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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 18, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, comedian

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Stand-up comedian-turned-actor Mike Epps got his first big break performing on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" (1992-97; 2006- ), and soon parlayed his popularity into big screen success with co-starring roles in Ice Cube features like "Next Friday" (2000) and "All About the Benjamins" (2002). Tall and handsome with a charming smile and wiseass demeanor, Epps stood out in a string of broad comedies before finally being tapped to play more substantial characters in meatier films like 2007's "Talk to Me."

Stand-up comedian-turned-actor Mike Epps got his first big break performing on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" (1992-97; 2006- ), and soon parlayed his popularity into big screen success with co-starring roles in Ice Cube features like "Next Friday" (2000) and "All About the Benjamins" (2002). Tall and handsome with a charming smile and wiseass demeanor, Epps stood out in a string of broad comedies before finally being tapped to play more substantial characters in meatier films like 2007's "Talk to Me."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Stealing Cars (2015)
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 School Dance (2014)
5.
 Vipaka (2013)
7.
 Nina (2012)
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 Lottery Ticket (2010)
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Raised in Gary, IN
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Served four months in a juvenile center for gluing a classmate's hands together
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First tried stand-up at a talent competition in his native Indiana
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Moved to Atlanta, where he became a regular performer at the Comedy Act Theater
1995:
Began touring the Def Comedy Jam circuit
1996:
Featured in actor Vin Diesel's directorial debut "Strays"
1999:
Guested on an episode of "The Sopranos" (HBO)
1999:
Relocated to Los Angeles to pursue film career; offered an audition for "Next Friday" after producer and star Ice Cube saw his stand-up
2000:
Starred as Day-Day, Ice Cube's emasculated cousin in the comedy sequel "Next Friday"; improvised much of his performance
2000:
Appeared in the Jamie Foxx actioner "Bait"
2000:
Had a cameo in "3 Strikes"
2001:
Lent his voice to a character in "Dr. Dolittle 2"
2001:
Featured in the Harvard-set, marijuana-fueled comedy "How High" alongside rappers Method Man and Redman
2002:
Reteamed with Ice Cube in the action comedy "All About the Benjamins"
2002:
Third collaboration with Ice Cube, co-starring in the sequel "Friday After Next"
2003:
Co-starred in the comedy "The Fighting Temptations"
2005:
Cast as Ralph Kramden's best friend Ed Norton in the big-screen remake of "The Honeymooners"
2006:
Cast in the romantic comedy "Something New"
2007:
Co-starred with Don Cheadle and Cedric The Entertainer in "Talk To Me"
2010:
Acted opposite Ice Cube and Bow Wow in the comedy feature "Lottery Ticket"
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Notes

"I'm real. I really, really practice on it every day, really face my music. I think when you do that, it takes away a lot of your insecurities. I'm just me. I'll give it to you if I have it, and if you don't like it, I'll move on. That's been my attitude all my life." --Mike Epps, quoted in Boston Herald, January 14, 2000.

"I can direct, write, do everything. Anything that's got to do with being a human being and making some money and putting people in front of the camera or being creative, writing jokes, I can do it. I am a package. I've got a couple of scripts that I've written now. All I have to do is find the right [development] writer and it's a done deal. I'm going to put it down. That's what I'm going to do." -Mike Epps to BlackFilm.com, February 2000.

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father:
Thomas Epps. Survived him.

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