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Who is Jussie Smollett?

Jussie Smollett (born June 21, 1982) is an American actor and singer. He began his career as a child actor in 1991, acting in films such as The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner’s North (1994).

In 2015, Smollett portrayed musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire, a role that was hailed as groundbreaking for its positive depiction of a black gay man on television. Smollett has also appeared in Ridley Scott’s science fiction film Alien: Covenant (2017) as Ricks and in Marshall (2017) as Langston Hughes.

Jury selection begins today in Jussie Smollett criminal trial

Jury selection begins today in Jussie Smollett criminal trial
Jury selection begins today in Jussie Smollett criminal trial

The long and winding criminal case against former Empire actor Jussie Smollett began Monday in Chicago with jury selection. Smollett is accused of lying to Chicago police about being the purported victim of an attack in Jan. 2019.

At the time, Smollett said that two men yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, kicked him, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck, and told him, “This is MAGA country.” His account of the alleged incident drew the support of a number of politicians and celebrities, including then-Sen. Kamala Harris and Empire co-creator Lee Daniel.

Within days, however, police suspected that Smollett was not being truthful; within weeks, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference that the actor “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

Two brothers who knew Smollett, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, told investigators that the actor had recruited them to stage an attack. The Cook County state attorney, Kim Foxx, launched criminal charges against Smollett but abruptly dropped the case about a month later.

After public criticism of that decision, a Cook County judge ordered a special prosecutor, Dan Webb, to investigate both the alleged crime and the dropped Cook County case. In Feb. 2020, Webb unveiled a new grand-jury indictment against Smollett, including six charges of felony disorderly conduct, for which the actor is now standing trial.

In Aug. 2020, Webb released his findings of Foxx’s handling of the initial case, in which he said there were “substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures,” but no cause for criminal charges against Foxx’s office.

Member Station WBEZ has created a timeline that unspools the many, often confusing twists and turns in this case.

Jussie Smollett Biography, Wiki

Jussie Smollett was born in Santa Rosa, California, the son of Joel and Janet (née Harris) Smollett.

Jussie Smollett is one of the most famous actors, as well as a singer in the American Industry. Jussie Smollett has appeared in more than 20 films and tv shows.

He is the third of six children and has three brothers and two sisters. Smollett told his parents he was gay when he was 19.

His popularity increased when he was cast to play an important role in Ridley Scott’s science fiction film ‘Alien: Covenant’ which released in 2017

Produced by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels and aired on Fox, “Empire” is a musical drama series in New York that revolves around the wealthy Leon family, and decides their successors.

The TV series ‘Empire’ was aired in 2015, and Jussie played the role of Jamal Lyon, a talented member of the Lyon family, who is also a prolific singer-songwriter. He also received several awards for this Drama Series.

Jussie Smollett released his debut album ‘Sum of My Music’ in March 2018.

Jussie Smollett Biography Wikipedia
Jussie Smollett
BornJune 21, 1982 (age 39)
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, songwriter
Years active1991–1995; 2009–2019
RelativesJurnee Smollett (sister)
Jake Smollett (brother)

Jussie Smollett Career

From the age of five, Jussie was a known face on TV; he was often seen in numerous commercials until he landed his first movie role in the film ‘The Mighty Ducks.’He was signed for the role of Terry Hall in the 1992 Stephen Herek’s American sports-comedy film ‘The Mighty Ducks’ which was produced under the banner, ‘Walt Disney Pictures.’ While filming the project, he worked with Emilio Estevez and Joshua Jackson.

Following his appearance in the film, he was seen in the 1993 TV miniseries ‘Queen.’ In the series, he was seen alongside Halle Berry, playing the role of Simon, the son of the lead character. The show was based on Alex Haley’s novel, ‘Queen: The Story of an American Family.’In 1994, he starred alongside his siblings on ‘ABC’ network’s sitcom ‘On Our Own.’

In the show, Jussie and his siblings played orphans and their elder brother, played by Ralph Harris, takes up the responsibility of raising his younger siblings.

He also landed the role of Adam in the 1994 American comedy film ‘North’ which was based on Alan Zweibel’s novel. The film starred Elijah Wood and was also Scarlett Johansson’s debut film.

