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RuPaul



Fusing tall, dark, and handsome with exaggerated femininity, the 6'7" celebrity drag queen RuPaul was born in San Diego, CA, as RuPaul Andre Charles. He attended Northside School for the Performing Arts but dropped out to get his GED and work for his brother-in-law's car lot. His first television appearance was in 1982 on the public access show "The American Music Show" as the leader of "RuPaul and the Uhauls." In the late '80s he and electroclash pioneer Larry Tee moved to N.Y.C. to hang out in dance clubs and make records. When he perfected his "black hooker drag" look, RuPaul was voted the Queen of Manhattan on the party scene and appeared in the B-52's music video for "Love Shack." During this time, he released his debut album on the Funtone label and continued his recording career on Tommy Boy Records. In 1994, he made his feature film debut in Spike Lee's Crooklyn as a woman with an amazing blonde afro. The next year saw lots of cameos in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Smoke, Blue in the Face, and Wigstock: The Movie. He started getting actual roles with the TV movie A Mother's Prayer, the comedy Red Ribbon Blues, and both Brady Bunch movies. In 1996, he began hosting the dance-music morning show on WKTU with Seduction vocalist Michelle Visage. Soon, VH1 took notice and gave him his own series, the celebrity talk show and variety program The RuPaul Show. In the late '90s, he started appearing as a man under his full name RuPaul Charles. He played camp counselor Mike in But I'm a Cheerleader, Stockard Channing's friend Jimmy in the Lifetime movie The Truth About Jane, and guest-hosted the PBS series In the Life. He also briefly appeared in the crime comedy Who Is Cletis Tout? and narrated the documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye. In 2003, he began filming Rob Howard's Skin Walker. He went on to host the reality TV show RuPaul's Drag Race.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hurricane Bianca
  • Weatherman
2016
No Score Yet Ladies or Gentlemen
  • Narrator
2009
23% Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!
  • Tyrelle Tyrelle
2008
No Score Yet Starrbooty
  • Starrbooty / Cupcake
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Glitter & Queer
  • Actor
2005
23% Who Is Cletis Tout?
  • Ginger
2002
No Score Yet Arrested Soul
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Truth About Jane
  • Jimmy
2000
34% But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Mike
2000
86% The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Narrator
2000
63% EDtv
  • Himself
1999
No Score Yet Alma
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet An Unexpected Life
  • Charles
1997
52% A Very Brady Sequel
  • Ms. Cummings
1996
13% Fled
  • Himself
1996
43% Blue in the Face
  • Dancer
1995
41% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • Rachel Tensions
1995
93% Smoke
  • A dancer
1995
75% Wigstock: The Movie
  • Himself
1995
No Score Yet A Mother's Prayer
  • Dede
1995
63% The Brady Bunch Movie
  • Mrs. Cummings
1995
76% Crooklyn
  • Bodega Woman
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Skin Wars
2014
  • Judge
69% Mystery Girls
2014
  • Emilio San Juan
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004-2016
  • Judge
63% The Muppets
2015-2016
  • Himself
67% Happy Endings
2011-2013
  • KrisJahn
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Rudolph
65% The Comeback
2005-2014
  • Himself
67% The Real O'Neals
2016
  • Himself
No Score Yet 2 Broke Girls
2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Executive Producer
  • Host

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