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Also Known As: Cedric Antonio Kyles Died:
Born: April 24, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jefferson City, Missouri, USA Profession: comedian, actor, singer, dancer

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Comedian and actor Cedric The Entertainer burst onto the scene as part of the comedy road show movie "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000), before going on to star in a string of successful film and television efforts. He followed with urban comedy films such as "Kingdom Come" (2001) and "Barbershop" (2002), in addition to a short-lived sketch comedy program "Cedric The Entertainer Presents..." (Fox, 2002-03). Other major motion picture roles included appearances in "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003), starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as "Be Cool" (2005), starring John Travolta. Cedric demonstrated his versatility - and openness to family-friendly fare - when he lent his voice to the all-ages movies "Madagascar" (2005) and the live-action film "Charlotte's Web" (2006). Projects in a more real-world vein were also on his agenda, as evidenced by the pair of biopics "Talk to Me" (2007) and "Cadillac Records" (2008). Widening his palette, Cedric The Entertainer became the host of the always popular game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (syndicated, 1999- ), with the talented, likable and hard-working artist earning his self-appointed moniker with an enviably prolific and varied...

Comedian and actor Cedric The Entertainer burst onto the scene as part of the comedy road show movie "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000), before going on to star in a string of successful film and television efforts. He followed with urban comedy films such as "Kingdom Come" (2001) and "Barbershop" (2002), in addition to a short-lived sketch comedy program "Cedric The Entertainer Presents..." (Fox, 2002-03). Other major motion picture roles included appearances in "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003), starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as "Be Cool" (2005), starring John Travolta. Cedric demonstrated his versatility - and openness to family-friendly fare - when he lent his voice to the all-ages movies "Madagascar" (2005) and the live-action film "Charlotte's Web" (2006). Projects in a more real-world vein were also on his agenda, as evidenced by the pair of biopics "Talk to Me" (2007) and "Cadillac Records" (2008). Widening his palette, Cedric The Entertainer became the host of the always popular game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (syndicated, 1999- ), with the talented, likable and hard-working artist earning his self-appointed moniker with an enviably prolific and varied Hollywood résumé.

Born Cedric Antonio Kyles on April 24, 1964 in Jefferson City, MO to parents Rosetta and Kitrell Kyles, he grew up in the nearby towns of Caruthersville and, later, St. Louis. After graduating from Berkeley High School, he earned a BA in communications from Southeast Missouri State University and later began working for State Farm Insurance. Even before the insurance job, Cedric had begun frequenting area comedy clubs, winning competitions and eventually sharing the stage with the established comedian Steve Harvey. Making his television debut in 1992 in an episode of "It's Showtime at the Apollo" (syndicated, 1987-2002), Cedric's profile was steadily increasing, and a yearlong stint as host of the comedian showcase series "Comic View" (BET, 1992-2005) would offer him further exposure. The network also honored the fledgling stand-up with the Richard Pryor Comedian of the Year Award in 1994. When "The Steve Harvey Show" (1996-2002) began its six-year run, Cedric was right by Harvey's side, with a regular role as Cedric the gym coach, the best friend and roommate of Harvey's Steve Hightower, a jazz musician-turned-high school teacher. During his tenure on Harvey's show, the ambitious Cedric branched out with a debut film role in the little seen comedy "Ride" (1998), followed by the more widely released "Big Momma's House" (2000), starring fellow funnyman, Martin Lawrence.

His star rapidly on the rise, Cedric enjoyed phenomenal exposure as part of the hit concert film "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000), alongside Harvey, Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley. Next, he was featured as the preacher presiding over the funeral chronicled in the comedy "Kingdom Come" (2001), in addition to lending his voice to the Eddie Murphy sequel "Dr. Dolittle 2" (2001). More voice work came his way with the animated feature "Ice Age" (2002), while the man himself could be seen in the urban comedy "Barbershop" (2002). Both the film and the actor stirred up controversy, due to comments made by Cedric's character regarding civil rights icons Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. For his part, Cedric merely stated that these were the views of a fictional character, not his, refusing to issue the apology some community leaders were demanding. Whether because of the minor uproar, or in spite of it, the film went on to become a box office hit, spawning a sequel and a spin-off. In the meantime, Cedric's popularity continued to broaden, and his sketch comedy series "Cedric The Entertainer Presents..." was moderately well-received during its run, although it did perform strong enough in the ratings to keep it on the air for more than two seasons.

Cedric returned to the big screen as a private detective in the Coen Brothers' disappointing screwball comedy "Intolerable Cruelty" (2003), as well as the sequel "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" (2004). The comedic actor next took a page from Chevy Chase when he played a bumbling dad dragging his dysfunctional clan out on the road in "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004). He also had a brief cameo in the Jim Carrey family fantasy "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (2004), prior to crossing swords with John Travolta's shylock-turned-music producer Chili Palmer in "Be Cool" (2005), the lukewarm sequel to 1995's "Get Shorty." Less successful was the neutered comedy "Man of the House" (2005), although Cedric provided the few laughs there were to be had in this Tommy Lee Jones vehicle. Next, he lent his jovial voice to "Madagascar" (2005), DreamWorks' animated adventure about four zoo animals who escape the confines of their Manhattan cages only to find themselves in the jungles of the island continent. In "The Honeymooners" (2005), an update of the classic TV sitcom, Cedric took on the role of Ralph Kramden, while Mike Epps played his bumbling best friend, Norton. Unfortunately, Cedric and his co-star lacked the comedic chemistry of originators Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, dooming the misguided modernization to instantaneous obscurity.

