Doug E. Doug

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Doug E. Doug
Born Douglas Bourne
(1970-01-07) January 7, 1970 (age 44)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer and film director
Years active 1990–present

Douglas Bourne, (born January 7, 1970) better known as Doug E. Doug, is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and film director. He started his career at age 17 as a stand-up comedian. He is best known for his roles as Griffin Vesey on the CBS sitcom Cosby, Sanka Coffie in the film Cool Runnings and as the voice of Bernie in the animated film Shark Tale.

Early life[edit]

Douglas Bourne was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Jamaican father and African American mother.[1]

Career[edit]

Doug has appeared in a number of films, including Jungle Fever (1991), Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991), Class Act (1992), Cool Runnings (1993), Operation Dumbo Drop (1995), the remake of Disney's That Darn Cat (1997), and Eight Legged Freaks (2002). He was the star of his own short-lived ABC sitcom, Where I Live, a show which won the acclaim of Bill Cosby, and subsequently played Hilton Lucas' boarder and surrogate son Griffin Vesey on Cosby. In 2004, he had a voice role in the animated feature Shark Tale, and also appeared on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Professional career[edit]

Doug E. Doug is managed by Brian Stern at Brillstein Entertainment Partners in Beverly Hills, CA, USA.[2] Doug E. Doug started off his career as a stand-up comic at the age of 17. Doug was first seen at the Apollo Theater by Russell Simmons, who then asked Doug to write and host a syndicated late-night program Simmons produced called The New Music Report. His entrance into film began when he spoke one line in Spike Lee's film Mo' Better Blues.[3]

Doug is known to movie viewers for his starring role as the spirited pushcart operator turned bobsled racer in Cool Runnings. The movie is based on the true story of the first Jamaica national bobsled team trying to make it to the Winter Olympics.

Doug is also known for his roles as the ne'er do well Willie Stevens in Hangin' with the Homeboys. For this role, he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor. He played a class comedian in Class Act, a soldier enlisted for an unusual duty in Operation Dumbo Drop, an ill-fated high school student in the horror epic Dr. Giggles, and an FBI agent in the 1997 remake of That Darn Cat. In the Warner Brothers science fiction comedy Eight Legged Freaks, he portrayed a paranoid small-town radio host with visions of an alien invasion. In the animated DreamWorks film, Shark Tale, his is the voice of Bernie the jellyfish.[4]

In television, Doug starred in the ABC series Where I Live, a show developed around his life and on which he served as co-producer. In the series, he portrayed Douglas Saint Martin, a quirky teenager growing up in a working-class Caribbean family in New York. Doug also co-hosted the VH-1 series Rock of Ages and spent four seasons starring as the character Griffin in the television series Cosby. On the Nickelodeon animated show, Little Bill, Doug is the voice of Percy the pet store owner. Doug guest-starred in Touched by An Angel, Law and Order: SVU, and NBC's Conviction.

In theater, Doug starred in the musical Purlie. It ran from March 31 through April 3, 2005.[5]

Doug made his debut as a director/producer with the screenplay Citizen James, in which he also co-wrote and starred. Citizen James aired on Starz Encore/ BET Movies [6]

Doug launched a new YouTube comedy channel The Doug Life Show in late 2012 as part of The Comedy Shaq Network. It is a series of skit comedy and commentaries very loosely based around the experiences, thoughts, and life of Doug.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1990 Mo' Better Blues Jimmy the Busboy Credited as Douglas Bourne
1991 Hangin' with the Homeboys Willie Stevens
Jungle Fever Friend of Livin' Large
1992 Class Act Popsicle
Dr. Giggles Trotter
1993 Cool Runnings Sanka Coffie
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Sp4 Harvey (H.A.) Ashford Alternative title: Dumbo Drop
1997 That Darn Cat Agent Zeke Kelso
1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale Turbo the Turtle (Voice) Alternative title: Rusty: The Great Rescue
Rusty
2000 Everything's Jake Taxi Driver
Citizen James James Producer, director and writer
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Harlan Griffith
2004 Shark Tale Bernie Voice
2010 Snowmen Leonard Garvey
2011 A Novel Romance Barry Humfries Post Production
Detachment Mr. Norris Post Production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Where I Live Douglas St. Martin 21 episodes
1996–2000 Cosby Griffin Vesey 93 episodes
2000 Touched by an Angel Ronnie 1 episode
Little Bill Percy Mulch (Voice) 2 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rudy Lemcke 1 episode
2005 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 4-Year-Old/Dog (Voice)[citation needed] 1 episode, uncredited
2006 Conviction Toby Janes 1 episode
2007 My Gym Partner's a Monkey Bear (Voice) 1 episode
2010 Justified Israel Fandi 3 episodes

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1992 Independent Spirit Awards Nominated Best Male Lead Hangin' with the Homeboys
1998 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Cosby
1999 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Cosby
2000 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Cosby
1994 Young Artist Award Best Youth Comedian Where I Live

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