Category:Male actors from Mississippi
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1. Dana Andrews – Carver Dana Andrews was an American film actor. He was one of Hollywoods major stars of the 1940s, and continued acting, though generally in less prestigious roles, into the 1980s. One of his roles, and the one for which he received the most praise, was as war veteran Fred Derry in The Best Years of Our Lives. Andrews was born on a farmstead near Collins, Mississippi, the third of 13 children of Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister, the family subsequently moved to Huntsville, Texas, the birthplace of his younger siblings, including future Hollywood actor Steve Forrest. Andrews attended college at Sam Houston State University and studied business administration in Houston, in 1931, he traveled to Los Angeles, California, seeking opportunities as a singer. He worked various jobs, such as working at a gas station in Van Nuys, to help Andrews study music at night, The station owners stepped in. with a deal, $50 a week for full-time study, in exchange for a five-year share of possible later earnings. Andrews signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and nine years after arriving in Los Angeles was offered his first movie role in William Wylers The Westerner and he was also memorable as the gangster in the 1941 comedy Ball of Fire, again teaming with Cooper. In the 1943 movie adaptation of The Ox-Bow Incident with Henry Fonda, often cited as one of his best films, in 1945, he co-starred with Jeanne Crain in the musical State Fair. In 1947, he was voted the 23rd most popular star in the U. S and he played a brutal cop in Where the Sidewalk Ends, also with Tierney. Around this time, alcoholism began to derail Andrews career, by the middle 1950s, Andrews was acting almost exclusively in B-movies. A handful of films he starred in during the late 1950s, however, two movies for Fritz Lang in 1956, While the City Sleeps and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, and two for Jacques Tourneur, Night of the Demon and The Fearmakers, are well regarded. From 1952 to 1954, Andrews starred in the radio series I Was a Communist for the FBI about the experiences of Matt Cvetic, in 1963, he was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild. Andrews later appeared in a role as college president Tom Boswell on the NBC daytime soap opera Bright Promise from its premiere on September 29,1969 until March 1971. In 1960 he and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. starred in The Crowded Sky, fifteen years later, Andrews and Zimbalist appeared in Airport 1975, Andrews playing a businessman pilot who has a heart attack and crashes his plane into a 747 that Zimbalist is flying. In the 1970s, Andrews was active in estate, telling a newspaper reporter that he had one hotel that brings in $200,000 a year. Andrews married Janet Murray on December 31,1932 and their son, David, was a musician and composer who died from a cerebral hemorrhage. Murray died in 1935 of pneumonia, on November 17,1939, Andrews married actress Mary Todd, by whom he had three children, Katharine, Stephen, and Susan. For two decades, the family lived in Toluca Lake, California, Andrews eventually brought his alcoholism under control and worked actively with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug DependenceDana Andrews – Dana Andrews
2. Roscoe Ates – Roscoe Ates also Rosco Ates, was an American vaudeville performer, actor of stage and screen, comedian and musician who primarily featured in western films and television. He was best known as western character Soapy Jones, Ates was born on January 20,1895 in the rural hamlet of Grange, northwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Grange is no longer included on road maps, Ates spent much of his childhood overcoming a severe speech impediment. He entered the entertainment medium as a concert violinist but found economic opportunities greater as a vaudeville comedian and he revived his long-gone stutter for humorous effect. Besides his early films, Ates starred in his own short series with RKO. His first film role was at the age of thirty-four in 1929 as a cook in South Sea Rose. The next year he was cast as Old Stuff in the film Billy the Kid with Johnny Mack Brown as Billy the Kid and Wallace Beery as Deputy Sheriff Pat Garrett. Ates served in WWII, training of the Air Force fighter squad program in Houston, Texas at Ellington Field Texas In 1931, Ates appeared in a total of fourteen films, renegades of the West, as Dr. Bill Elliott played Hickok. Gone with the Wind as a convalescing Confederate soldier, while scratching his back on a tent pole, he utters the line These animules is driving me crazy. Three Texas Steers, a John Wayne film, features Ates as Sheriff Brown Cowboy from Sundown and his Soapy Jones character is the sidekick to the Singing Cowboy portrayed by native Texan, Eddie Dean. Thereafter, George Gabby Hayes employed archival footage from many Soapy Jones films in his 1950s childrens television series, Eddie Dean also appeared in this program, as did Jan Sterling in the role of Roscoes much younger girlfriend. He was cast as Henry Wilson in the episode The Census Taker of the western series The Cisco Kid, starring Duncan Renaldo. He appeared that year in the Gale Storm sitcom, My Little Margie. He appeared on Gail Daviss Annie Oakley series as Curly Dawes, the operator, in Showdown at Diablo and as Walsh in Annie. Ates played The Ranger in the 1957 episode Sorrowful Joe Returns of ABCs The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, in 1958, the 63-year-old Ates was cast as Old Timer in the episode The Sacramento Story of NBCs Wagon Train starring Ward Bond. That same year he was Edwin Winkler in the episode Force of Habit of Lee Marvins NBC crime drama and he had a nameless role as a barfly in the 1958 episode of Maverick called Gun-Shy, a spoof of the series Gunsmoke. From 1959–1960, Ates appeared once as Old Timer and in seven episodes as Ike Jenkins in the John Russell and Peter Brown ABC western series Lawman, set in Laramie, Wyoming. The episodes are entitled The Visitor, The Gang, The Ring, The Friend, The Exchange, The Breakup, The Stranger, in 1960, he appeared as a bartender in the episode The Rape of Red Sky of NBCs The OutlawsRoscoe Ates – Roscoe Ates, 1933
3. David Banner – Lavell William Crump, better known by his alias David Banner, is an American rapper, record producer, occasional actor and activist. Born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Banners family moved to Jackson, Banner graduated from Southern University and pursued a masters of education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He started his career as a member of the rap duo, Crooked Lettaz, before going solo in 2000 with the release titled Them Firewater Boyz. In 2003, Banner signed to Universal Records releasing four albums, Mississippi, The Album, MTA2, Baptized in Dirty Water, Certified, lavell William Crump was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, the son of Zeno and Carolyn Crump. He graduated from Provine High School in Jackson in 1992 and then attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Southern University, Crump served as president of the Student Government Association and received a bachelors degree in business. He later attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to pursue a degree in education. His father Zeno died on June 17,2007, crumps stage name David Banner is taken from the lead character of the television series, The Incredible Hulk. With several of his friends, Banner sent some tapes to Jackson, Mississippi radio station. In 1999, Banner and rapper Kamikaze as the duo, Crooked Lettaz, in 2000, Banner released his solo debut album, Them Firewater Boyz, Vol.1. Released on the independent label, Big Face Records, the album sold around 7,000 copies, when the albums single, Like a Pimp, became a radio hit, Banner began to attract major label interest. In 2003, Banner produced T. I. s single, Rubberband Man, which reached #30 on the Hot 100, #15 on the R&B chart, in 2003, Banner released his first major label album, Mississippi, The Album. Mississippi included the hit single, Like a Pimp, featuring Lil Flip, like a Pimp peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #10 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. He released the album the same year titled MTA2, Baptized in Dirty Water which yielded the hit, Crank It Up. In 2005, Banner released his major label album, Certified. The third single, Touching, featured Jazze Pha and reached #54 on the R&B chart, in 2006, Banner appeared on Seein Thangs, a song about Hurricane Katrina featured on DJ Shadows album The Outsider. A remix featuring Bay Area hyphy rappers Nump and Gold also was made, Banner played the part of Tehronne in Black Snake Moan. He has worked on the Adult Swim cartoon show That Crookd Sipp and his single Play was used as the background music in the pilots first television promo. In 2007, he played the character of Mo, in the film This Christmas, Banner also starred as Jay, a gang leader from the hood in Stomp the Yard 2, HomecomingDavid Banner – Banner in January 2009, performing for American soldiers at FOB Brassfield-Mora, Iraq.
