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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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This young, thoughtful African-American player turned down a chance for lucrative steady work in TV to pursue a career in features. Saved from the perils of the streets of NYC's Harlem by attending acting classes in his youth, Payne received his first wide exposure playing a recurring role during the last seasons (1990-92) of the NBC sitcom "The Cosby Show." He was one of the wisecracking friends of Pam Tucker (Erika Alexander), Claire Huxtable's young cousin from the inner-city. Though he passed on a regular gig on "A Different World," Payne shared Mr. Cosby's concern about providing role models for black youth.Payne embodied a cautionary tale in Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City" (1991) as Gee Money, lieutenant to Wesley Snipes' ascendant cocaine king Nino Brown. The young actor claimed to know his character from his old 'hood. Similarly for "CB4" (1993), an unsuccessful spoof of the hip-hop scene, Payne was able to call upon his experiences in the suburbs--where his parents relocated to escape the ghetto--to play a middle-class Black man who adopts a tough "gangsta" persona to perform rap music. He received better notices and more attention as a straight arrow romantic lead in "Jason's Lyric"...

This young, thoughtful African-American player turned down a chance for lucrative steady work in TV to pursue a career in features. Saved from the perils of the streets of NYC's Harlem by attending acting classes in his youth, Payne received his first wide exposure playing a recurring role during the last seasons (1990-92) of the NBC sitcom "The Cosby Show." He was one of the wisecracking friends of Pam Tucker (Erika Alexander), Claire Huxtable's young cousin from the inner-city. Though he passed on a regular gig on "A Different World," Payne shared Mr. Cosby's concern about providing role models for black youth.

Payne embodied a cautionary tale in Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City" (1991) as Gee Money, lieutenant to Wesley Snipes' ascendant cocaine king Nino Brown. The young actor claimed to know his character from his old 'hood. Similarly for "CB4" (1993), an unsuccessful spoof of the hip-hop scene, Payne was able to call upon his experiences in the suburbs--where his parents relocated to escape the ghetto--to play a middle-class Black man who adopts a tough "gangsta" persona to perform rap music. He received better notices and more attention as a straight arrow romantic lead in "Jason's Lyric" (1994) as a young man anguished by his wayward younger brother (Bokeem Woodbine) and inspired by a dreamy young woman (Jada Pinkett). Payne's next film, the well-meaning but underwhelming black-oriented Vietnam drama "The Walking Dead" (also 1994), hardly made a ripple, but the actor remained true to form playing a dedicated Dad who enlisted to provide base housing for his young family.

Payne received his most high profile film assignment in the critically lambasted Eddie Murphy horror vehicle "Vampire in Brooklyn" (1995). Here he was Justice, a homicide cop partnered with Angela Bassett with whom he develops an increasingly strong emotional bond. That year, Payne also appeared amid an impressive ensemble of young Black Hollywood (including Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Courtney B Vance) in the HBO made-for-cable movie "The Tuskegee Airmen."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crossover (2006)
2.
 Playas Ball (2003)
3.
 Blue Hill Avenue (2001) Tristan
4.
 30 Years to Life (2000) Malik
5.
 Perfect Storm, The (2000) Alfred Pierre
6.
 Double Platinum (1999) Ric Ortega
7.
 Price Above Rubies, A (1998) Ramon
8.
 Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) Justice
9.
 Tuskegee Airmen (1995) Walter Peoples
10.
 Walking Dead, The (1995) Pfc Cole Evans
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1991:
Gained attention with the supporting role of Gee Money opposite Wesley Snipes in "New Jack City"; began association with producer Doug McHenry
2000:
Had co-starring role in "The Perfect Storm"
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Performed with the Tribe Theatre Company and the Circle Repertory Theatre
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Born and raised in NYC's Harlem
1989:
Feature acting debut, "Rooftops", directed by Robert Wise
1994:
First feature starring role, "Jason's Lyric" opposite Jada Pinkett, directed by McHenry
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Turned down a spot as a regular on the Cosby-produced spin-off "A Different World", opting to pursue a feature career
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Acted in commercials
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Acted in the Off-Broadway productions "The Arm Wrestle" and "The Harlem Cowboy"
2001:
Appeared in the Sundance-screened ensemble comedy "30 Years to Life"
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Had a recurring role on the ABC daytime soap "Ryan's Hope"
1990:
Played the recurring role of Lance Flodman on the last two seasons of "The Cosby Show"
1995:
TV-movie acting debut, "The Tuskegee Airmen" (HBO)
1999:
Appeared in the ABC movie "Double Platinum", starring Diana Ross and Brandy
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Instructed in the Method in drama classes taught by his cousin's friend Carlos, a graduate of the Actors Studio, in his Staten Island home
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Moved back to Harlem and lived with relatives after high school
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Moved with his family to the suburban community of Pennsauken, New Jersey
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Urged by his cousin to study acting after a friend was killed
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Education

HB Studio: New York, New York -

Notes

"Payne says he tries to find the truth--for the audiences and for the characters he plays. "You can't miss like that," he says. "I want people to walk out of the movie and say, 'Damn, that nigga moved me, that nigga made me cry. I know that nigga.' Whether I'm playing a hero or a villain, that's what I aim for." --From "No Payne, No Gain" by Scott Poulson-Bryant in Vibe, November 1994

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