Category:Male actors from Mississippi
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1. Dana Andrews – Carver Dana Andrews, better known as Dana Andrews, was an American film actor. He continued acting, though generally in less prestigious roles, into the 1980s. Andrews was born on a farmstead near the third of 13 children of Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister, his wife Annis. The family subsequently moved to Huntsville, Texas, the birthplace including future Hollywood actor Steve Forrest. Andrews studied business administration in Houston, Texas. In 1931, he traveled to California, seeking opportunities as a singer. He worked various jobs, such as working at a station in Van Nuys. He was also memorable as the gangster of Fire, again teaming with Cooper. In the 1943 adaptation of The Ox-Bow Incident with Henry Fonda, often cited as one of his best films, he played a lynching victim. Both films became classics. In 1945, he co-starred in the musical State Fair. In 1947, he was voted the 23rd most popular star in the U.S. He played a brutal cop in Where the Sidewalk Ends, also with Tierney. Around this time, on a couple of occasions it nearly cost him his life on the highway. By the middle 1950s, Andrews was acting exclusively in B-movies.Dana 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. Ates was best known as western character Soapy Jones. He was born on January 1895 in the rural hamlet of Grange, northwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Grange is longer included on road maps. He spent much of his childhood overcoming a severe impediment. Ates found economic opportunities greater as a vaudeville comedian. Ates revived his long-gone stutter for humorous effect. Besides his early films, he starred with RKO and Vitaphone. His first role was at the age of thirty-four in 1929 as a ship's cook in South Sea Rose. Bill Elliott played Hickok. Gone with the Wind as a Confederate soldier. While scratching his back on a pole, he utters the line "These animules is driving me crazy!" His Soapy Jones character is the sidekick to the "Singing Cowboy" portrayed by Eddie Dean. Thereafter, George "Gabby" Hayes employed archival footage in his 1950s children's television series, The Gabby Hayes Show. Eddie Dean also appeared in this program, as did Jan Sterling in the role of Roscoe's much girlfriend.Roscoe 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, Banner's family moved to Jackson, Mississippi where he was raised. He pursued a masters of education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In 2003, he signed to Universal Records releasing four albums: Mississippi: The Album, MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water, The Greatest Story Ever Told. Lavell William Crump was raised in Jackson, Mississippi, the son of Zeno and Carolyn Crump. Banner then attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his mother's alma mater. At Southern University, Crump received a bachelor's degree in business. His father Zeno died on June 2007. Crump's stage name "David Banner" is taken from the lead character of The Incredible Hulk. With several of his friends, he sent some demo tapes to Mississippi radio station, WJMI. In 1999, Banner and Kamikaze as the duo, Crooked Lettaz, released Grey Skies. In 2000, he released Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. Released on Big Face Records, the album sold around 7,000 copies. When the album's single, "Like a Pimp", became a radio hit, he began to attract major interest. In 2003, he produced "Rubberband Man", which reached # 30 on the Hot 100, # 15 on the R&B chart, # 11 on the Rap chart.David Banner – Banner in January 2009, performing for American soldiers at FOB Brassfield-Mora, Iraq.
