Donald Faison

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Donald Faison
Donald Faison.jpg
Faison at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards in 2007.
Born Donald Adeosun Faison
(1974-06-22) June 22, 1974 (age 42)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s)
  • Lisa Askey (m. 2001–05)
  • CaCee Cobb (m. 2012)
Children 6

Donald Adeosun Faison[1] (/fˈzɒn/; born June 22, 1974)[1] is an American actor 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 (2011-2015).

Faison has also co-starred in the films Remember the Titans (2000), Uptown Girls (2003), Something New (2006), Next Day Air (2009) and Kick-Ass 2 (2013).

Early life[edit]

Faison was born in Harlem in New York City, the son of Shirley, a talent agent, and Donald Faison, a building manager.[2] He is the elder brother of actor Olamide Faison. His middle name stems from the words "ade," meaning "crown,"[3] and "osun," meaning "river of life” in Yoruba. His parents were active with the National Black Theater in Harlem.[4]

Career[edit]

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 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.

In 2010, Faison starred alongside Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Eric Balfour, Laz Alonso, and Crystal Reed in the Brothers Strause science fiction thriller Skyline.[5]

Faison was in the 2010 CBS comedy pilot The Odds.[6]

As of March 2011, Faison appeared in commercials for The Sims Medieval.[citation needed] In 2012, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Pitch Perfect. He is currently the host of the TBS comedy sketch show Who Gets the Last Laugh, and the GSN game show Winsanity.

Personal life[edit]

Faison with second wife Cacee Cobb at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

Faison was married to Lisa Askey from 2001 to 2005. After six years of dating, Faison married his second wife, CaCee Cobb, on December 15, 2012.[7] 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.[8]

Faison has six children: son Sean (born 1997), from a previous relationship;[9] son Dade and daughter Kaya (fraternal twins, born 1999) and son Kobe (born 2001), with Askey;[9] and son Rocco (born 2013)[10] and daughter Wilder Frances (born 2015), with Cobb.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Glory Soldier
1992 Juice Student
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
1996 The Quest Robber Uncredited
1997 Academy Boyz Glen Lewis
1998 Butter Khaleed
Can't Hardly Wait Dan
1999 Trippin' June Nelson
2000 Remember the Titans Petey Jones
2001 Double Whammy Cletis
Josie and the Pussycats D.J. Uncredited
2002 Big Fat Liar Frank Jackson
2003 Ravedactyl: Project Evolution Gunner Short film
Uptown Girls Huey
Good Boy! Wilson Voice only
2005 King's Ransom Andre
2006 Something New Nelson McQueen
Bachelor Party Vegas Ash
Homie Spumoni Renato/Leroy
2007 Venus & Vegas Stu
2009 Next Day Air Leo
2010 Skyline Terry
2011 Stag Ken
2012 Pitch Perfect Older Acapella Man
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Doctor Gravity
2013 A Snow Globe Christmas Ted
2014 Wish I Was Here Anthony
2014 Let's Kill Ward's Wife Ward
2014 Wonderland Ted
2016 The Perfect Match Rick
2016 Hot Bot

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Sesame Street Duane Episode: "23.58"
1996 New York Undercover James Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
1996–2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Justin
Dashiell Calzone
(Justin) Episode: S1 Ep. 8 "Magic Joel"
(Dashiell) 7 episodes
1996–1999 Clueless Murray Lawrence Duvall 62 episodes
1998 Sister, Sister Darryl Episode: "Greek to Me"
1999 Supreme Sanction Marcus Television movie
2000–2002 Felicity Tracy 23 episodes
2002–2003 Clone High Toots
Various characters
Voice only
12 episodes
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)
2004–2005 Higglytown Heroes Firefighter Hero Voice only
2 episodes
2005–2014 Robot Chicken Various characters Voice only
9 episodes
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
Television special
Kim Possible Ricky Rotiffle Voice only
Episode: "Homecoming Upset"
2008 The Boondocks Catcher Freeman/Tobias/Wedgie Rudlin Voice only
3 episodes
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Gary/Darth Maul/Imperial Pilot Voice only
Television special
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
Cubed Himself Episode: "2.12"
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Gary Voice only
Television special
The Odds Tyler Television movie
2011 Love Bites Ricky 2 episodes
2011–2015 The Exes Phil Chase Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
2012 Tron: Uprising Bartik Voice only
5 episodes
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"
2015 Undateable Donald 2 episodes
Supermansion Quiplash Voice only
Episode: "Brad Medicine"
Drunk History Joe Louis Episode: "Las Vegas"
2016 Winsanity Host

Music videos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Series
2004 BET Comedy Awards Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2002 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Donald Faison: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "What's Up, Doc?". People Magazine. June 17, 2002. Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ade". Behind the Name. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ Tanber, George J. (February 22, 2007). "Q&A: 'Scrubs' star as pro team owner?". ESPN. Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ Jeremy Kay. "IM Global want buyers to see the light on Skyline". Screen Daily. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 18, 2010). "Five pilots beef up casts". Associated Press via The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Messer, Lesley (December 15, 2012). "Donald Faison Marries Cacee Cobb". People. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Zach (December 15, 2012). "Donald Faison Marries CaCee Cobb!". Us Weekly. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Donald Faison- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ Webber, Stephanie (August 24, 2013). "CaCee Cobb And Donald Faison Named Their Son Rocco!". Us Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ Webber, Stephanie (April 24, 2015). "CaCee Cobb Welcomes Baby Girl Wilder Frances With Donald Faison: First Photo!". Us Weekly. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ Ingrid Michaelson - “Time Machine” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO. YouTube. February 19, 2015. 

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