James Brown

A towering figure in the history of 20th century popular music, James Brown was the key architect in the development of soul and funk, which were personified by such propulsive hits as "I Feel Good," "Papa's Got a Brand ... Read more »
Born: 05/02/1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Music (192)

Paddington 2015 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song)

Paddington 2015 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

About Last Night 2014 (Movie)

("Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A Sex Machine)") (Song Performer)

About Last Night 2014 (Movie)

("Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A Sex Machine)") (Song)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song)

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

("Get Up Offa That Thing/Release The Pressure") (Song Performer)

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

("The Payback") (Song)

Lonely Street 2014 (Movie)

("Until It Happens") (Song Performer)

Battle of the Year 3D 2013 (Movie)

("Papa's Got A Brand New Bag") (Song)

Battle of the Year 3D 2013 (Movie)

("Papa's Got A Brand New Bag") (Song Performer)

Identity Thief 2013 (Movie)

("The Payback") (Song)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

("Out Of Sight") (Song Performer)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

("Out Of Sight") (Song)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song)

A Thousand Words 2012 (Movie)

("Talking Loud And Saying Nothing") (Song)

A Thousand Words 2012 (Movie)

("Talking Loud And Saying Nothing") (Song Performer)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

("The Payback") (Song)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

("Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)") (Song Performer)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

("Sweet Little Baby Boy") (Song Performer)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

("Sweet Little Baby Boy") (Song)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

("There Was A Time") (Song Performer)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

("There Was A Time") (Song)

Safe House 2012 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

("How You Gonna Get Respect (When You Haven't Cut Your Process Yet)") (Song)

Think Like A Man 2012 (Movie)

"It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (Song)

Think Like A Man 2012 (Movie)

"It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (Song Performer)

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

("Out Of Sight") (Song)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

("It Takes Two") (Song)

The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

"It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (Song)

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009 (Movie)

("There Was A Time-Kenny Dope Remix") (Song Performer)

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009 (Movie)

("There Was A Time-Kenny Dope Remix") (Song)

Soul Power 2009 (Movie)

("Payback") (Song Performer)

Soul Power 2009 (Movie)

("Soul Power") (Song)

The Proposal 2009 (Movie)

("It Takes Two") (Song)

The Wackness 2008 (Movie)

("Can't Ya See") (Song)

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

("It Takes Two") (Song)

Young@Heart 2008 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Young@Heart 2008 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song)

Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

("The Payback") (Song)

Mr. Untouchable 2007 (Movie)

("The Payback") (Song Performer)

Mr. Untouchable 2007 (Movie)

"You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks and I'll be Straight" (Song)

Music Within 2007 (Movie)

("Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Part 1)") (Song Performer)

Music Within 2007 (Movie)

("Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Part 1)") (Song)

Pride 2007 (Movie)

("The Payback") (Song Performer)

Pride 2007 (Movie)

("The Payback") (Song)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

"It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (Song Performer)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

("Hot Pants") (Song)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

("People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul") (Song Performer)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

("People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul") (Song)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

"It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (Song Performer)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

"It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (Song)

The Reaping 2007 (Movie)

("Tell Me What I Did Wrong") (Song)

The Reaping 2007 (Movie)

("Tell Me What I Did Wrong") (Song Performer)

Kinky Boots 2006 (Movie)

("It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World") (Song Performer)

Kinky Boots 2006 (Movie)

("It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World") (Song)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

("The Boss") (Song)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

("The Boss") (Song Performer)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

("That's Life") (Song Performer)

Guess Who 2005 (Movie)

("Papa Don't Take No Mess") (Song)

Guess Who 2005 (Movie)

("Papa Don't Take No Mess") (Song Performer)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

("Super Bad (Dance Remix)") (Song Performer)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

("Super Bad (Dance Remix)") (Song)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

("I Got Ants in My Pants") (Song)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

("I Got Ants in My Pants") (Song Performer)

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

("Call Me Super Bad") (Song)

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

("Call Me Super Bad") (Song Performer)

The Flight of the Phoenix 2004 (Movie)

("Night Train") (Song Performer)

