Common

A critically lauded, underground hip-hop artist who eventually found mainstream success with his artistically daring and politically conscious music, Common eventually parlayed his profile into acting. Common began his ... Read more »
Born: 03/12/1972 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Framework 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Run All Night 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

All Access 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Cardboard Boxer 2014 (Movie)

Pope (Actor)

Hell on Wheels 2003 - 2004, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Selma 2014 (Movie)

James Bevel (Actor)

Chappelle's Show 2002 - 2004, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

LUV 2013 (Movie)

Vincent (Actor)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Bob Mone (Actor)

Now You See Me 2013 (Movie)

Evans (Actor)

Pawn 2013 (Movie)

Jeff Porter (Actor)

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2002 - 2004, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 44th NAACP Image Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Mindy Project 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

X/Y 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

BET Honors 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Odd Life of Timothy Green 2012 (Movie)

Coach Cal (Actor)

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Feet Two 2011 (Movie)

Seymour (Voice)

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Single Ladies 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Artists of All Time 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Date Night 2010 (Movie)

Detective Collins (Actor)

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

Scott McKnight (Actor)

SOS Saving OurSelves: Help for Haiti 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Hip Hop Awards 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Terminator Salvation 2009 (Movie)

Barnes (Actor)

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Kings 2008 (Movie)

Coates (Actor)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Vibe Awards Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Wanted 2008 (Movie)

The Gunsmith (Actor)

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

Turner Lucas (Actor)

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

Sir Ivy (Actor)

The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jamie Foxx: Unpredictable 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Unplugged 1989 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV's New Year of Music 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

ReAct Now: Music & Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drug Years 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Black in the '80s 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Game Over 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hip Hop Babylon 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

One on One 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beef 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Soundz of Spirit 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

Performer
Music (33)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Selma 2014 (Movie)

("Glory") (Song Performer)

Selma 2014 (Movie)

("Glory") (Song)

Battle of the Year 3D 2013 (Movie)

("Universal Mind Control (UMC)") (Song Performer)

Battle of the Year 3D 2013 (Movie)

("Universal Mind Control (UMC)") (Song)

Happy Feet Two 2011 (Movie)

"Seymour's Rap" (Song Performer)

It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 (Movie)

("Be (Intro)") (Song)

It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 (Movie)

("Be (Intro)") (Song Performer)

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

("Next Time (Just Right Version)") (Song)

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

("Next Time (Just Right Version)") (Song Performer)

Step Up 3-D 2010 (Movie)

"Drivin' Me Wild" (Song)

Fast & Furious 2009 (Movie)

("Universal Mind Control") (Song Performer)

Fast & Furious 2009 (Movie)

("Universal Mind Control") (Song)

16th Annual Trumpet Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

("A Dream") (Song)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

("A Dream") (Song Performer)

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

("Play Your Cards Right") (Song)

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

("Play Your Cards Right") (Song Performer)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Get Em High") (Song Performer)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Get Em High") (Song)

The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Act Too (Love Of My Life)") (Song)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)") (Song Performer)

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

("The Light") (Song Performer)

Disappearing Acts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

("The Light" (featuring Erykah Badu)) (Song Performer)

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

("The Light") (Song)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

("Any Given Sunday" (featuring Guru/Jamie Foxx)) (Song)

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

("All Night Long (Remix Version)") (Song)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

("The Hurricane") (Song)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

("The Hurricane" (with The Roots)) (Song Performer)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

("The Remedy") (Song)
Producer (1)

LUV 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A critically lauded, underground hip-hop artist who eventually found mainstream success with his artistically daring and politically conscious music, Common eventually parlayed his profile into acting. Common began his career as a cult figure in alternative hip-hop in the early 1990s, at a time when commercial rap was dominated by warring gangstas from both coasts. With his literary lyrics focused more on love and spirituality than drugs and guns, Common built a following among music critics and hip-hop fans alienated by the negative direction of gangsta rap. He earned some backlash for doing so, but eventually triumphed in the late 1990s amidst a growing revival of old school hip-hop. Following a number of best-selling, Grammy-winning albums, he began an acting career. Unlike Common's musical content, which was socially outspoken and positive, his early supporting film roles found him playing just the type of street thugs his music had railed against. As he began to find his footing in action and comedy features, Common proved that his magnetism and persona as a stage performer translated quite well to big screen characters. He maintained his musical credibility as well, winning Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards for "Glory," his collaboration with John Legend for the film "Selma" (2014).

Relationships

Erykah Badu Actor

Companion
Began dating 2000 Broke up April 2003

Mahalia Hines

Mother

Lonnie Lynn

Father
Professional basketball player

Omoye Lynn

Daughter
Born 1997

Serena Williams Actor

Companion
Began dating 2008 Reportedly split May 2010

Milestones

2012

Starred in drama feature "LUV"

2011

Released ninth studio album The Dreamer/The Believer

2011

Made cameo in romantic comedy ensemble "New Year's Eve"

2011

Voiced character of Seymour in animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"

2010

Co-starred opposite Tina Fey and Steve Carell in comedy hit "Date Night"

2010

Starred as a pro basketball player with a career-threatening injury who catches the eye of his physical therapist (Queen Latifah) in romantic comedy "Just Wright"

2009

Appeared opposite Christian Bale (as John Connor) in "Terminator Salvation"

2006

Made feature film debut as a Mob enforcer in ensemble crime caper "Smokin’ Aces," directed by Joe Carnahan

2001

Received first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance for "The Light"

2000

Released first major label album, the gold-selling "Like Water for Chocolate"

1992

Released first album, EP titled "Can I Borrow a Dollar?"

Bonus Trivia

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Common's 1994 track "I Used to Love H.E.R." provoked a short-lived feud with fellow rapper Ice Cube.

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