Faison at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards in 2007.
|Born||Donald Adeosun Faison
June 22, 1974
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, voice actor|
|Relatives||Olamide Faison (brother)|
Donald Adeosun Faison (//; born June 22, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor, best known for his leading role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC (formerly NBC) comedy-drama Scrubs (2001–2010), and a minor role as Murray in the film Clueless (1995) (subsequently reprised in the television series of the same name). He also starred as Phil Chase in the TV Land sitcom The Exes (2011–15).
Faison was born in Harlem in New York City, the son of Shirley, a talent agent, and Donald Faison, a building manager. He is the elder brother of actor Olamide Faison. His middle name stems from the words "ade" (meaning "crown") and "osun" (meaning "river of life”) in the west African language of Yoruba. His parents were active with the National Black Theater in Harlem. He attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan with his best friend, actor Dash Mihok.
Before his debuts 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 with Malik Yoba in the ABC News special Prejudice: Answering Children's Questions, hosted by Peter Jennings. He also had a small role in Sugar Hill starring Wesley Snipes. He then became famous for his role as Murray Lawrence Duvall in the 1995 film Clueless and the 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 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 Celebrity Game. Other celebrities participating included NBA Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins, NFL wide-receiver Terrell Owens, actor Chris Tucker, and four Harlem Globetrotters.
As of March 2011, Faison appeared in commercials for The Sims Medieval. In 2012, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Pitch Perfect. In 2013, Faison hosted the short-lived TBS comedy sketch show Who Gets the Last Laugh; as of 2016, he has hosted GSN game show Winsanity.
Faison started dating Lisa Askey in 1997 and was married to Askey from 2001 to 2005. After six years of dating, Faison married his second wife, CaCee Cobb, on December 15, 2012. 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.
Faison has six children: son Sean (born 1997), from a previous relationship; son Dade, daughter Kaya (fraternal twins, born 1999), and son Kobe (born 2001), with first wife Askey; and son Rocco (born 2013) and daughter Wilder Frances (born 2015), with second wife, Cobb.
|1994||Sugar Hill||Kymie Damiels|
|1995||New Jersey Drive||Tiny Dime||Credited as Donald Adeosun Faison|
|Clueless||Murray Lawrence Duvall|
|Waiting to Exhale||Tarik Matthews|
|1997||Academy Boyz||Glen Lewis|
|Can't Hardly Wait||Dan|
|2000||Remember the Titans||Petey Jones|
|Josie and the Pussycats||D.J.||Uncredited|
|2002||Big Fat Liar||Frank Jackson|
|2003||Ravedactyl: Project Evolution||Gunner||Short film|
|Good Boy!||Wilson||Voice only|
|2006||Something New||Nelson McQueen|
|Bachelor Party Vegas||Ash|
|2007||Venus & Vegas||Stu|
|2009||Next Day Air||Leo|
|2012||Pitch Perfect||Older Acapella Man|
|2013||Kick-Ass 2||Doctor Gravity|
|A Snow Globe Christmas||Ted|
|2014||Wish I Was Here||Anthony|
|Let's Kill Ward's Wife||Ward|
|2016||The Perfect Match||Rick|
|Hot Bot||Mr. Huffington|
|1992||Sesame Street||Duane||Episode: "23.58"|
|1996||New York Undercover||James||Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"|
|1996–2000||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Justin
|(Justin) Episode: "Magic Joel"
Dashiell) 7 episodes
|1996–99||Clueless||Murray Lawrence Duvall||62 episodes|
|1998||Sister, Sister||Darryl||Episode: "Greek to Me"|
|1999||Supreme Sanction||Marcus||Television movie|
|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)
|2004–05||Higglytown Heroes||Firefighter Hero||Voice only
|2005–2016||Robot Chicken||Various characters||Voice only
|2006||The Playbook||Host||3 episodes|
|2007||Saturday Night Live||Christopher Turk||Episode: "Zach Braff/Maroon 5"|
|Robot Chicken: Star Wars||Dr. Cornelius Evazan/Mace Windu||Voice only
|Kim Possible||Ricky Rotiffle||Voice only
Episode: "Homecoming Upset"
|2008||The Boondocks||Catcher Freeman/Tobias/Wedgie Rudlin||Voice only
|Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II||Gary/Darth Maul/Imperial Pilot||Voice only
|2009||Scrubs: Interns||Christopher Turk||Episode: "Our Meeting with Turk and Todd"|
|American Dad!||Christopher Turk||Voice only
Episode: "G-String Circus"
|Titan Maximum||Martian Fleet Commander||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2010||Fact Checkers Unit||Donald||9 episodes|
|Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III||Gary||Voice only
|The Odds||Tyler||Television movie|
|2011||Love Bites||Ricky||2 episodes|
|2011–15||The Exes||Phil Chase||64 episodes
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
|2012||Tron: Uprising||Bartik||Voice only
|Adventure Time||Princess Cookie||Voice only
Episode: "Princess Cookie"
|2013||Wedding Band||Moses||Episode: "99 Problems"|
|Who Gets the Last Laugh?||Host||9 episodes|
|A Snow Globe Christmas||Ted||Television movie|
|2014||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||3 episodes|
|Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge||Wizard||Episode: "Head's Up"|
|Drunk History||Joe Louis||Episode: "Las Vegas"|
|House of Lies||Donald||2 episodes|
|2017||Bill Nye Saves the World||Himself|
|Ray Donovan||Antoine A'Shawn Anderson||2 episodes|
|2018||Unsolved:The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.||Jacques Agnant|
- "Sittin' Up in My Room" by Brandy (1995)
- "Kissin' You ("Oh, Honey" Remix)" by Total, Puff Daddy & Notorious B.I.G (1996)
- "3 a.m." by Matchbox Twenty (1997)
- "No Doubt" by Imajin (1999)
- "Flava" by Imajin (1999)
- "Da Bomb" by DJ Fury and RX Lord (1999)
- "Chariot" by Gavin DeGraw (2003)
- "Beat It" by Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer (2008)
- "More Champagne (Feat. A$AP Ferg, Problem, Wiz Khalifa) by DJ Whoo Kid (2013)
- "Time Machine", by Ingrid Michaelson (2015)
Awards and nominations
|2002||BET Comedy Awards||Won||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Scrubs|
|2004||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|
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- Webber, Stephanie (August 24, 2013). "CaCee Cobb And Donald Faison Named Their Son Rocco!". Us Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
- Webber, Stephanie (April 24, 2015). "CaCee Cobb Welcomes Baby Girl Wilder Frances With Donald Faison: First Photo!". Us Weekly. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
- "Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Series Finale Q & A with Dave Filoni & Cast". youtube.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- Ingrid Michaelson - “Time Machine” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO. YouTube. February 19, 2015.
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