Jussie Smollett Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
Jussie Smollett was born on June 21, 1983, in Santa Rosa, California, USA. His parents are Taraji Henson and Terrence Howard. He also has five siblings: Jacob, Jazz, Jocqui, Jojo, and Jurnee
Jussie Smollett first began his acting career when he was only eight years old. He first played Salem Bordeaux in A Little Piece of Heaven; a made for television movie. The next year, in 1992, he went on to play Terry Hall in The Mighty Ducks, which is one of his childhood roles that he is best known for. Two years later he would also appear in the film North.
In 1993, Jussie Smollett began working in television shows. He had a few guest roles on the shows Queen and Coach before he earned a recurring role on the shows Cro (as the character Mike) in 1993. He worked on this show for a season before moving on to play Jesse Jerrico for 20 episodes on On Our Own. After this, Smollett took over a decade’s break from acting.
Later Acting Career
It wasn’t until 2009 that Jussie Smollett returned to acting. He first reappeared in the video short, Pitch This. After this, he didn’t return to acting for another three years. This time, in 2012, he appeared in a full-length film called The Skinny. Being in this movie helped to kick off his acting career once again. This time, he was no longer a child star, but instead a handsome adult actor ready to take on the screen once again.
Beginning in 2012, Jussie Smollett began acting in television shows, beginning with acting as a guest star on The Mindy Project. He had a series of television guest roles throughout the next couple of years. He worked on shows like Revenge, Underground, and Star. His most important role around this time came in 2015 when he started to play the character Jamal Lyon in Empire, which he continues to work on (as of 2017) to this day.
In 2017, Jussie Smollett returned to having roles in films. His first major film appearance in this year was in Alien: Covenant. Later on, in the same year, he also appeared in Marshall.
It was around 2010 that Jussie Smollett began his music career. He worked with various production companies, including Wired Music Media and Artists for a New South Africa. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that he produced his first EP album, Poisoned Hearts Club. Many of the songs on the album have been played on his show, Empire.
Over the last few years, Jussie Smollett has also been in a couple of music videos. He was in one for one of his songs, FUW. He was also in a video with Mariah Carey for the song Infinity.
Awards And Accomplishments
All of Smollett’s, awards are for his acting and his musical talent. Some of his most impressive awards are listed below.
Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, USA Award of Merit for a Narrative Short (Sacred Heart)
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards’ GMS Award for Best Song/Recording Created for Television (Empire)
African Movie Academy Awards Best Diaspora Short (90 Days)
Image Award for Outstanding Song (You’re so Beautiful)
Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Empire)