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Barack Obama

Barack Obama was born to a white American mother, Ann Dunham, and a black Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr., who were both young college students at the University of Hawaii. When his father left for Harvard, she and Barack stayed behind, and his father ultimately returned alone to Kenya, where he worked as a government economist. Barack's mother remarried an Indonesian oil manager and moved to Jakarta when Barack was six. He later recounted Indonesia as simultaneously lush and a harrowing exposure to tropical poverty. He returned to Hawaii, where he was brought up largely by his grandparents. The family lived in a small apartment - his grandfather was a furniture salesman and an unsuccessful insurance agent and his grandmother worked in a bank - but Barack managed to get into Punahou School, Hawaii's top prep academy. His father wrote to him regularly but, though he traveled around the world on official business for Kenya, he visited only once, when Barack was ten. Obama attended Columbia University, but found New York's racial tension inescapable. He became a community organizer for a small Chicago church-based group for three years, helping poor South Side residents cope with a wave of plant closings. He then attended Harvard Law School, and in 1990 became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He turned down a prestigious judicial clerkship, choosing instead to practice civil-rights law back in Chicago, representing victims of housing and employment discrimination and working on voting-rights legislation. He also began teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, and married Michelle Robinson, a fellow attorney. Eventually he was elected to the Illinois state senate, where his district included both Hyde Park and some of the poorest ghettos on the South Side. In 2004 Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat, representing Illinois, and he gained national attention by giving a rousing and well-received keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. In 2008 he ran for President, and despite having only four years of national political experience, he won. In January 2009, he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, and the first African-American ever elected to that position. Obama was reelected to a second term in November 2012.

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Aug 4, 1961 In Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Horizon 1964-05-02
Latest Project:
Series Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014-02-24

5 wins & 2 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Newsroom
Poster of American Horror Story
Poster of Person of Interest
Poster of 30 Rock
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us Unknown 2013-04-14
Inside Comedy Unknown 2012-01-01
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell Unknown 2012
America's Book of Secrets Himself 2012-01-15
The Diamond Queen Unknown 2012-02-06
Airport 24/7: Miami Unknown 2012-10-02
Steve Harvey Unknown 2012-09-04
The Newsroom Unknown 2012-06-24
10 O'Clock Live Unknown 2011-01-20
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
A Football Life Unknown 2011-09-15
Putin, Russia and the West Unknown 2011-12-11
American Horror Story Unknown 2011-10-05
Person of Interest Unknown 2011-09-22
Treme Unknown 2010-04-11
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Ancient Aliens Unknown 2009
Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura Unknown 2009-12-02
I Survived... Himself 2008-03-24
90210 Unknown 2008-09-02
The Universe Unknown 2007-05-29
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Doctor Who Unknown 2006-03-17
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
The Biggest Loser Unknown 2004-10-19
This World Unknown 2004-01-04
MythBusters Unknown 2003-01-23
Last Comic Standing Unknown 2003-06-10
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
WWE Raw Unknown 1993-01-11
The Real World Unknown 1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Have I Got News for You Unknown 1990-09-28
48 Hours Unknown 1988-01-19
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
National Geographic Explorer Unknown 1985-04-07
Jeopardy! Unknown 1984-09-10
Frontline Unknown 1983-01-17
ABC News Nightline Unknown 1980-03-24
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
20/20 Unknown 1978-06-06
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Horizon Unknown 1964-05-02