Jussie Smollett Biography

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Jussie Smollett

Quick Facts Of Jussie Smollett

Celebrated Name Jussie Smollett
Age 36 Years
Nick Name Jussie, Juicebox, Smitty
Birth Name Jussie Smollett
Birth Date 1982-06-21
Gender Male
Profession Actor
Place Of Birth Santa Rose, California
Birth Nation United States
Nationality American
Father Joel Smollett
Mother Janet Smollett
Ethnicity African-American
Horoscope Cancer
Siblings 5
Brothers Jake, Jocqui, and Jojo
Sisters Jurnee and Jazz
High School Paramus Catholic High School
Career Start 1991
Debut Movie The Mighty Ducks
Debut Television Show/Series A Little Piece of Heaven
Sexual Orientation Gay
Marital Status Unmarried
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 174 lbs (79 kg)
Body Build/Type Athletic
Chest Size 43 inches
Bicep Size 15 inches
Waist Size 33 inches
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Dark Brown
Net Worth $500,000
Salary Will Update Soon
Source of Wealth Acting career

Jussie Smollett is an American actor, singer, director, and photographer. He was only a child when he first stepped into the entertainment industry. He began his career starring in commercials and films as a child actor in 1987. He rose to prominence after he portrayed the character of musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox drama series, Empire. 

He has 5 million followers on his Instagram. 

Empire star, Jussie Smollett attacked for possible hatred

29 January 2019, The 36-years old, Jussie Smollett was just leaving a fast-food restaurant, two unknown people attacked him out of possible hate crime. He said to police that two white men in ski masks attacked him making racial and homophobic slurs.

According to the police statement by the Chicago P.D., the two suspects poured an unknown liquid on him and put a noose around his neck. Smollett fought back and the attackers fled. He then admitted himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Hospital released him with no serious injuries.

Several of his fans and actors have stepped forward to support him. 

Famous For

  • For his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon.

Early Life, Place of Birth, Nationality, Horoscope, Ethnicity, Parents, Siblings, Education

Jussie Smollett was born on 21 June 1982. He was born to a father, Joel Smollett, and a mother, Janet Smollett. His father was Jewish and his mother is African-American. His birthplace is in Santa Rosa, California in the United States. He holds American nationality. His zodiac sign is Cancer. He has 5 siblings, 3 brothers, Jake Smollett, Jocqui Smollett, and Jojo Smollett, and 2 sisters, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jazz Smollett.

He attended Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, NJ.

Career, Child Actor, Commercial, Films, Television, Empire, Music

Jussie Smollett entered into the entertainment industry as a child actor in commercials in 1987.

He appeared as a child actor in the 1991 television film A Little Piece of Heaven.

He also co-starred in 1992 The Mighty Ducks and 1994 North as a child actor.

He later appeared in Pitch This, The Skinny, Born to Race: Fast Track, Ask Me Anything, The Tale of Four, Alien: Covenant-Prologue: Last Supper, Alien: Covenant, and Marshall.

He made his television debut in the 1993 miniseries Alex Haley's Queen.

He appeared with his real-life siblings in On Our Own from 1994 to 1995.

He has appeared in an episode of The Mindy Project and Revenge.

He earned wide recognition after portraying Jamal Lyon in the FOX drama series Empire.

For his work in Empire, he was nominated for BET Award for Best Actor, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor-Drama, and Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star.

He released his first EP, The Poisoned Hearts in 2012.

He signed a recording contract with Columbia Records in early 2015.

He released his album, Sum of My Music in March 2018. 

He has also co-written songs on the Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire album.

He has won four NAACP Image Awards including Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration and Outstanding Song for "You're So Beautiful" and Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Personal Life, Relationship Status, Gay,

He came out as gay during a televised interview with Ellen Degeneres on The Ellen Show in March 2015. However, he had a romantic interest in girls. After coming out as a gay, he was romantically linked with Michael Sam and Anthony Hemingway.

He was attacked in Chicago by two white men in ski masks as a possible hate crime on 29 January 2019. He stated he was leaving a fast-food restaurant by two white men who made racial and homophobic slurs. According to the Chicago Police Department released statement, the two suspects poured an unknown liquid on Smollett and put a noose around his neck. Smollett stated he fought off the attackers and admitted himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He did not suffer serious injury and was released "in good condition" later that morning. 

Body Measurements, Weight, Eye Color, Hair Color

The Empire star stands at a height of 1.85 m i.e. 6 feet and 1 inch tall. He has a body weight of 174 lbs i.e. 79 kg. He has Athletic body build. He has a chest size of 43 inches, biceps size of 15 inches, and waist size of 33 inches. He has dark brown eyes and his hair color is also dark brown. He has curly hair.

Net Worth, Source of Income

The Empire star Jussie Smollett rose to prominence for his portrayal of Jamal Lyon in the Fox drama series, Empire. He has earned his fortune working in the entertainment industry. His work in Empire took his popularity to the peak, signing a recording contract with Columbia Records. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at around $500 Thousand.

Did You Know?

  • His paternal grandparents emigrated from Russia and Poland.
  • Several of his siblings are actors as well.
  • He has voiced as Mike in 20 episodes of television series Cro.
  • He appeared as a guest host in 6 episodes of Live! with Kelly in 2016.
  • He has appeared as Jamal Lyon on a TV commercial for Pepsi.

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