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Also Known As: Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Lonnie Lynn Died:
Born: March 13, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession:

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A critically lauded, underground hip-hop artist who eventually found mainstream success with his artistically daring and politically conscious music, Common eventually parlayed his profile into acting. Common began his career as a cult figure in alternative hip-hop in the early 1990s, at a time when commercial rap was dominated by warring gangstas from both coasts. With his literary lyrics focused more on love and spirituality than drugs and guns, Common built a following among music critics and hip-hop fans alienated by the negative direction of gangsta rap. He earned some backlash for doing so, but eventually triumphed in the late 1990s amidst a growing revival of old school hip-hop. Following a number of best-selling, Grammy-winning albums, he began an acting career. Unlike Common's musical content, which was socially outspoken and positive, his early supporting film roles found him playing just the type of street thugs his music had railed against. As he began to find his footing in action and comedy features, Common proved that his magnetism and persona as a stage performer translated quite well to big screen characters.

A critically lauded, underground hip-hop artist who eventually found mainstream success with his artistically daring and politically conscious music, Common eventually parlayed his profile into acting. Common began his career as a cult figure in alternative hip-hop in the early 1990s, at a time when commercial rap was dominated by warring gangstas from both coasts. With his literary lyrics focused more on love and spirituality than drugs and guns, Common built a following among music critics and hip-hop fans alienated by the negative direction of gangsta rap. He earned some backlash for doing so, but eventually triumphed in the late 1990s amidst a growing revival of old school hip-hop. Following a number of best-selling, Grammy-winning albums, he began an acting career. Unlike Common's musical content, which was socially outspoken and positive, his early supporting film roles found him playing just the type of street thugs his music had railed against. As he began to find his footing in action and comedy features, Common proved that his magnetism and persona as a stage performer translated quite well to big screen characters.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 X/Y (2014)
2.
3.
 Selma (2014)
4.
 Movie 43 (2013)
5.
 Now You See Me (2013)
6.
 Pawn (2013)
8.
 LUV (2012)
9.
 Happy Feet Two (2011)
10.
 New Year's Eve (2011)
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1992:
Released first album, EP titled "Can I Borrow a Dollar?"
2000:
Released first major label album, the gold-selling "Like Water for Chocolate"
2001:
Received first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance for "The Light"
2006:
Made feature film debut as a Mob enforcer in ensemble crime caper "Smokin¿ Aces," directed by Joe Carnahan
2009:
Appeared opposite Christian Bale (as John Connor) in "Terminator Salvation"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Tina Fey and Steve Carell in comedy hit "Date Night"
2010:
Starred as a pro basketball player with a career-threatening injury who catches the eye of his physical therapist (Queen Latifah) in romantic comedy "Just Wright"
2011:
Voiced character of Seymour in animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"
2011:
Made cameo in romantic comedy ensemble "New Year's Eve"
2011:
Released ninth studio album <i>The Dreamer/The Believer</i>
2012:
Starred in drama feature "LUV"
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