4. Earl W. Bascom – Earl W. Bascom was an American painter, printmaker, rodeo performer and sculptor, raised in Canada, who portrayed his own experiences cowboying and rodeoing across the American and Canadian West. Bascom was born on June 19,1906 in a log cabin on the Bascom 101 Ranch in Vernal, Utah. Earls grandfathers, Joel A. Bascom and C. F. B, Lybbert, were Mormon pioneers, ranchers and frontier lawmen. Joel Bascom was a rancher and a member of the Utah Militia fighting in the Utah War of 1857. He also served as Chief of Police in Provo, Utah and as constable in Mona, Utah. Lybbert, who served in the Danish army before coming to America, was a rancher and blacksmith who served as constable of Levan, Utah and Justice of the Peace in Naples, Bascoms maternal family was of Norwegian, Danish, Dutch and German ancestry. In 1909, Earl and his two brothers and their father were riding horseback near Lybbert Gulch, when a bee stung Earls horse. Earl hung on until his brothers rode in and picked him off the horse like a rodeo pickup man, Earl was just three years old. For entertainment, the Bascom boys rode anything on the ranch that bucked, jumped, the family was at the local Vernal rodeo where they saw the famous bucking horse Steamboat in the arena. In 1913, Earls father, who had cowboyed in Utah and Colorado and worked on ranches in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, went to Alberta, John Bascoms brother-in-law, Ike Lybbert, was already working there as the ranch blacksmith and farrier. In 1914, the Bascom family loaded their belongings into a wagon, traveled a week to the nearest railroad in Price, Utah. By Canadian law, all children who emigrated to Canada before 1915. Earl Bascoms father became a naturalized Canadian citizen, Earl Bascom was technically an American Canadian. During the winter of 1916, the Bascom family moved back to Naples, Utah, schooled mostly in one-room schools, Earl Bascom quit school while in grade three to work on the Hyssop 5H Ranch, east of Lethbridge. It was not long before a Canadian Mountie, who was visiting the Hyssop Ranch, thought that one of the cowboys was just too young looking to be a seasoned cowpuncher, the Mountie asked Earl Bascom just how old he was - he was 13 years old. In 1918, Earl Bascom gained a stepmother and a stepbrother, Frank, to this new union was born five more children - Ada Bell, Charles, Luella, Grant and LaMona - making a total of eleven children in the Bascom family. Bascom was among the last of those who experienced the Old West before the end of free-range ranching, Bascom reminisced, For Bascom, ranch life and cowboy life was his life. The life of a cowboy and the West, I know, Bascom worked on some of the largest horse and cattle ranches in the United States and Canada — ranches that ran thousands of cattle on a million acres of landEarl W. Bascom – Cowboy of Cowboy Artists - Father of Modern Rodeo
5. Lance Bass – James Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the singer for the American pop boy band NSYNC. NSYNCs success led Bass to work in film and television and he starred in the 2001 film On the Line, which his company, Bacon & Eggs, also produced. Bass later formed a production company, Lance Bass Productions, as well as a now-defunct music management company, Free Lance Entertainment. After completion of NSYNCs PopOdyssey Tour, Bass moved to Star City, Russia, Bass was certified by both NASA and the Russian Space Program after several months of cosmonaut training, and planned to join the TMA-1 mission to the International Space Station. However, after his financial sponsors backed out, Bass was denied a seat on the mission, in July 2006, Bass revealed that he is gay in a cover story for People magazine. He was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award in October 2006, and released an autobiography, Out of Sync, in October 2007, which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. James Lance Bass was born in Laurel, Mississippi, to James Irvin Bass, Jr. a medical technologist, and Diane, a middle school mathematics, English, and career discovery teacher. Along with his sister, Stacy, Bass grew up in adjacent Ellisville, Mississippi. Bass has described his family as devoutly Christian and conservative and has said that his childhood was extremely happy. As a young boy, Bass developed an interest in space, of this experience Bass said, I was certain from then on that my future was to be involved with space. Shortly after, Bass attended space camp in Titusville, Florida and he was also a member of a seven-man vocal group named Seven Card Stud, which competed at state fairs and performed at several social and political events for Senator Trent Lott. At Clinton High School, Bass was elected president of his junior class and has said that he performed well in math. However, Bass later stated that his focus during high school was singing. Basss music career has consisted primarily of his singing with NSYNC, timberlakes vocal coach recommended Bass as a replacement. Bass was accepted into the group after auditioning in front of the bandmembers and Lou Pearlman, and soon left school to move to Orlando, Florida. Bass has said that he did not know how to dance before he joined NSYNC, however, the other members of the group refused to accept the contract without Bass, and the groups manager, Johnny Wright, convinced Bolz that Basss dancing would quickly improve. Bolz conceded, and the group moved to Munich, Germany to record their first album with BMGLance Bass – Lance Bass, Beverly Hills, California on March 16, 2014
