Don Cornelius

The African-American entrepreneur and icon responsible for the first successful syndicated television entertainment program aimed at black audiences, Don Cornelius created "Soul Train" (WCIU, 1970; syndicated 1971-2006) ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1936 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Producer (39)

The 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 20th Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 7th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 6th Annual Sears Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 5th Annual Sears Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 9th Annual Lady of Soul Train Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

4th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

7th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Divas and Kings 2000 and Beyond: The Soul Train 30th Anniversary 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 2nd Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 5th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 4th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 3rd Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Special 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Soul Train Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Producer

The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Soul Train (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Soul Train (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (14)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Wendy Williams is on Fire on the Red Carpet 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Fired Up 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Record Row: Cradle of Rhythm and Blues 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

Mo Fuzz (Actor)

Watch Me Move! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Roadie 1980 (Movie)

Mohammed Johnson (Actor)

No Way Back 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Train (TV Show)

Actor
Production Management (8)

Room 2015 (Movie)

(Location Manager)

Unnatural History 2010 (Tv Show)

Location Manager

The Time Traveler's Wife 2009 (Movie)

(Location Manager)

Narc 2002 (Movie)

(Location Scout)

Angel Eyes 2001 (Movie)

(Location Scout)

Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Assistant Location Manager

Cheater's Club (TV Show)

Location Manager

Crossed Over (TV Show)

Assistant Location Manager
Writer (2)

Soul Train (TV Show)

Writer

Soul Train (TV Show)

Creator
Music (2)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

("Soul Train Theme") (Song)

Soul Train (TV Show)

Theme Music

Biography

The African-American entrepreneur and icon responsible for the first successful syndicated television entertainment program aimed at black audiences, Don Cornelius created "Soul Train" (WCIU, 1970; syndicated 1971-2006) in order to fill a void in the Chicago TV market. The tall, handsome former disk jockey with the bass-heavy voice displayed considerable savvy and innovation in the development of his show, which found an audience in short order and outgrew its humble origins. Taking "Soul Train" to the West Coast, Cornelius became the first black owner of a syndicated television program and provided an accessible and entertaining showcase for black culture and pride. As the show's profile grew, major talents like The Jackson 5, James Brown, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin all made appearances, and "Soul Train" became an important cultural force in setting dance and style trends. With "Soul Train," Cornelius created a program that was not only an important and positive cultural influence for black youth, but also a television juggernaut, setting a first run syndication record with its remarkable 35 seasons on air.

Relationships

Viktoria Chapman

Wife
Married Dec. 3, 2001 Divorced 2009

Delores Harrison

Wife
Married 1956 Divorced

Milestones

2010

Featured on the "VH1 Rock Docs" special "Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America"

2008

Sold "Soul Train" to MadVision Entertainment

1994

Guest starred on NBC's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

1988

Cast as Mo Fuzz opposite John Cusack and Tim Robbins in "Tapeheads"

1987

Executive produced The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards

1980

Landed a featured role in the musical comedy "Roadie," starring Meat Loaf

1976

Made film acting debut in crime drama "No Way Back"

1973

Made a cameo (as himself) in "Cleopatra Jones"

1970

"Soul Train" broadcast nationally and became one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history

1969

Created music and dance program "Soul Train" in Chicago on WCIU-TV; also served as its writer, producer and host

Discovered by WVON radio personality Ed Cobb in Chicago, IL

Bonus Trivia

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Cornelius ended each "Soul Train" episode with the catchphrase "...and you can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I'm Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!"

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