Jussie Smollett is a former child actor who made his acting debut in 1987. He began with commercials and then movies. In 1992, he played Terry Hall in the comedy-drama film The Mighty Ducks and as Adam in Rob Reiner’s 1994 movie North, which also stars Elijah Woods.
In 2015, he gained international attention recognition and critical reviews for playing Jamal Lyon in Empire (Fox drama series). Smollett played Ricks in Ridley Scott’s science fiction film Alien: Covenant and as Langston Hughes in Marshall.
Jussie Smollett Biography
Smollett was born in Santa Rosa, California on the 21st day of June 1982. He is an alumnus of Calabasas High School and Malibu High School. He began acting as a child appearing first in commercials before making his first film appearance in the 1992 movie The Mighty Ducks as Terry Hall. In 1994, he played Adam in Rob Reiner’s 1994 movie North.
Between 1994 and 1995, he starred in an ABC sitcom On Our Own, alongside his real-life siblings. In 2012, he got a lead role in an LGBT-themed comedy-drama The Skinny, which was directed by Patrik-Ian Polk. Later that year, he made a guest appearance on the romantic comedy series The Mindy Project.
In 2014, he starred in Fox drama series, Empire alongside Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Jussie Smollett portrayed the character of Jamal Lyon – a gay musician who had to struggle so much to gain his father’s approval and support. That same year, he starred in the TV series Revenge.
In 2015, Smollett appeared as guest-star the TV show Underground, alongside his younger sister, Jurnee Smollett-Bell. The series was aired in 2016.
Not many people are aware that Jessie is also a talented singer. In 2012, he released an EP album entitled The Poisoned Hearts Club and two years later, signed a contract with Columbia Records, stating that he will soon be releasing an album under the records pretty soon. He co-wrote the songs “I Wanna Love You” and “You’re So Beautiful” on the Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire album.
His talent doesn’t end at acting and singing, Smollett is also a photographer and a director. He served as one of the executive directors for 2016 romantic movie 90 Days. He also served as executive producer for 2015 short movie Sacred Heart. Jussie Smollett is a recipient of several awards which includes the NAACP Image Awards
Who Are His Parents And Siblings?
His parents are Janet and Joel Smollett. His father is a Jewish with a Russia and Poland heritage and his mom is an African-American.
Jussie has five siblings; three brothers and two sisters. Two of his siblings, Jake and Jurnee are also Hollywood stars. His other siblings are Jocqui, Jojo and Jazz.
Is He Gay? – Boyfriend
Smollett came out as gay during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015. The “Empire” actor would later tell Variety in another interview that he didn’t reveal his sexuality to Ellen to get attention or to let people in on what he does in his bedroom, but that he did so to let people understand they are not alone. “That’s all”, he added.
In an interview with Out Magazine in 2016, Smollett further clarified his sexual orientation, stating that he considers himself a gay man but that openness to love is more important than gender, thus if he should ever fall in love with a woman, he would love that woman silly. He also revealed that growing up, he had an interest in girls.
So who has the Empire actor dated or is currently dating? In 2017, it was rumored that the former child actor is in a relationship with African-American businessman and philanthropist, Tawan Davis and Smollett partially confirmed this claims to Page Six. I used the word “partially” because he did confirm he is currently off the market but wouldn’t reveal with whom, so it is assumed the claims are correct. Let us hope he places a name to the supposed mystic man very soon.
Before now, he was linked with director Anthony Hemingway, Raven Symone, and Michael Sam.
How Much Is Jussie Smollett Worth? – Net Worth
The U.S actor, singer, and photographer is worth about $500,000. His earnings are from his acting and singing career.
Height, Weight, And Other Facts
He stands at a height of 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) and weighs 79 kg (174 lbs). His body stats are Chest – 43 in (109 cm), Arms/Biceps – 15 in (38 cm) and Waist – 33 in (84 cm).