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Also Known As: Dwight Myers (Heavy D), Dwight E Myers (Heavy D), Dwight Arrington Myers Died: November 8, 2011
Born: May 24, 1967 Cause of Death: Pulmonary Embolism
Birth Place: Mount Vernon, New York, USA Profession: singer, actor, songwriter, executive, musician

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As one of the most popular and influential rappers of the 1990s, Heavy D earned both respect and popularity in the music world with equal parts accessibility and integrity. He translated that appeal to become a highly watchable onscreen presence, slowly segueing to an acting career, beginning with cameos on television series and going on to featured roles in major motion pictures. One of his first notable onscreen performances was a recurring role on the acclaimed series, "Roc" (Fox, 1991-94), which he followed with a small part in the hip-hop comedy "Who's the Man?" (1993). Heavy D went on to more roles in the indie comedy "The Deli" (1997) and Robert Townsends' "B.A.P.S." (1997), while returning to the small screen with a recurring part on "Living Single" (Fox, 1993-98). After a role in the comedy "Life" (1999), Heavy D delivered an affecting performance in the Oscar-nominated drama "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and went on to become an audience favorite with a role on the acclaimed "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04). Meanwhile, a nearly 10-year absence from recording ended with the reggae album, Vibes (2008), which marked a resurgence in his music career, which unfortunately was never completed due...

As one of the most popular and influential rappers of the 1990s, Heavy D earned both respect and popularity in the music world with equal parts accessibility and integrity. He translated that appeal to become a highly watchable onscreen presence, slowly segueing to an acting career, beginning with cameos on television series and going on to featured roles in major motion pictures. One of his first notable onscreen performances was a recurring role on the acclaimed series, "Roc" (Fox, 1991-94), which he followed with a small part in the hip-hop comedy "Who's the Man?" (1993). Heavy D went on to more roles in the indie comedy "The Deli" (1997) and Robert Townsends' "B.A.P.S." (1997), while returning to the small screen with a recurring part on "Living Single" (Fox, 1993-98). After a role in the comedy "Life" (1999), Heavy D delivered an affecting performance in the Oscar-nominated drama "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and went on to become an audience favorite with a role on the acclaimed "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04). Meanwhile, a nearly 10-year absence from recording ended with the reggae album, Vibes (2008), which marked a resurgence in his music career, which unfortunately was never completed due to his untimely death in 2011. Even though his life was brief, Heavy D managed to earn widespread appreciation and respect because of his multi-faceted talents.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tower Heist (2011)
2.
 Step Up (2006)
3.
 Big Trouble (2002) Greer
4.
 Life (1999) Jake
5.
 Cider House Rules, The (1999) Peaches
6.
 Rhyme & Reason (1997) Participating Artist
7.
 B.A.P.S. (1997) Himself
8.
 Deli, The (1997) Bo
9.
 New Jersey Drive (1995) Bo-Kane
10.
 Who's the Man? (1993) Heavy D
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1986:
Signed to Uptown Records as Heavy D & the Boyz
1987:
Along with the Boyz, released debut album <i>Living Large</i>
1989:
Had a crossover hit with the single "We Got Our Own Thang" off second album <i>Big Tyme</i>
1990:
Wrote and performed the theme song for the Fox sketch comedy series "In Living Color"
1991:
Third album, <i>Peaceful Journey</i>
1992:
Appeared on the episode titled "On a Dead Man's Chest" on the HBO horror series "Tales From the Crypt"
1992:
Recorded a cover of The O'Jay's "Now That We Found Love"; single went gold
1993:
Landed a recurring role on "Roc" (Fox)
1993:
Appeared as himself in the comedy feature "Who's the Man?"
1994:
Made recurring guest appearances on the Fox sitcom "Living Single"
1995:
Voiced a character in "The Golden Goose" installment of the HBO series "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child"
1995:
Made NYC stage debut co-starring alongside Laurence Fishburne and Titus Welliver in Fishburne's play "Riff Raff"; Fishburne also directed; performed off-Broadway at the Circle Repertory Theater
1997:
Acted in the independent "The Deli"; also appeared as himself in Robert Townsend's "B.A.P.S."
1997:
First album as a solo artist, <i>Waterbed Hev</i>
1999:
Guest starred on the action series "Martial Law" (CBS)
1999:
Acted in the comedy feature "Life"
1999:
Landed a supporting role as a laborer in Lasse Halstrom's adaptation of John Irving's "The Cider House Rules"
2000:
Featured in "Next Afternoon," an independent film that aired as part of the "Showtime Black Filmmaker Showcase"
2000:
Appeared in a recurring role as a guidance counselor on the high school-set drama "Boston Public" (Fox)
2002:
Featured in the comedy caper "Big Trouble"
2004:
Acted in the ensemble comedy "Larceny"
2006:
Appeared in the dance-filled drama "Step Up"
2008:
Released reggae album <i>Vibes</i>
2011:
Made a cameo as a security guard in the Brett Ratner directed ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"
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