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Also Known As: Curtis Jackson, Curtis Jackson (50 Cent), Curtis James Jackson Died:
Born: July 6, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: musician, rapper, actor

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Rapper-turned-actor-turned-entrepreneur Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson not only typified the street thug persona in his music and film roles, he actually came from the New York streets where he sold crack, robbed street corner rivals and escaped attempts on his life. But without his checkered past, which he routinely mined for lyrics and self-promotion, Jackson might not have become a top-selling artist. As it turned out, Jackson parlayed his huge musical success into business ventures as a producer and founder of clothing and shoe lines. It was natural that the popular performer would try his hand at acting, and his first major outing in the fact-based autobiography "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (2005) was a moderate box office hit. He stuck close to home with follow-up roles as violent characters who have run-ins with the law in the Iraq War drama "Home of the Brave" (2007) and "Righteous Kill" (2008). While his music career went on hold due to ongoing disagreements with his label, 50 Cent started to become better known for his acting than his rapping.

Rapper-turned-actor-turned-entrepreneur Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson not only typified the street thug persona in his music and film roles, he actually came from the New York streets where he sold crack, robbed street corner rivals and escaped attempts on his life. But without his checkered past, which he routinely mined for lyrics and self-promotion, Jackson might not have become a top-selling artist. As it turned out, Jackson parlayed his huge musical success into business ventures as a producer and founder of clothing and shoe lines. It was natural that the popular performer would try his hand at acting, and his first major outing in the fact-based autobiography "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (2005) was a moderate box office hit. He stuck close to home with follow-up roles as violent characters who have run-ins with the law in the Iraq War drama "Home of the Brave" (2007) and "Righteous Kill" (2008). While his music career went on hold due to ongoing disagreements with his label, 50 Cent started to become better known for his acting than his rapping.

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 Spy (2015)
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 Southpaw (2015)
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 Spy (2015)
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 Champs (2014)
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 Prince, The (2014)
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 Champs (2014)
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 Tomb, The (2013)
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 Escape Plan (2013)
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 Last Vegas (2013)
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1996:
Began an apprenticeship with Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC fame, who signed the fledgling rapper to his JMJ Records label; not much resulted from this collaboration
1999:
Signed with Trackmasters, a successful production duo (comprised of Poke and Tone) responsible for Jay Z and Foxy Brown
1999:
Through Trackmasters, landed a deal with Columbia Records and cut the tracks for what was to be his debut album, <i>Power of the Dollar</i>
2000:
Jackson was shot nine times, while the rapper sat helpless in the passenger seat of a car; this led Columbia to shelve <i>Power of the Dollar</i> and part ways with the now-controversial rapper
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Returned to the rap underground where he formed a collective (G-Unit, which also featured Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo) and began churning out mixtape tracks
2002:
Signed a seven-figure contract with Eminem's Shady Records, Doctor Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records
2003:
Released the G-Unit album <i>Beg for Mercy</i>; also executive producer
2003:
Appeared as himself in "Beef," a documentary about the social, political and economic ramifications of rap and its increasingly controversial nature
2004:
Cast in his first fictional role in the straight-to-video gangsta thriller, "Full Clip"
2005:
Voiced himself on the episode 'Pranksta Rap' of Fox animated mainstay "The Simpsons."
2005:
Released second album, <i>The Massacre</i>; earned multiple Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album
2006:
Cast in Irwin Winkler's drama "Home of the Brave," about the lives of four American soldiers in Iraq and their return back to the US
2007:
Released third album <i>Curtis</i>; made headlines when he threatened to never make a solo album again if his album did not outsell Kanye's album; he later took back this statement after Kanye had outsold his; earned a Grammy nomination
2008:
Hosted the MTV reality show "50 Cent: The Money and the Power"
2008:
Released fourth album, <i>Before I Self Destruct</i>; the album includes an accompanying feature-length film with the same title
2009:
Earned a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with Eminem on the song, "Crack a Bottle" from Eminem's album, <i>Relapse</i>
2010:
Co-starred in the ensemble drama thriller "Twelve," directed by Joel Schumacher
2015:
Played a tongue in cheek version of himself in Paul Feig's action comedy "Spy."
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