Randy Jackson

Record producer, Musician, Actor
After an already impressive 20-year career as a musician, producer and record label executive, Randy Jackson achieved worldwide fame as one of the judges on the hit musical talent competition "American Idol" (Fox, 2002 ... Read more »
Born: 06/23/1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Repeat After Me 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

The 2000s: A New Reality 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

American Idol 2001 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Punk'd 2004 - 2007, 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Performer

FOX's 25th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 - 2005, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Cameo

Change of Plans 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Simpsons 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Men 2008 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Idol Gives Back 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

2006 Alma Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Family Television Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

American Dreams 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kevin Hill 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Goes Inside Live With Regis and Kelly 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

American Idol: Halfway Home 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: Life on the Road 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Final Three 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Phenomenon 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Road to Hollywood 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Baileys In Tune 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Teen Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Celebrity Hot 100 of Forbes 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Presenter

American Idol: Best of the Worst 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: Halfway Home 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol: The Final Two 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Mariah Carey 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jacksons 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackson Five 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Voice
Music (6)

The Jensen Project 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Music

Piece of My Heart 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

Mariah Carey's Homecoming Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

Mariah Around the World 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

"We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Secrets of The Mountain (TV Show)

Music Supervisor
Producer (5)

Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew 2007 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

America's Best Dance Crew 2: The Live Auditions 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

America's Best Dance Crew: Battle for the VMA's 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Production Management (1)

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Technical Director

Biography

After an already impressive 20-year career as a musician, producer and record label executive, Randy Jackson achieved worldwide fame as one of the judges on the hit musical talent competition "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ). Coming out of the rich musical heritage of Louisiana, Jackson established himself as freelance "gun for hire," playing bass guitar for names like Santana and super group Journey for several years. Soon he began working as a producer for such high-profile acts as Mariah Carey, 'N Sync and Whitney Houston. After several years as an A&R vice president at recording companies Columbia and MCA, Jackson was recruited as a judge for "American Idol," with whom he would share the table with singer Paula Abdul and acerbic music industry entrepreneur Simon Cowell. The show, hosted by ubiquitous broadcasting presence Ryan Seacrest, became a smash hit during its first season, going on to fulfill its promise of producing several bona fide pop stars; among them Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. For his part, Jackson provided a much needed equilibrium in between the histrionic Abdul and gleefully nasty Cowell, with his good-natured critiques and signature exclamation of "Yo, Dawg!" Although initially the least known of the judges, Jackson may actually have been the most uniquely qualified, and throughout several cast rotations, remained as the only original judge until the end of season 11. Talented and personable, Jackson's vast and varied experience in all aspects of the music industry had served him well.

Relationships

Zoe Jackson

Daughter
Born 1996; mother, Erika Riker

Jordan Jackson

Son
Born 1998; mother, Erika Riker

Elizabeth Jackson

Wife
Divorced 1990

Taylor Jackson

Daughter
Born 1990; mother, Elizabeth Jackson

Erika Riker

Wife
Married Dec. 29, 1995

EDUCATION

Southern University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
graduated(Music and Psychology)

Milestones

2010

Remained on judges' table after Simon Cowell left "American Idol'; joined by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler for series' 10th season; Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban replaced Lopez and Tyler in 2012

2008

Executive produced dance competition series "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" (MTV)

2008

Released debut album <i>Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1</i>; lead single "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" performed by Paula Abdul

2006

Named musical director for Mariah Carey's "Adventures of Mimi" tour

2003

Underwent well-publicized gastric bypass surgery and subsequently lost over a hundred pounds

2002

Joined Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul on the panel of judges for reality competition series "American Idol" (Fox)

1992

Played bass on Bruce Springsteen's albums <i>Lucky Town</i> and <i>Human Touch</i>

1990

Performed on Celine Dion's English-language debut <i>Unison</i>

1985

Joined an all-star band that featured Aretha Franklin and Keith Richards for the film "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1986)

1985

Played keyboard and bass on Whitney Houston's first two albums

1983

Played bass for Journey's album <i>Frontiers</i>; joined band for several tours

Served as Senior Vice President of A&R at MCA Records

Named Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records; produced albums including Eddie Money's <i>Right Here</i> (1991) and Richard Marx's <i>Flesh and Bone</i> (1997)

Landed first big break at 17 when he played with 1960s icon John Fred and the Playboys

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