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Jussie SmollettJamal Lyon
An accomplished actor, singer and songwriter, Jussie Smollett recently was seen in the pre-Civil War series “Underground.”
Smollett’s feature film credits include “The Mighty Ducks” and Rob Reiner’s “North.” He also appeared in the made-for-TV movie “Alex Haley’s Queen,” as well as the telefilm “A Little Piece of Heaven,” opposite Cloris Leachman. He then went on to star with his five real-life siblings in the network comedy “On Our Own.”
He has appeared on “Revenge” and “The Mindy Project.” He also was featured as British racecar driver Tariq Hamilton in the feature film “Born to Race: Fast Track,” and was seen in the independent film “Ask Me Anything,” alongside Britt Robertson and Justin Long. In the 2012 film “The Skinny,” Smollett received rave reviews for his portrayal of “Magnus,” a gay medical student hosting his college friends in New York City.
Smollett is actively involved in numerous charities and was named by the Black AIDS Institute as one of the 30 artists under 30 truly making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He recently was inducted into its hall of fame. He sits on the Board of Artists for a New South Africa, and he supports the Jenesee Foundation, a shelter for battered women.
Smollett lives in Los Angeles.