|Birth name||Michael Elliot Epps|
|Born||November 18, 1970|
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
(m. 2006; div. 2017)
Michael Elliot Epps (born November 18, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He played Day-Day Jones in Next Friday and its sequel, Friday After Next, and also appeared in The Hangover and The Hangover Part III as "Black Doug". He was the voice of main character Boog in Open Season 2, replacing Martin Lawrence, with whom he starred in the comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, playing "Reggie", cousin of Roscoe (played by Lawrence). He played Lloyd Jefferson "L.J." Wade in the films Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). He has had starring roles in the sitcoms Uncle Buck and The Upshaws.
Epps was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Mary Reed and Tommie Epps. In his adulthood Epps moved to Brooklyn to star in Def Comedy Jam in 1994. Epps ended up on the Def Comedy Jam tour and starred in two of HBO's Def Comedy Jam broadcasts.
Epps began his professional career by joining the Def Comedy Jam tour in 1995 and starred in two of HBO's Def Comedy Jam broadcasts.
Epps' first on-screen appearance came in Vin Diesel's second directorial film, Strays in 1997. In 1999, Epps was then cast as Ice Cube's co-star in the sequel, Next Friday. This followed weeks of auditions, after Ice Cube attended a stand-up set Epps did, and then asked Epps to try out for the role of Day-Day Jones. Later that year, Epps had a cameo in 3 Strikes, and supported Jamie Foxx in Bait.
Epps had a voice role in the 2001 movie Dr. Dolittle 2 as Sonny the Bear and finished the year with a featured role as comical pimp Baby Powder in How High, starring Method Man and Redman. Epps reunited with Ice Cube in 2002 as the bumbling thief to Ice Cube's bounty hunter in All About the Benjamins, and again re-teamed with Cube in Friday's second sequel Friday After Next. Epps also voiced another bear character (Boog) in the 2008 film Open Season 2 after Martin Lawrence declined the role. In 2010, Epps also released a stand-up comedy special, Under Rated & Never Faded, and hosted the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Epps starred alongside Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in the 2012 remake of Sparkle, in his first non-comedic role as the main antagonist, Satin, a stand-up comic by day, an evil and abusive drug kingpin by night, who is engaged in an affair with the titular character's sister. Epps' performance was well received by critics and audiences. In 2014, Epps landed the coveted role of Richard Pryor in a planned Pryor biopic to be directed by Lee Daniels; however, the project has remained in development hell. Epps did portray Pryor in the 2016 Nina Simone biopic Nina, and is set to play him again in a planned HBO drama series about the L.A. Lakers.
Epps had a starring role in the 2016 comedy horror film Meet the Blacks and its 2021 sequel The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2. He also starred as the title character in the single-season 2016 sitcom Uncle Buck. Since 2021, he has been one of the main cast of the Netflix sitcom The Upshaws.
Epps "hosted" the Jim Jones and Skull Gang album Jim Jones & Skull Gang Present A Tribute To Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps. Epps has also made a song called "Trying to Be a Gangsta" with Pooh Bear.
Epps also hosted G Unit's 2008 mixtape Elephant In The Sand, appearing on the track "Hollow Thru Him". Epps also has a song called "Big Girls", which came out in 2008. It was originally recorded by Bow Wow featuring Yung Joc. The song is currently on iTunes and can be found on his album, Funny Bidness: Da Album, which was released October 27, 2009. Epps also has featured in rapper French Montana's Mac Wit Da Cheese mixtape, which was released on April 19, 2009. Epps has also featured on the Dom Kennedy song "Intro/Hard Work" on his FutureStreet/DrugSounds mixtape.
Part of his stand-up comedy in Under Rated & Never Faded was sampled for the song "I'm On Everything" by Bad Meets Evil on their first EP, Hell: The Sequel and on the track "Runaway", from J. Cole's second album Born Sinner. Mike Epps was also known in his hometown of Indianapolis as the CEO of Naptown Records. In 2006 he signed local artist Philthyphil. This artist had just been released from prison after serving three years for a drug indictment in which he was the suspected distributor of large amounts of narcotics. The record deal which was reportedly worth $175,000 was later terminated after Phillip "Philthyphil" White was charged with first-degree murder in Oakland, CA in 2007.
Epps has made cameo appearances in many music videos, mostly by hip hop artists, including "Gangsta Nation" (2003) by Westside Connection, "A Bay Bay" (2007) by Hurricane Chris, "No Effort" (2017) by Tee Grizzley, and "Bank Account" (2017) by 21 Savage.
Super Bowl XLVI
Epps served as the "Super Bowl ambassador" in his native Indianapolis for the 2012 Super Bowl. He was featured in commercials promoting the Super Bowl Village and he made special appearances in the Village during the week of the Super Bowl.
