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      Faizon Love

      Faizon Love

      Highest Rated: 100% The Last Stop in Yuma County (2023)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 14, 1968

      Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

      African-American actor-comedian Faizon Love moved to New York City from his Newark, New Jersey upon graduating from high school. While still a student, Love was encouraged by an English teacher who invited the young man to perform before the class at the end of the day if his studies were in order. This fostering of his creativity led to bigger and better things for the performer, who landed a role in the Off-Broadway play "Bitter Heart Midtown" at the Harlem National Black Theatre within his first year in NYC. A modernized take on Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations," the play was a good start for the actor, who had an early TV appearance in an episode of the CBS series "WIOU" in 1990. In 1992, Love was called in to replace Robin Harris when the comedian died suddenly, providing a voice for the animated feature "Bebe's Kids." Love's career would hit an upswing when an assistant to actor-filmmaker Robert Townsend saw his comedy act and recommended him for a role in Townsend's 1993 superhero spoof "Meteor Man," beginning a long and fruitful partnership with the renowned comedic director. That same year he had a recurring role on the short-lived variety series "Townsend Television" (Fox). When Townsend launched his sitcom "The Parent 'Hood" on The WB in 1995, Love was there in a recurring role for the first partial season, playing Townsend's childhood friend and neighbor Wendell Wilcox, a role he took as a regular from the fall of 1995 through the series end in 1998. Often wrong-headed but right-hearted, Love's Wendell Wilcox was a persona that fit in well with the actor's appearance, comedic abilities and overwhelming charm. In 1995, he hit the big screen again, playing a dope-dealing ice cream man who is bent on collecting money owed him by smoked-out Smokey (Chris Tucker) in the comedy "Friday," starring Ice Cube. The following year saw the actor team up with Martin Lawrence for the comedy "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," and in 1997 he was featured in Townsend's "B.A.P.S." as well as the action comedy "Money Talks," which reunited him with Tucker. A seemingly ubiquitous presence in popular African-American films, Love was directed by former co-star Ice Cube in his ambitious 1998 directorial debut "The Players Club" and had a supporting role as a stripper-obsessed street hustler who inadvertently gets his recently paroled friend (Brian Hooks) in a heap of trouble in the action comedy "3 Strikes" (2000). Love was also featured in "The Replacements" (2000), a comedy set during an NFL strike. Here he played a celebrity bodyguard turned football player, and reached a wider audience with his appropriately goofy portrayal. He also caught the attention of co-star Jon Favreau, who cast Love a supporting role as Horrace, Ruiz's (Sean Combs) muscle in "Made" (2001), writer-director Favreau's portrait of two dim-witted wannabe made men from L.A. (Favreau and Vince Vaughn) who get mixed up in real-life organized crime in New York City. Love's profile grew ever higher with his amusing and vanity-less appearance in the slick surfer chick flick "Blue Crush" (2002), playing a boisterous NFL player visiting Hawaii with an unexpected desire to learn how to surf. In "Wonderland" (2003) Love used his imposing frame to his advantage yet again in a variety of supporting bits, playing the ominous bodyguard of Los Angeles' real-life nightclub and drug kingpin Eddie Nash (Eric Bogosian) in the flashy retelling of L.A.'s infamous Wonderland Avenue murders, tackling a role in "The Fighting Temptations" (2003) as a prison warden and reteaming with director Favreau to play the manager of a team of department store Santa's helpers in the holiday charmer "Elf" (2003).

      Highest rated movies

      The Last Stop in Yuma County
      Days of Wrath
      Elf
      Friday
      Made
      Blue Crush Brotherly Love Idlewild

