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Also Known As: James Momel, Kenneth Mcbride Died:
Born: September 23, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, songwriter, musician, telephone operator (for MCI)

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A former musician who turned to acting, Chi McBride earned a reputation for adding depth and humanity to the stock no-nonsense authority figure in a wide variety of film and television projects. Following a few guest appearances on TV, McBride had his first significant role as Heavy Gene, the surly bus station janitor on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC, 1993-96). Almost out of the gate, he showed an unfortunate knack of landing quality roles on series that ultimately proved short-lived. From there, McBride landed supporting turns in features like "Hoodlum" (1997) and "Mercury Rising" (1998), and courted controversy as the fictional black butler to Abraham Lincoln on "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer" (UPN, 1998). He went on to land one of his most beloved roles, playing beleaguered high school principal Steven Harper on "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04) while securing higher-profile films like "The Terminal" (2004) and "I, Robot" (2004). McBride had memorable leading roles on "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 2007-09) and "Human Target" (Fox, 2010-11), but again was the victim of cancellation. Regardless of his lack of a ratings hit, McBride was a durable character actor who added grace and gravitas to every...

A former musician who turned to acting, Chi McBride earned a reputation for adding depth and humanity to the stock no-nonsense authority figure in a wide variety of film and television projects. Following a few guest appearances on TV, McBride had his first significant role as Heavy Gene, the surly bus station janitor on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC, 1993-96). Almost out of the gate, he showed an unfortunate knack of landing quality roles on series that ultimately proved short-lived. From there, McBride landed supporting turns in features like "Hoodlum" (1997) and "Mercury Rising" (1998), and courted controversy as the fictional black butler to Abraham Lincoln on "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer" (UPN, 1998). He went on to land one of his most beloved roles, playing beleaguered high school principal Steven Harper on "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04) while securing higher-profile films like "The Terminal" (2004) and "I, Robot" (2004). McBride had memorable leading roles on "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 2007-09) and "Human Target" (Fox, 2010-11), but again was the victim of cancellation. Regardless of his lack of a ratings hit, McBride was a durable character actor who added grace and gravitas to every performance.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Draft Day (2014)
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3.
 Still Waiting (2009)
4.
 Who Do You Love (2008)
5.
 First Sunday (2008)
6.
 American Son (2008)
7.
8.
 Annapolis (2006) Boxing Coach
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10.
 Roll Bounce (2005) Cast
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Raised in the Chicago area
1986:
Moved to Atlanta to work for MCI as a telephone operator
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Wrote the hit song "He's the Champ," which led to his signing with Esquire Records
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Joined the rhythm and blues group Covert
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Moved to Los Angeles
1992:
Landed guest spots on FOX's "In Living Color" and NBC's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (billed as Chi)
1992:
Made TV-movie debut in "Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation"
1992:
Feature film debut, "The Distinguished Gentleman"
1993:
Cast as Heavy Gene, the janitor, on the NBC sitcom "The John Larroquette Show"
1996:
Acted in "The Frighteners"
1997:
Co-starred in the underrated "Hoodlum"
1998:
First leading role in a series, playing the title character in "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer" (UPN)
1998:
Appeared opposite Bruce Willis in "Mercury Rising"
2000:
Portrayed Drew 'Bundini' Brown in the ABC biopic "Muhammad Ali: King of the World"
2000:
Again teamed with Bruce Willis for "Disney's The Kid"
2000:
Played the high school principal in the FOX drama "Boston Public"
2002:
Co-starred in the feature "Narc"
2004:
Appeared as a Baggage Carousel Worker in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal"
2004:
Cast in the sci-fi thriller "I, Robot" with Will Smith
2006:
Starred opposite James Franco in the Disney drama "Annapolis"
2007:
Co-starred with Will Forte and Will Arnett in the comedy, "Brothers Solomon"
2007:
Cast as Emerson Cod, Ned's business partner, in the ABC series "Pushing Daisies"
2010:
Cast in "Human Target" (FOX) as Winston, a former police officer and current business partner of the lead character
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Education

Chicago SDA Academy: Chicago , Illinois -

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