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BRANDON T. JACKSON (Grover the Satyr) won acclaim (and his third Black Reel Award nomination) for his performance as the actor-turned-rapper Alpa Chino in Ben Stiller's blockbuster Hollywood satire "Tropic Thunder.”

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Jackson grew up (along with six siblings) the son of a church bishop (his father) and pastor (his mother) who developed an affinity for comedy and performing early in life. This natural "class clown” pursued his ambition by appearing at local community and church events (including the Motor City Youth Festival when he was just 14!), where he sowed the seeds of a burgeoning career as a standup comic.

Jackson took an internship at local Detroit radio station 93.1 FM as a teenager and soon found himself as a guest host at 105.9 FM. As his audiences grew, so did his hunger to perfect his comic skills. He began to get calls to work with comedians such as Chris Tucker and Wayne Brady, both of whom, like his idols Sinbad, Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock, served as great inspirations for his work.

A move to Los Angeles led to standup routines at the city's renowned comedy club The Laugh Factory which, in turn, resulted in a series of small parts in films such as Michael Mann's "Ali,” Curtis Hanson's "8 Mile” and Marc Cayce's "Nikita Blues.”

After delivering side splitting performances at New York City's "Showtime at the Apollo” and BET's Comic View, the actor/comedian won his first major movie role as Bow Wow's best friend, ‘Junior,' in the 1970s coming-of-age comedy, "Roll Bounce.” His work in the Teitel/Tillman production won him the 2006 Black Reel Award for Breakthrough Performance and a second nomination as part of the film's ensemble cast.

While "Roll Bounce” hit movie screens, Jackson hosted his brainchild Teens of Comedy Tour, presented by BET and featuring Lil JJ' and some of the nations funniest teenage comedians (a film version is currently in development). Jackson also hosted concert tours for young music idols such as Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and T-Pain. In 2006, Jackson hosted the Up Close and Personal Tour, featuring Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, and Dem Franchize Boyz. His sketch comedy special "The Brandon T. Jackson Show” aired on the N Channel and was nominated for a NAMIC Vision Awards. Other television projects include a series regular opposite Nick Cannon on MTV's "Wild N' Out,” BET's "106 & Park” and the MTV pilot, "Crash My School.”

Jackson has also logged roles in such projects as "House of Grimm,” "This Christmas,” "Big Stan,” "Cuttin the Mustard” and the current boxoffice smash, "Fast & Furious.” He had a co-starring role in "Tooth Fairy” opposite Dwayne Johnson, and a lead role "Rogue's Gallery.” His comedy tours include the 2007 "TPain Tour” and the 2005 "Pepsi Smash.”

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