Jussie Smollett, was born on June 21, 1983. His family resides in Santa Rosa, California. He works as an Actor, Singer and Song Writer. The debut movie which he worked in was ‘The Mighty Ducks’ in the year 1992, which was directed by Stephen Herek. He took commercial shooting offer as his summer escape, which was the destiny turner of his life.
Jussie was born with three brothers Jake Smollett, Jocqui Smollett, and Jazz Smollett and two sisters, Jojo Smollett and Jurnee Smollett. His father Joel Smollett is a Jewish and his mother Janet is Afro-American. He has worked with his brothers and sisters in a television series ‘On Our Own’ which was produced by American Broadcasting Company for the years 1994 to 1995.
His movies include, ‘North’ (1994), ‘The Skinny’ (2012), ‘Ask Me Anything’ (2014) and a short film named as ‘Pitch This’ as Mike in 2009. ‘
: Covenant’ is a science fiction movie which is being directed by
, which is soon to be released. It is a sequel to ‘
’ and ‘Alien.’ He was also active in TV Series like ‘Alex Haley’s Queen’ on 1993, ‘Cro’ which was from 1993 – 1994.
Present year, Jussie is working in ‘Empire’, which has earned him rave critics around the globe. He performs as a Gay-Singer in the episodes of Empire, which is now running (its second season) successfully. He is a lead artist, along with
, Bryshere Y. Gray and Taraji P. Henson. Once in a famous TV Show he confessed that he is a gay in the real life.
As in singing, he had released an album ‘Poisoned Hearts Club’ in the year 2012. A contract with Columbia Studios had been signed to release an album in future. His original song tracks had been recorded in the episodes of season 1 which are ‘You’re So Beautiful’ and ‘I Wanna Love You’. The rewards that he has earned from his career are, ‘NAACP Image Awards’ in 2016 ("Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration", "Outstanding Song" for the song ‘You’re So Beautiful’ and, "Outstanding New Artist" for ‘Empire').
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Jussie Smollett born as Jussie Langston Mikha Smollett on the 21st of June 1983 in the city of Santa Rosa, California, USA, to Joel Smollett, belonging to an Ashkenazi Jewish family from Poland and Janet, an African-American. This ‘Cancerian’ has many nicknames including- J-boogie, Juicebox, and Smitty. The young American actor/singer/photographer in his early ages along with his 5 siblings, Jojo- the ‘City of Hope’ actress, his sister Jazz Smollett, the celebrity recognized for his character Jess Merriweather- Jurnee-Bell, the American actor Jake, and brother Jocqui, performed on the T.V broadcast ‘On Our Own’ in 1994.
The shoot for national networks commercials, NYC, in 1987 done for summer time-pass marked the starting of his career. Thereafter he co-starred in many films like ‘The Mighty Ducks’ in 1992 which gave him a nomination for ‘The young artist award for outstanding young ensemble cast in motion picture’, and ‘North’ in 1994, for which he is well known. He was well appreciated on his comeback with a leading role in 2012 in the comedy-drama ‘The Skinny.’ Smollett has also done a guest appearance in ‘The Mindy Project’ and ‘Revenge’. While giving a backstage interview in 2015 Smollett mentioned being a gay. Later on, Smollett was seen playing opposite to Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, the role of ‘Jamal Lyon,’ a gay musician who is struggling for his father’s approval in the play ‘Empire.’
Jussie alongside being an actor is also a well-known singer/lyricist. He released an album in 2012- ‘The Poisoned Hearts Club.’ He has also helped compose the songs ‘I Wanna Love You’ as well as ‘You’re So Beautiful.’ It was declared in 2015 that Smollett would guest star in her sister’s TV show ‘Underground’ which is supposed to go on air sometime in 2016.
There are umpteen nominations and recognitions this young talent has won. This includes the best actor as well as the supporting actor nomination for Empire and choice music nomination for ‘You’re so Beautiful.’ The list is not complete; he has also won three NAACP image award titles. His upcoming projects include ‘Alien: Covenant,’ which has been planned to release sometime in 2017. It is not just the singing and acting he has up his sleeves.
Smollett has various other interests like Boxing, Track & Field, Rollerblading, Baseball, Swimming, Cycling, Football, and juggling. He is also a passionate social activist. This ‘Empire’ star was lately honored by the Black AIDS Institute during their H.I.T.S (Heroes In The Struggle- which is a photographic tribute to Black Americans/their allies who has stood up fighting AIDS ) Gala and awards ceremony.