Sprite Presents: The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards Pre-Show With Brandy and Ray J 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)
Art has imitated life for actor/musician Ray J, who enjoyed an active child acting career in the early to mid-1990s and was cast as real-life older sister Brandy's half-brother on the sitcom "Moesha" (UPN) beginning in 1999. A talented performer in his own right, Ray J's acting career began with the 1993-1994 TV season, a year before his sister's hit debut album reached the charts. Brandy began acting on ABC's "Thea" in 1993, and Ray J got his start with a regular role in the Fox sitcom "The Sinbad Show" (1993-94), playing the elder of two foster children siblings that Sinbad's David Bryan takes in. Fall 1993 also saw the young performer featured in "Rhythm and Jam," an educational, music-themed "ABC Saturday Morning Special." A role in the HBO aired espionage-themed thriller "The Enemy Within" followed in 1994, and Ray J made his feature debut in the period drama "Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored" (1995), billed under his given name Willie Norwood Jr. The following year he was featured in Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!" and later co-starred in the action-adventure "Steel" (1997), starring Shaquille O'Neal. Following the release of his debut album "Everything You Want," Ray J continued to rack up acting credits, taking a supporting role in the 1999 ABC miniseries "Aftershock: Earthquake in New York."