4. Earl W. Bascom – Earl's grandfathers, Joel A. Bascom and C.F.B. Lybbert, were Mormon pioneers, ranchers and frontier lawmen. He also as constable in Mona, Utah. C.F.B. Bascom's maternal family was of Norwegian, Danish, Dutch and German ancestry. Earl hung on until his brothers 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, crawled." The family was at the local Vernal rodeo where they saw the bucking horse "Steamboat" in the arena. Ike Lybbert, was already working there as the ranch blacksmith and farrier. Earl Bascom's father became a Canadian citizen. Earl Bascom was technically an American Canadian. During the winter of 1916, the Bascom family moved back to Naples, Utah, returning in the spring of 1917. Schooled mostly in one-room schools, Earl Bascom quit while in grade three to work on the Hyssop 5H Ranch, east of Lethbridge. The Mountie asked Earl Bascom just how old he was - he was 13 years old.Earl 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, author. He rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band NSYNC. NSYNC's success led Bass to work in television. He starred On the Line, which his company, Bacon & Eggs, also produced. After completion of NSYNC's Pop Odyssey Tour, Bass moved in much publicized pursuit of a seat on a Soyuz space capsule. 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 story for People magazine. Along with his older sister, Stacy, Bass was raised as a Southern Baptist. Bass has said that his childhood was "extremely happy". Of this experience Bass said, "I was certain from then on that my future was to be involved with space." At Clinton High School, Bass has said that he performed well in math and science. However, when looking back, he remembers "hardly anything" about academia. Bass' career has consisted primarily of his singing with NSYNC and running a small management company. Timberlake's vocal coach recommended Bass as a replacement. Bass has said that he did not know how to dance before he therefore found much of the group's choreography difficult to learn.Lance 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 African-American film actors and comedians to become well known. Of the 124 films he appeared in, he received credit in at least 77, an unusual feat for a bit player. Mississippi, Best reached Hollywood as a chauffeur for a vacationing couple. He began his performing career with a traveling show in southern California. He was regularly hired as a actor in Hollywood films after a talent scout discovered him on stage. Best appeared in more than hundred films of the 1930s and 1940s. He usually received credit as "Willie Best" or "William Best." Best was alternately loved as a great clown, then later in the 20th century pitied, before being virtually forgotten in the passage of time. Hal Roach called 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 player, Best, like many black actors of his era, was regularly cast in domestic worker or service-oriented roles. Best received most of the time, unusual for bit players; most in the 1930s and'40s did not gain such credit. Walter Brennan, for example, was credited on only 57 of them. Best's career was also unusual because he was regularly -- in over 80 of his movies -- given a proper name, starting with his second film.Willie Best – William Best
7. Jack Cheatham – Jack Cheatham was an American character actor of the 1930s and 1940s. During his career he appeared with 100 of them being features. Born John Preston Cheatham on December 1894, in Jackson, Mississippi, he began acting in the 1920s, including two Broadway appearances. In 1928 he written by and starring Mae West. Cheatham entered the film industry in a featured role in 1931's Shanghaied Love starring Richard Cromwell, Noah Beery, Sally Blane. Cheatham's final performance was in a small role in Michael Curtiz' 1949 melodrama, Flamingo Road, starring Joan Crawford. Cheatham was married to Ewell "Elaine" Malone. He 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, best known for playing the cabdriver Amos Jones in the 1950s television comedy series Amos'n Andy. Alvin Childress was born in Meridian, Mississippi. He was educated at Rust College, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. When he initially entered college, Childress intended enrolling in typical pre-med courses. He became involved in theater outside of classes. Childress became an actor with Harlem's Lafayette Players, a troupe of stock players associated with the Lafayette Theatre. Soon, he was engaged in all-black race film productions such as Keep Punching. His greatest success on the stage was his performance as Noah in Anna Lucasta, which ran for 957 performances. He also worked at Teachers College of Columbia University. Childress also operated his own radio and store in New York City. When he learned about casting for the Amos'n Andy series, Childress decided to audition for a role. He was hired a year before the show went on the air. Charles Correll and Freeman Gosden cast him as Amos. In a 1979 interview, Childress shared information about some of the candidates. Cab Calloway was found wanting by Gosden because of his straight hair.Alvin 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 show In Living Color. Born in 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 interracial adoption; he is African-American. He has two younger Caucasian siblings, Beryle Davidson. 