Jussie Smollett stars as Jamal Lyon on the hit series Empire from producer/director Lee Daniels. His role allows him to blend his acting, singing, and songwriting skills in this high-octane family drama, which is a historic hit on FOX.
The second season premiered to massive numbers on September 23rd, 2015. He also will next be seen in the new WGN thriller Underground in 2016.
Feature film credits include The Mighty Ducks, Rob Reiner’s North, and Alex Haley’s Queen, alongside Halle Berry and Danny Glover. He also appeared in the telefilm A Little Piece of Heaven, opposite Cloris Leachman, and went on to star with his five real-life siblings in the network comedy On Our Own.
He recently appeared on Revenge and The Mindy Project, and was seen in the independent film Ask Me Anything, alongside Britt Robertson and Justin Long. In the 2012 film The Skinny, Smollett received rave reviews for his portrayal of “Magnus,” a gay medical student hosting his college friends in New York City.
On the music front, the singer/songwriter who Ebony Magazine has dubbed “…an urban Adam Levine brewed in a cup of MJ.” is currently recording his album, described as a mix of pop and soul with alternative hip-hop beats.
Smollett is actively involved in numerous charities and was named by the Black AIDS Institute as one of the “30 Artists Under 30”, truly making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He was recently inducted into their hall of fame. He sits on the Board of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) and the RuJohn Foundation, which supplies clothes, school materials and scholarships to children in Jamaica and the U.S.
Born in Santa Rosa, CA, Smollett now resides in Los Angeles.
(Source: Sharp & Associates)
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