6. Willie Best – William Willie Best, sometimes known as Sleep n Eat, was an American television and film actor. Best was one of the first African-American film actors and comedians to become well known, in the 21st century, his work, like that of Stepin Fetchit, is sometimes reviled because he was often called upon to play stereotypically lazy, illiterate, and/or simple-minded characters in films. Of the 124 films he appeared in, he received credit in at least 77. A native of Sunflower, Mississippi, Best reached Hollywood as a chauffeur for a vacationing couple and he decided to stay in the region and began his performing career with a traveling show in southern California. He was regularly hired as an actor in Hollywood films after a talent scout discovered him on stage. Best appeared in more than one hundred films of the 1930s and 1940s and he thereafter usually received credit as Willie Best or William Best. Best was alternately loved as a clown, then later in the 20th century reviled and pitied. Hal Roach called him one of the greatest talents he had ever met, similarly, comedian Bob Hope acclaimed Best as the best actor I know, while the two were working together in 1940 on The Ghost Breakers. As a bit player, Best, like many actors of his era, was regularly cast in domestic worker or service-oriented roles. He often was seen making a comedic turn as a hotel, airline or train porter. Best received screen credit most of the time, which was unusual for bit players, walter Brennan, for example, made 125 movies between 1930 and 1939 but was credited on only 57 of them. Best’s career was unusual because he was regularly—in over 80 of his movies—given a proper character name. Best played Chattanooga Brown in two Charlie Chan films, 1945’s The Red Dragon and 1946’s Dangerous Money. He also played the character of Hipp in three of RKO’s six Scattergood Baines films with Guy Kibbee, 1941’s Scattergood Baines, 1942’s Scattergood Survives a Murder, and 1943’s Cinderella Swings It. After a drug arrest ended his career, he worked in television for a while and became known to early TV audiences as Charlie. He also played Willie, the house servant/handyman and close friend of the character of ABC’s The Trouble with Father. Best died on February 27,1962, at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California and he was buried on March 5,1962, at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. Bests Sleep n Eat moniker surfaced again in the 2000 motion picture satire Bamboozled, directed by Spike Lee, in the film a twenty-first-century minstrel show is televised starring two African American performers, one of whom plays a character named Sleep n EatWillie Best – William Best
7. Jack Cheatham – Jack Cheatham was an American character actor of the 1930s and 1940s. During his career he appeared in almost 200 films, with 100 of them being features, born John Preston Cheatham on December 28,1894, in Jackson, Mississippi, he began acting in the 1920s, including two Broadway appearances. In 1928 he would appear in the successful Diamond Lil, written by, Cheatham entered the film industry with his performance in a featured role in 1931s Shanghaied Love, starring Richard Cromwell, Noah Beery, and Sally Blane. Cheatham was married to Ewell Elaine Malone and he died on March 30,1971 in La Mirada, California, and was buried next to his wife in Rose Hills Memorial Park, in Whittier, California. Jack Cheatham at the Internet Broadway Database Jack Cheatham at the Internet Movie DatabaseJack Cheatham – Screen capture off Cheatham in the 1942 film, Saboteur.
8. Alvin Childress – Alvin Childress was a black American actor who is best known for playing the cabdriver Amos Jones in the 1950s television comedy series Amos n Andy. Alvin Childress was born in Meridian, Mississippi and he was educated at Rust College, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. When he initially entered college, Childress intended to become a doctor and he had no thoughts of becoming involved in acting, but became involved in theater outside of classes. Childress moved to New York City and became an actor with Harlems Lafayette Players, soon, he was engaged as an actor in the Federal Theater Project, the American Negro Theater, and in all-black race film productions such as Keep Punching. His greatest success on the stage was his performance as Noah in the comedy, Anna Lucasta. He also worked at Teachers College of Columbia University, Childress also operated his own radio and record store in New York City. When he learned about casting for the Amos n Andy television series and he was hired a year before the show went on the air. Childress originally tried out for the role of The Kingfish, but Charles Correll, since he had been hired a year before the show began, Gosden and Correll turned the search for an actor to play The Kingfish over to Childress. In a 1979 interview, Childress shared information about some of the candidates, cab Calloway was considered but found wanting by Gosden because of his straight hair. Childress said there were famous men, with and without actual acting experience. It is not known if there were any performances, the tour was halted by CBS as the network considered this an infringement of their rights to the program and its cast of characters. Despite the threats which ended the 1956 tour, Childress, along with Moore, Williams and Johnny Lee were able to one night in 1957 in Windsor, Ontario. When he tried for work as an actor, Childress found none as he was typecast as Amos Jones, for a short time, Childress found himself parking cars for an upscale Beverly Hills restaurant. From 1961 to 1973, Childress worked as an unemployment interviewer for the Los Angeles Department of Personnel, suffering from diabetes and other ailments, he died in Inglewood, California on April 19,1986. He was buried at National Memorial Harmony Park in Landover, MarylandAlvin Childress – Alvin Childress as Amos, 1951.
