Jamal Woolard

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Jamal Woolard
Birth name Jamal Woolard
Also known as Gravy
Born (1975-07-08) July 8, 1975 (age 41)
Origin Long Island, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Actor, rapper, comedian
Years active 2001–present
Labels Dirty Money Records / Warner Bros. Records
Website iamgravy.com

Jamal "Gravy" Woolard (born July 8, 1975) is an American actor, rapper, and comedian. He is best known for portraying The Notorious B.I.G. in Notorious.[1]

Woolard, like Christopher Wallace, is from Brooklyn, specifically L.G., Lafayette Gardens.[2] In real life he raps under the name "Gravy". He is featured in the song "Untouchable" by Tupac Shakur on the Pac's Life album. He had to add over 50 pounds to his already large frame to play The Notorious B.I.G. in the film Notorious.

Woolard was previously known for being shot near radio station Hot 97 in 2006 and giving an interview on the Funkmaster Flex show directly afterwards.[3] His music was later banned from play at the station as a result of a policy that bans "music by any artist who is involved in an altercation at the station."[4]

Recently, Woolard has been considering getting back into the film industry after taking time off to spend with his daughter. Sources say he has been linked with the newly formed Diamantaire Management Inc., who also has unreleased Alex "Chae" Muniz, Marc Anthony's son, as a signed client.

In 2016, he starred in the movie Barbershop: The Next Cut as Marquis. Woolard will reprise his role as The Notorious B.I.G. in All Eyez on Me, a biopic about Tupac Shakur.[5][6][7]


  • Who Shot Mayor Goonberg? Polotics As Usual Vol.1 (2006)
  • Mayor Goonberg Visits Africa (2006)
  • The Come Up Mixtape (2006)
  • N.Y. Target (2007)
  • Notorious Gravy (2009)

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  1. ^ "Jamal Woolard is 'Notorious' – Cinematical". Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  2. ^ Kam Williams (2009-01-08). "Jamal Woolard: The Notorious Interview". KamWilliams.com. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  3. ^ "The Role of Notorious B.I.G. to Be Played by That Guy Who Got Shot in the Ass". March 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  4. ^ Reid, Shaheem (May 18, 2006). "Gravy Wonders Why Hot 97 Banned Him, Not 50, After Shooting". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  5. ^ McNary, Dave. "Tupac Biopic Casts Lead Roles for Shakur, Biggie Smalls". Variety. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Kent, Chloe. "The Tupac Biopic Has Cast Its Lead & The Movie Sounds So Promising". Bustle. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Tupac Shakur biopic casts lookalike as lead actor". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 

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