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 in Bethesda, Maryland. After graduating in 1982, he interned at the radio station of the University of the District of Columbia for one semester. He had jobs in the storeroom of Hechinger in Hyattsville, Maryland. He continued performing throughout the Washington Metropolitan region, Baltimore, Philadelphia. He opened concerts for Patti LaBelle, Kenny G. He performed in 1987. Davidson won an amateur stand-up competition in 1987. Afterwards he moved to North Hollywood, California, where he met Martin Lawrence, who lived in his building. He performed at the Comedy Store, where Robert Townsend asked him to be the warm-up comic for an HBO special.Tommy 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 to James and Lynn Dye, a furniture manufacturer and homemaker. He performed in the CHS band program. After graduation, he enrolled at Mississippi State University in hopes of becoming a civil rights lawyer. After a year at Mississippi State University, he was advised against it by his great-grandmother. He majored in theater. When he returned to Memphis, Dye discovered that a Judd Nelson film called Making the Grade was filming in the area. Dye landed his first role as "Skip." In 1986 he starred in the comedy film Modern Girls. In 1987 Dye got his first leading role, as Todd Barrett. He re-teamed with Nelson in the television miniseries Billionaire Boys Club. In 1989, he starred in the martial-arts drama Best of the Best. By the time the 1990s came around, Dye decided to make a move towards television. 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 Hotel Malibu..John Dye – John Dye
11. Morgan Freeman – Morgan Freeman is an American actor, producer and narrator. Freeman has also won a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman is his skill at narration. Freeman got his break as part of the cast of the 1970s children's program The Electric Company. Morgan Freeman is ranked as the 3rd highest box office star with over $4.316 billion total box office gross, an average of $74.4 million per film. Morgan Freeman was born on June 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. Freeman is a barber who died on April 27, 1961, from cirrhosis. Freeman has three older siblings. According to a DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were from Niger. He was sent to his paternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi. Freeman moved frequently during his childhood, living in Greenwood, Mississippi; Gary, Indiana; and finally Chicago, Illinois. He made his acting debut at age nine, playing the lead role in a play. Freeman then attended a building which serves today as Threadgill Elementary School, in Greenwood, Mississippi. Freeman's portrait appears in his character's funeral scene in The Bucket List. Freeman also appeared as an extra in the 1965 film The Pawnbroker.Morgan Freeman – Freeman in December 2008
12. M. C. Gainey – Michael Connor "M. C." Gainey is an American actor whose distinctive mustache, 6'2" height, threatening look have landed him supporting roles as Southern or Southwestern thugs and criminals. He is known for playing a major role in the 1997 Con Air movie. Gainey was born in Jackson, Mississippi. In the early 1970s, he attended the American Conservatory Theater with Ken Hixon. Prior to this, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi. He worked as an undertaker's apprentice before he decided to study acting. In 1981, he made his big-screen debut from Heaven starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters. Gainey played Tom Friendly on the series Lost. He also played Bo Crowder in one season of the hit FX series Justified. In 2004, Gainey appeared in the award-winning arthouse film Sideways. He played Kurtz / Apocalypse Oz. In 2007, he appeared in Mr. Woodcock, Unearthed. In 2010, he voiced the Captain of the Palace Guard in Tangled. In 2012, he appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained.M. C. Gainey – Gainey at WonderCon 2010.
13. James Earl Jones – James Earl Jones is an American actor. As a child he had a stutter. In his episode of Biography, Jones said he overcame the affliction through poetry, acting, although it lasted for several years. A pre-med major in college, Jones went on to serve in the United States Army before pursuing a career in acting. On November 2011, Jones received an Honorary Academy Award. On November 2015, he was honored to receive the Voice Arts Icon Awards. His father reconciled many years later. He was raised by farmers John Henry and Maggie Connolly. He has said that he also has Irish and Native American ancestry. He has described Maggie, as "the most racist person I have ever known", thus forcing him to develop his own independent thinking. His grandmother was of African-American, Cherokee and Choctaw ancestry. At the age of five, he moved in Jackson, Michigan. Jones developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak. When he moved to Michigan, a teacher helped him overcome his stutter. Jones remained functionally mute for eight years, until he entered high school.James 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 Earl Jones left school at an early age to become a sharecropper. They separated before James Earl was born in 1931. Jones did not come to know his son until the mid-1950s. Under the name "Battling Bill Stovall", he was a sparring partner of Joe Louis. Jones appeared including The Cotton Club and The Sting. His career started with the leading role of a detective in the 1939 race film Lying Lips. Jones acted mostly in crime movies and dramas with such highlights as Wild River and One Potato, Two Potato. He appeared in other noted films over the span of his career: Witness, Trading Places, The Cotton Club. Jones appeared in the Oscar-winning 1973 film The Sting, as an aging grifter whose con is requited with murder leading to "the sting". He also made appearances in the long-running TV shows Kojak. His last film was Without Thunder. One of his last stage roles was in a 1991 production of Mule Bone from the Harlem renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston.Robert Earl Jones – Robert Earl Jones, 1939
