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Orlando Jones



A comic actor who began his Hollywood career working behind the scenes, Orlando Jones is more than just the popular pitch man exhorting the 2000-2001 TV audience to "Make 7-Up Yours."

Raised in South Carolina, Jones discovered acting when he was cast in a school play while attending the College of Charleston. Aiming to make it in show business one way or another, Jones also formed Homeboy's Productions and Advertising while in college. Jones got his break, however, when a Hollywood visitor in Charleston saw him perform and signed him up, leading to a writing job on the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. Jones then wrote for the sitcom Roc in 1991 and became a producer on The Sinbad Show in 1993.



Jones finally got to act as well as write when he was cast in Fox's sketch comedy show Mad TV in 1995. After two seasons, Jones left the series and moved to films with a small part in Seinfeld co-creator Larry David's first feature Sour Grapes (1998). Jones managed to work consistently in movies from then on, with bit parts in Mike Judge's comedy Office Space (1999) and Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999), as well as a starring role in Barry Levinson's praised but little-seen nostalgia piece Liberty Heights (1999). In 2000, Jones made his mark in TV advertising as the humorously incompetent advocate for 7-Up, enhancing his potential as a comic draw. Jones' lead role as one of the hapless scabs in The Replacements (2000) and a multi-character turn in Harold Ramis' version of Bedazzled (2000) further revealed his goofy versatility. After his action-comedy vehicle Double Take was a January 2001 washout, Jones was poised to team with Ivan Reitman for the latter's summer 2001 sci-fi comedy Evolution.



Still, Jones retired as 7-Up's pitch man in early 2002, and would spend the 2000's nurturing his film and TV career, appearing in Runaway Jury and Drumline, as well as TV shows, like The Adventures of Chico and Guapo and Rules of Engagement.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
0% The Book Of Love
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Guns for Hire
  • Dr. Vanderark
2015
77% Enemies Closer
  • Clay
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet The Chicago 8
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Seconds Apart
  • Det. Lampkin
2011
No Score Yet Misconceptions
  • Terry Price-Owens
2010
38% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
  • Alexander Ribs
2009
7% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  • Bill Nickerson
2009
No Score Yet The Adventures of Beatle Boyin
  • Actor
2007
19% Primeval
  • Steven Johnson
2007
10% House of D
  • Superfly
2004
72% Runaway Jury
  • Russell
2003
23% Biker Boyz
  • Soul Train
2003
No Score Yet Reverend Pimp Daddy
  • Actor
  • Producer
2003
82% Drumline
  • Dr. James Lee
2002
29% The Time Machine
  • Vox
2002
No Score Yet Drumline (Special Edition)
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Waterproof
  • Natty Battle
2001
42% Evolution
  • Harry
2001
9% Say It Isn't So
  • Dig McCaffey
2001
12% Double Take
  • Daryl Chase
2001
No Score Yet Waterproof
  • Actor
2001
49% Bedazzled
  • Dan
2000
No Score Yet Chain of Fools
  • Miss Cocoa
2000
41% The Replacements
  • Clifford Franklin
2000
22% From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
  • Ezra Traylor
2000
84% Magnolia
  • Worm
1999
87% Liberty Heights
  • Little Melvin
1999
10% Woo
  • Sticky Fingas
1998
23% Sour Grapes
  • Digby
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Lawrence Kingman
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Marcus Foreman
82% Sleepy Hollow
2013
  • Frank Irving Capt. Frank Irving
No Score Yet Funniest Wins
2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Performer
No Score Yet Rules of Engagement
2007-2013
  • Brad
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Casey Edgars
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Magnus Olsdatter
No Score Yet Necessary Roughness
2011-2013
  • Lazarus Rollins

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