Donald Byrd brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his Hollywood career. Byrd found early success with his music appearing in dramatic films like "Cornbread, Earl & Me" (1975) starring Moses Gunn. An an actor as well as a musician, Byrd took on a part in "The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards" (NBC, 1993-94). In the nineties and the early 2000s, Byrd's music increasingly set the pace for comedies, including films like "The Meteor Man" (1993), "Gridlock'd" (1997) starring Tim Roth and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (1998) with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg. He also appeared in "Mojo" (1998) with Ian Hart and Ewen Bremner and "Very Bad Things" (1998) with Christian Slater. Byrd most recently worked on the romantic comedy "Something New" (2006) with Simon Baker. Byrd passed away in February 2013 at the age of 81.