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Also Known As: Chris Bridges (Ludacris), Christopher B. Bridges, Christopher Bridges, Christopher Brian Bridges Died:
Born: September 11, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Champaign, Illinois, USA Profession: musician, actor

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Rapper-actor-record label chief Ludacris was one of the most successful hip-hop artists of the early 2000s, rising from obscurity with a self-released album in 2000 to a multi-platinum-selling, award-winning rapper with such Top 5 hits as ""Area Codes," "Stand Up," "Splash Waterfalls" and "Yeah!" (with Usher and T-Pain) to his impressive list of musical credits. Key to Ludacris' popularity was his quick-witted delivery, which tempered the genre's de rigueur references to sex, violence and drugs with a humor that occasionally bordered on the absurd. His between-song comic skits generated enough praise that Hollywood inevitably came calling, and he soon enjoyed a critically praised second career as an actor in "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003), "Crash" (2004), "Hustle & Flow" (2005) and "No Strings Attached" (2011). The division of his attention between acting and music occasionally dampened listener response to his albums, which fluctuated between topping the charts and hovering in the lower end of the Top 10. But Ludacris' ability to consistently produce projects that not only matched his past glories but, on occasion, surpass them made him one of the more respected rappers in the ever-changing hip-hop...

Rapper-actor-record label chief Ludacris was one of the most successful hip-hop artists of the early 2000s, rising from obscurity with a self-released album in 2000 to a multi-platinum-selling, award-winning rapper with such Top 5 hits as ""Area Codes," "Stand Up," "Splash Waterfalls" and "Yeah!" (with Usher and T-Pain) to his impressive list of musical credits. Key to Ludacris' popularity was his quick-witted delivery, which tempered the genre's de rigueur references to sex, violence and drugs with a humor that occasionally bordered on the absurd. His between-song comic skits generated enough praise that Hollywood inevitably came calling, and he soon enjoyed a critically praised second career as an actor in "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003), "Crash" (2004), "Hustle & Flow" (2005) and "No Strings Attached" (2011). The division of his attention between acting and music occasionally dampened listener response to his albums, which fluctuated between topping the charts and hovering in the lower end of the Top 10. But Ludacris' ability to consistently produce projects that not only matched his past glories but, on occasion, surpass them made him one of the more respected rappers in the ever-changing hip-hop game.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
3.
 New Year's Eve (2011)
5.
 Fast Five (2011)
6.
7.
 Game (2009)
8.
 Gamer (2009)
9.
 RocknRolla (2008)
10.
 Ball Don't Lie (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Was a DJ for Hot 97 in Atlanta
1999:
Released his independently produced debut album <i>Incognegro</i>
2000:
Released his major label debut <i>Back for the First Time</i>
2001:
Released his second album <i>Word of Mouf</i>
2002:
Made feature acting debut in DJ Pooh's "The Wash"
2002:
Hired as the spokeperson for Pepsi; was dropped after conservative talk-show host Bill O¿Reilly criticized the company for picking a "thug rapper" to represent them
2003:
Co-starred in the fast-pace action feature "2 Fast 2 Furious"; also contributed the single, "Act a Fool" to the soundtrack
2004:
His single "Stand Up" appeared on the soundtrack for the teen hip hop/dance movie "You Got Served"
2005:
Starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash," a multicharacter study of L.A. race relations
2005:
Starred in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow" opposite Terrence Howard
2006:
Released fifth studio album <i>Release Therapy</i>
2006:
Guest-starred on the NBC series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"
2007:
Co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the comedy about Santa's disgruntled older brother "Fred Claus"
2008:
Had a lead role in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla"
2009:
Co-starred with Gerard Butler in the science fiction thriller "Gamer"
2010:
Earned two Grammy nominations for his seventh studio album <i>Battle of the Sexes</i>
2011:
Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year¿s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall
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Education

Banneker High School: Atlanta , Georgia -
Georgia State University: Atlanta , Georgia - 1998 - 1999

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