|Years active 1991–present|
Height 1.82 m
|Name Jussie Smollett|
Known for Jamal Lyon on Empire
|Full Name Jussie Langston Mikha Smollett|
Born June 21, 1983 (age 32) (1983-06-21) Santa Rosa, California, U.S
Occupation Actor, singer-songwriter
Relatives Jake Smollett (brother) Jurnee Smollett (sister)
Siblings Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jake Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jocqui Smollett, Jojo Smollett
Parents Joel Smollett, Janet Smollett
Movies and TV shows Empire, On Our Own, The Mighty Ducks, The Skinny, North
Similar People Jurnee Smollett‑Bell, Terrence Howard, Bryshere Y Gray, Taraji P Henson, Yazz
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Jussie Smollett (born June 21, 1982) is an American actor, singer and photographer. He began his career as a child actor in 1987 starring in commercials and films, including The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner's North (1994). In 2015, Smollett attracted international attention and received rave reviews for his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox music-industry primetime TV drama Empire. Smollett has also appeared in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Alien: Covenant as Ricks.
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Smollett was born in Santa Rosa, California, and is the son of Janet (née Harris) and Joel Smollett. He has three brothers and two sisters: Jake, Jocqui, Jojo, Jurnee, and Jazz, several of whom are also actors. His father was Jewish (his family emigrated from Russia and Poland). His mother is African-American.
Smollett began his acting career as a child, co-starring in the films The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner's North (1994). On television, he starred alongside his five real-life siblings in the short-lived ABC sitcom On Our Own from 1994–95.
In 2012, Smollett returned to acting with the leading role in the LGBT-themed comedy-drama The Skinny. He later guest-starred on The Mindy Project and Revenge. In 2014, Smollett was cast as Jamal Lyon—a gay musician who struggles to gain his father's approval—opposite Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard in the Fox primetime drama Empire.
Smollett is also a singer-songwriter; in 2012, he released an EP album, The Poisoned Hearts Club. In February 2015, he confirmed that he had signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and would be releasing an album in the future. Smollett co-wrote the songs "I Wanna Love You" and "You're So Beautiful" on the Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire album, which was released in March 2015.
In June 2015, it was announced that Smollett will guest-star alongside his younger sister Jurnee Smollett in her upcoming TV show Underground set to air in 2016.
Smollett was a rotating guest co-host with Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly.
Smollett subtly revealed he is gay during a televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015.
In a 2016 interview with Out Magazine, Smollett clarified his sexual orientation by stating "If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man." However, he stated his belief that openness to love is more important than gender, revealing that "If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I’m going to love that woman.” When Smollett's gay character Jamal Lyon from Empire engaged in a heterosexual tryst with a female character, Smollett defended the plot development by stating that he and Empire creator Lee Daniels were trying to create a conversation about sexuality fluidity in the gay community. Daniels has stated that “Jussie and I both share the same feeling that, yes, even though we are gay, we’re sexual human beings. And we do occasionally want to sleep with a woman." Daniels stated that "We’re showing life on Empire", in that both he and Smollett were incorporating their own sexual fluidity as gay men into Empire.