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CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER (Maurice) is best known for his crowd pleasing roles in such hit films as "Barbershop,” "Be Cool” with John Travolta, "Madagascar,” "Intolerable Cruelty” with George Clooney and "The Original Kings of Comedy,” MTV's documentary feature directed by Spike Lee. In April 2004, Cedric starred in and produced the box office hit "Johnson Family Vacation,” which was ranked as the #1 comedy in America for two consecutive weeks.

On the big screen, Cedric has also been seen in "Street Kings” opposite Keanu Reeves; "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins” with Martin Lawrence; "Talk To Me” starring Don Cheadle; "Codename: The Cleaner” opposite Lucy Liu; "The Honeymooners,” in which he starred as Jackie Gleason's famed character Ralph Cramden and received thumbs up from Roger Ebert; "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events” with Jim Carrey; "Man of the House” with Tommy Lee Jones; "Barbershop 2”; "Big Momma's House,”; "Kingdom Come” with Whoopi Goldberg; and "Serving Sara” with Matthew Perry. He also displayed tremendous vocal talent in the family features "Charlotte's Web,” "Dr. Dolittle 2” and "Ice Age.” In July 2006, Cedric debuted his first-ever HBO Comedy Special, the highest rated special of that year for HBO.

Upcoming appearances include "Cadillac Records” with Adrien Brody and Beyoncé Knowles, "Johnson Family Vacation 2” and "Flash,” co-starring rapper Nelly. Cedric has celebrated many career successes spanning television, live performances and film. Some of his notable accolades include nabbing the AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his Fox Television series "Cedric The Entertainer Presents” and a record-breaking 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 "The Steve Harvey Show,” which ran for six seasons. His first comedy book, Grown-Ass Man, was released in January 2002 and sold out across the country. In 2001, a viewing audience of over 144 million saw Cedric star in the Bud Light commercial that landed in the #1 spot during the Super Bowl broadcast, for which he was subsequently dubbed by USA Today as "Madison Avenue's Most Valuable Player.” In 1994, Cedric received the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from Black Entertainment Television for his groundbreaking work as host of "Def Comedy Jam” and BET's "Comic View” (1994-95 season).

Now helming his own production company, A Bird and A Bear Entertainment, Cedric will develop and produce feature films. "Johnson Family Vacation” was the first feature under the new company.

As a philanthropist, Cedric founded the Cedric The Entertainer Charitable Foundation, which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He plans to extend the foundation nationally.


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