Cedric picked up more voice work as Golly the Goose in the feature film adaptation of E.B. White's enduring children's story "Charlotte's Web" (2006), starring Julia Roberts as the voice of the eponymous spider. He followed with a turn as an average Joe caught up in a dangerous case of mistaken identity in the comedy "Code Name: The Cleaner" (2007), in addition to playing a disc jockey in the biopic "Talk to Me" (2007), starring Don Cheadle as 1960s radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene. Cedric reteamed with Martin Lawrence for "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins" (2008) as competitive cousin Clyde, and once again provided the voice of Maurice in the animated sequel "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" (2008). He portrayed legendary Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon in the musical biopic "Cadillac Records" (2008), co-starring Adrian Brody as Leonard Chess, founder of the influential recording label Chess Records. Back on television, he hosted the cable special "Cedric The Entertainer's Urban Circus" (TBS, 2010), an attempt at reinvigorating the variety show format.

Following a supporting role as Tom Hanks' helpful neighbor in "Larry Crowne" (2011), Cedric The Entertainer made his directing debut with the martial arts comedy "Dance Fu" (2011) and had a guest role as a superstar-turned-preacher on the cable sitcom "Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land, 2010- ). That role was spun off into its own sitcom, "The Soul Man" (TV Land, 2012- ), which featured Cedric The Entertainer as a former R&B singer who leaves superstardom behind in Las Vegas to become a preacher at his father's church in the Midwest. As he continued to star on his new show, Cedric The Entertainer again voiced Maurice in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (2012) and later joined Marlon Wayans for the critically lambasted horror spoof "A Haunted House" (2013), which was a box office success despite scathing reviews. From there, he took a bit of a surprising turn when it was announced in March 2013 that he would assume hosting duties of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (1999- ) for the syndicated show's 12th season, taking over for outgoing host Meredith Vieira. He was set to assume the mantle in September 2013.

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 Planes (2013)
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 Heat (2013)
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 Grassroots (2012)
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 Larry Crowne (2011)
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 Cadillac Records (2008)
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 Talk to Me (2007)
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1992:
Made first TV appearance on "It's Showtime at the Apollo"
1993:
First regular TV role as the host of the BET series "Comicview"
1996:
Portrayed the lovable Coach Cedric Robinson on The WB sitcom "The Steve Harvey Show"
1997:
Traveled the country as one of the headliners of the "Kings of Comedy" tour along with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac
1998:
Landed first screen role in the comedy "Ride"
2000:
Featured as one of the headlining stars in the hit film "The Original Kings of Comedy"; Spike Lee directed documentary aired on MTV
2000:
Cast opposite Martin Lawrence's in the box office smash "Big Momma's House"
2001:
Scored a supporting role in the comedy-drama "Kingdom Come"
2002:
Voiced Carl the Rhino in the hit animated feature "Ice Age"
2002:
Starred in the box office smash "Barbershop"
2002:
Debuted the sketch comedy show "Cedric the Entertainer Presents" (Fox)
2003:
Delivered scene-stealing turn as private investigator Gus Petch in the Coen Brothers' "Intolerable Cruelty"
2004:
Reprised role of Eddie in "Barbershop 2: Back in Business"
2004:
Produced the family feature "Johnson Family Vacation"; also co-starred with Vanessa Williams and Solange Knowles
2005:
Cast as a music producer in "Be Cool," the sequel to "Get Shorty"
2005:
Portrayed Ralph Cramden in the big-screen adaptation of the classic sitcom "The Honeymooners"; also served as executive producer
2005:
Voiced Maurice the Lemur in the animated feature "Madagascar"
2006:
Appeared in the live-action/animated feature "Charlotte's Web" as the voice of Golly the gander
2007:
Starred as a regular guy convinced that he is an undercover agent in the comedy "Code Name: The Cleaner"
2007:
Co-starred with Don Cheadle in "Talk To Me"
2008:
Joined a Broadway revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo"
2008:
Once again lent his voice to Maurice the Lemur in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"
2008:
Portrayed singer Willie Dixon in the musical biopic "Cadillac Records"
2011:
Appeared opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne"
2011:
Directorial debut, "Dance Fu"; also executive produced and co-starred with Kel Mitchell
2012:
Reprised voice role of Maurice the Lemur in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
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Education

Haverhill High School: Haverhill , Massachusetts -
Southeast Missouri State University: Cape Girardeau , Missouri - 1964

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sister:
Sharita Kyles. Younger.
mother:
Rosetta Kyles. Reading specialist.

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"Grown Ass Man" Ballantine

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