9. Tommy Davidson – Thomas Tommy Davidson is an American comedian, film and television actor. He is perhaps best known as a member of the sketch comedy TV show In Living Color, born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, Davidson was abandoned in the trash at 18 months old, before being rescued by the woman who became his adoptive mother. He was a child of an adoption, his adoptive parents are Caucasian. He has two younger Caucasian siblings, Michael and Beryle Davidson and he and his family moved from Colorado to Wyoming to Oregon until he was about 5 years old, when they settled in Silver Spring, Maryland. He attended high school at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, in Bethesda, after graduating in 1982, he studied communications and interned at the radio station of the University of the District of Columbia for one semester. He had jobs in the kitchen of a hospital and in the storeroom of Hechinger in Hyattsville, Maryland. Davidson started his career as a comedian in 1986, when a childhood friend convinced him to perform stand-up at The Penthouse strip club in Park View, Washington. He continued performing in comedy clubs throughout the Washington Metropolitan region, Baltimore. He opened concerts for Patti LaBelle, Starpoint, and Kenny G and he performed on a fundraising telethon for WHMM in 1987. Davidson won an amateur competition at the Apollo Theater in 1987. Soon afterwards, he moved to North Hollywood, California, where he met Martin Lawrence and he performed at the Comedy Store, where Robert Townsend heard of him and asked him to be the warm-up comic for an HBO special. After performing at Luther Vandross and Anita Baker shows, he appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show and he has also appeared in the films Ace Ventura, When Nature Calls, Strictly Business, Booty Call and Juwanna Mann. Davidson provided the voice for Oscar Proud, the father in the Disney animated series The Proud Family and he was also a recurring character on MADtvs Real M*****F***ing Talk sketches. In an episode of Comedy Centrals Live at Gotham, Davidson hosted the show with amateur acts trying to make names for themselves and he was also a guest on an episode of Cartoon Networks animated/live action talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Davidson did commercials for Pizza Hut in 2002, talking about the Pzone Revolution, more recently, Tommy Davidson played the role of Cream Corn in Black Dynamite. He also reprised his role in the Adult Swim television show of the same name and he appeared in an episode of the TV show Martin playing the role of Varnell. In 2015, Tommy and his fiancee, Amanda, appeared in Season 4/Episode 11 of Celebrity Wife Swap and his fiancee swapped with Corey Feldmans girlfriend, Courtney. In 2016, Tommy appeared on Celebrity Family Feud, Tommy Davidson at the Internet Movie DatabaseTommy Davidson – Davidson at the Billboard-Children Uniting Nations Oscar party, 2008.
10. John Dye – John Carroll Dye was an American film and television actor known for his role as Andrew in the television series Touched by an Angel. Dye was born in Amory, Mississippi, one of three sons of Jim and Lynn Dye, a manufacturer and homemaker, respectively, who raised their sons in the Methodist faith. The family moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, where he attended Cleveland High School and he was introduced to acting by playing the role of Friedrich, the youngest von Trapp child in a school production of The Sound of Music at Cleveland High School. He performed as a trombonist in the band program and he graduated from Tupelo High School, where he again played Friedrich von Trapp. Dye found himself bitten by the acting bug, after graduating, he enrolled at Mississippi State University in hopes of becoming a civil rights lawyer. After a year at Mississippi State University, he decided to become an actor and he transferred to Memphis State and majored in theater. In Memphis, Dye discovered that a Judd Nelson film called Making the Grade was filming in the area, Dye landed his first film role as Skip. In 1986 he starred alongside actresses Virginia Madsen and Cynthia Gibb in the comedy film Modern Girls, in 1987 Dye got his first leading role, in the film Campus Man, as Todd Barrett. That same year, he re-teamed with Nelson in the television miniseries Billionaire Boys Club, in 1989, he starred alongside actors James Earl Jones and Eric Roberts in the martial-arts drama Best of the Best. By the time the 1990s came around, Dye decided to make a move towards television and he was cast as Private Francis Doc Hoc Hockenbury in the last season of Tour of Duty. When the series finished, he moved on to short-lived series such as Jacks Place, in 1994, he appeared as Andrew the Angel of Death on Touched by an Angel with Roma Downey & Della Reese. Originally cast as a character, by the third season he was made a regular cast member as his character quickly became popular. The show ran for nine seasons before ending in April 2003, in 2000, he starred in the television movie Once Upon a Christmas. In 2001, he appeared in the sequel Twice Upon a Christmas, in the 1985 music video for the ZZ Top song Sleeping Bag, he appeared alongside fellow actors Tracey Walter and Heather Langenkamp. Dye was found dead in his home in San Francisco, California on January 10,2011 and his family reported that he died due to heart-related problems. His funeral was held at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in his hometown of Amory, Mississippi and his resting place is at Haughton Memorial Park, Amory. John Dye at the Internet Movie Database John Dye at Find a GraveJohn Dye – John Dye
11. Morgan Freeman – Morgan Freeman is an American actor, producer and narrator. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and he rose to fame as part of the cast of the 1970s childrens program The Electric Company. Morgan Freeman is ranked as the 4th highest box office star with over $4.316 billion total box office gross, Morgan Freeman was born on June 1,1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the son of Mayme Edna, a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, according to a DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were from Niger. Freeman was sent as an infant to his grandmother in Charleston. He moved frequently during his childhood, living in Greenwood, Mississippi, Gary, Indiana, when Freeman was 16 years old, he almost died of pneumonia. Freeman made his debut at age nine, playing the lead role in a school play. He then attended Broad Street High School, a building serves today as Threadgill Elementary School, in Greenwood. At age 12, he won a drama competition, and while still at Broad Street High School, he performed in a radio show based in Nashville. Freemans service portrait appears in his characters funeral scene in The Bucket List. During this period, Freeman also lived in New York City, working as a dancer at the 1964 Worlds Fair, and in San Francisco, where he was a member of the Opera Ring musical theater group. He acted in a touring version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun. He continued to be involved in work and received the Obie Award in 1980 for the title role in Coriolanus. In 1984, he received his second Obie Award for his role as the preacher in The Gospel at Colonus, Freeman also won a Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his role as a wino in The Mighty Gents. He received his third Obie Award for his role as a chauffeur for a Jewish widow in Driving Miss Daisy, although his first credited film appearance was in 1971s Who Says I Cant Ride a Rainbow. Freeman first became known in the American media through roles on the soap opera Another World, during his tenure with The Electric Company, t was a very unhappy period in his life, according to Joan Ganz Cooney. Freeman himself admitted in an interview that he never thinks about his tenure with the show at all, since then, Freeman has considered his Street Smart character Fast Black, rather than any of the characters he played in The Electric Company, to be his breakthrough role. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Freeman began playing prominent supporting roles in feature films, earning him a reputation for depicting wiseMorgan Freeman – Freeman in December 2008
12. M. C. Gainey – Gainey is an American actor whose distinctive mustache,62 height, and threatening look have landed him supporting roles as Southern or Southwestern thugs and criminals. He is known for playing a role in the 1997 Con Air action movie. Gainey was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 1970s, he attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California with Ken Hixon. Prior to this, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi and he worked as an undertakers apprentice before he decided to study acting. In 1981, he made his debut in Herbert Rosss musical Pennies from Heaven starring Steve Martin. Since the early 1980s, he has been in over 50 films, including Two Idiots in Hollywood, The Mighty Ducks, The Fan, Breakdown, Con Air, Terminator 3, Rise of the Machines, Sideways, Are We There Yet. The Dukes of Hazzard, Wild Hogs and Mr. Woodcock, Gainey was one of the stars of the short-lived series Against the Law and played Tom Friendly on the series Lost. He also played murderous drug dealer Bo Crowder in one season of the hit FX series Justified, in 2004, Gainey appeared as a cuckolded husband in full frontal nudity in the award-winning arthouse film Sideways. He played Kurtz / The Wizard in the controversial road-revenge short film Apocalypse Oz, in 2007, he appeared in Mr. Woodcock, Wild Hogs, and Unearthed. In 2010, he appeared in Love Ranch and voiced the Captain of the Palace Guard in Tangled, in 2012, he appeared in Quentin Tarantinos film Django Unchained. He has been married to his wife Kim since 2002, on being typecast, Gainey stated, On the characters he has played, Gainey said, M. C. Gainey at the Internet Movie DatabaseM. C. Gainey – Gainey at WonderCon 2010.