He took a break from appearing in feature films and TV series. While still on a break, Jussie featured as Mike in a short film titled ‘Pitch This.’ He made his comeback by playing Barry Stassen in an episode titled ‘Josh and Mindy’s Christmas Party’ (2012) in the TV series ‘The Mindy Project.’

During his break, he focused on his vocal skills and ended up releasing his debut EP ‘Poisoned Hearts Club’ (2012), comprising of seven songs.In 2012, he took on the lead role of Magnus in the LGBT comedy-drama film ‘The Skinny’ where he was seen alongside Blake Young-Fountain who played the role of Sebastian.

2014 was a busy year for him; he featured in two Hollywood movies – as Tariq in ‘Born to Race: Fast Track’ and as Nico Demper in the Allison Burnett film ‘Ask Me Anything’ where he was seen alongside Britt Robertson, Justin Long, and Christian Slater. He also guest-starred in the ‘Ashes’ episode of the soap opera, ‘Revenge.’

Jussie’s best performance is undoubtedly his portrayal of Jamal Lyon in Fox’s musical TV series ‘Empire.’ The show is based on a hip-hop music company called ‘Empire Entertainment’ and the rifts between the families of the founders of the company.‘Empire’ was aired in 2015, and Jussie played Jamal Lyon, a talented member of the Lyon family, who is also a spectacular singer-songwriter.

Jamal Lyon has a distaste for politics in the music industry and is ridiculed as the ‘black sheep of the family by his father. In 2016, he guest-starred as Josey in the ‘WGN’ American drama series ‘Underground.’ Jussie’s younger sister, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, played the lead role of Rosalee on the show. He also appeared in the ‘Live! With Kelly’ show as a guest host.

In 2017, he played Ricks in the sci-fi horror film ‘Alien: Covenant’ which is a sequel to the 2012 movie ‘Prometheus.’ Produced by ‘20th Century Fox,’ the film was directed by Ridley Scott and starred actors like Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Billy Crudup.

Mollett released his debut album ‘Sum of My Music’ in March 2018. In April 2019, it was said that his character in ‘Empire’ will not appear during the season, although ‘Fox Entertainment’ had extended his contract for the sixth season.

Jussie Smollett Personal Life

He has been an activist since his childhood. When he was ten, he lost one of his co-actors to HIV. As a young boy, he was devastated on learning about the incident and henceforth took initiative to spread awareness about HIV, racism, and homophobia.

At the age of 16, he began volunteering at the ‘Black AIDS Institute’ under the mentorship of Phill Wilson. He also worked closely with the ‘New South Africa’ organization and its artists, such as Samuel L. Jackson, Carlos Santana, and LaToya Jackson.

While appearing on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ Jussie told Ellen that he is gay and that this wasn’t coming out of the closet for him as he had never hidden the truth. He also said that he is proud of his sexuality.

Smollett told police on January 29, 2019, that he was attacked outside his apartment building by two men in ski masks.

Jussie Smollett Awards

  • He was first nominated at the ‘Young Artist Awards’ under the category of ‘Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture’ for ‘The Mighty Ducks’ when he was 11. He was also nominated for ‘Best Actor’ at the ‘BET Awards’ in 1993.
  • He won his first award in 2016 at the ‘NAACP Image Awards.’ That night, he took home multiple awards under the categories of ‘Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration’ and ‘Outstanding New Artist.’
  • Also, his single ‘You’re So Beautiful’ won the ‘Outstanding Song’ award.In 2017, he won a ‘NAACP Image Award’ under the category of ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series’ for his portrayal of Jamal Lyon in ‘Empire.’

Jussie Smollett FAQ’s

Who is Jussie Smollett?

Jussie Smollett (born June 21, 1982) is an American actor and singer. He began his career as a child actor in 1991, acting in films such as The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner’s North (1994).

How old is Jussie Smollett?

Jussie Smollett is 39 years old.

Is Jussie Smollett gay?

While appearing on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ Jussie told Ellen that he is gay and that this wasn’t coming out of the closet for him as he had never hidden the truth. He also said that he is proud of his sexuality.

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