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John Legend



A prodigious musical performer often tagged as neo-soul, John Legend (born John Roger Stephens on December 28th, 1978 in Springfield, OH) began learning piano and singing gospel tunes at age five. Upon finishing high school early (at age 16), Legend enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and caught his first taste of commercial success given his prominent appearance as a pianist on the 1998 Lauryn Hill tune "Everything Is Everything". After college, Legend moved to New York and struck gold in the Manhattan-area music scene, with session appearances on albums by artists including Kanye West (who gave Legend his stage name), Alicia Keys, and Janet Jackson; Legend's debut solo album, Get Lifted, emerged in late 2004 and made him an instant sensation. The immediate follow-ups -- 2006's Once Again and 2008's Evolver -- received equal acclaim. The majority of Legend's early on-camera appearances were, unsurprisingly, tied to his music. These included the concert films John Legend: Live at the House of Blues (2005), Tony Bennett: An American Classic (2006), and John Legend: Live from Philadelphia (2008). With the 2008 comedy Soul Men, however, Legend branched out into acting roles; he was cast opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac as musician Marcus Hooks. Legend continued to straddle the music and film worlds, appearing on soundtracks, including winning an Academy Award (shared with Common) for Best Song for "Glory" from the film Selma (2014).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% La La Land
  • Keith
  • Executive Producer
2016
91% Southside With You
  • Executive Producer
2016
93% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Can You Dig This
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet Southern Rites
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Breaking Through
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet Why Not Us?
  • Actor
2015
94% The House I Live In
  • Executive Producer
2012
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Elmo Loves You
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Black List: Volume Three
  • Actor
2010
81% Soundtrack For A Revolution
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The People Speak
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Raphael Saadiq: Live from the Artists Den
  • Actor
2009
45% Soul Men
  • Marcus Hooks
2008
No Score Yet John Legend: Live from Philadelphia
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet John Legend: The Making of a Legend
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Celebration of Gospel: Spirit in Song
  • Actor
2007
17% Loverboy
  • Memphis Parking Lot Donor
2006
92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Kanye West: Late Orchestration
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet MusiCares Presents: A Tribute to Brian Wilson
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An American Classic
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Other Side of 8 Mile
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet John Legend - Live at the House of Blues
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Who? Mag
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet John Legend: Live at the House of Blues
  • Actor
2005

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Royal Pains
2009
  • Actor
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • Panelist
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Duets
2012
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • Performer
78% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • Performer
93% Underground
2016
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Performer
  • Actor
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Voice
2011-2016
  • Performer
No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
2004-2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010
  • Performer
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Performer
No Score Yet Snack-Off
2014-2015
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Performer
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004-2016
  • Judge
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Performer
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • Performer
No Score Yet FABLife
2015
  • Appearing
  • Guest

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