13. James Earl Jones – James Earl Jones is an American actor. His career has spanned more than 60 years, and he has described as one of Americas most distinguished and versatile actors. Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has won awards, including a Tony Award. Jones has won three Emmy Awards, including two in the year in 1991, and he also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the film version of The Great White Hope. He is also known for his roles as Darth Vader in the Star Wars film series and Mufasa in Disneys The Lion King as well as many other film, stage. As a child Jones had a stutter, in his episode of Biography, he said he overcame the affliction through poetry, public speaking, and acting, although it lasted for several years. A pre-med major in college, he went on to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War before pursuing a career in acting, on November 12,2011, he received an Honorary Academy Award. On November 9,2015, Jones received the Voice Arts Icon Award, Jones and his father reconciled many years later. His parents were African-American, and Jones has learned they also had Irish, from the age of five, Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents, John Henry and Maggie Connolly, who had moved from Mississippi and had a farm in Jackson, Michigan. Jones has described his grandmother, Maggie, as the most racist person I have ever known and his grandmother was of African-American, Cherokee and Choctaw ancestry. Jones found the transition to his grandparents in Michigan traumatic, when his family moved to Brethren, Michigan, a teacher helped him overcome his stutter. He remained functionally mute for eight years, until he entered high school and he credits his English teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him end his silence. Crouch urged him to challenge his reluctance to speak, so my first year of school was my first mute year, and then those mute years continued until I got to high school. He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and excelled and he felt comfortable within the structure of the military environment, and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow cadets in the Pershing Rifles Drill Team and Scabbard and Blade Honor Society. During the course of his studies, Jones discovered he was not cut out to be a doctor, after four years of college, Jones graduated from the university in 1955. With the war intensifying in Korea, Jones expected to be deployed as soon as he received his commission as a second lieutenant. As he waited for his orders, he worked as a stage crew hand at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan. Jones was commissioned in mid-1953 and reported to Fort Benning to attend Infantry Officers Basic Course and he then attended Ranger School and received his Ranger TabJames Earl Jones – Jones in 2013
14. Robert Earl Jones – Robert Earl Jones was an American actor. He was the father of actor James Earl Jones, born in Mississippi, the specific location is unclear as some sources indicate Senatobia, while others suggest nearby Coldwater. A son of Robert and Elnora Jones, Robert Earl Jones left school at an age to become a sharecropper. As a young man, he married Ruth Connolly, but they separated before James Earl was born in 1931, the couple later divorced, and Jones did not come to know his son until the mid-1950s. Jones had to school to become a sharecropper, and later he became a prizefighter before making his way, via Chicago to New York City. Under the name Battling Bill Stovall, he was a partner of Joe Louis. Jones appeared in more than twenty films, including The Cotton Club and his film career started with the leading role of a detective in the 1939 race film Lying Lips. Jones acted mostly in crime movies and dramas after that, with such highlights as Wild River and One Potato and he appeared in several other noted films over the span of his career, Witness, Trading Places, and The Cotton Club. Jones appeared in the Oscar-winning 1973 film The Sting, as Luther Coleman, toward the end of his life, Jones was noted for his stage portrayal of Creon in a 1988 musical version of the Oedipus legend, The Gospel at Colonus. He also made appearances in the long-running TV shows Lou Grant and his last film was in Rain Without Thunder. One of his last stage roles was in a 1991 production of Mule Bone by Hughes and another figure from the Harlem renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston. Although blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, Jones was a living link with the Harlem renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, having worked with Langston Hughes early in his career. Jones died September 7,2006 in Englewood, New Jersey from natural causes, Earl Jones Institute website Robert Earl Jones at the Internet Movie Database Robert Earl Jones profile, University of Wisconsins Actors Studio audio collectionRobert Earl Jones – Robert Earl Jones, 1939
15. Daniel Curtis Lee – Daniel Curtis Lee is an American actor, comedian, and rapper. He is best known for playing Simon Cookie Nelson-Cook on the Nickelodeon series Neds Declassified School Survival Guide and he has also appeared in other television shows, such as First Monday and The Shield, and films such as Friday After Next. Lee was born in Jackson, Mississippi and he lived in Clinton, Mississippi for a brief time. Lee is a member of the Hollywood Knights, a celebrity basketball teamDaniel Curtis Lee – Lee at the 2009 premiere for Up
16. Tom Lester – Thomas William Tom Lester is an American actor and evangelist. He is best known for his role as Eb Dawson, farmhand to Oliver Wendell Douglas on the television series Green Acres, Lester was born in Laurel, Mississippi, the first of two children of Pat Lester, a bookkeeper with Gulf Oil, and Mary Sue Lester. A young boy in 1948, he became a born-again Christian, at that time he said he thought the Lords plan for his life would deliver him to Hollywood, California, to embark on an acting career. He discussed his plans and his dream of becoming an actor with his parents, after he graduated from Laurel High School, he attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where he received a B. S. degree in Chemistry and Biology. He also briefly attended school at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. After college he taught school in Purcell, Oklahoma, but he left for Los Angeles, in his early 20s he attended the First Baptist Church of Beverly Hills, California. After moving to Hollywood, Lester met actress Lurene Tuttle, who became his friend and she suggested he begin work in the Little Theater, which he did, acting in showcases at the North Hollywood Playhouse. In the early 1960s Lester performed in a play with CBS producer Paul Hennings daughter Linda Kaye, Lester beat out 400 other young actors to play the character after a screen test. He got the role because he was the only who could milk a cow in life since he grew up on a farm in Mississippi. When the producers called Tom to let him know that he got the role, they said that his life would change forever and his recurring role soon became a regular character, thanks to both the characters and the shows popularity, which made Lester a household name. Green Acres was the 11th-rated show in its season of 1965-66, according to the Nielsen ratings, climbed to #6 in 1966-67 and was #16 and #19, respectively. Because the Green Acres characters also appeared in episodes of two other CBS series Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies, Lester as Eb Dawson also occasionally appeared on those shows. Even during the height of