African American L.A. rapper whose deep gravelly voice and unusual aptitude for both whimsy and menace have translated well into a second career as a character player and cartoon voice actor. Tone Loc first rose to prominence with two top 40 singles--"Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina"--both released in 1989. Their popularity worked as a springboard into feature and TV work. He made his feature debut rapping in the Andrew 'Dice' Clay vehicle, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" (1990). Tone Loc was used more extensively in the animated features "FernGully: The Last Rainforest," playing a menacing giant lizard and "Bebe's Kids" (both 1992), as Pee Wee, a sardonic child. That year he was also cast as Ronnie Paxton, the local vigilante on the Fox sitcom "Roc." Tone Loc has since become a regular face in diverse features including a black Western ("Posse"), a black romantic road movie ("Poetic Justice," both 1993), a zany spoof ("Ace Ventura: Pet Detective") and a Disney comedy ("Blank Check," both 1994).
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Released first solo rap album <i>Loc'ed After Dark</i>
TV debut (song credit only), "21 Jump Street"
Feature debut, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane"
TV acting debut (as himself), NBC's "Ferris Bueller"
Cast as a recurring character on the Fox sitcom "Roc"
Provided vocals for "FernGully: The Last Rainforest"
Released second rap album <i>Cool Hand Loc</i>
Feature acting debut, "Posse"
Appeared in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"
Landed minor role in "Heat"
Acted in the genre spoof "Spy Hard," starring Leslie Nielsen
Provided a character voice for "Titan A.E."
Cast on ABC crime drama "Thieves"
Appeared as a regular panelist on "The WB's Superstar USA," a reality series parody of "American Idol" (Fox)
Made a cameo as himself in the MTV telefilm "Totally Awesome"
Appeared on "Celebrity Rap Superstar" (MTV)