Charismatic actor and comedian Cedric "The Entertainer" is best known for his crowd-pleasing performances in hit films & television shows such as Barbershop (franchise); Be Cool, with John Travolta; Intolerable Cruelty, with George Clooney; the top-ranking Madagascar animated franchise; Johnson Family Vacation, the 2004 box-office hit in which he was both star & producer; The Original Kings of Comedy, MTV's mega- successful documentary feature directed by Spike Lee which captured the phenomenon of the record-breaking Kings of Comedy Tour; the long-running top-ranked WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show; and, more recently, in his own hit comedy series The Soul Man on TV Land.
On the big screen, the talented funnyman has consistently co-starred alongside some of the most renowned film actors. He was most recently seen in the comedy feature Why Him?, co-starring opposite Oscar®-nominated actors Bryan Cranston and James Franco. He has also been seen co-starring with Ice Cube in the #1-ranked box office comedy hit Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016); appearing opposite Chris Rock in the acclaimed comedy feature Top Five (2014); and in starring cameos with Marlon Wayans in the box office hits A Haunted House (2013) and its sequel A Haunted House 2 (2014). Other credits include Grassroots, with Jason Biggs and directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal; Larry Crowne, opposite Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks; All's Faire in Love: Romance Has A Renaissance, opposite Christina Ricci; Cadillac Records, co-starring Adrien Brody and Beyonce Knowles; Street Kings, opposite Keanu Reeves; Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, with Martin Lawrence; Talk to Me, starring Don Cheadle; Code Name: The Cleaner, opposite Lucy Liu; The Honeymooners, with Mike Epps; Man of the House, with Tommy Lee Jones; Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, with Jim Carrey; Barbershop 2: Back In Business; Serving Sara, with Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley; Kingdom Come, with Whoopi Goldberg; Big Momma's House; and Ride.
Additionally, Cedric has displayed tremendous voiceover talent in beloved family features, including Disney's Planes and its sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Charlotte's Web, Madagascar and its sequels, Ice Age and Dr. Dolittle 2.
In 2017, Cedric starred in the feature film First Reformed opposite Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried. Now, Cedric co-stars opposite Tracy Morgan in the buzzed about TBS comedy The Last O.G.
Also on the small screen, Cedric's much-anticipated Netflix comedy special Cedric the Entertainer: Live from the Ville premiered September 2016 to great audience response. Taped at the historical Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the hour-long special showcases the stellar comedian as he takes hilarious aim at the aggressive lyrics of today's hip-hop artists, dissects the task of raising kids in the Snapchat generation and gives his one-of-a-kind take on the current political climate and President Obama's legacy.
Cedric's universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career success spanning film, live performances, and television have solidified his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world.
Marking an exciting and memorable career highlight in television, on March 20, 2013, Cedric was named host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, joining the iconic game show in its 12th season in national syndication. In 2006, Cedric's first-ever HBO comedy special, Cedric the Entertainer: Taking You Higher, was the highest-rated special of the year for the network. In 2008, Cedric made his Broadway debut in David Mamet's masterpiece American Buffalo, where his performance was singled out for critical praise.
Some notable career accolades include the AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his Fox Television series Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Disney's animated series The Proud Family. He also received record-breaking four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of the lovable Coach Cedric Robinson on the WB's top-rated sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, which ran for six seasons. In 1994 Cedric also received The Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from Black Entertainment Television for his performance as host of Def Comedy Jam and BET's Comic View.
Cedric's first comedy book, Grown-Ass Man, was released in January 2002 and sold out across the country. In 2001, a viewing audience of over 144 million saw Cedric star in the Bud Light commercial that landed the #1 spot during the Super Bowl broadcast, which led USA Today to dub him Madison Avenue's Most Valuable Player.
Now helming his own production company, A Bird And A Bear Entertainment, Cedric develops and produces feature films. Johnson Family Vacation was the first under this banner. In 2009, he made his directorial debut overseeing the dance-film spoof Dance Fu, starring comic actor Kel Mitchell.
In 2011 Cedric launched his WHOCed designer hat line, highlighting yet another facet of the busy and creative comedy star.
As a philanthropist, Cedric founded The Cedric The Entertainer Charitable Foundation, which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. The foundation has awarded hundreds of scholarships and countless incentives, and plans to extend its reach to a national level. His annual Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic, now in its fifth year, is a top charity event which raises funds to benefit: The Kyles Family Foundation, The Brotherhood Crusade of Los Angeles and The Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, all three of which support inner city/at-risk youth.
Recently performing across the country, Cedric joined forces with George Lopez and fellow top comedians D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin and the late Charlie Murphy for The Comedy Get Down Tour!, which sold out arenas. A mock reality show about the tour aired on BET.