popularity, Lester lived simply in a small apartment atop a garage in the San Fernando Valley. During the shows summer hiatus each year he would travel the country and speak at churches, youth rallies and revival meetings, Lester appeared in nearly every Green Acres episode between 1965–71, with the exception of the first half in the 1967–68 season when he suffered mononucleosis. The shows explanation for Ebs absence was that he had eloped and was on his honeymoon, after six seasons, Green Acres was cancelled in 1971 as part of CBSs rural purge. After Green Acres, Lester was forever typecast as Eb Dawson, in 1990 he reunited with Albert and Gabor to reprise his role in Return to Green Acres. He returned to his parents home in Laurel, Mississippi, during the mid 1970s to early 1980s his roles included guest spots in Little House on the Prairie, Marcus Welby, M. D. Knight Rider and Love, American Style. In 1991 he played the adult Pete Maravich in the film about the future basketball hall-of-famers youth, The Pistol, in 2014 Lester starred with Ray Stevens and Victoria Jackson in the family oriented, screwball comedy Campin Buddies, directed by Tom LoganTom Lester – Tom Lester
17. Gerald McRaney – Gerald Lee McRaney is an American television and movie actor. McRaney is best known as one of the stars of the television shows Simon & Simon, Major Dad and he was a series regular for the first season of Jericho, and the final season of Deadwood. He starred in a role as main antagonist Mason Wood in season eight of Castle. McRaney was born in Collins, Mississippi, the son of Clyde and he is of Scottish and Choctaw ancestry. He attended college at the University of Mississippi, before hitting it big as an actor, McRaney worked in the Louisiana oil fields. In film, he starred in Night of Bloody Horror, a slasher film in which he played the lead character Wesley Stuart. Henderson in Women in White and a local, Harry Owens in Roots. However, McRaney is perhaps best known for his role as Rick Simon in the 1980s television show Simon & Simon and he also had starring roles in Major Dad and Promised Land, and a recurring role on Designing Women. McRaney portrayed business mogul Adam Brock in the last eight episodes of Darren Stars primetime soap opera Central Park West, which ran on CBS in 1995-96. Additionally, he has acted in television films, such as, Not Our Son, Going for Broke, Ike, Countdown to D-Day, as General George S. Patton. He also starred in an episode of CSI, Crime Scene Investigation and Diagnosis, in 1999, he starred in the film A Holiday Romance as Cal Peterson. In the late 2000s, McRaney co-hosted the cable outdoor hunting and shooting series The World of Beretta, the series featured the sponsors rifle and shotgun products in a number of exciting hunting locations around the world, and often featured a celebrity shooter to hunt with McRaney. In 2010, he starred as the villainous General Morrison in the film The A-Team and played a recurring role as CIA handler Carlton Shaw in the NBC action drama Undercovers. Also that year, he hosted a series on Spike TV that encouraged viewers Dont be a Victim, titled, Practical Tactical, What If, Because Lives Depend on It. One episode highlighted an instance wherein his lifelong friend and Simon & Simon costar Jameson Parker was shot twice, in 2011, he began playing a recurring role as a judge on the US drama Fairly Legal. In 2012, McRaney played General Luntz in Red Tails, and he made several appearances in a guest role on the television shows Longmire and Mike & Molly. Later in 2013, he had a role in the final season of Southland. In 2013,2014 and 2016, he appeared in the Netflix series House of Cards as the billionaire CEO of a corporation specializing in nuclear powerGerald McRaney – McRaney in July 2010
18. Elvis Presley – Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is referred to as the King of Rock and Roll. Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis and his music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a popularizer of rockabilly. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, Presleys first RCA single, Heartbreak Hotel, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances. In November 1956, Presley made his debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service, in 1973, Presley featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of drug abuse severely damaged his health. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century and he won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Presley was born on January 8,1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley, Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. Thus, as a child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God, where he found his musical inspiration. Although he was in conflict with the Pentecostal church in his later years, rev. Rex Humbard officiated at his funeral, as Presley had been an admirer of Humbards ministry. Presleys ancestry was primarily a Western European mix, including Scots-Irish, Scottish, German, gladyss great-great-grandmother, Morning Dove White, was possibly a Cherokee Native American. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family, Vernon moved from one odd job to the next, evincing little ambition. The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance, the Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak. In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of kiting a check written by the landowner, Orville S. Bean and he was jailed for eight months, and Gladys and Elvis moved in with relativesElvis Presley – Presley in a publicity photograph for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock
19. Thalmus Rasulala – Thalmus Rasulala was an American actor with a long career in theater, television, and movies. Noted for starring roles in Blaxploitation films, he was also an original cast member of ABCs soap opera One Life to Live from its premiere in 1968 until he left the show in 1970. Born Jack Crowder in Miami, Florida, he appeared in many films and he also attended some classes at Shaw University an HBCU in Raleigh, NC in the late 1970s. Notable Blaxploitation film roles include Sidney Lord Jones in Cool Breeze, Dr. Gordon Thomas in Blacula and Robert Daniels in Willie Dynamite and he also appeared on the first-season episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Richard Pryor as a priest in the Exorcist II sketch. On the Broadway stage, under his original name Jack Crowder, Rasulala appeared as Cornelius Hackl in the hit musical Hello and he was a leading member of the all-black cast that starred Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway. The Bailey company opened on Broadway on November 12,1967 and was recorded by RCA Victor for a best-selling cast album in which Rasulala is featured in several songs. He also appeared on The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Star Trek, The Next Generation, and The Sophisticated Gents. His other film roles include Cornbread, Earl and Me, Mr. Ricco, Bucktown, The Last Hard Men, The Story of Medgar Evers, The Boss Wife and his last film role was as General Afir in Mom and Dad Save the World. He died shortly after completing his scenes, and the film, Rasulala died on October 9,1991, from a heart attack in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He died two days before actor Redd Foxx, who died of a heart attack and with whom he guest starred on Sanford & Son. In the episode, he solicited funds for heart attack prevention, Thalmus Rasulala at the Internet Movie Database Thalmus Rasulala at Find a GraveThalmus Rasulala – Rasulala in Cool Breeze, 1972.
