Jussie Smollett

Jussie Langston Mikha Smollett (born June 21, 1983) is an American actor, singer and photographer. As a child, he began his acting career for summer fun in 1987 starring in national network commercials in NYC. He later co-starred in the films The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner's North (1994). In 2015, Smollett received rave reviews for his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox music-industry primetime TV drama Empire.

Smollett was born in Santa Rosa, California, and is the son of Janet and Joel Smollett. He has three brothers and two sisters: Jake, Jocqui, Jojo, Jurnee, and Jazz.His father was Jewish (his family emigrated from Russia and Poland). His mother is African-American.

Known For


Cast Credits

Live with Kelly & Ryan (2017)
Guest starring as Jussie Smollett (2 episodes)
Star (2016)
Guest starring as Jamal Lyon
Smollett Eats (2016)
Starring as Jussie Smollett
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Guest starring as Jussie Smollett
Empire (2015)
Starring as Jamal Lyon (63 episodes)
Live! with Kelly (2011)
Guest starring as Co-Host (2 episodes)
Guest starring as Guest Co-Host (2 episodes)
Revenge (2011)
Guest starring as Jamie
  • Episode 4x03: Ashes (Oct 12, 2014)
Watch What Happens Live (2009)
Guest starring as Jussie Smollett
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)
Guest starring as Jussie Smollett

Crew Credits

Giants (2017)
Show crew as Executive Producer