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Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer is best known for his crowd-pleasing roles in such hit fi lms as Barbershop; Be Cool, with John Travolta; Madagascar; Intolerable Cruelty, with George Clooney; and The Original Kings of Comedy, the MTV documentary feature directed by Spike Lee. He will next be seen starring in the political drama Grassroots, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal.

Cedric now helms his own feature and television production company, A Bird and a Bear Entertainment, which developed and produced Johnson Family Vacation, the 2004 box-offi ce hit in which Cedric also starred. In 2010, he made his directorial debut with Chicago Pulaski Jones, a dance spoof feature, starring comic actor Kel Mitchell. Cedric will also executive produce a new teen comedy series on Nickelodeon, along with an original game show for NBC titled It's Worth What?, which he will also host.

His other fi lm credits include Cadillac Records, co-starring Adrien Brody and Beyoncé Knowles; Street Kings, opposite Keanu Reeves; Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, with Martin Lawrence; Talk to Me, starring Don Cheadle; Code Name: The Cleaner, opposite Lucy Liu; The Honeymooners, in which he starred as Jackie Gleason's famed character, Ralph Kramden, and received a Thumbs up. from Roger Ebert; Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, with Jim Carrey; Man of the House, with Tommy Lee Jones; Barbershop 2: Back in Business; Big Momma's House; Kingdom Come, with Whoopi Goldberg; and Serving Sara, with Matthew Perry. He has also displayed tremendous vocal talent in the family features Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Charlotte's Web, Dr. Dolittle 2 and Ice Age.

In July 2006, Cedric's fi rst-ever HBO Comedy Special, Cedric: Taking You Higher, was the highest-rated special of that year for the network. In November 2008, Cedric made his Broadway debut in David Mamet's masterpiece American Buffalo. His performance was singled out for critical praise.

Cedric's universal appeal, versatility and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances and film have solidifi ed his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world. Cedric will next lend his voice to Madagascar 3 and will soon be seen co-starring opposite Christina Ricci in All's Faire in Love.

Some notable career accolades for the multitalented funnyman include nabbing the AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his FOX television series Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and a record-breaking four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of the lovable Coach Cedric Robinson on The WB's No. 1-rated The Steve Harvey Show, which ran for six seasons.

His first comedy book, Grown-A$$ Man, was released in January of 2002 and sold out across the country. In 2001, a viewing audience of more than 144 million saw Cedric star in the Bud Light commercial that landed in the No. 1 spot during the Super Bowl broadcast (subsequently, USA Today dubbed him Madison Avenue's Most Valuable Player). In 1994, Cedric received the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from Black Entertainment Television for his groundbreaking work as host of Def Comedy Jam and BET ComicView (from 1994 to 1995).

As a philanthropist, Cedric founded the Cedric The Entertainer Charitable Foundation, which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He plans to expand the foundation nationally. Cedric has awarded more than 56 scholarships and countless incentives through his foundation.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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Cedric the Entertainer Facts

Birth NameCedric Kyles
OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthdayApril 24, 1964 (59)
BirthplaceJefferson City, Missouri, USA
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Cedric the Entertainer compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Barbershop: The Next Cut
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Charlotte's Web
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Top Five
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