20. Ray J – William Ray Norwood Jr. known by his stage name Ray J, is an American singer, songwriter, television personality and actor. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, he is the brother of recording artist and actress Brandy Norwood, in January 2017 he competed in the nineteenth season of the UK reality television programme Celebrity Big Brother. William Ray Norwood Jr. was born in McComb, Mississippi to Willie Norwood and his older sister Brandy is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist. Early in his life, he moved with his family from McComb, Mississippi to Los Angeles, California, and in 1989 started appearing in television commercials for different companies. In 1989, at the age of eight, Norwood began auditioning for and appearing in commercials, he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show. This period in Norwoods life would shape his acting career and he signed to Elektra Records in 1995 and he began to record his 15-track debut album Everything You Want the same year. Let It Go appeared on the Set It Off soundtrack and it peaked number 25 in the U. S. and number 11 in New Zealand. The second single peaked at number 54 on the U. S. R&B chart, in 1997, he was dropped from the label. In 1998, he appeared on the Doctor Dolittle soundtrack with the single Thats Why I Lie and he produced for toy company Mattel, putting together the music for several commercials and a few of the demos for his second record. The song was the single of the R&B/Hip Hop tribute Urban Renewal. Norwood also worked with The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins and Lil Kim, the album was recorded over 18 months, and was released on June 26,2001 with Atlantic Records. The lead single Wait A Minute peaked at #30 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, formal Invite followed at #54 on the R&B chart. The albums lead single One Wish was a top 20 success in the US, UK, Ireland, Raydiation eventually sold over 400,000 copies domestically. In 2005, Norwood joined the cast of UPNs One On One, on both shows, Rays character was related to Brandys. In February 2007, a home video he made with former girlfriend Kim Kardashian in 2003 was made public. Kardashian sued Vivid Entertainment for ownership of the tape, in late April 2007, Kardashian dropped the suit and settled with Vivid Entertainment for $5 million. Knockout Entertainment announced an album deal with Koch Records and Shaquille ONeals Deja 34 entertainment company. The first album for this deal is Ray Js fourth album All I Feel and it was released on April 1,2008Ray J – Ray J in December 2011
21. Eric Roberts – Eric Anthony Roberts is an American actor. His career began with a performance in King of the Gypsies. His second Golden Globe nomination came for his portrayal of Paul Snider in Star 80, followed by Globe, in a career spanning almost forty years, Roberts has performed in over 200 films, including Raggedy Man, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Specialist, Cecil B. Demented, National Security, The Dark Knight, The Expendables and his sisters Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, and daughter Emma Roberts, also have acting careers. In 1963, they co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia and they ran a childrens acting school in Decatur, Georgia while they were expecting Julia. Roberts mother became a secretary and real estate agent, and his father. Roberts younger siblings, Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors, Roberts parents filed for divorce in 1971 and it was finalized early in 1972. Eric stayed with his father Walter in Atlanta, estranged from his sisters, Walter died of cancer in March 1977. Lisa, Julia and Betty moved to Smyrna, Georgia, after the divorce, in 1972, Betty married Michael Motes, and had a daughter with him in 1976, Nancy Motes, who died February 9,2014, at age 37, of an apparent drug overdose. Motes was abusive and often unemployed, in 1983, Betty divorced Motes, citing cruelty and stating that marrying him was the biggest mistake of her life. Roberts is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, Roberts got his start on the now-defunct NBC daytime soap opera Another World originating the role of Ted Bancroft from February 14,1977, to June 17,1977. Roberts received Golden Globe Award nominations for his starring roles in King of the Gypsies. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1985 for his role as the escaped convict Buck in the film Runaway Train, in 1987, he won the Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut performance in Burn This. He also had supporting roles in the films Final Analysis, The Specialist. He played the Archangel Michael in The Prophecy II, in 1996, he appeared in the Doctor Who Television film in the role of the Master. When SFX listed previous Masters in Doctor Who, the said of Roberts. In a darkly comic touch, the wife of Roberts human character. He also co-starred in the 1996 television mini-series version of In Cold Blood, in the role of Perry Smith and he starred opposite John Ritter in the movie Tripfall in 1998Eric Roberts – Roberts at the Florida SuperCon, June 2015
22. Larry Semon – Lawrence Larry Semon was an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter during the silent film era. In his day, Semon was considered a major movie comedian and he is also sometimes noted for directing the 1925 silent film The Wizard of Oz, which had a slight influence on the better-known 1939 talkie The Wizard of Oz released by MGM. The compliment was repaid in the 2005 three-disc DVD version of the 1939 film, born in West Point, Mississippi, Semon was the son of a vaudeville magician, Zera the Great, while his mother worked as his assistant. Along with his sister, Semon joined his parents act until his fathers death. After completing his education in Savannah, Georgia, Semon moved to New York City, while working as an artist, Semon appeared in monologues in vaudeville, where he attracted the attention of Vitagraph Studios. In 1915, he was offered a contract with the company, after signing with Vitagraph, Semon worked behind the scenes as a scenario writer, director, and film producer for actor Hughie Macks films. He occasionally cast himself in bit parts in the films he worked on, when Mack left Vitagraph, Semon began playing the lead roles. He usually played a white-faced goof in derby hat and overalls who would enter any given setting and cause chaos, with people being covered with debris and his short slapstick comedies were made and released quickly and prolifically, making Semon very familiar to moviegoers. As his fame grew, his films expanded from one reel to two reels, and Semon was given a hand in making them. This became a dangerous policy because Semon became notorious for being expensive and extravagant, as a former cartoonist, Semon staged similarly cartoony sight gags, using elaborate special effects. No gag was too big for Semon and he loved chase sequences involving airplanes, exploding barns, falling water towers, auto wrecks and/or explosions, and liberal use of substances in which to douse people. A typical Semon comedy might involve barrels of flour, sacks of soot, gallons of ink, gobs of jam, Oliver Hardy recalled in an interview that Semon, when staging his comedy short The Sawmill in a lumber camp, would not use traditional, painted stage sets. Instead, Semon insisted on building permanent log cabins complete with modern conveniences, the production budget soared, and his bosses at Vitagraph finally demanded that Semon become his own producer and underwrite his productions personally. Semon tried to reverse his problems by entering the more lucrative field of feature films. He produced and starred in a few features in the mid 20s, after filing for bankruptcy in 1928, Semon returned to vaudeville. While traveling on the circuit, he suffered a nervous breakdown. After returning to Los Angeles, Semon was sent to a sanatorium in Victorville, California, french audiences knew him as Zigoto, Italian ones as Ridolini, and Spanish ones as Jaimito in pre-war releases andTomasín in the 1940 rereleases by Manuel Rotellar. Larry Semon at the Internet Movie Database Larry Semon, The Cartoonist as Comic, Larry Semon at Find a Grave Larry Semon at Virtual HistoryLarry Semon – Larry Semon, c. 1920