Epps has been criticized by disability campaigners for mocking physically and mentally disabled children in his stand-up act.
On June 1, 2014, Epps purportedly assaulted fellow stand-up comedian LaVar Walker outside of the Uptown Comedy Club. It was stated Epps and two of his bodyguards did this in response to Walker making a parody video about Epps and comedian Kevin Hart. Epps allegedly struck him in the face and kicked him in the stomach and back, while one of the other two men threw the victim's cellphone and crushed his prescription glasses. Atlanta Police issued a warrant for Epps' arrest two days later on June 3.
Around mid-2017, Epps received criticism for bringing a kangaroo onto the stage during one of his shows. Many noted the animal looked distressed, with Epps grabbing and holding it against its will. Epps later apologized, saying it was completely unscripted and that he would never hurt an animal.
Epps is married to OWN Network executive and Iyanla: Fix My Life producer Kyra Robinson. Epps and Robinson married in Newport Beach, California in June 2019. Epps was previously married to Mechelle McCain, whom he married in July 2006. Epps and McCain lived in Beverly Hills, California together until they divorced in September 2017.
In a 2019 GQ interview, Epps denied the long-standing rumor that he is related to fellow actor Omar Epps, saying, "Are Mike Epps and Omar Epps related? No, I think we got the same master, though."
|1998||Pimps Up, Ho's Down||Himself||Documentary|
|1999||Shelly Fisher||Esquire Jones||TV Movie|
|2000||Next Friday||'Day-Day' Jones|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Sonny (Kodiak Bear)|
|How High||Baby Powder|
|2002||All About the Benjamins||Reginald Wright|
|Friday After Next||Day-Day / Old Man with Shotgun|
|2003||Malibu's Most Wanted||Rap-Battle Host|
|The Fighting Temptations||Lucius|
|2004||Still 'Bout It||Bobby Ray||Video|
|Resident Evil: Apocalypse||Lloyd Jefferson 'L.J.' Wade|
|2005||Guess Who||The Cab Driver|
|The Honeymooners||Ed Norton|
|2007||Talk to Me||Milo Hughes|
|Resident Evil: Extinction||Lloyd Jefferson 'L.J.' Wade|
|2008||Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins||Reggie Jenkins|
|The Grand||Reggie Marshall|
|Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents: The Adventures of Tha Blue Carpet Treatment||Himself (voice)||Video|
|Open Season 2||Boog (voice)||Video|
|Soul Men||Duane Henderson|
|2009||Next Day Air||Brody|
|The Hangover||Doug 'Black Doug'|
|2010||Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed||Black||Video|
|Lottery Ticket||Reverend Taylor|
|Ghetto Stories||Lawn Service Worker|
|2011||Jumping the Broom||Willie Earl|
|35 and Ticking||Harold|
|2012||Mac & Devin Go to High School||Boyce Armstrong|
|The Hangover Part III||Doug 'Black Doug'|
|2014||School Dance||Principal Jimmy Rodgers|
|7th and Westlake||Guy|
|Stealing Cars||Sheriff Bryan Till|
|2016||Fifty Shades of Black||Ron|
|Meet the Blacks||Carl Black|
|Term Life||Darryl Mosley|
|What are the Chances?||Next Door Neighbor|
|2017||Girls Trip||Absinthe Dealer|
|Where's the Money||Dre|
|2018||Acts of Violence||Max Livington|
|Death Wish||Dr. Chris Salgado|
|Don't Get Caught||The Next Door Neighbor||Video|
|2019||The Last Black Man in San Francisco||Bobby|
|Troop Zero||Dwayne Boudraux|
|How High 2||Baby Powder||TV Movie |
|The Cat and the Moon||Cal|
|Dolemite Is My Name||Jimmy|
|2020||A Compton Story||Narrator||Short|
|2021||The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2||Carl Black|
|TBA||Untitled Kenya Barris film|
|1995||Def Comedy Jam||Himself||Episode: "Episode #5.9"|
|1999||The Sopranos||Jerome||Episode: "46 Long"|
|2002||All About the Stunts||Himself||Video Documentary Short|
|2004||Judge Mooney||Dion||TV Series|
|2005||Letter to the President|
|2006||Def Comedy Jam||Himself/Host||4 Episodes|
|2006||The Unsuccessful Thug||Himself||TV Series|
|2006||The Boondocks||Moe "Mo Gunz" Jackson||Episode: "Wingmen"|
|2009–12||BET Hip Hop Awards||Himself/Host||TV Special|
|2013||Wild 'n Out||Himself|
|2014||Ridiculouness||Himself||Episode: "Mike Epps"|
|2014–16||Survivor's Remorse||Uncle Julius||Main Cast: Season 1–2, Recurring Cast: Season 3|
|2015||That's Racist with Mike Epps||Himself/Host||TV Series Documentary|
|2016||Uncle Buck||Buck Russell||Main Cast|
|2020||Stumptown||Antonio Price||Episode: "Reality Checks Don't Bounce"|
|BlackAF||Uncle Ray||Episode: "yo, between you and me... this is because of slavery"|
|2021||The Upshaws||Bennie Upshaw||Main Cast|
|2006||Mike Epps: Inappropriate Behavior||Himself||Stand-up comedy special|
|2009||Mike Epps: Under Rated... Never Faded & X-Rated||Himself||Stand-up comedy special|
|2015||Mike Epps: Don't Take It Personal||Himself||Stand-up comedy special|
- "Whatchulookinat" – Whitney Houston
- "Ay Bay Bay" – Hurricane Chris
- "Gangsta Nation" – Westside Connection
- "Why We Thugs" – Ice Cube
- "What You Know" – T.I.