15. Daniel Curtis Lee – Daniel Curtis Lee is an American actor, comedian, rapper. He has also appeared in other television shows, After Next. Lee was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He lived for a brief time. Lee is a member of a celebrity basketball team.Daniel Curtis Lee – Lee at the 2009 premiere for Up
16. Tom Lester – Thomas William "Tom" Lester is an American actor and evangelist. Lester was born in Laurel, Mississippi, the first of two children of Pat Lester, Mary Sue Lester. A young boy in 1948, he got involved in the Baptist church. At that time he said he thought the Lord's plan for his life would deliver him to Hollywood, California, to embark on an acting career. He discussed 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. Acting became his main interest. He left for Los Angeles, California. In his early 20s he attended the First Baptist Church of California. After moving to Hollywood, Lester met actress Lurene Tuttle, who became acting coach. She suggested he begin work in the Little Theater, which he did, acting in showcases at the North Hollywood Playhouse. Lester beat out 400 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 real life since he grew up on a farm in Mississippi. No one expected this. His recurring role soon became a regular character, thanks to both the show's popularity, which made Lester a household name.Tom Lester – Tom Lester
17. Gerald McRaney – Gerald Lee "Mac" McRaney is an American television and movie actor. McRaney is best known as one of the stars of the television shows Simon & Simon, Promised Land. He was the final season of Deadwood. He starred in a recurring role as main antagonist Mason Wood in season eight of Castle. McRaney was born in the son of Clyde and Edna McRaney. 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 a low-budget slasher film in which he played the lead character Wesley Stuart. However, McRaney is perhaps best known for his role as Rick Simon in the 1980s television show Simon & Simon. He also had starring roles in a recurring role on Designing Women. McRaney portrayed business mogul Adam Brock in the last eight episodes of Darren Star's primetime soap opera Central Park West, which ran on CBS in 1995-96. He also starred in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Diagnosis: Murder as Det. Andy Ruggio. In 1999, he starred in the film A Holiday Romance as Cal Peterson.Gerald McRaney – McRaney in July 2010
18. Elvis Presley – Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, as a twinless twin—his brother was stillborn. When he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley's 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 leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, he died in 1977 at the age of 42. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. As an only child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother.Elvis 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, movies. Born Jack Crowder in Miami, Florida, he made guest appearances in TV shows. He also appeared by Richard Pryor as a priest in the "Exorcist II" sketch. Under his original name Jack Crowder, Rasulala appeared as Cornelius Hackl in the hit musical Hello, Dolly!. He was a leading member of the all-black cast that starred Cab Calloway. He also appeared on The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Star Trek: The Sophisticated Gents. His other film roles include Cornbread, Earl and Me, Mr. Ricco, Bucktown, The Last Hard Men, New Jack City. His last role was as General Afir in Mom and Dad Save the World. The film, released a year after his death, is dedicated to his memory. Rasulala died from a heart attack in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He died two days with whom he guest starred on Sanford & Son. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Deer Creek Funeral Service of San Leandro Ca. Burial was private. He also attended some classes in Raleigh, NC in the late 1970s. 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, record producer and actor. William Ray Norwood Jr. was born to Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates-Norwood. His older sister Brandy is an multi-platinum recording artist. This period in Norwood's life would shape his acting career. 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. It peaked number 11 in New Zealand. The single peaked at number 54 on the U.S. R&B chart. In 1997, Ray was dropped from the label. In 1998, Ray appeared with the single "That's Why I Lie". Ray produced for 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, in which he co-produced and performed songs. Norwood also worked for his second studio album This Ain't A Game. The album was released on June 26, 2001 with Atlantic Records. The lead single "Wait A Minute" peaked on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and # 8 on the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs chart.Ray J – Ray J in December 2011
21. Eric Roberts – Eric Anthony Roberts is an American actor best known for his appearance in the music video for the hit Killers song, Mr Brightside. His career began with a well-received performance in King of the Gypsies, for which he earned his first Golden Globe nomination. 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 Inherent Vice. Lisa Roberts Gillan, daughter Emma Roberts, also have acting careers. In 1963, they co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop off Juniper Street in Midtown. They ran a children's acting school in Decatur, Georgia while they were expecting Julia. Roberts' mother became his father, a vacuum cleaner salesman. Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors. It was finalized early in 1972. Eric stayed from his sisters. Walter died in March 1977. Lisa, Julia and Betty moved after the divorce. Motes was often unemployed. In 1983, Betty divorced Motes, stating that marrying him was the biggest mistake of her life.Eric Roberts – Roberts at the Florida SuperCon, June 2015
