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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 18 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »

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(2017)
Wanted The Gunsmith
(2008)
Smokin' Aces Sir Ivy
(2006)
Suicide Squad Monster T
(2016)

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  Wool (TV Series) (filming)
Sims
- The Janitor's Boy ... Sims
- Freedom Day ... Sims
 2022/III Alice
Frank
 2021 Never Have I Ever (TV Series)
Dr. Chris Jackson
- ...stalked my own mother (2021) ... Dr. Chris Jackson
- ...begged for forgiveness (2021) ... Dr. Chris Jackson
- ...betrayed a friend (2021) ... Dr. Chris Jackson
- ...been a playa (2021) ... Dr. Chris Jackson
 2020/IV Ava
Michael
 2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride (TV Mini Series short)
Westley
- Chapter One: As You Wish (2020) ... Westley
 2020 Fraggle Rock: Rock On! (TV Series short)
Common
- Party Down in Fraggle Rock! (2020) ... Common
- A Common Connection (2020) ... Common
 2019 Common: Hercules ft. Swizz Beatz (Music Video)
Common
 2019 The Informer
Grens
 2019 Sherman's Showcase (TV Series)
- Enemies (2019)
 2019 The Kitchen
Gary Silvers
 2017-2019 The Lion Guard (TV Series)
Kiburi
- Battle for the Pride Lands (2019) ... Kiburi (voice)
- Pride Landers Unite! (2019) ... Kiburi (voice)
- Beshte and the Beast (2018) ... Kiburi (voice)
- The Hyena Resistance (2018) ... Kiburi (voice)
- The Kilio Valley Fire (2018) ... Kiburi (voice)
 2019 Common: HER Love (Music Video)
Common
 2018-2019 The Chi (TV Series)
Rafiq
- Feeling The Heat (2019) ... Rafiq
- Wallets (2018) ... Rafiq
- Penetrate a Fraud (2018) ... Rafiq
- Quaking Grass (2018) ... Rafiq
 2018 Saint Judy
Benjamin Adebayo
 2018 Smallfoot
Stonekeeper (voice)
 2018 The Hate U Give
Carlos
 2018 Ocean's Eight
Common
 2018 All About Nina
Rafe
 2018 Here and Now
Ben
 2018 Hunter Killer
RA John Fisk
 2018 The Tale
Martin
 2017 Love Beats Rhymes
Coltrane
 2017 Girls Trip
Common
 2017 Megan Leavey
Gunny Martin
 2017 John Wick: Chapter 2
Cassian
 2017 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Common
- The Great Phatsby (2017) ... Common (voice)
 2016 Letter to the Free (Short)
 2016 Suicide Squad
Monster T
 2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut
Rashad
 2015 The Wiz Live! (TV Movie)
The Bouncer
 2015 Being Charlie
Travis
 2015 Entourage
Common
 2015 Run All Night
Andrew Price
 2015 Common & John Legend: Glory (Music Video)
Common
 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
Jason
 2014 Dear Diamond (Video short)
Singer
 2013/I Now You See Me
Evans
 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
Vincent
 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
Collins
 2009 Kid Cudi: Make Her Say (Music Video)
Common
 2009 Dow Jones (Video short)
Dow Jones
 2009 Terminator Salvation (Video Game)
Barnes (voice)
 2009 Terminator Salvation
Barnes
 2009 Wanted: Weapons of Fate (Video Game)
Brummel (voice)
 2008 Wanted
The Gunsmith
 2008 Street Kings
Coates
 2008 Kanye West Feat. Chris Martin: Homecoming (Music Video)
Common
 2008 Will.i.am: Yes We Can (Music Video short)
Common
 2007 Common: The Game (Music Video)
Common
 2007 Alicia Keys: Like You'll Never See Me Again (Music Video)
Love Interest
 2007 Common: I Want You (Music Video)
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 2007 American Gangster
Turner Lucas
 2007 Common Feat. Lily Allen: Drivin' Me Wild (Music Video)
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 2006 Smokin' Aces
Sir Ivy
 2005 Common: Testify (Music Video)
Common
 2005 Common: Go! (Music Video)
Common
 2004 Kanye West Feat. Syleena Johnson: All Falls Down (Music Video)
Gate Agent
 2004 One on One (TV Series)
Darius
- Cabin Fever (2004) ... Darius
 2003 Twista Feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx: Slow Jamz (Music Video short)
Common
 2003 Girlfriends (TV Series)
Omar
 2002 Common Feat. Mary J. Blige: Come Close (Music Video)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial, "Empowering Innovation," for Microsoft. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

Apple Music | Facebook | See more »

Alternate Names:

Rashied Lonnie Lyn | Lonnie R. Lynn | Lonnie Lynn | Common Sense

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Parents:

Lynn, Lonnie | Hines, Mahalia Ann
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Personal Quote:

[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.

Trivia:

Filming American Gangster (2007) with co-stars Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in New York City. See more »

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Pisces

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