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Also Known As: Jeffrey Atkins Died:
Born: February 29, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: rapper, actor

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Standing at 5'6, and known for his baritone growls, Ja Rule is proving that big things come in small packages. Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, became part of the rap scene in 1995. But it wasn't until three years later when he signed a lucrative deal with Def Jam that his rising star began to shine. Living up to the unwritten rule of superstardom, Ja Rule began to take on television roles and feature projects. He made his feature debut in the hip hop drama "Turn it Up" (2000). But his breakout role came a year later when he was cast as Edwin in the summer blockbuster hit "The Fast And The Furious" (2001). In 2002, Ja Rule co-starred in "Half Past Dead," which also co-starred Steven Seagal and Morris Chestnut, an absurdly plotted action flick that was duly blasted by critics. After a bit role in the David Zucker directed "Scary Movie 3" (2003), Ja Rule appeared as Bling Bling in the low-brow comedy, "The Cookout" (2004). Then he returned to action as a small-time hustler forced into defending an abandoned police station against a gang of crooked cops in "Assault on Precinct 13" (2005), co-starring Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishbourne, Brian Dennehy and Gabriel Byrne. Mixed reviews helped sink this...

Standing at 5'6, and known for his baritone growls, Ja Rule is proving that big things come in small packages. Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, became part of the rap scene in 1995. But it wasn't until three years later when he signed a lucrative deal with Def Jam that his rising star began to shine. Living up to the unwritten rule of superstardom, Ja Rule began to take on television roles and feature projects. He made his feature debut in the hip hop drama "Turn it Up" (2000). But his breakout role came a year later when he was cast as Edwin in the summer blockbuster hit "The Fast And The Furious" (2001). In 2002, Ja Rule co-starred in "Half Past Dead," which also co-starred Steven Seagal and Morris Chestnut, an absurdly plotted action flick that was duly blasted by critics. After a bit role in the David Zucker directed "Scary Movie 3" (2003), Ja Rule appeared as Bling Bling in the low-brow comedy, "The Cookout" (2004). Then he returned to action as a small-time hustler forced into defending an abandoned police station against a gang of crooked cops in "Assault on Precinct 13" (2005), co-starring Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishbourne, Brian Dennehy and Gabriel Byrne. Mixed reviews helped sink this mediocre rehash of John Carpenter's pulp thriller at the box office, where it failed to crack the top five its opening week.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Cookout 2, The (2011)
3.
 Furnace, The (2008)
4.
 Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) Smiley
5.
 Shall We Dance (2004) Performer
6.
 Cookout, The (2004) Bling Bling
7.
 Scary Movie 3 (2003) Agent Thompson
8.
 Beef (2003)
9.
 Half Past Dead (2002) Nick Frazier
10.
 Fast and the Furious, The (2001) Edwin
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Milestones close milestones

1995:
Began his career guesting on Mic Geronimo's "Time To Build," which featured Jay-Z and DMX
1995:
Landed a deal with his then group Cash Money Click; group only released one single before one of the members was incarcerated
1998:
Signed with Def Jam
:
Became a member of DMX Ruff Ryder's camp, Jay Z's Rock-a-fella camp as well as Murder Inc.
1999:
Released his debut album, <i>Venni Vetti Vecci</i>
1999:
Was part of Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life Tour," the highest grossing tour in history (to date)
2000:
Released second album, <i>Rule 3:36</i>
2000:
Made feature debut in "Turn It Up"
2001:
Portrayed Edwin in the blockbuster hit "The Fast And The Furious"
2001:
Remixed and rapped on Jennifer Lopez's songs "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny"
2002:
Released fourth album, <i>The Last Temptation</i>
2002:
Co-starred with Steven Seagal and Morris Chestnut in the action feature "Half Past Dead"
2003:
Played Agent Thompson in the Wayans Brothers' comedy "Scary Movie 3"
2004:
Released sixth studio album, <i>R.U.L.E.</i>
2004:
Cast in the comedy "The Cookout," which was scripted by Queen Latifah
2005:
Cast in John Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct 13," starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne
2005:
Departed from Def Jam records and took a hiatus from recording music
2006:
Co-starred with Danny Trejo and Tom Sizemore in the horror film, "Furnace"
2010:
Appeared in the action comedy "Wrong Side of Town"
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Notes

"All I ever wanted is for people to look at me and be like 'that's Ja,' Now that I'm in their sights, I'm going to give them something to look at as well as hear." -Ja Rule

"As long as I'm sitting on $100 million by the time I'm 35, I'll be happy."- Ja Rule People January 13, 2003

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wife:
Aisha Atkins. High school sweathearts; married in 2001.

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mother:
Debra. Retired nurse. Single parent.
daughter:
Britney Atkins. Born 1995.
son:
Jeffrey Atkins. Born August 2000.

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