Jimmy Cliff

An iconic figure in the history of Jamaican music, Jimmy Cliff was a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter whose stirring anthems for liberty and independence helped to define reggae music to the world. Cliff began ... Read more »
Born: 04/01/1948 in Saint Catherine, JM

Filmography

Music (39)

Rush 2013 (Movie)

("Many Rivers To Cross") (Song Performer)

Rush 2013 (Movie)

("Many Rivers To Cross") (Song)

Warm Bodies 2013 (Movie)

("Sitting In Limbo") (Song)

Warm Bodies 2013 (Movie)

("Sitting In Limbo") (Song Performer)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

("You Can Get It If You Really Want") (Song)

Made in Dagenham 2010 (Movie)

("You Can Get It If You Really Want") (Song)

Fool's Gold 2008 (Movie)

("You Can Get It If You Really Want") (Song)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

("Come Into My Life") (Song)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

("Come Into My Life") (Song Performer)

Hitch 2005 (Movie)

("You Can Get It if You Really Want") (Song)

Hitch 2005 (Movie)

("You Can Get It if You Really Want") (Song Performer)

In Her Shoes 2005 (Movie)

("Sitting In Limbo") (Song)

In Her Shoes 2005 (Movie)

("Sitting In Limbo") (Song Performer)

Into the Blue 2005 (Movie)

("Wonderful World, Beautiful People") (Song)

Into the Blue 2005 (Movie)

("Wonderful World, Beautiful People") (Song Performer)

Love, Honour & Obey 2001 (Movie)

("The Harder They Come") (Song)

The Muse 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

The Muse 1999 (Movie)

("Let Your Yeah be Yeah") (Song Performer)

Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 (Movie)

("You Can Get It if You Really Want") (Song Performer)

Rude 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

("Many Rivers To Cross") (Song Performer)

Cool Runnings 1993 (Movie)

("I Can See Clearly Now") (Song Performer)

Take Me to Your Leaders 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Lost Angels 1989 (Movie)

("Many Rivers to Cross") (Song)

A Reggae Session 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

A Reggae Session 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Cocktail 1988 (Movie)

(Song)

Cocktail 1988 (Movie)

("Shelter of Your Love") (Song Performer)

Iron Eagle II 1988 (Movie)

("Trapped") (Song)

Club Paradise 1986 (Movie)

("Island in the Sun") (Song)

Sitting in Limbo 1985 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Sitting in Limbo 1985 (Movie)

("Sitting in Limbo" "Struggling Man" "You Can Get It If You Really Want" "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah" "Many Rivers to Cross" "Sooner or Later") (Song Performer)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

("Vietnam") (Song Performer)

Bongo Man 1980 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Bongo Man 1980 (Movie)

("Bongo Man" "Wanted Man" "Hard Road To Travel" "Fundamental Reggae" "Stand Up and Fight Back" "Many Rivers to Cross" "I'm the Living" "Vietnam" "She's a Woman" "Goin' Back West" "The Harder They Come" "Let's Turn the Tables") (Song Performer)

Roots Rock Reggae 1976 (Movie)

song medley (Song)

Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (14)

The Voice 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marley 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Harder They Come 1997 (Movie)

Ivan (Actor)

Marked for Death 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

MTV's Funky Reggae Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Common Future 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Reggae Session 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Club Paradise 1986 (Movie)

Ernest Reed (Actor)

Bongo Man 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roots Rock Reggae 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Bongo Man 1980 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

An iconic figure in the history of Jamaican music, Jimmy Cliff was a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter whose stirring anthems for liberty and independence helped to define reggae music to the world. Cliff began generating hits as a teenager in the early 1960s with the help of producer Leslie Kong, but soon eclipsed this material after moving to England at the behest of Island Records head Chris Blackwell. He drew inspiration from the country's booming rock and R&B movements, which informed such breakout hits as "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" and "Vietnam." The 1970s were initially a boom period for Cliff, thanks to his starring role as a musician-turned-outlaw in the cult classic "The Harder They Come" (1972) and its top-selling soundtrack. But Cliff's eclectic sound failed to generate the same attention as his label mate, Bob Marley, in America, and by the end of the decade, his recorded output paled to his popularity as a live act, though he remained in demand throughout the Third World. From the 1970s onward, his best songs enjoyed a second life through numerous covers by Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards and others, which in turn led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Cliff's stirring songs and fiercely independent spirit made him a pioneer of reggae music and a spiritual forefather to countless Jamaican artists who followed in his wake.

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