Mel Jackson

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Mel Jackson
Born Mel Jackson
(1970-10-13) October 13, 1970 (age 45)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

Mel Jackson (born October 13, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois,[1] is an African-American actor,[2] producer, spoken word artist and R&B musician. He is known for his roles in Living Single (1997–98), Soul Food (1997), The Temptations (1998), Deliver Us from Eva (2003), and Abduction of Jesse Bookman (2008).


Jackson made his first big screen appearance in the 1997 film Soul Food,[3] and since has appeared in films such as Deliver Us From Eva, The Temptations, Uninvited Guest, Motives and Flip the Script. Later he landed a role on Living Single,[4][unreliable source?] where he played "Tripp" during the hit sitcom's final year.[5] And he also played "Johnnie" on The Parkers in the final season's run.

In 2003, Jackson appeared with Deborah Cox in a stage play called Love on Lay-Away.



Year Film Role
1997 Soul Food Simuel St.James
1999 Uninvited Guest Howard
2000 Dancing in September Malik
2003 Deliver Us From Eva Tim
2003 Ride or Die Video Director
2004 Motives Det. Morgan
2005 Friends and Lovers Richard
2005 Flip the Script Bruce
2006 Where is Love Waiting Darren
2007 Motives 2 Det. Morgan
2008 A Good Man Is Hard to Find Jasper King
2008 The Abduction of Jesse Bookman Jesse Bookman
2008 The Stuck Up Kids Pennell
2011 Dreams Mia's father


Year Title Role Notes
1996 To Sir, with Love II Tommy Rahwn TV Movie, (CBS)
1996 The Parent 'Hood Ahmad Zaire Season 3, The Critic (WB)
1997 NYPD Blue Jermaine Brewer Season 4, Bad Rap (ABC)
1997 George Wallace Eddie TV Movie (TNT)
1997 Hitz Sid Season 1, Pilot (UPN)
1997–98 Living Single Tripp Williams 12 Episodes, (Fox)
1997–99 In the House Graham Six Episodes, (NBC)
1998 The Temptations Norman Whitfield TV Movie, (NBC)
1999 Vengeance Unlimited Jay Jackson Season 1, Confidence (ABC)
1999 The Jamie Foxx Show Kenny Season 4, Why Don't We Just Roll Reversal
1999–2001 DAG Agent Morton 17 Episodes, (NBC)
2000 Playing with Fire TV Movie, (BET)
2000 Little Richard Robert Blackwell TV Movie, (NBC)
2000 The Steve Harvey Show Julian Season 4, African- American Gigolo (WB)
2002 For Your Love Derrick Season 5, The Affairs of the Heart (WB)
2004 The Parkers Johnnie Three Episodes, Three Episodes
2004 The Division Johnny Four Episodes, (Lifetime)
2005 Half & Half Roland Season 3, The Big Home is Where the Car Is Episode (UPN)
2005 Love, Inc. Daniel Season 1, Living Single
2011 Reed Between the Lines James Season 1, Let's Talk About Boys in Tights (BET)
2012 To Love and to Cherish Jay TV Movie


  1. ^ Torriano, Berry & Venise T. "Historical dictionary of African American cinema" Volume 12. Scarecrow Press, 2007.
  2. ^ Zwecker, Bill (November 14, 2000). "CTA's No. 151 bus takes Mel Jackson to stardom". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 37. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "What Stars Did Before They Became Famous" – Jet Magazine October 26, 1998 – Pg 60
  4. ^ "Living Single on",
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