|Born||Langston Faizon Santisima
June 14, 1968
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
|Other names||Faizon Andre Love|
|Occupation||Actor and comedian|
|Home town||San Diego, California
Newark, New Jersey
Life and career
Love was born Langston Faizon Santisima in Santiago de Cuba and grew up as a military brat; he was raised in San Diego, California and Newark, New Jersey because of his father's career in the United States Navy. Love got his start as a stand-up comedian and made his acting debut in an Off-Broadway at the age of 19. His motion-picture debut, Bebe's Kids, had him providing the voice of comedian Robin Harris, who died before production began on the film; Love offered a close vocal impression of Harris. He then had a role in The Meteor Man, starring Robert Townsend. Townsend then cast Love in a co-starring role on his sitcom The Parent 'Hood.
He followed up this role with a breakout performance as the drug dealer Big Worm in the 1995 film Friday. Follow-up films have included 3 Strikes, Elf, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Money Talks, Wonderland, The Fighting Temptations, and Idlewild. In 2001, Love guest-starred in the Ludacris single "Freaky Thangs" from the album Word of Mouf. The same year, he made a cameo appearance as a bus driver, in the music video for Lil Jon & The East Side Boys' single "Put Yo Hood Up".
Love co-starred in Couples Retreat (2009), a comedy film chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort. In 2012, he played the role of Stringer Bell in the satirical trailer for The Wire: The Musical. In June of that year, Love started to appear in a series of commercials for the pre-paid wireless provider Boost Mobile, promoting its new 4G phones.
Love will be filming Matthew 18, an indie horror film in Minnesota.
- Bébé's Kids (1992) – Robin Harris (voice only)
- The Meteor Man (1993) – Maurice
- Fear of a Black Hat (1994) – Jam Boy
- Friday (1995) – Big Worm
- Parent 'Hood (1995–1998) – Windell Wilcox
- Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996) – Rufus
- A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) – Manny
- B*A*P*S (1997) – Tiger J
- Money Talks (1997) – Cellmate
- The Players Club (1998) – Officer Peters
- 3 Strikes (2000) – Tone
- The Replacements (2000) – Jahmal Abdul Jackson
- The Luau (2001) – Hustle
- Made (2001) – Horrace
- Mr. Bones (2001) – Pudbedder
- Play'd: A Hip Hop Story (2002) – Domino Breed
- Blue Crush (2002) – Leslie
- Wonderland (2003) – Greg Diles
- The Fighting Temptations (2003) – Luther Washington
- Elf (2003) – Gimbel's Manager
- Ride or Die (2003) – David Rabinawitz
- Torque (2004) – Sonny
- The Big House (2004) – Warren Cleveland
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) – Sean "Sweet" Johnson (voice)
- Animal (2005) – Double T
- Just My Luck (2006) – Damon Phillips
- All You've Got (2006) – Coach Harlan
- Idlewild (2006) – Ace
- Who's Your Caddy? (2007) – Big Large
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2007) – Coach
- The Perfect Holiday (2007) – Jamal
- Of Boys and Men (2008) – Roman
- Days of Wrath (2008) – Cash Flow
- G.E.D. (2009) – Bro. Hakeem
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) – Cedric (voice)
- My Name Is Earl (2009) – Reverend Greene
- A Day in the Life (2009) – "Black" Ike Smith
- Couples Retreat (2009) – Shane
- Life as We Know It (2010) – Cab driver
- Zookeeper (2011) – Bruce the Grizzly Bear (voice only)
- Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) – Kurtis Kool
- Budz House (2012) – Big Shitty
- White T (2013) – Anthony
- Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013) – Himself
- Matthew 18 (2013) – Lifton Tyler
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