- "ASAP" – T.I.
- "Never Forget" – Napoleon
- "I'm Lit" – Square Off
- "I Don't Know Y'all" – Young Dro
- "Mrs. Right" – Mindless Behavior featuring Diggy Simmons
- "Nothin'" – NORE
- "I'm on Everything" – Bad Meets Evil
- "How Come You Don't Call Me" – Alicia Keys
- "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" – Kendrick Lamar
- "I Was Your Baby"- Angie Stone
- "No Flex Zone!" – Rae Sremmurd
- "Ayo" – Chris Brown and Tyga
- "No Effort" – Tee Grizzley
- "Bank Account" – 21 Savage
- "Let Bygones Be Bygones" – Snoop Dogg
- "Baby" – Angie Stone ft. Betty Wright
- Studio albums
- Funny Bidness: Da Album (2009)
- Collaboration albums
- A Tribute to Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps (with Jim Jones & Skull Gang) (2008)
- Omar Ray Life & Timez of Suge Gotti, Vol. 1 (2012)
- Guest Appearances
- 2009: "I'm a Go and Get My..." with (Busta Rhymes) on Back on My B.S.
- 2016: "2011 BET Cypha" with (Termanology, French Montana, Wais P, Rico Staxx, & Cross) on Cameo King III
- "Big Girls" (2008)
- "Trying to Be a Gangsta" (2009)
- "Aint Chu You?" (2009)
- "Mike Epps Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
- Bonnie Britton, "Epps offers encouragement", Indianapolis Star, January 20, 2000.
- Bonnie Britton, "Mike Epps is our homie, not Gary's, actor's dad says", Indianapolis Star, September 24, 2000.
- Mike Epps. VSU Multi-Purpose Center (October 13, 2017). Retrieved on March 17, 2020
- "Catching Up With...: Mike Epps". backstage.com.
- "Richard Pryor Movie – Mike Epps Gets the Lead, Not Nick Cannon". TMZ. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- "Richard Pryor Jr.: Nick Cannon Should Play My Dad ... If I Can't (VIDEO)". TMZ. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- "Mike Epps Set As Richard Pryor, Three Others Cast In HBO's L.A. Lakers Drama Series". Deadline. June 21, 2021.
- DOM KENNEDY Mike Epps, archived from the original on September 22, 2021, retrieved September 23, 2021
- (New Music) Eminem Feat. Royce Da 5'9 – I'm On Everything Archived April 15, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. JustShady.com (May 27, 2011). Retrieved on September 1, 2012.
- "Man shot to death Friday night while driving car in East Oakland". East Bay Times. June 30, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
- "Tee Grizzley Shares "No Effort" Video With Mike Epps". The FADER. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- Mike Epps Carries Around Enormous Teddy Bear in 21 Savage's 'Bank Account' Video. Billboard. Retrieved on March 17, 2020.
- Super Bowl Village Archived January 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- ABA Publishing. Americanbar.org. Retrieved on March 17, 2020.
- "Arrest Warrant Issued For Mike Epps – Black America Web". Black America Web. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- "US entertainer Mike Epps apologises after bringing kangaroo on stage in Detroit – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
- Mike Epps Weds Kyra Robinson In Star-Studded Ceremony. MadameNoire. Retrieved on March 17, 2020.
- Grant, Jasmine. (June 24, 2019) Mike Epps and Kyra Robinson Are Married!. Essence. Retrieved on March 17, 2020.
- Mike Epps's Wife Puts Him on Blast Again Over Their Messy Divorce | Mike Epps | Celebrities. BET (May 18, 2017). Retrieved on March 17, 2020.
- "Mike Epps Goes Undercover on Reddit, YouTube and Twitter".
- Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2019). "'How High 2': Mike Epps To Reprise Baby Powder Role In MTV Sequel; Premiere Date Set". Deadline Hollywood.
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