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Reginald Hudlin

Reginald Hudlin

Reginald Hudlin has an impressive list of film credits. He made his directorial debut with the popular comedy House Party, which is based on a short film he directed while he was a student at Harvard University. The 1990 feature won the prestigious Filmmakers Trophy and the Best Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Clarence Muse Youth Award and a New Visions, New Voices Award from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Grossing over $27 million in domestic box office alone, the critically acclaimed House Party has since become a profitable franchise, inspiring three sequels. a Saturday morning animated series and a comic book.

Hudlin's next film, the romantic comedy Boomerang, was also a big success. Starring Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Halle Berry and Chris Rock, the film earned $120 million dollars worldwide and produced a double-platinum soundtrack by LA Reid and Babyface. The soundtrack featured Boyz II Men's End of The Road. one of the longest charting #1 singles in Billboard history, and the debut appearance of the multi-platinum songstress Toni Braxton.

In 1992, Hudlin's Bebe's Kids, the first African American animated feature film, came out. Written and executive produced by Hudlin, the film is based on the comic routines of the late Robin Harris, who played Pop in house Party. In 1995, Hudlin created and co-executive produced Comic Slop, a hip Twilight Zone-type anthology special for HBO, which won two CableAce Awards for the Space Traders episode, which Hudlin directed, and for Paula Jai Parker's performance in Tang.

One year later, Hudlin's popular comedy The Great White Hype, written by Ron Shelton and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldhlum, Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx and Jon Lovitz, was another box office success. The soundtrack from the film also marked the first release on the Hudlin Bros/Epic Soundtrax record label, which featured the once in a lifetime pairing of Lou Rawls and Biz Markie performing I've Got You Under My Skin.

In 2001, Hudlin directed Saturday Night Live Comedian Tim Meadows as the popular SNL character Leon Phelps, the world's greatest lover, in Paramount's The Ladies Man.

Hudlin has partnered with Aaron McGruder, the creator of the controversial comic strip The Boondocks, to develop an animated series of the strip. Hudlin is also currently developing another comedy for Mandalay Pictures.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Reginald Hudlin Facts

Birth NameReginald Alan Hudlin
BirthdayDecember 15, 1961 (60)
BirthplaceCenterville, Illinois, USA

Selected Filmography

The Great White Hype
Ferry Tale
True Grits
House Party
House Party 2
Ladies Man, The
Stand By Me
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