|Birth name:||Jussie Langston Mikha Smollett|
|Birth date:||June 21, 1982 (age 37)|
|Birth place:||Santa Rosa, California|
Jussie Smollett, born June 21, 1982, is an American actor, singer, and photographer. He is well known for co-starring in numerous films, including The Mighty Ducks. He portrayed Jamal Lyon on Fox's TV series, Empire.
Life and Career
Smollett was born in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has three brothers and two sisters: Jake Smollett, Jocqui Smollett, Jojo Smollett, Jurnee Smollett and Jazz Smollett. Smollett began his acting career as a child, co-starring in films The Mighty Ducks (1992) and North (1994). On television, he starred alongside his five real life siblings in the short-lived ABC sitcom, On Our Own, during 1994 to 1995.
Meanwhile, in 2012, Smollett returned to acting, portraying the leading role in the LGBT comedy-drama film, The Skinny. He is also a singer, he released his first EP album, 2012's The Poisoned Hearts Club. He guest starred on The Mindy Project and Revenge. In 2014, Smollett was cast opposite Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard in the Fox primetime soap opera, Empire.
In January 2019, he spoke to police before admitting to himself to a hospital. He reported being attacked. Police spoke to Abimbola Osundairo in relation to this, as he was spotted in the area. Smollett was indicted on February 20, 2019, for disorderly conduct consisting of allegedly paying two men to stage a fake hate crime assault on him and filing a false police report. The charges against him were dropped on March 26, 2019. Smollett's character was subsequently removed from the final two episodes of Empire's fifth season. Those episodes had not yet been aired. Smollett claims he has an untreated drug problem—his use of ecstasy. He also said he does not have issues with alcohol or his mental health.