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Also Known As: Rebel Of The Underground, Tupac Amaru Shakur, T Shakur Died: September 13, 1996
Born: June 16, 1971 Cause of Death: respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: rapper, actor

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A bonafide folk hero to millions of hip-hop fans around the world, musician-actor Tupac Shakur's brief life and legacy saw him rise to the top of his profession through his lyrics, which embraced both the profane and the spiritual, before his untimely murder in 1996. The son of radicals, Shakur brought political awareness and emotional depth to his best work, which included fiery tracks like "Keep Ya Head Up" and "Dear Mama," and brought credibility to the gangsta rap field. While climbing the music charts, he also established himself as a talented actor in features like "Juice" (1993) and "Poetic Justice" (1993). But violence seemed to shadow his every move, and after a brief incarceration in 1995, he emerged a changed man, obsessed with his apparent persecution and lusting for vengeance against perceived enemies. In the months before his death, he attempted to again embrace his earlier visions, but was gunned down in Las Vegas before he could fully invest in his new direction. In death, Shakur became a symbol for perseverance, honesty and dedication to justice in all its forms, and continued to inspire and entertain new audiences who came to hear the legend for themselves. ...

A bonafide folk hero to millions of hip-hop fans around the world, musician-actor Tupac Shakur's brief life and legacy saw him rise to the top of his profession through his lyrics, which embraced both the profane and the spiritual, before his untimely murder in 1996. The son of radicals, Shakur brought political awareness and emotional depth to his best work, which included fiery tracks like "Keep Ya Head Up" and "Dear Mama," and brought credibility to the gangsta rap field. While climbing the music charts, he also established himself as a talented actor in features like "Juice" (1993) and "Poetic Justice" (1993). But violence seemed to shadow his every move, and after a brief incarceration in 1995, he emerged a changed man, obsessed with his apparent persecution and lusting for vengeance against perceived enemies. In the months before his death, he attempted to again embrace his earlier visions, but was gunned down in Las Vegas before he could fully invest in his new direction. In death, Shakur became a symbol for perseverance, honesty and dedication to justice in all its forms, and continued to inspire and entertain new audiences who came to hear the legend for themselves.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Beef (2003)
2.
 Tupac: Resurrection (2003) Himself
3.
 Gridlock'd (1997) Spoon
4.
 Gang Related (1997) Detective Rodriguez
5.
 Rhyme & Reason (1997) Participating Artist
6.
 Bullet (1996) Tank
7.
 Above The Rim (1994) Birdie
8.
 Poetic Justice (1993) Lucky
9.
 Juice (1992) Bishop
10.
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1984:
Made professional acting debut in a production of "A Raisin in the Sun", part of a benfit for Jesse Jackson's first presidential campaign
:
Moved to Baltimore with his family
:
Moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, with his family
:
Joined the rap group Digital Underground
1991:
Debut album "This Is An EP Release"
1992:
Released first solo album "2Pacalypse Now"
1992:
Feature acting debut, "Juice" co-starring Omar Epps and directed by Ernest R Dickenson
1992:
Charged by former VP Dan Quayle that Shakur was partialy responsible for the shooting of a Texas state trooper by a young man who was listening to his first album
1993:
Starred in John Singleton's "Poetic Justice" opposite Janet Jackson
1993:
Sued by the wife of the Texas state trooper
1993:
Charged with aggravated assault after being involved with the shooting of two off-duty police officers in Atlanta; charges were dropped due to conflicting eyewitness reports
1994:
Acted in "Above the Rim"
1994:
Shot five times during a robbery in the lobby of a Manhattan recording studio
1994:
Convicted of attacking a former employer while on a music video set; sentenced to 15 days in jail, 15 days on a highway work crew, 30 days of community service; was also fined $2000
1995:
Sentenced to 1 1/2-4 1/2 years for sexual assault; served 11 months
1996:
Sentenced to serve 120 days in jail for parole violation (April)
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Education

Baltimore School For the Arts: Baltimore , Maryland -

Notes

Shakur was shot four times on Saturday September 7, 1996 after attending the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon heavyweight title fight.

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wife:
Keisha Morris. Married on April 29, 1995 while Shakur was in prison; marriage annulled.

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mother:
Afeni Shakur. Political activist. One of the members of the "New York 21", a group of Black Panthers who were arrrested for allegedly planning to bomb various sites in New York, she later defended herself and was released; sold the rights to her story to Jasmine Guy who planned a feature film.
father:
William Garland.
step-father:
Mutulu Shakur. Political activist. Served time in prison in the early 1990s; divorced Shakur's mother when he learned of her pregnancy.
half-brother:
Maurice Harding.
godfather:
Geronimo Pratt. Political activist. Incarcerated since 1970.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Tupac Shakur" Random House
"The Rose That Grew From Concrete" MTV Books
"Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur" Basic Books

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