CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER (Gus Petch), the popular actor and comedian, is best known as one of the headlining stars of the hit film
The Original Kings of Comedy, MTV's acclaimed documentary feature directed by Spike Lee. Most recently, the funnyman starred in the box office smash
Barbershop, which opened in first place during the summer of 2002.
In fall 2002, he debuted his new sketch/variety television series Cedric The Entertainer Presents... on the FOX network, garnering a People's Choice nomination for Best New Comedy Series and nabbing the AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming. His first comedy book, entitled Grown-Ass Man (Ballantine) was published in January 2002 to record sales.
Cedric has celebrated many career successes spanning television, live performances and film. Some notable accolades include a record-breaking win of four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of the lovable "Coach Cedric Robinson" on the WB's #1-rated sitcom
The Steve Harvey Show, which ran for six seasons. In 1994, he received the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from Black Entertainment Television. From 1997 through 2000, he traveled across the country as one of the headliners of the super successful
Kings of Comedy Tour (the top-grossing comedy tour in history, earning more than $37 million), sharing the marquee with fellow comics Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac; the subsequent film,
The Original Kings of Comedy, is based on that tour. Additionally, during the broadcast of the 2001 Super Bowl, a television viewing audience of more than 144 million witnessed Cedric nab the #1 commercial spot ("The Date") for Anheuser-Busch's Bud Light and USA Today dubbed him "Madison Avenue's Most Valuable Player."
In addition to his stand-out performance opposite Ice Cube in Barbershop, his big screen credits include the 1998 comedy Ride (his motion picture debut); Martin Lawrence's box office smash
Big Momma's House; Kingdom Come, co-starring Whoopi Goldberg; and Serving
Sara, with Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley. Cedric can be heard as the voice of a zoo bear in Eddie Murphy's
Dr. Dolittle 2 and also as the voice of "Carl the Rhino" in the hit animated feature
Cedric will star in and produce the family comedy feature Johnson Family
Vacation, co-starring Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow and Solange Knowles. Later this fall, he will star as "Ralph Cramden" in the feature film version of
Beyond his career success, Cedric has founded The Cedric The Entertainer Charitable Foundation, Inc., which contributes financial aid to inner city communities through scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of youth and families in his hometown of St. Louis.
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