22. Larry Semon – Lawrence "Larry" Semon was an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter during the silent film era. The compliment was repaid in the 2005 three-disc version of the 1939 film, in which the 1925 version appears along with other silent "Oz" movies. Born in Mississippi, Semon was the son of a vaudeville magician, Zera the Great, while his mother worked as his assistant. Along with his older sister, Semon joined his parents' act until his father's death. While working as an artist, Semon appeared 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 for actor Hughie Mack's films. He occasionally cast himself in the films he worked on. When Mack left Vitagraph, Semon began playing the lead roles. His short slapstick comedies were released quickly and prolifically, making Semon very familiar to moviegoers. Semon was given a free hand in making them. As a former cartoonist, Semon staged similarly cartoony sight gags, using special effects. No gag was too big for Semon. He loved chase sequences involving airplanes, exploding barns, falling water towers, liberal use of substances in which to douse people. A typical Semon comedy might involve barrels of flour, sacks of soot, gallons of ink, pits filled with mud.Larry Semon – Larry Semon, c. 1920
23. Seth Smith – Garry Seth Smith, sometimes nicknamed "Dad," is an American professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. Smith previously played for the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres. He was also the backup quarterback to Eli Manning on the football team at Mississippi. During his freshman Smith hit.402 and was named a Freshman All-American. He also played in the Pan-Am games while at Ole Miss.. Smith made his Major League Baseball debut with the Colorado Rockies in a 13 -- 0 home win over the Florida Marlins. Smith did not record a hit in two total during the game. He got an infield single, on September 21, 2007, in a 2 -- 1 extra-innings road win over the San Diego Padres. His hit came off of Doug Brocail in the top of the 12th inning. He played during the regular season racking up five hits in eight at bats. Smith's successful stint during the regular season earned a spot on the Rockies' 2007 postseason roster. In the 2007 National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, he had one pinch hit at bats. His lone hit came in a 10 -- 5 win against the Phillies. It was an infield hit in the top of 3 -- 2. Again, he had one pinch hit in two at bats.Seth Smith – Smith with the Seattle Mariners
24. 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 "That" peaked on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single later became a number-one hit in the United States starting in September 2007. On August 17, Way was listed for earning $ million for that year. Way has released one independent album: his debut studio Souljaboytellem.com was certified platinum by the RIAA. The DeAndre Way sold only 100,000 copies. Way was moved 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 recording 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. 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. The album was reportedly recorded using just the demo version of FL Studio. For the 50th Grammy Awards, Way lost to T-Pain's "Good Life". 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, while speculating he would likely be a one-hit wonder.Soulja Boy – Soulja Boy at YouTube Live in November 2008, doing his signature dance.
25. Channing Tatum – Channing Matthew Tatum is an American actor, dancer, former stripper. He made his debut in the drama film Coach Carter. His role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which introduced him to a wider audience. 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: Retaliation. Although both G.I. Joe films received negative reviews from critics, they were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million at the box office. Tatum appeared as Dear John and The Vow. His other films include She's the Man, The Dilemma, White House Down, the drama Foxcatcher, Hail, Caesar!. . He was born in Cullman, the son of Kay, an airline worker, Glenn Tatum, who worked in construction. Tatum has a sister named Paige. Tatum is mostly of English ancestry, from elsewhere in Europe. His family moved to Mississippi area when he was six.Channing Tatum – Tatum at the premiere of Magic Mike XXL in Sydney Australia, July 2015
26. Tate Taylor – Tate Taylor is an American actor, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for directing The Girl on the Train. Taylor was born on June 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, where he grew up. He attended preschool with writer Kathryn Stockett. Taylor worked in New York City and Los Angeles. Taylor achieved success when he directed the film The Help, based on Stockett's novel The Help. She gave rights to make the film adaptation in June 2008, before the book was published. Taylor directed Get on a biopic on the singer James Brown, starring Chadwick Boseman, released on August 1, 2014. Though the film was well received critically, it was a commercial disappointment. Most recently he has directed The Girl on the Train, which has grossed over $122 million worldwide since its release. Taylor resides on an Antebellum plantation in Church Hill, Mississippi.Tate Taylor – Tate Taylor