Tupac Shakur

Actor, Rapper
A bonafide folk hero to millions of hip-hop fans around the world, musician-actor Tupac Shakur's brief life and legacy saw him rise to the top of his profession through his lyrics, which embraced both the profane and ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1971 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (34)

This is Where I Leave You 2014 (Movie)

("How Do U Want It") (Song Performer)

This is Where I Leave You 2014 (Movie)

("How Do U Want It") (Song)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

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

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

("Untouchable(Swizz Beatz Remix)") (Song)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 (Movie)

("How Do U Want It") (Song Performer)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 (Movie)

("How Do U Want It") (Song)

Battle: Los Angeles 2011 (Movie)

("California Love") (Song Performer)

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 (Movie)

("California Love") (Song Performer)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

("California Love" (Single Version)) (Song Performer)

Marmaduke 2010 (Movie)

("California Love") (Song Performer)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

("California Love") (Song Performer)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

("Hit Em Up") (Song Performer)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

("Hit Em Up") (Song)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

("Toss It Up") (Song Performer)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

("Toss It Up") (Song)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

("Keep Ya Head Up") (Song)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

("Keep Ya Head Up") (Song Performer)

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

("When I Get Free") (Song Performer)

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

("When I Get Free") (Song)

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

("As the World Turns") (Song)

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

("'03 Bonnie & Clyde") (Song)

8 Mile 2002 (Movie)

("Gotta Get Mine") (Song Performer)

8 Mile 2002 (Movie)

("Temptations") (Song)

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

("Hail Mary") (Song Performer)

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Scary Movie 2000 (Movie)

("All About You" (featuring Top Dogg/Nate Dogg/Dru Brown)) (Song Performer)

Scary Movie 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Gang Related 1997 (Movie)

("Lost Souls (contains 'Don't Disturb This Groove')" "Staring at the World thru My Rearview (contains 'In the Air Tonight')" "How Do U Want It (contains 'In the Air Tonight')") (Song Performer)

Gang Related 1997 (Movie)

songs("Lost Souls (contains 'Don't Disturb This Groove')" "Staring at the World thru My Rearview (contains 'In the Air Tonight')" "How Do U Want It (contains 'Body Hear')") (Song)

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

("Never Had a Friend Like Me") (Song Performer)

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

songs("Never Had a Friend Like Me" "Life Is a Traffic Jam") (Song)

Sunchaser 1996 (Movie)

("Keep Ya Head Up") (Song)

House Party 3 1994 (Movie)

("I Get Around") (Song)

A Hard Straight (TV Show)

Song
Actor (16)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tupac: Resurrection 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Beef 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bullet 1997 (Movie)

Tank (Actor)

Gang Related 1997 (Movie)

Detective Rodriguez (Actor)

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

Spoon (Actor)

Rhyme & Reason 1997 (Movie)

Participating Artist (Actor)

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The MTV Interview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Above the Rim 1994 (Movie)

Birdie (Actor)

Gangsta Rap: An MTV News Special Report 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

Lucky (Actor)

Drexell's Class 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Juice 1992 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

Biography

A bonafide folk hero to millions of hip-hop fans around the world, musician-actor Tupac Shakur's brief life and legacy saw him rise to the top of his profession through his lyrics, which embraced both the profane and the spiritual, before his untimely murder in 1996. The son of radicals, Shakur brought political awareness and emotional depth to his best work, which included fiery tracks like "Keep Ya Head Up" and "Dear Mama," and brought credibility to the gangsta rap field. While climbing the music charts, he also established himself as a talented actor in features like "Juice" (1993) and "Poetic Justice" (1993). But violence seemed to shadow his every move, and after a brief incarceration in 1995, he emerged a changed man, obsessed with his apparent persecution and lusting for vengeance against perceived enemies. In the months before his death, he attempted to again embrace his earlier visions, but was gunned down in Las Vegas before he could fully invest in his new direction. In death, Shakur became a symbol for perseverance, honesty and dedication to justice in all its forms, and continued to inspire and entertain new audiences who came to hear the legend for themselves.

Relationships

William Garland

Father

Maurice Harding

Half-Brother

Keisha Morris

Wife
married on April 29, 1995 while Shakur was in prison marriage annulled

Geronimo Pratt

Godfather
incarcerated since 1970

Afeni Shakur

Mother
one of the members of the "New York 21", a group of Black Panthers who were arrrested for allegedly planning to bomb various sites in New York, she later defended herself and was released sold the rights to her story to Jasmine Guy who planned a feature film

Mutulu Shakur

Step-Father
served time in prison in the early 1990s divorced Shakur's mother when he learned of her pregnancy

EDUCATION

Baltimore School For the Arts

Baltimore , Maryland

Milestones

1996

Sentenced to serve 120 days in jail for parole violation (April)

1995

Sentenced to 1 1/2-4 1/2 years for sexual assault; served 11 months

1994

Acted in "Above the Rim"

1994

Shot five times during a robbery in the lobby of a Manhattan recording studio

1994

Convicted of attacking a former employer while on a music video set; sentenced to 15 days in jail, 15 days on a highway work crew, 30 days of community service; was also fined $2000

1993

Charged with aggravated assault after being involved with the shooting of two off-duty police officers in Atlanta; charges were dropped due to conflicting eyewitness reports

1993

Starred in John Singleton's "Poetic Justice" opposite Janet Jackson

1993

Sued by the wife of the Texas state trooper

1992

Feature acting debut, "Juice" co-starring Omar Epps and directed by Ernest R Dickenson

1992

Charged by former VP Dan Quayle that Shakur was partialy responsible for the shooting of a Texas state trooper by a young man who was listening to his first album

1992

Released first solo album "2Pacalypse Now"

1991

Debut album "This Is An EP Release"

1984

Made professional acting debut in a production of "A Raisin in the Sun", part of a benfit for Jesse Jackson's first presidential campaign

Joined the rap group Digital Underground

Moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, with his family

Moved to Baltimore with his family

Bonus Trivia

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Shakur was shot four times on Saturday September 7, 1996 after attending the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon heavyweight title fight.

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