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Jussie Smollett Parents: Meet Joel Smollett and Janet Smollett

Jussie Smollett is an American actor and singer. He began his career as a child actor in 1991 and is said to have acted in many movies including The Mighty Ducks and Rob Reiner’s North.



Born on June 21, 1982 (age 39 years), in Santa Rosa, California, in the United States of America, Jussie grew up with his siblings Jurnee Smollett, Jake Smollett, Jojo Smollett, Jocqui Smollett and Jazz Smollett.


Film

Year Film Role Notes
1992 The Mighty Ducks Terry Hall Nominated – Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
1994 North Adam
2009 Pitch This Mike Short film
2012 The Skinny Magnus
2014 Born to Race: Fast Track Tariq Direct-to-video
Ask Me Anything Nico Dempster
2016 The Tale of Four John Short film
2017 Alien: Covenant – Prologue: Last Supper Ricks Short film
Alien: Covenant
Marshall Langston Hughes

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1991 A Little Piece of Heaven Salem Bordeaux Television film
1993 Alex Haley’s Queen Simon Miniseries
1993 Coach Billy Episode: “Piece o’ Cake”
1993–1994 Cro Mike Voice, 20 episodes
1994–1995 On Our Own Jesse Jerrico Series regular, 20 episodes
2012 The Mindy Project Barry Stassen Episode: “Josh and Mindy’s Christmas Party”
2014 Revenge Jamie Episode: “Ashes”
2015–2019 Empire Jamal Lyon Series regular
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star
Directed season 4, episode 16
2016 Underground Josey 2 episodes
2016 Live! with Kelly Himself Guest host, 6 episodes
2017 Star Jamal Lyon Episode: “The Winner Takes it All”
2018 America Divided Himself Episode: “Whose History?”

Music videos

Year Artist Title
2015 Mariah Carey “Infinity”
2016 Jussie Smollett “F.U.W.”

Jussie Smollett Parents: Meet Joel Smollett and Janet Smollett

Jussie Smollett was born in Santa Rosa, California, and is the son of Joel and Janet (née Harris) Smollett. He has three brothers and two sisters: Jake, Jacqui, Jojo, Jurnee, and Jazz, several of whom are also actors



Jussie’s father is said to be Jewish whiles his mother Janet is an African-American



Joel Smollett was aged 58 in 2014 when he died of cancer. Janet, his wife, was born on November 27, 1952, and is now 70 years old.

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