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Also Known As: Nicholas Cannon Died:
Born: October 8, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer

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Though he originally dreamed of having a music career as a child, actor Nick Cannon found Hollywood success through stand-up comedy. An overall entertainer capable of functioning in several different mediums, Cannon quickly rose up the ranks from warm-up comic to featured performer on the teenage sketch comedy show, "All That" (Nickelodeon, 1994-2005). Only on the show for a year, he nonetheless was a steady presence on the cable station geared for kids, serving as the host of numerous incarnations of "Snick," a programming block that often featured performances by musical guests. Not content with life on the small screen, Cannon ventured into feature films and delivered a good performance as the lead in the surprise hit, "Drumline" (2003). But the young actor failed to capitalize on his acclaimed performance, choosing instead to appear in uninspired offerings like "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (2003) and "The Underclassman" (2005). Despite his multitude of projects, including hosting the popular competition series "America's Got Talent" (NBC, 2006- ), Cannon became most famous for marrying pop star Mariah Carey, and for engaging in a war of words with rapper Eminem, proving that true stardom built upon...

Though he originally dreamed of having a music career as a child, actor Nick Cannon found Hollywood success through stand-up comedy. An overall entertainer capable of functioning in several different mediums, Cannon quickly rose up the ranks from warm-up comic to featured performer on the teenage sketch comedy show, "All That" (Nickelodeon, 1994-2005). Only on the show for a year, he nonetheless was a steady presence on the cable station geared for kids, serving as the host of numerous incarnations of "Snick," a programming block that often featured performances by musical guests. Not content with life on the small screen, Cannon ventured into feature films and delivered a good performance as the lead in the surprise hit, "Drumline" (2003). But the young actor failed to capitalize on his acclaimed performance, choosing instead to appear in uninspired offerings like "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (2003) and "The Underclassman" (2005). Despite his multitude of projects, including hosting the popular competition series "America's Got Talent" (NBC, 2006- ), Cannon became most famous for marrying pop star Mariah Carey, and for engaging in a war of words with rapper Eminem, proving that true stardom built upon his own talents still remained elusive.

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 Day of the Dead (2008)
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 American Son (2008)
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 Ball Don't Lie (2008)
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 Weapons (2007)
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 Even Money (2006)
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 Bobby (2006)
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 Monster House (2006)
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 Underclassman (2005) Cast
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1988:
Began doing stand-up on his father's evangelical public-access show
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By the age of 16, appeared at the Comedy Store and the Improv in Los Angeles, CA
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Performed as the warm-up act for several Nickelodeon shows
1998:
Wrote five episodes of the Nickelodeon series "Cousin Skeeter"
1998:
Became a regular on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series "All That"
2002:
Created and starred on the Nickelodeon series "The Nick Cannon Show"
2002:
Made feature debut as a cocky drummer in "Drumline"
2003:
Co-starred in the teen comedy "Love Don't Cost a Thing" with then-girlfriend Christina Milian
2004:
Voiced a city mouse named Louis in "Garfield: The Movie"
2004:
Cast in "Shall We Dance," a remake of a classic Japanese ballroom dance film opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez
2005:
Played a young detective who goes undercover at a private school in "Underclassman"
2005:
Produced and hosted the MTV improv comedy show "Wild 'N Out"
2006:
Co-starred in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby," an ensemble drama centered around the night of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination
2007:
Created the sketch comedy series "Short Circitz" for MTV
2008:
Appeared in the Direct-to-DVD remake of "Day of the Dead"
2009:
Replaced Jerry Springer (who replaced Regis Philbin) as host of "America's Got Talent" (NBC)
2011:
Landed a recurring role on the NBC comedy series "Up All Night"
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Notes

"I don't want anyone to pigeonhole me. I would love to work with someone like Denzel Washington or Will Smith, but I also want to work alongside people like Tom Hanks and Robin Williams."-Cannon

"Nick has a self-deprecating quality that makes him very attractive to women, and the kind of guy every dude wants to hang out with. In a nutshell, my dawg Nick is the future." -Will Smith People January 20, 2003

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father:
James. Televangelist. Born c. 1962.
mother:
Beth Gardner. Accountant. Born c. 1962.
grandmother:
Maria.

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