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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 10, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mobile, Alabama, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian

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Multi-talented Orlando Jones first came to prominence as an original member of the "MADtv" (Fox, 1995-2009) ensemble before going on to a prolific film career. Receiving his start as a staff writer and story editor on popular series such as "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993), Jones came to "MADtv" armed with a writer's instinct and a performer's manic determination to make people laugh. After two hilarious years on the long-running show, Jones left to focus on film work that included such projects as the beloved workplace comedy "Office Space" (1999). It was around that time that he became a nearly ubiquitous television presence after he was hired as the spokesman for the popular soft drink 7UP via a massive commercial campaign. The start of the next decade saw Jones in a slew of feature films; among them "Bedazzled" (2000), "Double Take" (2001), "Evolution" (2001), and "Drumline" (2002). Although other endeavors proved less successful - "The Orlando Jones Show" (FX, 2003) and "The Evidence" (ABC, 2005-06) - the talented comedic actor worked steadily with guest spots on series such as "Rules of Engagement" (CBS, 2006- ) and in feature films like "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" (2009)....

Multi-talented Orlando Jones first came to prominence as an original member of the "MADtv" (Fox, 1995-2009) ensemble before going on to a prolific film career. Receiving his start as a staff writer and story editor on popular series such as "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993), Jones came to "MADtv" armed with a writer's instinct and a performer's manic determination to make people laugh. After two hilarious years on the long-running show, Jones left to focus on film work that included such projects as the beloved workplace comedy "Office Space" (1999). It was around that time that he became a nearly ubiquitous television presence after he was hired as the spokesman for the popular soft drink 7UP via a massive commercial campaign. The start of the next decade saw Jones in a slew of feature films; among them "Bedazzled" (2000), "Double Take" (2001), "Evolution" (2001), and "Drumline" (2002). Although other endeavors proved less successful - "The Orlando Jones Show" (FX, 2003) and "The Evidence" (ABC, 2005-06) - the talented comedic actor worked steadily with guest spots on series such as "Rules of Engagement" (CBS, 2006- ) and in feature films like "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" (2009). With his background as a writer and producer, as well as a demonstrated ability to switch gears between comedic and dramatic fare, Jones was prepared for a lengthy career in the always shifting landscape of film and television.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Enemies Closer (2014)
2.
 Seconds Apart (2011)
5.
 Misconceptions (2009)
6.
 Primeval (2007)
7.
 House of D (2004) Cast
8.
 Runaway Jury (2003) Jerome
9.
 Biker Boyz (2003) Soul Train
10.
 Drumline (2002) Dr Lee
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Was a writer and story editor for the NBC comedy series "A Different World"
1992:
Had a guest role as a cop on an episode of the FOX sitcom, "Herman's Head"
1992:
Was a writer and executive story editor for the FOX sitcom, "Roc"
1994:
Worked as co-producer, writer and executive story editor on the FOX sitcom, "The Sinbad Show"
1994:
Co-hosted the FX network daily music magazine series, "Sound fX"
1995:
Was a regular on the FOX ensemble sketch comedy series, "Mad TV"
1998:
Had a guest role on the FOX animated series, "King of the Hill"
1998:
Appeared in the feature films, "Sour Grapes" and "Woo"
1999:
Featured in "King of the Hill" creator Mike Judge's live-action directorial debut, "Office Space"
1999:
Appeared as a salesman caught in the crossfire in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" prequel, "Hangman's Daughter"; shown at special one-time screening at Halloween before release on video in 2000
1999:
Had a featured role as a neighborhood drug dealer in Barry Levinson's Baltimore-set feature, "Liberty Heights"
1999:
Appeared in a series of TV commercials for 7-Up
1999:
Had featured role in Paul Thomas Anderson's ensemble drama, "Magnolia"; part ended up on the cutting room floor
2000:
Co-starred in "The Replacements," a comedy film following the motley Washington Redskins replacement team during the 1987 NFL players strike
2000:
Acted in support of Brendan Fraser in the remake of "Bedazzled"
2000:
Featured in the 1976-set basketball mockumentary, "The New Jersey Turnpikes"
2000:
Appeared in "Chain of Fools," the star-studded feature debut for the Swedish commercial directing collective Traktor
2001:
Played Daryl Chase in the action-comedy, "Double Take," alongside Eddie Griffin
2001:
Co-starred with David Duchovny and Julianne Moore in Ivan Reitman's sci-fi comedy, "Evolution"
2002:
Co-starred as a stoic band director in the marching band feature, "Drumline"
2003:
Co-starred in the motorcycle drama, "Biker Boyzs"
2003:
Hosted the short-lived late night talk show on FX called, "The Orlando Jones Show"
2004:
Featured in David Duchovny's directorial debut, "House of D"
2006:
Cast as Cayman Bishop one of the lead characters of ABC's short-lived crime drama, "The Evidence"
2006:
Starred alongside Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne in a Los Angeles stage production of August Wilson's "Fences"
2007:
Co-starred in the thriller, "Primeval"
2009:
Co-hosted ABC's "Crash Course" with Dan Cortese
2009:
Cast as Alexander Ribs in the feature adaptation of "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"
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Education

College of Charleston: Charleston , South Carolina -
Mauldin High School: Mauldin , South Carolina - 1985

Notes

Jones on being choosy about his roles: "I've been saying no to a lot of stuff lately. I read a script and I think, I wouldn't want to go see this, so why would I want to be in it?

"I decided a long time ago that you can do the right job for the right reason, and you can do the wrong job for the wrong reason. So even if they offer you a ton of money, if the movie is shit, say no" --quoted in Detour, November 1999.

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