23. Soulja Boy – DeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his debut single Crank That peaked at one on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100. The single was initially self-published to the internet, and later became a hit in the United States for seven non-consecutive weeks starting in September 2007. On August 17, Way was listed at number 18 on the Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings of 2010 for earning $7 million for that year. Way has released three albums and one independent album, his debut studio album Souljaboytellem. com was certified platinum by the RIAA. The DeAndre Way sold only 100,000 copies, Way was born in Chicago and moved to Atlanta at the age of six, where he became interested in rap music. At age 14, he moved to Batesville, Mississippi, with his father who provided a studio for Way to explore his musical ambitions. In November 2005, Way posted his songs on the website SoundClick, following positive reviews on the site, he established accounts on YouTube and Myspace. In March 2007, he recorded Crank That and released his first independent album Unsigned & Still Major, Da Album Before da Album, followed by a low-budget video demonstrating the Crank That dance. By the end of May 2007, Crank That had received its first airplay and Way met with Mr. Collipark to sign a deal with Interscope Records. On August 12,2007, the song was used on the television series Entourage, Ways major label debut album, Souljaboytellem. com, was released in the United States on October 2, peaking at number four on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The album was recorded using just the demo version of FL Studio. For the 50th Grammy Awards, Way was nominated for Best Rap Song with Crank That, Souljaboytellem. com received a favorable review from Allmusic, but received mainly negative reviews from other sources such as Entertainment Weekly. Several reviewers credited Soulja Boy with spearheading a new trend in hip-hop, the follow-up to souljaboytellem. com, iSouljaBoyTellem, was released on December 16,2008 to negative critical reception. The first single from the album, Bird Walk, peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and it was performed on YouTube Live on November 22,2008, with an introduction from MC Hammer. Kiss Me Thru the Phone, with Sammie, followed, peaking at three on the Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Rap Tracks charts. Chris Brown was originally Ways first choice to sing the hook, Way then tried to do it on his own with Auto-Tune but he found it unacceptable. It sold over 2,000,000 digital copies in the United States, on January 26,2009, Way released the third single Turn My Swag OnSoulja Boy – Soulja Boy at YouTube Live in November 2008, doing his signature dance.
24. Channing Tatum – Channing Matthew Tatum is an American actor, dancer, and former stripper. Tatum made his debut in the drama film Coach Carter. His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up and he is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G. I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G. I, Joe films received negative reviews from critics, they were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million at the box office. Tatum is also known for his role in Magic Mike. He appeared in films as Dear John and The Vow and his other films include Shes the Man, The Dilemma, White House Down, the drama Foxcatcher, The Hateful Eight and Hail, Caesar. Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama, the son of Kay, a worker, and Glenn Tatum. He has a sister named Paige and he is mostly of English ancestry. His family moved to the Pascagoula, Mississippi area when he was six and he grew up in the bayous near the Mississippi River, where he lived in a rural setting. Tatum has discussed having dealt with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia while growing up, athletic while growing up, he played football, soccer, track, baseball, and performing martial arts, he has said that girls were always biggest distraction in school. As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu, Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa area, and initially attended Gaither High School. He later attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia on a football scholarship and he returned home and started working odd jobs. US Weekly reported that around this time Tatum left his job as a roofer and began working as a stripper at a local nightclub, in 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper. That idea led to the movie Magic Mike, Tatum moved to Miami, where he was discovered by a model talent scout. In 2000, Tatum was first cast as a dancer in Ricky Martins She Bangs music video, after an audition in Orlando, Florida and his experience in the fashion industry began as a model working for noted clients such as Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch. He soon moved into television commercials, landing spots for Mountain Dew. He subsequently signed with Page 305, an agency in Miami. He was cast by Al David for Vogue magazine and soon appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Dolce & Gabbana, American Eagle OutfittersChanning Tatum – Tatum at the premiere of Magic Mike XXL in Sydney Australia, July 2015
25. Tate Taylor – Tate Taylor is an American actor, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for directing The Help, Get on Up, Taylor was born on June 3,1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, where he grew up. He attended preschool in Jackson with writer Kathryn Stockett, Taylor worked for 15 years in New York City and Los Angeles. Though he debuted as a film director in Pretty Ugly People, he was primarily an actor for most of his career. Taylor achieved mainstream success when he directed the film The Help and she gave him rights to make the film adaptation in June 2008, before the book was published. In addition to receiving positive reviews, the film was a major commercial success, earning more than $200 million worldwide. Taylor directed Get on Up, a biopic on the singer James Brown, starring Chadwick Boseman, though the film was well received critically, it was a commercial disappointment. Most recently he has directed The Girl on the Train, which received mixed reviews, Taylor resides on the Wyolah Plantation, an Antebellum plantation in Church Hill, Mississippi. Director Chicken Party Pretty Ugly People The Help Get on Up The Girl on the Train Actor Wannabe Winters Bone Tate Taylor at the Internet Movie DatabaseTate Taylor – Tate Taylor