Langston Faizon Santisima
June 14, 1968
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Faizon Andre Love (born Langston Faizon Santisima; June 14, 1968) is a Cuban-born American actor and comedian. He is best known for his roles in the comedy films The Meteor Man, Don't Be a Menace, Friday, B*A*P*S, Elf, The Replacements, Made, and Couples Retreat, as well as the voice of Sean "Sweet" Johnson in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and his role as Wendell Wilcox on The Parent 'Hood.
Love was born Langston Faizon Santisima in Santiago de Cuba on June 14, 1968. He has described himself as a military brat who was raised in Southeast San Diego, California and Newark, New Jersey because of his father's career in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Morse High School in Southeast San Diego.
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 film debut, Bebe's Kids, saw him provide 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 lent his voice to the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004), portraying Sean "Sweet" Johnson, the leader of the Grove Street Families and the older brother of the game's protagonist. He co-starred in Couples Retreat (2009), a comedy film chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort.
Controversy and legal issues
In 2014, Love posted a series of controversial tweets in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. Defending Cosby against the charges, he used profanity and racial slurs against Cosby's accusers as well as comedian Hannibal Buress, who had been credited with bringing wider attention to the allegations in a stand-up routine. In 2015, Love once again posted tweets in defense of Cosby, dismissing his fellow African-Americans who believed the allegations as "spineless monkeys".
On March 7, 2017, Love was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor assault in Columbus, Ohio. An altercation with a valet had occurred at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, with video evidence showing Love grabbing the valet behind the neck in the baggage claim area and throwing him onto the ground and into a desk. Love pled not guilty, but later pled no contest and received a $500 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.
|1992||Bébé's Kids||Robin Harris (voice)|
|1993||The Meteor Man||Maurice, Screaming Woman's Husband|
|1994||Fear of a Black Hat||Jam Boy|
|1996||Don't be a Menace||Rufus|
|A Thin Line Between Love and Hate||Manny|
|1998||The Players Club||Officer Peters|
|The Replacements||Jahmal Abdul Jackson|
|Mr Bones||Fats Pudbedder|
|2002||Play'd: A Hip Hop Story||Domino Breed||TV Movie|
|The Fighting Temptations||Luther Washington|
|Ride or Die||David Rabinawitz||Video|
|2006||Just My Luck||Damon Phillips|
|All You've Got||Coach Harlan||TV Movie|
|2007||Who's Your Caddy?||Big Large|
|The Perfect Holiday||Jamal|
|2008||Of Boys and Men||Roman|
|Days of Wrath||Cash Flow|
|2009||Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy||Himself||Documentary|
|A Day in the Life||"Black" Ike Smith|
|Steppin: The Movie|
|2010||Life as We Know It||Cab Driver|
|2011||Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son||Kurtis Kool|
|King of the Underground||Faizon|
|Zookeeper||Bruce the Bear (voice)|
|The Cookout 2||David Turner||TV Movie|
|Budz House||Big Shitty|
|2012||The Wire: The Musical||Russell 'Stringer' Bell||Short|
|2014||Matthew 18||Lifton Tyler|
|Brotherly Love||Uncle Ron|
|2016||She's Got a Plan||Dr. Funkman|
|2017||Grow House||Rollin Reg|
|2018||Dogstar: High School 2||Voice over|
|2020||Bulletproof 2||Jack Carter|
|She Ball||Big Meat Tuna|
|The War with Grandpa||David|
|2021||Fuck Child Support the Animated Movie||Mr. Mack (voice)||Short|
|1989||L.A. Friday||Himself||TV Series|
|1992||An Evening at the Improv||Himself||Episode: "#10.14"|
|1993||Def Comedy Jam||Himself||TV Series|
|Comic Justice||Himself||TV Series|
|1995||What a Cartoon!||Sledgehammer O' Possum (voice)||Episode: "Sledgehammer O'Possum: Out and About"|
|1995–98||The Parent 'Hood||Wendell Wilcox||Recurring Cast: Season 1, Main Cast: Season 2–4|
|1996||The Wayans Bros.||Nigel Lovejoy||Episode: "Mama, I Wanna Act"|
|2000||Step to the Mic||Himself||TV Series|
|2002-05||Dinner for Five||Himself||4 Episodes|
|2004||The Big House||Warren Cleveland||Main Cast|
|That's So Raven||Cyrus||Episode: "Radio Heads"|
|2007||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Coach||Episode: "The Gang Gets Invincible"|
|2008||Black Poker Stars Invitational||Himself||8 Episodes|
|2009||My Name Is Earl||Reverend Greene||Episode: "Gospel"|
|Black to the Future||Himself||TV Series|
|2013||Mr. Box Office||Big Whane||Episode: "There Goes the Neighborhood"|
|2013–16||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Himself||Recurring Cast: Season 1, 5-6|
|2017||The New Edition Story||Maurice Starr||Episode: "Part 1"|
|Wild 'N Out||Himself/Team Captain||Episode: "Faizon Love/2 Milly"|
|Hip Hop Squares||Himself/Panelist||3 Episodes|
|2018||Detroiters||Farmer Zack||Episode: "Farmer Zack"|
|2018–19||Step Up: High Water||Al Baker||Main Cast|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Sean "Sweet" Johnson (voice)||Video game|
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- "Hope full of Love tonight". Retrieved June 29, 2020.
- "The Cast". The Replacements. Warner Bros. 2000. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
- "Just My Luck" (PDF). Regency Entertainment. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 14, 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.
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- Trio of Ladies Going on Couples Retreat at TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved on October 15, 2008.
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- "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.
- "Faizon Love arrested in Ohio after airport altercation". Fox News Entertainment. Associated Press. March 8, 2017.
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