James Brown (I) (1933–2006)

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James Brown was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA. He was an actor and composer, known for The Blues Brothers (1980), Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014) and Django Unchained (2012). He was married to Tomirae Brown, Adrienne Rodriguez, Deidra Jenkins and Velma Warren. He died on December 25, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Blues Brothers Reverend Cleophus James
Django Unchained Soundtrack
Safe House Soundtrack


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 2005 Robots
Diesel (uncredited)
 2002 The Tuxedo
James Brown
 1998 Holy Man
James Brown
 1998 Blues Brothers 2000
Cleophus James
 1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
Hostage Negotiator
- Kidney, Popsicle, and Nuts (1997) ... Hostage Negotiator (voice)
 1993 The Simpsons (TV Series)
James Brown
- Bart's Inner Child (1993) ... James Brown (voice)
 1991 MC Hammer: 2 Legit 2 Quit (Music Video short)
James Brown
 1991 Amen (TV Series)
James Brown
- Deliverance: Part 2 (1991) ... James Brown
 1989 Aretha Franklin: Gimme Your Love (Music Video)
James Brown (voice)
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Lou De Long
- Missing Hours (1987) ... Lou De Long
 1985 James Brown: Living in America (Music Video short)
James Brown
 1985 Rocky IV
The Godfather of Soul
 1983 Doctor Detroit
 1980 The Blues Brothers
Reverend Cleophus James
 1970 The Phynx
James Brown
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Other Works:

Music video: Appeared in M.C. Hammer's video "2 Legit 2 Quit". The video also features professional athletes from a variety of sports in the following order: 'José Cansecox' (qav), Isiah Thomas, Kirby Puckett, Jerry Rice, Rickey Henderson, Deion Sanders, Andre Rison, Chris Mullin, Roger Clemens, Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott, Lynette Woodard, ... See more »

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4 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 4 Interviews | 30 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

'The Godfather of Soul' James Brown | Mr. James Brown | James & Deidre | James Brown and The Flames | The Godfather of Soul | The James Brown Revue


5' 7" (1.7 m)


Tomirae Brown  (annulled)  (1 child) | See more »

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I've been in slavery all my life. Ain't nothing changes for me but the address. See more »


US Secretary of State General Colin Powell appointed Brown to be the first US "secretary of soul and foreign minister of funk", but said the job description for the post had not yet been drawn up. See more »


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