Donald Faison

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Donald Faison
Donald Faison.jpg
Faison at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards in 2007.
Born Donald Adeosun Faison
(1974-06-22) June 22, 1974 (age 40)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s)
  • Lisa Askey (m. 2001–05)
  • CaCee Cobb (m. 2012)
Children 5

Donald Adeosun Faison[1] (/fˈzɒn/; born June 22, 1974)[1] is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor best known for his role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC (formerly NBC) comedy-drama Scrubs (2001–2010) as a leading role, and as Murray in the film Clueless (1995) playing a minor role (reprised in the subsequent television series of the same name). He currently stars as Phil Chase in the TV Land situation comedy The Exes.

Faison has also co-starred in the films Remember the Titans (2000), Uptown Girls (2003), Something New (2006), Next Day Air (2009) and Kick-Ass 2 (2013).

Early life[edit]

Faison was born in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, the son of Shirley, a talent agent, and Donald Faison, a building manager.[2] His parents were active with the National Black Theatre in Harlem.[3]

Career[edit]

Before his debut on Scrubs and Clueless, Faison appeared in a 1991 commercial for Folgers Coffee at the age of 17, in which he played the younger brother of a soldier returning from war. The following year, he appeared along with Malik Yoba, in the ABC News special Prejudice: Answering Children's Questions, hosted by Peter Jennings. He then became famous for his role as "Murray Lawrence Duvall" in the film Clueless, the 1995 movie, and its subsequent television series, which ran from 1996 to 1999. In 1995, he also appeared in Waiting to Exhale as "Tarik", the son of Loretta Devine's character, "Gloria." He was featured in New Jersey Drive. He also starred in Big Fat Liar alongside Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, and Amanda Bynes. He had a recurring role as, "Tracy," on Felicity, appeared in Remember the Titans, as the running-back turned corner-back Petey Jones, and provided voice work for various characters in the MTV animated series Clone High. He had minor roles in the sitcoms Sister Sister and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and in the film Josie and the Pussycats. In 2005, Faison produced one episode of MTV's Punk'd involving his Scrubs co-star Zach Braff. He has also appeared in the music videos for Brandy's "Sittin' Up in My Room", Fall Out Boy's cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It," and Gavin Degraw's "Chariot."

On February 13, 2009, Faison participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend's Celebrity Game. Other celebrities participating include: NBA Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins, NFL wide-receiver Terrell Owens, actor Chris Tucker and four Harlem Globetrotters.

In 2010, Faison starred alongside Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Eric Balfour, Laz Alonso and Crystal Reed in the Brothers Strause science fiction thriller Skyline.[4]

Faison was in the 2010 CBS comedy pilot The Odds.[5]

As of March 2011, Faison appeared in commercials for The Sims Medieval.[citation needed] In 2012 he made a cameo appearance in the movie Pitch Perfect. He is currently the host for the TBS comedy sketch show "Who Gets the Last Laugh"

Personal life[edit]

Faison with second wife Cacee Cobb at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

Faison was married to Lisa Askey from 2001 to 2005. After six years of dating, Faison married his second wife, CaCee Cobb, on December 15, 2012.[6] The wedding was held at the home of Faison's former Scrubs co-star and best friend Zach Braff, who also served as a groomsman. Serving as a bridesmaid was singer Jessica Simpson, for whom Cobb formerly worked as a personal assistant.[7]

Faison has five children: son Sean (born 1997), from a previous relationship;[8] son Dade and daughter Kaya (fraternal twins, born 1999) and son Kobe (born 2001), with Askey;[8] and son Rocco (born 2013), with Cobb.[9] In October 2014, Faison and Cobb announced they are expecting their second child. [10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Glory Soldier
1992 Juice Student
1993 Sugar Hill Kymie Damiels
1995 New Jersey Drive Tiny Dime Credited as Donald Adeosun Faison
Clueless Murray Lawrence Duvall
Waiting to Exhale Tarik Matthews
1996 The Quest Robber Uncredited
1997 Academy Boyz Glen Lewis
1998 Butter Khaleed
Can't Hardly Wait Dan
1999 Trippin' June Nelson
2000 Remember the Titans Petey Jones
2001 Double Whammy Cletis
Josie and the Pussycats D.J. Uncredited
2002 Big Fat Liar Frank Jackson
2003 Ravedactyl: Project Evolution Gunner Short film
Uptown Girls Huey
Good Boy! Wilson Voice only
2005 King's Ransom Andre
2006 Something New Nelson McQueen
Bachelor Party Vegas Ash
Homie Spumoni Renato/Leroy
2007 Venus & Vegas Stu
2009 Next Day Air Leo
2010 Skyline Terry
2011 Stag Ken
2012 Pitch Perfect Older Acapella Man
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Doctor Gravity
2013 "A Snow Globe Christmas" Ted
2014 Wish I Was Here Anthony Released July 18th in selected theaters
2014 Ward's Wife Ward Post Production
2014 Wonderland Ted Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 New York Undercover James Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
1996–2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Dashiell 7 episodes
1996–1999 Clueless Murray Lawrence Duvall 62 episodes
1998 Sister, Sister Darryl Episode: "Greek to Me"
1999 Supreme Sanction Marcus Television movie
2000–2002 Felicity Tracy 23 episodes
2002–2003 Clone High Toots
Various characters
Voice only
12 episodes
2001–2010 Scrubs Christopher Turk 179 episodes
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2006-2010)
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2005)
2004–2005 Higglytown Heroes Firefighter Hero Voice only
2 episodes
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Alex the Repairman 1 episode
2005–present Robot Chicken Gary the Stormtrooper
Various characters
Voice only
2007 Saturday Night Live Christopher Turk Season 32, Episode 20
Kim Possible Ricky Rotiffle Voice only
Episode: "Homecoming Upset"
2008 The Boondocks Tobias / Wedgie Rudlin Voice only
3 episodes
2009 American Dad! Christopher Turk Voice only
Season 5, Episode 8: G-String Circus
Titan Maximum Martian Fleet Commander Episode: "Pilot"
2011 The Odds Tyler Television movie
Love Bites Ricky 2 episodes
2011–present The Exes Phil Chase Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
2012 Zeke and Luther Chill E. Dog Voice only
2012 Wedding Band Moses Episode: "99 Problems"
2012 Adventure Time Princess Cookie Voice only
Episode: "Princess Cookie"
2013- Present Who Gets the Last Laugh Host 9 Episodes
2014 Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge Guest Played Wizard in Screen Test for challenge
Episode 4 "Head's Up"

Music videos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Series
2004 BET Comedy Awards Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2002 Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2004 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2005 Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2006 Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2007 Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2005 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2006 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2007 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2008 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Donald Faison: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "What's Up, Doc?". People Magazine. June 17, 2002. Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ Tanber, George J. (February 22, 2007). "Q&A: 'Scrubs' star as pro team owner?". ESPN. Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Jeremy Kay. "IM Global want buyers to see the light on Skyline". Screen Daily. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 18, 2010). "Five pilots beef up casts". Associated Press via The Hollywood Reporter. 
  6. ^ Messer, Lesley (December 15, 2012). "Donald Faison Marries Cacee Cobb". People. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Zach (December 15, 2012). "Donald Faison Marries CaCee Cobb!". Us Weekly. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Donald Faison- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ Webber, Stephanie (August 24, 2013). "CaCee Cobb And Donald Faison Named Their Son Rocco!". Us Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Marquina, Sierra (October 21, 2014). "CaCee Cobb Pregnant, Expecting Second Child With Donald Faison -- See the Adorable Way They Announced the News!". Us Weekly. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 

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