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

("Papa Don't Take No Mess Pt. 1") (Song Performer)

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

("Papa Don't Take No Mess Pt. 1") (Song)

Twisted 2004 (Movie)

("Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A) Sex Machine") (Song Performer)

Twisted 2004 (Movie)

("Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A) Sex Machine") (Song)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

("Call Me Super Bad (Parts 1, 2, 3)") (Song Performer)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

("Call Me Super Bad (Parts 1, 2, 3)") (Song)

Boat Trip 2003 (Movie)

("I'm Coming Out") (Song Performer)

Kangaroo Jack 2003 (Movie)

("2 Way") (Song)

Poolhall Junkies 2003 (Movie)

("Payback") (Song)

Poolhall Junkies 2003 (Movie)

("Payback") (Song Performer)

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Performer

Barbershop 2002 (Movie)

("Blind Man Can See It") (Song Performer)

Barbershop 2002 (Movie)

("Blind Man Can See It") (Song)

Drumline 2002 (Movie)

("It's a Man's Man's Man's World") (Song)

Drumline 2002 (Movie)

("It's a Man's Man's Man's World") (Song Performer)

Juwanna Mann 2002 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song)

Juwanna Mann 2002 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Showtime 2002 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Showtime 2002 (Movie)

(Song)

The New Guy 2002 (Movie)

("Call Me Super Bad") (Song Performer)

The New Guy 2002 (Movie)

("Call Me Super Bad") (Song)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

("Papa's Got A Brand New Bag") (Song)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

("Papa's Got A Brand New Bag") (Song Performer)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

("Say It Loud, I'm Black And I'm Proud") (Song)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

("Say It Loud, I'm Black And I'm Proud") (Song Performer)

Black Knight 2001 (Movie)

("Get Up Offa That Thang") (Song Performer)

Bones 2001 (Movie)

("Revenge of Jimmy Bones") (Song)

Don't Say A Word 2001 (Movie)

("I Got That Feeling") (Song Performer)

Don't Say A Word 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

("The Payback") (Song Performer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Legally Blonde 2001 (Movie)

("Sex Machine") (Song)

Life As A House 2001 (Movie)

("Rearranged (contains 'I Know You Got Soul')") (Song)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

("Pass the Peas") (Song)

Gun Shy 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Gun Shy 2000 (Movie)

("It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World") (Song Performer)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" "Ain't That a Groove") (Song Performer)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag") (Song Performer)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Snatch 2000 (Movie)

("Cross the Tracks (We Better Go Back)") (Song)

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

("The Boss") (Song Performer)

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

("Super Bad, Super Slick") (Song Performer)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

("That's Life") (Song Performer)

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Liberty Heights 1999 (Movie)

("Chonnie-on-Chon" "I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On" "Please Please Please") (Song Performer)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 (Movie)

("The Boss" "The Payback") (Song Performer)

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

("Get Up Offa That Thing") (Song Performer)

My Favorite Martian 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

My Favorite Martian 1999 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

("It's a Man's Man's Man's World") (Song Performer)

Spanish Fly 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Spanish Fly 1999 (Movie)

("It's a Man's Man Man's World") (Song Performer)

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train 1999 (Movie)

("That's Life") (Song Performer)

A Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song)

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Groove") (Song Performer)

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

("Night Train") (Song Performer)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)") (Song Performer)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Food of Love 1997 (Movie)

("Free Spirit (Slow Burn)") (Song)

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

song perfomer("I'll Go Crazy") (Song Performer)

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Life Is All You Get 1997 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Love Jones 1997 (Movie)

("Blues and Pants") (Song Performer)

Love Jones 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Metro 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Metro 1997 (Movie)

("The Payback") (Song Performer)

Steel 1997 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

("Papa Don't Take No Mess") (Song Performer)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

James Brown: The Godfather of Soul 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

("Pass the Peas") (Song)

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

songs (Song)

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

("Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud" "In a Cold Sweat" "Gonna Have a Funky Time") (Song Performer)

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

White Lies 1995 (Movie)

("Try Me," "Get Up Offa That Thing") (Song Performer)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

("Soul Power") (Song Performer)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

songs("Soul Power" "Pass the Peas") (Song)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

