Orlando Jones

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Orlando Jones
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Jones in April 2010
Born (1968-04-10) April 10, 1968 (age 46)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Jacqueline Staph (2008–present)

Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. He is notable for being one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy series MADtv and for his role as the 7 Up spokesman from 1999 to 2002.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Mobile, Alabama on April 10, 1968. His father was a former professional baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies.[1] He moved to Mauldin, South Carolina, when he was a teen and graduated from Mauldin High School in 1985. One of his early acting experiences involved playing a werewolf in a haunted house to help raise money for the junior/senior prom. Jones enrolled in the College of Charleston, South Carolina. He left in 1990 without finishing his degree.

To pursue his interest in the entertainment industry, Jones, together with comedian Michael Fechter, formed a production company, Homeboy's Productions and Advertising. Together Jones and Fechter worked on several projects including a McDonald's commercial with basketball superstar Michael Jordan for the McDonald's specialty sandwich the "McJordan".

He scored his first Hollywood job in 1987, writing for the NBC comedy A Different World, on which he had a small guest role in the season five finale. During 1991-92, Jones penned the Fox series Roc and, in 1993, he co-produced The Sinbad Show. He also made a brief appearance on the FOX sitcom Herman's Head in 1992.

Career[edit]

MADtv[edit]

After hosting Fox's music series Sound FX, in 1994, Jones became one of the original nine cast members of MADtv. Unlike some of his fellow original repertory performers on MADtv, Jones came to the show with limited sketch comedy experience. However, his comedy writing and television producing skills proved to be valuable to the early success of the show.

Throughout Seasons One and Two of MADtv, Jones produced characters like the Cabana Chat band leader Dexter St. Croix and Reverend LaMont Nixon Fatback, the vocal follower of Christopher Walken. He was also noted for his impressions of Thomas Mikal Ford, Temuera Morrison, Warwick Davis, Danny Devito, Michael Jai White, Eddie Griffin, and Ice Cube.

After two seasons on MADtv, Jones left the show at the end of its second season to pursue a movie career. However, Jones returned to MADtv in 2004 to celebrate its 200th episode. With his guest appearance, Jones became the third (out of five) original cast member to return as a guest on the show, joining Alex Borstein, Nicole Sullivan, Artie Lange, Mo Collins, and Will Sasso. During his time at MADtv, he roomed with Artie Lange.

Other television projects[edit]

Aside from MADtv, Jones made many other television appearances. Perhaps his most popular and enduring television appearance was not in the form of a sitcom or television drama, but rather in a series of humorous commercials for a soda company. In 2000, Jones became the spokesperson for 7 Up and he gained wide recognition.

This exposure led to a plethora of opportunities for Jones. First, he hosted an HBO First Look special in 2000 and then, in 2003, Jones was given his own late night talk show on FX called The Orlando Jones Show. Although his talk show was short lived, Jones continued to make additional television appearances. In 2003, he appeared on The Bernie Mac Show and on Girlfriends. In 2006, Jones decided to return to television as one of the lead characters of ABC's crime drama The Evidence, as Cayman Bishop. He has also appeared in two episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, the first in 2007 as Chris's substitute teacher and the second in 2008 as Clint Huckstable, an allusion to the character Cliff Huxtable played by Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show.

In 2008, he appeared as Harold Wilcox, a violent veteran with PTSD, on New Amsterdam.

In the first season of the show, Jones also starred on Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out. Jones was the first guest star on the show.

Jones was the co-host of ABC's Crash Course (which was canceled after 4 episodes).

On November 16, 2009, it was announced on TV Guide that Orlando has been cast as Marcus Foreman, Eric Foreman's brother on House.[2] Jones appeared as Marcus in Moving the Chains.

In 2013, he was hired as a principal actor in the FOX television series Sleepy Hollow. The freshman drama opened to FOX's highest fall drama premiere numbers since the premiere of '24' in 2001.

Film projects[edit]

After leaving MADtv, Jones expanded his cinema resume. He appeared in a bit part in his first big screen film, In Harm's Way (1991), Jones then joined Larry David in the feature Sour Grapes (1998), playing the character of an itinerant man. Subsequently, he appeared in Woo (1990), Mike Judge's Office Space (1999), alongside fellow MADtv alumnus David Herman, and in Barry Levinson's praised drama, Liberty Heights (1999). Since then, Jones has appeared in Magnolia (1999), New Jersey Turnpikes (1999) and in Harold Ramis' Bedazzled (2000).

During the 2000s, Jones' career began to branch out. In addition to his witty appearances in the 7-Up campaigns, Jones played the role of Clifford Franklin in The Replacements (2000) and the horror film From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2003). In 2002, Jones landed the lead role of Daryl Chase in the action-dramedy Double Take (2002) alongside Eddie Griffin and worked with Seann William Scott and Julianne Moore in Ivan Reitman's sci-fi comedy, Evolution (2001). Jones was also in the 2006 film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant and he appeared as the computer Vox 114 in The Time Machine (2002). His other more recent films includes Biker Boyz (2003), Godzilla (2005), Runaway Jury (2003) and Primeval (2004). Jones appeared in an uncredited cameo and played in Grindhouse Planet Terror (2007 film).

