April 28, 2016
An accomplished actor, singer and songwriter, Jussie Smollett can be seen in the pre-Civil War series Underground.
Smollett’s feature film credits include The Mighty Ducks and Rob Reiner’s North. He also appeared in the made-for-TV movie Alex Haley’s Queen, as well as the telefilm A Little Piece of Heaven opposite Cloris Leachman. He then went on to star with his five real-life siblings on the network comedy On Our Own.
He has appeared on Revenge and The Mindy Project. He also was featured as British race car driver Tariq Hamilton in the feature film Born to Race: Fast Track, and was seen in the independent film Ask Me Anything, alongside Britt Robertson and Justin Long. In the 2012 film The Skinny, Smollett received rave reviews for his portrayal of Magnus, a gay medical student hosting his college friends in New York City.
Smollett is actively involved in numerous charities and was named by the Black AIDS Institute as one of the 30 Artists Under 30 Truly Making a Difference in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS. He was recently inducted into its hall of fame. He sits on the Board of Artists for a New South Africa, and he supports the Jenesee Foundation, a shelter for battered women.
Smollett was born in Brazil.