Demetrius Shipp Jr.

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Demetrius Shipp Jr
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Shipp at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Demetrius Antionne Shipp[1]

(1988-11-20) November 20, 1988 (age 30)
OccupationActor, music producer
Years active2015–present
Notable work
All Eyez on Me

Demetrius Shipp Jr. (born November 20, 1988) is an American actor. He portrayed rapper and actor Tupac Shakur in the 2017 biopic All Eyez on Me.[3][4][5]

Shipp was cast in the role of Tupac in 2011, after a friend suggested he audition given his strong resemblance to the legendary hip-hop artist. Shipp remarked in an interview that he "never aspired to act."[6][7] Principal photography did not begin until 2015, and the film was released in June 2017.[8] Shipp's father worked with Tupac Shakur on the 1996 album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory on the song "Toss It Up".[9][10]

Shipp worked at Target and Dish Network prior to his acting career.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2017 All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur
2019 Cut Throat City Miracle Post-Production
2019 Same Difference Marc Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Tales Kenny Episode: "All I Need"
2018 All American Tyrone Morris Recurring role
2019 #unlock'd Marcus TV Movie


Year Title Role Notes
2017 WGN Morning News Himself TV Series Appearing in episode aired 9 June 2017
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Appearing in episode aired 12 June 2017
The Wendy Williams Show Appearing in episode aired 13 June 2017
Dish Nation Appearing in episode aired 16 June 2017
Made in Hollywood Appearing in episode aired 17 June 2017
Conan Appearing in episode aired 19 June 2017
Hip Hop Squares Contesting on episode aired 2 October 2017


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  2. ^ "Demetrius Shipp Jr. Has The Hardest Job In Hollywood—Playing 2Pac". Complex.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (December 24, 2015). "Tupac Biopic Casts Lead Roles for Shakur, Biggie Smalls". Variety. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  4. ^ A. Lincoln, Ross (December 24, 2015). "Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. Cast As Tupac As Biopic Begins Filming". Deadline. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Pologod (December 25, 2015). "JAMAL "GRAVY" WOOLARD CAST FOR THE ROLE OF NOTORIOUS B.I.G. IN TUPAC BIOPIC". The Source. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "Five Things to Know About 'All Eyez On Me' Star—and Tupac Doppelgänger—Demetrius Shipp Jr". 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  7. ^ "Five Things to Know About 'All Eyez On Me' Star—and Tupac Doppelgänger—Demetrius Shipp Jr". 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  8. ^ Powell, Kevin (June 17, 2017). "All Eyez On Him: Demetrius Shipp Jr. Against The World". Vibe. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory – Makaveli,2Pac – Credits – AllMusic". AllMusic.
  10. ^ Gotty, John (September 14, 2016). "Demetrius Shipp Jr. Wants You To Know He His Portrayal Of Tupac In 'All Eyez' Biopic Is Going To Be A Hit". Uproxx. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  11. ^ TMZ (December 28, 2015). "DEMETRIUS SHIPP JR. – THEY CALLED ME 'PAC' When I Worked at Target". TMZ. Retrieved January 23, 2016.

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