In 2011 Jones appeared in the documentary film Looking for Lenny in which he talks about Lenny Bruce and freedom of speech.[3] In 2012, Jones starred in Mystery Guitar Man's original interactive thriller series Meridian created in conjunction with Fourth Wall Studios.[4]

Voice acting[edit]

Jones has been featured in many voice acting projects over the years. In 1993, Jones appeared in Yuletide in the 'hood and in 1998, he made a guest appearance in the animated comedy TV Series, The Boondocks. More recently, he lent his voice to the TV series Father of the Pride and the video games Halo 2 as the marine Sergeant Banks as well as other black marines and L.A. Rush. Jones is recently reported to be starring in the ABC's crime-drama Evidence with Oscar winner Robin Williams. In 2006, he co-created, produced and voice acted for the MTV2 animated series The Adventures of Chico and Guapo. In 2012, he did some voiceover work for the Adult Swim animated series King Of The Hill as Basehead and other characters.

Jones is one of eight original MADtv cast members to engage in some form of voice work after leaving the show. Only Bryan Callen has not appeared in voice acting projects. He appeared on the very first episode of Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out.

April Fools Joke[edit]

In early April 2013, it was largely thought that Jones would be taking Tyler Perry's place as Madea. This stemmed from Jones own report that he'd be taking over the role and photography of himself impersonating Madea. This led to public outcries from fans. Perry later revealed, however, that this was an elaborate prank played by Jones, stating "That was an April Fools' joke that HE did. Not true. And not funny. When I’m done with Madea, she is done."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Jones married former model Jacqueline Staph in 2008.[6] They have a daughter. In October 2011, Jones provoked controversy when he joked on Twitter that someone should kill former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.[7][8] He apologized for the comment several days later.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Enemies Closer Clay
2012 Meridian Jeff Meyers Web Series
2011 Seconds Apart Detective Lampkin
2011 The Chicago 8 Bobby Seal
2009 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Detective Ben Nickerson
2009 The Vampire's Assistant Alexander Ribs
2007 Primeval Steve Johnson
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Nelson
2006 Looking for Sunday Einstein Steinberg
2003 Runaway Jury Russell
2003 Biker Boyz Soul Train
2002 The Time Machine Vox 114 (Computer AI )
2002 Drumline Dr. Lee
2001 Say It Isn't So Dig McCaffrey
2001 Double Take Daryl Chase
2001 Evolution Prof. Harry Block
2000 Bedazzled Daniel/Dan/Danny, Esteban, Beach Jock, Lamar Garrett, Dr.
2000 Chain of Fools Miss Cocoa
2000 The Replacements Clifford Franklin
2000 From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Ezra Traylor
1999 Magnolia Worm
1999 Liberty Heights Little Melvin
1999 Office Space Steve, Magazine Salesman
1999 New Jersey Turnpikes
1999 Waterproof Natty Battle
1998 Woo Sticky Fingas
1997 In Harm's Way Andre
1997 Sour Grapes Digby

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–present Sleepy Hollow Captain Frank Irving Series regular
2011 Necessary Roughness Lazarus Rollins
2010 House M.D. Marcus Foreman Eric Foreman's brother
2009 Rules of Engagement Brad Gay Friend
Crash Course Himself Host
2008 Pushing Daisies Magnus Olsdatter
New Amsterdam Harold Wilcox
Everybody Hates Chris Dr. Clint Huckstable
2007 Men in Trees George Washington
Everybody Hates Chris Mr. Newton
2006 The Evidence Cayman Bishop
2005 Ghost Whisperer Kaysey
2005 Nick Cannon: Wild 'N Out Himself
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Party Planner
The Orlando Jones Show Himself Host
Girlfriends Dr. Darren Lucas
2000 HBO First Look Himself Host
1995–1997 MADtv Various Characters Sketch Comedy
1994–1995 Sound fX Himself Host
1992 A Different World Troy Douglas
Herman's Head Cop

Voice acting and video game appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 King of the Hill Flaming Basehead, Others Animated Comedy TV Series
2006 The Adventures of Chico and Guapo Concepción Rodriguez, Hank Holiday Animated Comedy TV Series
2005 L.A. Rush Ty Malix Video Game
2004 Father of the Pride Snack TV Series
Halo 2 Marine Sergeant Banks Video Game
1997 King of the Hill Kidd Mookie Animated Comedy TV Series
1993 Yuletide in the 'hood TV Series

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pearlman, Cindy (August 13, 2000). "Orlando Jones". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  2. ^ Natalie Abrams. "House: Orlando Jones to Play Foreman's Brother". TVGuide.com. 
  3. ^ "Lenny Bruce Legacy Reexamined". Rolling Stone. March 10, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "MysteryGuitarMan Joe Penna Brings Interactive Thriller To Rides.tv". Tubefilter. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ Scott, Tracy. "Tyler Perry calls Orlando Jones’ news ‘not true and not funny’". S2SMagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  6. ^ Celebrity Wedding: Orlando Jones & Jacqueline Staph
  7. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/celebritology/post/orlando-jones-defends-kill-sarah-palin-tweet-joke-as-not-call-to-action/2011/10/25/gIQAdroJGM_blog.html Orlando Jones defends ‘kill Sarah Palin’ tweet joke as not ‘a call to action,’ ‘artistic expression’
  8. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/orlando-jones-fire-tweets-urging-liberals-kill-sarah-palin-article-1.967845 Orlando Jones under fire for tweets urging liberals to 'kill Sarah Palin'
  9. ^ Gayathri, Amrutha (27 October 2011). "Actor Orlando Jones Asks Liberals to Kill Sarah Palin; Apologizes for 'Joke'". International Business Times. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 

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