 Sherman's Showcase (TV Series)
- Enemies (2019)
 2019 The Kitchen
Gary Silvers
 2017-2019 The Lion Guard (TV Series)
Kibari / Kiburi
- Battle for the Pride Lands (2019) ... Kibari (voice)
- Pride Landers Unite! (2019) ... Kibari (voice)
- Beshte and the Beast (2018) ... Kiburi (voice)
- The Hyena Resistance (2018) ... Kibari (voice)
- The Kilio Valley Fire (2018) ... Kibari (voice)
 2018-2019 The Chi (TV Series)
- Feeling The Heat (2019) ... Rafiq
- Wallets (2018) ... Rafiq
- Penetrate a Fraud (2018) ... Rafiq
- Quaking Grass (2018) ... Rafiq
 2018 Hunter Killer
RA John Fisk
 2018 Saint Judy
Benjamin Adebayo
 2018 Smallfoot
Stonekeeper (voice)
 2018 The Hate U Give
 2018 Ocean's Eight
 2018 All About Nina
 2018 Here and Now
 2018 The Tale
 2017 Love Beats Rhymes
 2017 Girls Trip
 2017 Megan Leavey
Gunny Martin
 2017 John Wick: Chapter 2
 2017 The Simpsons (TV Series)
- The Great Phatsby (2017) ... Common (voice)
 2016 Letter to the Free (Short)
 2016 Suicide Squad
Monster T
 2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut
 2015 The Wiz Live! (TV Movie)
The Bouncer
 2015 Being Charlie
 2015 Entourage
 2015 Run All Night
Andrew Price
 2014 Selma
James Bevel
 2011-2014 Hell on Wheels (TV Series)
Elam Ferguson
- Elam Ferguson (2014) ... Elam Ferguson
- Bear Man (2014) ... Elam Ferguson
- Get Behind the Mule (2013) ... Elam Ferguson
- Fathers and Sins (2013) ... Elam Ferguson
- It Happened in Boston (2013) ... Elam Ferguson
 2014 Every Secret Thing
Devlin Hatch
 2014 X/Y
 2014 Dear Diamond (Video short)
 2013/I Now You See Me
 2013/I Pawn
Jeff Porter
 2013 Bizarre Bracket Behavior (Video short)
 2013 The Mindy Project (TV Series)
Security Guard
- Harry & Mindy (2013) ... Security Guard
 2013 Movie 43
Bob Mone (segment "The Pitch")
 2012 LUV
 2011 New Year's Eve
Soldier (segment "Hospital Story")
 2011 Happy Feet Two
Seymour (voice)
 2011 Single Ladies (TV Series)
Mayor Howard
- Pilot (2011) ... Mayor Howard
 2010 Just Wright
Scott McKnight
 2010 Date Night
 2009 Kid Cudi: Make Her Say (Video short)
 2009 Dow Jones (Video short)
Dow Jones
 2009 Terminator Salvation (Video Game)
Barnes (voice)
 2009 Terminator Salvation
 2009 Wanted: Weapons of Fate (Video Game)
Brummel (voice)
 2008 Wanted
The Gunsmith
 2008 Street Kings
 2008 Kanye West Feat. Chris Martin: Homecoming (Video short)
 2007 Alicia Keys: Like You'll Never See Me Again (Video short)
Love Interest
 2007 American Gangster
Turner Lucas
 2006 Smokin' Aces
Sir Ivy
 2005 Common: Go! (Video short)
 2004 Kanye West Feat. Syleena Johnson: All Falls Down (Video short)
Gate Agent
 2004 One on One (TV Series)
- Cabin Fever (2004) ... Darius
 2003 Girlfriends (TV Series)
 2002 Common Feat. Mary J. Blige: Come Close (Video short)
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Other Works:

Release of the single for Twista's "Slow Jamz" featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, and of the music video for the same single with appearances by Consequence, Aisha Tyler, John Legend, Mike Epps, and Common. See more »

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4 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Rashied Lonnie Lyn | Lonnie Lynn | Common Sense


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[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.


Had a public feud with Ice Cube in the late 90s, epitomized in the song "The Bitch In Yoo.". See more »

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