Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett

Highest Rated: 81% Marshall (2017)

Lowest Rated: 23% The Mighty Ducks (1992)

Birthday: Jun 21, 1982

Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California, USA

Actor-singer Jussie Smollett was a juvenile performer in features like "The Mighty Ducks" (1992), but remained largely in the shadow of his younger sister, Jurnee ("Friday Night Lights," NBC/The 101, 2006-2011) before earning his breakout role on Lee Daniels' "Empire" (Fox, 2015- ). Born Jussie Langston Mikha Smollett on June 21, 1983 in Santa Rosa, Brazil, he was one of six performing siblings raised by his parents, Joel and June Smollett. Like his siblings Jurnee and Jake, Smollett began acting as a child, landing ensemble roles in "The Mighty Ducks" and the miniseries "Alex Haley's Queen" (CBS, 1993). The following year, he co-starred with all five of his siblings in the ABC sitcom "On Our Own" (1994-1995), about a brood of seven brothers and sisters who are being raised by the eldest sibling (comedian Ralph Louis Harris) after the death of their parents. Following the show's cancellation, Smollett left acting for more than a decade, choosing instead to focus on a career in music. In 2009, he appeared in "Pitch This," a comedy short written and produced by his brother Jake, before taking the lead in the independent gay-themed drama "The Skinny" (2012). That same year, he released a music EP, The Poisoned Hearts Club, but soon focused on acting as his primary medium. Guest roles on "The Mindy Project" (Fox, 2012-15; Hulu, 2015- ) and "Revenge" (ABC, 2011-15) preceded his return to series regular work on "Empire." The drama, created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, featured Smollett as a singer-songwriter whose homosexuality alienated him from his father (Terrence Howard), the terminally ill head of a hip-hop record label. Between seasons, Smollett appeared in two high-profile films, the science fiction sequel "Alien: Covenant" (2017) and the Supreme Court biopic "Marshall" (2017), in which he played poet Langston Hughes. On January 29, 2019, Smollett was reportedly attacked while leaving a fast food restaurant in Chicago by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs. According to press reports, he was beaten, covered in a chemical substance (reportedly bleach) and had a noose tied around his neck. In February 2019, Smollett was arrested for orchestrating the attack on himself, reportedly due to fears he would be written off of "Empire," but on March 26, in a surprise move, all charges against Smollett were dropped.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
81% 84% Marshall Langston Hughes (Character) $10M 2017
65% 55% Alien: Covenant Ricks (Character) $74.2M 2017
No Score Yet 57% The Skinny Magnus (Character) - 2012
23% 65% The Mighty Ducks Terry Hall (Character) $50.7M 1992
No Score Yet 40% A Little Piece of Heaven Salem Bordeaux (Character) - 1991

TV

Credit
84% 49% Empire Jamal Lyon (Character),
Director
2015-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Music Performer,
Guest
2017-2019 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightline Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet They've Gotta Have Us Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kandi Koated Nights Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister Circle Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet America Divided Unknown (Character) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Music Performer,
Guest
2018 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Page Six TV Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Music Performer,
Guest
2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2018 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2018 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daily Pop Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange Host 2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet 77% Lee Daniel's Star Jamal Lyon (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Host 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Harvey Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smollett Eats Unknown (Character) 2016
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2016
No Score Yet 40% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2015-2016
100% 30% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Music Performer 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer 2015
69% 79% Revenge Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
86% 82% The Mindy Project Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Our Own Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Unknown (Guest Star) 1993

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