Cedric "The Entertainer"
A charismatic actor and comedian, Cedric "The Entertainer" is best known for his many crowd-pleasing performances in such hit feature films as "Barbershop"; "Be Cool" with John Travolta; "Madagascar"; "Intolerable Cruelty" with George Clooney; "Johnson Family Vacation" (the 2004 box-office hit in which Cedric was both star and producer); and the successful documentary feature "The Original Kings of Comedy," directed by Spike Lee.
Additionally, on the big screen, Cedric can been seen in "Cadillac Records," co-starring Adrien Brody and Beyonce Knowles; "Street Kings" opposite Keanu Reeves; "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins" with Martin Lawrence; "Talk to Me," starring Don Cheadle; "Codename: The Cleaner" opposite Lucy Liu; "The Honeymooners"; "Lemony Snicket" with Jim Carrey; "Man of the House" with Tommy Lee Jones; "Barbershop 2"; "Big Momma's House"; "Kingdom Come" with Whoopi Goldberg; and "Serving Sara" with Matthew Perry. He displayed his vocal talents in the family features "Madagascar 2," "Charlotte's Web," "Dr. Doolittle 2" and "Ice Age."
In July 2006, Cedric's first HBO comedy special, "Cedric The Entertainer: Taking You Higher," was the highest-rated special of that year for the network. In November 2008, Cedric made his Broadway debut in David Mamet's masterpiece "American Buffalo," where his performance was singled out for critical praise.
Cedric's universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances, and film, have solidified his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world.
He can next be seen co-starring opposite Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in the comedy feature "Larry Crowne," followed by a starring role in the political drama "Grass Roots," directed by Steven Gyllenhaal. Also, Cedric will co-star opposite Christina Ricci in "All's Faire in Love... Romance Has a Renaissance," and he will once again offer his voice to "Madagascar 3."
Some notable career accolades for the multi-talented funny man include the AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming Award for his television series "Cedric The Entertainer Presents"; and a record-breaking four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of the lovable Coach Cedric Robinson on "The Steve Harvey Show," which ran for six seasons.
Cedric's first comedy book, "Grown-Ass Man," was released in January 2002 and sold out across the country. In 2001, a viewing audience number one spot during the Super Bowl broadcast (subsequently, USA Today dubbed him "Madison Avenue's Most Valuable Player"). In 1994, Cedric received the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from Black Entertainment Television for his groundbreaking work as host of Def Comedy Jam and BET's Comic View (1994-95).
Now helming his own production company, A Bird and a Bear Entertainment, Cedric will develop and produce feature films. In 2009, he made his directorial debut overseeing the dance spoof "Chicago Pulaski Jones: The Legend of Dance Fu," starring rising comic actor Kel Mitchell and scheduled for 2011 release.
As a philanthropist, Cedric founded The Cedric "The Entertainer" Charitable Foundation, which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He plans to extend the foundation nationally, and as a result, it has awarded over 56 scholarships and numerous incentives.