|Born||Langston Faizon Santisima
June 4, 1968
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
|Home town||San Diego, California
Newark, New Jersey
Langston Faizon Santisima (born June 4, 1968), professionally known as Faizon Love, is a Cuban-born American actor and comedian. He is best known for roles in the films Friday, Elf, The Replacements, Made, and Couples Retreat. Also, he is best known for his role as Wendell Wilcox on The Parent 'Hood from 1995-1998 and Maurice Starr on BET's The New Edition Story.
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 at age 15 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 supplier 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.
In 2014 Love made a series of controversial Twitter comments in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. Defending Cosby against the charges, Love used profanity and racial slurs against Cosby's accusers as well as comedian Hannibal Buress, who had alluded to the allegations in a stand-up routine. In 2015 Love once again took to Twitter to defend Cosby, dismissing those African Americans who believed the allegations as "spineless monkeys".
On March 7, 2017, Love was arrested in Columbus, Ohio on a charge of misdemeanor assault. An altercation with a valet occurred at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, whereby video showed him grabbing the valet behind the neck in the baggage claim area and throwing him onto the ground and into a desk. Faizon filed a plea of not guilty.
- The Meteor Man (1993) – Maurice
- Fear of a Black Hat (1994) – Jam Boy
- Friday (1995) – Big Worm
- The Parent 'Hood (1995–1998) – Wendell 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
- That's So Raven (2004) – Cyrus
- Torque (2004) – Sonny
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) – Sean "Sweet" Johnson
- The Big House (2004) – Warren Cleveland (5 episodes)
- 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 (1 episode)
- The Perfect Holiday (2007) – Jamal
- Of Boys and Men (2008) – Roman
- Days of Wrath (2008) – Cash Flow
- G.E.D. (2009) – Bro. Hakeem
- 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 (Uncredited)
- Zookeeper (2011) – Bruce the Ape (voice only)
- Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) – Kurtis Kool
- Budz House (2012) – Big Shitty
- White T (2013) – Anthony
- Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013–16) – Himself
- Matthew 18 (2014) – Lifton Tyler
- Black-ish (2015-2017) – Sha (2 episodes)
- Grow House (2017) – Rollin Reg
- New Edition Story (2017) – Maurice Starr
- Ripped (2017) - Reeves
- Step Up: High Water (2017)
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- "The Cast". The Replacements. Warner Bros. 2000. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
- "Just My Luck" (PDF). Regency Entertainment. 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
- "Family Tree". The Big House. ABC. April 2004. Archived from the original on March 18, 2004. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
- Ryan, Tim (January 28, 2002). "Big screen wave riders". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
- Trio of Ladies Going on Couples Retreat at TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved on October 15, 2008.
- "Boost Mobile Ad Pimps WiMax 4G". CNET. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
- Callahan, Yesha (November 24, 2014). "Faizon Love Had a Profanity Laced Twitter Meltdown as He Showed Support for Bill Cosby". The Root.
- "Faizon Love supports Bill Cosby, calls Hannibal Buress a house N***a". The Grio. November 22, 2014.
- Rogers, Jazmine Denise (July 7, 2015). "Faizon Love Slams Blacks Over Bill Cosby Outrage". Madame Noire.
- Associated Press (March 8, 2017). "Faizon Love arrested in Ohio after airport altercation". Fox News Entertainment.