      Photos

      Season 5, Faizon Love, 'Season 5', 09/10/2010, ©STARZPR Season 5, Faizon Love, 'Season 5', 09/10/2010, ©STARZPR WHO'S YOUR CADDY?, Chase Tatum, Faizon Love, Big Boi, Finesse Mitchell, 2007. ©MGM COUPLES RETREAT, clockwise from bottom left: Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis, Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, Malin Akerman, Vince Vaughn, 2009. ©Universal COUPLES RETREAT, from left: Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Vince Vaughn, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, 2009. ©Universal COUPLES RETREAT, from left: Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Vince Vaughn, Kristin Davis, Faizon Love, 2009. ©Universal COUPLES RETREAT, from left: Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, 2009. ©Universal THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, Morris Chestnut, Faizon Love, 2007. ©Yari Film Group Releasing COUPLES RETREAT, from left: Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis, Malin Akerman, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, 2009. Ph: John Johnson/©Universal COUPLES RETREAT, from left: Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, 2009. Ph: John Johnson/©Universal COUPLES RETREAT, Faizon Love, 2009. Ph: Suzanne Hanover/©Universal COUPLES RETREAT, from left: Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Jason Bateman, Vince Vaughn, 2009. Ph: Suzanne Hanover/©Universal COUPLES RETREAT, from left: Faizon Love, Jason Bateman, 2009. Ph: Suzanne Hanover/©Universal JUST MY LUCK, Faizon Love, Chris Pine, 2006. TM & ©20th Century Fox WHO'S YOUR CADDY?, Faizon Love, 2007. ©MGM ELF, Will Ferrell, Faizon Love, 2003, (c) New Line 3 STRIKES, Brian Hooks, Faizon Love, 2000. (c) MGM COUPLES RETREAT, from left: Faizon Love, Jason Bateman, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, 2009. ©Universal RIPPED, L-R: TEAGAN JAI BOYD, FAIZON LOVE, 2017. ©SCREEN MEDIA FILMS RIPPED, FAIZON LOVE, 2017. ©SCREEN MEDIA FILMS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      25% 70% Back on the Strip Desmond "Da Body" Day (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 80% The Prince of Detroit Unknown (Character) - 2023
      100% No Score Yet The Last Stop in Yuma County Unknown (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 45% Santa Games Santa Charles (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 80% Block Party Unknown (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 44% She Ball Big Meat Tuna (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 19% Bulletproof 2 Jack Carter (Character) - 2020
      0% 47% Ripped Reeves (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 72% Grow House Rollin' Reg (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She's Got a Plan Dr. Funkman (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 41% November Rule Theo (Character) - 2015
      50% 79% Brotherly Love Uncle Ron (Character) $477.5K 2015
      No Score Yet 0% Matthew 18 Lifton Tyler (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 38% Tell Dwight Johnson (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 35% White T Anthony (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Backstage at Budz House Host - 2012
      No Score Yet 46% Budz House Big Shitty (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cookout 2 David Turner (Character) - 2011
      14% 41% Zookeeper Bruce the Bear (Voice) $80.4M 2011
      10% 39% Couples Retreat Shane (Character) $109.2M 2009
      No Score Yet 62% A Day in the Life "Black" Ike Smith (Character) - 2009
      100% 79% Days of Wrath Cash Flow (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tao of the Golden Mask Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2007
      19% 52% The Perfect Holiday Jamal (Character) $5.8M 2007
      6% 59% Who's Your Caddy? Big Large (Character) $5.7M 2007
      47% 66% Idlewild Sunshine Ace (Character) $12.5M 2006
      No Score Yet 76% All You've Got Coach Harlan (Character) - 2006
      14% 48% Just My Luck Phillips (Character) $17.3M 2006
      No Score Yet 23% Animal Double T (Character) - 2005
      86% 79% Elf Gimbel's manager (Character) $177.1M 2003
      34% 65% Wonderland Greg Diles (Character) $1.1M 2003
      No Score Yet 94% Play'd: A Hip Hop Story Domino Breed (Character) - 2002
      61% 58% Blue Crush Leslie (Character) $40.1M 2002
      No Score Yet 40% The Luau Hustle (Character) - 2001
      71% 66% Made Horrace (Character) $5.3M 2001
      No Score Yet 65% Mr. Bones Fats Pudbedder (Character) - 2001
      41% 66% The Replacements J. Jackson (Character) $44.7M 2000
      0% 67% 3 Strikes Tone (Character) $9.8M 2000
      35% 85% The Players Club Officer Peters (Character) $23.0M 1998
      76% 91% Friday Big Worm (Character) $27.4M 1995
      36% 74% Bebe's Kids Robin Harris (Voice) $7.5M 1992

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Step Up Al (Character) 2018-2019 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untitled Action Bronson Show Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hip Hop Squares Guest 2017
      92% 57% black-ish Unknown (Guest Star) 2015 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2009
      82% 88% My Name Is Earl Rev. Greene (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big House Warren Cleveland (Character) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parent 'Hood Wendell Wilcox (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1995-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wayans Bros. Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam Unknown (Character) 1993