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First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor.On October 6, 1992, Common released his first LP, "Can I Borrow A Dollar?" under the Common Sense moniker. Tracks like "Charm's Alarm" and "Breaker 1-9" established him as a lyricist with wit, street-smarts, and love for extended similes, while tracks like "Heidi Hoe" would touch on the misogyny that would surface sparingly on future work.In 1994 he released "Resurrection", notable for the smooth 'Large Professor' produced title cut as well as "I Used To Love H.E.R.", an ode to hip-hop. This album further increased his underground reputation while giving the hip-hop nation a new solid conscientious voice in a year that was excellent for underground artists (Nas, Jeru Tha Damaja, Digable Planet, et al.)After a name change brought on by a lawsuit, Common reemerged in 1997 with "One Day It'll All Make Sense". With guests ranging from Erykah Badu to Canibus to De La Soul and production help from mainstays No I.D. and Dug Infinite, the album had a distinctly underground flair. His big mainstream breakthrough album was yet to come.After an appearance on The Roots smash 1999 album, "Things Fall Apart," Common moved to MCA Records. He soon was in the studio collaborating with the Okayplayer collective and with help from the forward-thinking production troupe Ahmir-Khalib Thompson(aka ?uestlove),James 'Jay Dee' Yancey,James Poyser, et al) he released his fourth album, "Like Water For Chocolate" in the spring of 2000. With its varied sonic plateau (Afrobeat, funk, and old-school soul) it was much different from previous outings. On the strength of tracks like the 'DJ Premier' produced banger "The 6th Sense", the album was a success, becoming a worthy addition to "The Next Movement".In 2003 he released "Electric Circus". The album, a hip-hop/funk/soul/rock/psychedelia hybrid, polarized hip-hop fans like no other album has in recent memory. Common has also chosen to redefine himself, swearing off the alcohol, marijuana, and fornication that he had once indulged in.Also in 2003 he appeared in a TV sitcom episode. With only a couple minor roles between 2003 and 2004, in January of 2007 he made his big screen debut.

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Mar 13, 1972 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series Lip Sync Battle 2015-04-02

Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 22 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Mindy Project
Poster of Hell on Wheels
Poster of Grey's Anatomy
Poster of Scrubs
Framework Himself 2015-01-06
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Unknown 2015-01-19
Lip Sync Battle Unknown 2015-04-02
Real Husbands of Hollywood Unknown 2013-01-15
The Burn with Jeff Ross Unknown 2012-06-01
The Mindy Project Unknown 2012-09-25
Single Ladies Unknown 2011-05-30
Hell on Wheels Elam Ferguson 32 episodes, 2011-2014 2011-11-06
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern Unknown 2006-11-01
Grey's Anatomy Unknown 2005-03-27
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Wild 'N Out Unknown 2005-07-15
Game Over Unknown 2004-03-10
Chappelle's Show Unknown 2003-01-22
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
MythBusters Unknown 2003-01-23
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
One on One Unknown 2001-09-03
Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
Soul Food Unknown 2000-06-28
Girlfriends Unknown 2000-09-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21