("It's a Man's Man's Man's World") (Song Performer)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

("Try Me") (Song Performer)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Mr. Jones 1993 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Mr. Jones 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 (Movie)

("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag") (Song Performer)

Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Untamed Heart 1993 (Movie)

("Try Me") (Song)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

("Bewildered") (Song Performer)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)" "Super Bad") (Song Performer)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Dice Rules 1991 (Movie)

("Give It Up or Turnit a Loose") (Song Performer)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

("Body Heat") (Song Performer)

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

("I Got the Feelin") (Song)

Pump Up the Volume 1990 (Movie)

("Message From the Soul Sisters") (Song Performer)

Who's Harry Crumb? 1989 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Who's Harry Crumb? 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

The Blue Iguana 1988 (Movie)

("Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine") (Song Performer)

The Blue Iguana 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

("I Got You (I Feel Good)") (Song Performer)

Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Summer School 1987 (Movie)

("Papa's Got A Brand New Bag") (Song)

Iron Eagle 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Iron Eagle 1986 (Movie)

("There Was a Time") (Song Performer)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

("Zero, Zero Seven Charlie") (Song)

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

("Living in America") (Song Performer)

Android 1982 (Movie)

("It's a Man's Man's Man's World") (Song Performer)

Android 1982 (Movie)

(Song)

The Fan 1980 (Movie)

("It's Too Funky in Here") (Song Performer)

Quadrophenia 1979 (Movie)

("Night Train") (Song Performer)

The Kids Are Alright 1979 (Movie)

("Shout and Shimmy") (Song)

Black Caesar 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

Slaughter's Big Rip-Off 1972 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (49)

Life on the Road With Mr. and Mrs. Brown 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

T.A.M.I. Show 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Millers 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Soul Power 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Live Forever 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Paper Chasers 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

R&B 40: A Soul Spectacular 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tuxedo 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments on TV 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Reverend Cleophus James (Actor)

Holy Man 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

In Living Color 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock 'n' Roll Skating Championship 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Soulmates 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Celebrities on Trial 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1993 (Tv Show)

Voice

1991 MTV Video Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Party For Richard Pryor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Influences: James Brown and MC Hammer 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Rock and Roll 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Soul Session: James Brown & Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

The Godfather of Soul (Actor)

Doctor Detroit 1981 (Movie)

Bandleader (Actor)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Reverend Cleophus James (Actor)

The Phynx 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The List (TV Show)

Actor

United We Stand (TV Show)

Actor

Woodstock 99 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A towering figure in the history of 20th century popular music, James Brown was the key architect in the development of soul and funk, which were personified by such propulsive hits as "I Feel Good," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," "Cold Sweat," "Super Bad" and other iconic songs. Brown's music also wielded considerable influence over a vast array of other music forms, most notably rap and hip-hop, which built its foundation upon Brown's jazz-driven drum pattern. His vocal support for civil rights and black empowerment in the 1960s and early 1970s also elevated him from performer to spokesman for a generation of young African-Americans. Tax problems, substance abuse issues and the rise of more commercial forms of R&B toppled Brown's empire in the mid-1970s, and he would spend much of the next two decades in alternating states of comeback and disgrace before his death in 2006. However, changing tastes and legal problems could never erase the incredible legacy of his body of work, which at the height of his powers, was among the most exhilarating music ever recorded, and preserved Brown's status as, among other titles, "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business" and "Soul Brother No. 1."

Relationships

Tomi Rae Brown Historic Theatre Consultant

Wife
Married 2001 Annulled January 2004

Daryl Brown Consultant

Son

Deanna Brown

Daughter

Teddy Brown Executive Producer

Son
eldest son died in a car crash in 1973

Larry Brown Music

Son

Terry Brown Music

Son

Venisha Brown

Daughter

James Brown

Son
mother, Tomi Rae Hynie

Deidre Jenkins

Wife
Married 1970 Divorced 1981

Yamma Lumar

Daughter

Adrienne Rodriguez

Wife
Married 1984 until her death 1996

Velma Warren

Wife
Married 1953 Divorced 1969

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