Faizon Love

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Faizon Love
Born Langston Faizon Santisima
(1968-06-14) June 14, 1968 (age 48)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Nationality Cuban
Other names Faizon Andre Love,
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1992–present
Home town San Diego, California
Newark, New Jersey

Langston Faizon Santisima (born June 14, 1968), professionally known as Faizon Love, is a Cuban actor and comedian. He is best known for roles in the films Friday, Elf, The Replacements, Made, and Couples Retreat.

Life and career[edit]

Love was born Langston Faizon Santisima[1] 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.[1] Love got his start as a stand-up comedian 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.[2][3][4][5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

In 2011 Love starred in a theatrical production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder, alongside Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Etan Thomas.

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.[8][9] In 2015 Love once again took to Twitter to defend Cosby, dismissing those African Americans who believed the allegations as "spineless monkeys".[10]



  1. ^ a b Williams, Kam (October 7, 2009). "Interview: After Playing on the New York Giants for two years, Faizon Love". DallasBlack.com. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Cast". The Replacements. Warner Bros. 2000. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Just My Luck" (PDF). Regency Entertainment. 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Family Tree". The Big House. ABC. April 2004. Archived from the original on March 18, 2004. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  5. ^ Ryan, Tim (January 28, 2002). "Big screen wave riders". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  6. ^ Trio of Ladies Going on Couples Retreat at TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved on October 15, 2008.
  7. ^ "Boost Mobile Ad Pimps WiMax 4G". CNET. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Callahan, Yesha (November 24, 2014). "Faizon Love Had a Profanity Laced Twitter Meltdown as He Showed Support for Bill Cosby". The Root. 
  9. ^ "Faizon Love supports Bill Cosby, calls Hannibal Buress a house N***a". The Grio. November 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Rogers, Jazmine Denise (July 7, 2015). "Faizon Love Slams Blacks Over Bill Cosby Outrage". Madame Noire. 

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