Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Highest Rated: 86% Wattstax (2000)

Lowest Rated: 25% Reindeer Games (Deception) (2000)

Birthday: Aug 20, 1942

Birthplace: Not Available

A major figure in American soul music, Isaac Hayes also enjoyed a long and memorable career as an actor and film composer. His score for the motion picture Shaft made him the first African-American to win an Academy Award for music, and was one of the first examples of a pop-based film score that developed a life of its own in the marketplace. Isaac Hayes was born in Covington, TN, on August 20, 1942. Born to a family of sharecroppers, Hayes was raised by his grandparents, and developed an interest in music early in life, joining the church choir at the age of five. By the time he was a teenager, Hayes had also learned how to play piano, organ, and saxophone, but he was forced to drop out of school after the family had moved to Memphis when his grandfather developed a disability. Hayes began performing with a variety of local R&B groups in Memphis, including the Teen Tones, Sir Calvin and His Swinging Cats, and Sir Isaac and the Doo-Dads, as well as working a variety of day jobs. In time, Hayes began attending night school, and received his high-school diploma at the age of 21.In 1962, Hayes cut his first record for a local label, and in 1964 he'd worked his way up to playing keyboards with the house band at Stax Records, just then establishing themselves as one of the South's premier soul music labels. At Stax, Hayes began writing songs with David Porter, and together they penned a long string of hits for Sam & Dave, including "Soul Man," "Hold On, I'm Coming," and "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," as well as hits for Johnnie Taylor and Carla Thomas. Having established himself as a songwriter, Hayes began to step into the spotlight as a recording artist in 1967 with his first solo album, Presenting Isaac Hayes. While the album was reasonably well received, it was Hayes' second effort, Hot Buttered Soul, that established him as a unique talent in soul music, with its lush, lengthy, and languidly funky interpretations of such songs as "Walk on By" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (the latter clocking in at an epic 18 minutes). Several more successful albums followed, and in 1970, Hayes was approached to write his first film score by, of all people, Norman Mailer; Mailer went through a brief fling as an experimental filmmaker, and he hired Hayes to provide music for his third cinéma vérité feature, Maidstone.In 1971, Hayes would write his second film score, which would make a much greater impact. Shaft, directed by famed photojournalist Gordon Parks, was a gritty tale of a tough private eye squaring off against both the cops and the mob in New York City, but with a primarily African-American cast, an unusual thing in 1971, and Hayes' score, which blended streetwise grooves with a brassy orchestral backing, became an instant sensation. Shaft's soundtrack album, as well as the single "Theme From Shaft," were major chart successes, and Hayes won an Academy Award for Best Musical Score.While Hayes was certainly proud of his achievements, at one point he'd shown an interest in playing the lead in Shaft as well as writing the music, and after displaying an estimable amount of screen charisma in several concert films (including Wattstax and Save the Children), he was cast alongside Fred Williamson and Lino Ventura in the Italian blaxploitation-style drama Uomini Duri (released in America as Three Tough Guys); Hayes also wrote music for the film. Later that same year, Hayes scored a solo starring role in Truck Turner, but just as his acting career began taking hold, the bottom began to fall out of the blaxploitation market, and Hayes went back to making music, not scoring another film role until Escape From New York in 1981.In the mid-'80s, Hayes returned to acting, and appeared in no fewer than 25 theatrical and television features between 1986 and 1996; most were low-budget genre fare, but several more notable films appeared on his resumé, including the blaxploitation parody/tribute I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!, Mel Brooks' Robin

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live - Legends Actor 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
No Score Yet Stand Actor 2009
45% Soul Men Himself $12M 2008
No Score Yet Return to Sleepaway Camp Charlie 2008
No Score Yet Kill Switch Coroner 2008
No Score Yet Isaac Hayes: Live at Montreux 2005 Actor 2007
No Score Yet 80's Disco Stars & Hits Actor 2007
No Score Yet Dead Dog Actor 2006
No Score Yet Most Famous Hits - Tom Jones & Friends Actor 2006
82% Hustle & Flow Arnel $22.2M 2005
No Score Yet The Jacksons: America's First Family of Music Actor 2004
No Score Yet Dream Warrior Actor 2004
No Score Yet Anonymous Rex Elegant Man 2004
No Score Yet Tom Jones and Friends: Live Actor 2003
No Score Yet Soul Survivor Actor 2003
60% Only the Strong Survive Actor 2003
No Score Yet Book of Days Jonah 2003
No Score Yet Soul Comes Home - A Celebration of Stax Records and Memphis Soul Music Actor 2003
26% Chelsea Walls Man in Elevator 2001
42% Dr. Dolittle 2 Possum $111.5M 2001
No Score Yet Baadasssss Cinema Actor 2001
67% Shaft Mr. H $70.4M 2000
86% Wattstax Actor 2000
25% Reindeer Games (Deception) Zook 2000
No Score Yet Dead Dog Actor 2000
80% South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Chef 1999
36% Six Ways to Sunday Bennet 1999
No Score Yet Ninth Street Tippytoe 1999
56% Uncle Sam Jed Crowley 1997
46% Blues Brothers 2000 Louisiana Gator Boys Band Member 1997
50% Illtown George 1997
No Score Yet Backlash: Oblivion 2 Buster 1996
32% Flipper Buck 1996
71% Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored Preacher Hurn 1995
No Score Yet Out of Sync Actor 1995
No Score Yet Magic Island Mad Face (voice) 1995
71% It Could Happen to You Angel 1994
40% Robin Hood: Men in Tights Asneeze 1993
29% Posse Cable 1993
55% CB4 Owner 1993
No Score Yet Deadly Exposure Lt. Johanson 1993
No Score Yet Acting on Impulse Det. Stubbs 1993
No Score Yet Guilty as Charged Aloysius 1992
No Score Yet Fire, Ice And Dynamite Actor 1991
No Score Yet Out of Time Actor 1991
No Score Yet Prime Target Capt. Thompkins 1991
No Score Yet Final Judgment Lt. Herb Jefferson 1989
64% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Hammer 1988
No Score Yet Dead Aim Jamal 1987
No Score Yet Counterforce Ballard 1987
No Score Yet Nightstick Actor 1987
No Score Yet Betrayed by Innocence Actor 1986
85% Escape from New York Duke of New York 1981
No Score Yet It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time Moriarity 1975
No Score Yet Truck Turner Matt `Truck' Turner 1974
No Score Yet The Black Moses of Soul Actor 1973


81% South Park
"Chef" McElroy Voice 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
Appearing 2007
No Score Yet That '70s Show
Himself 2006
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
Himself 2005
No Score Yet Stargate SG-1
Tolok 2005
No Score Yet POV
Performer 2004
No Score Yet Girlfriends
Eugene Childs 2003
No Score Yet The Hughleys
The Man 1999
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
Himself 1999
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Minister 1995
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Miami Vice
Holiday 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
CJ Mack 1985
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
44% Fastlane
No Score Yet Jonny Zero


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