Jussie Smollett ( born June 21, 1982)

Jussie Smollett is an American actor and singer.

He began his career as a child actor in 1991, acting in films such as The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner's North (1994).

In 2015, Smollett portrayed musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire, a role that was hailed as groundbreaking for its positive depiction of a black gay man on television.

Smollett has also appeared in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Alien: Covenant (2017) as Ricks and in Marshall (2017) as Langston Hughes.

In January 2019, Smollett staged a fake hate crime against himself in Chicago, later making false police reports.

In December 2021, Smollett was convicted of five felony counts of disorderly conduct, and he was sentenced in March 2022 to 150 days in county jail.

Jussie Smollett was born in Santa Rosa, California, the son of Joel and Janet (née Harris) Smollett. 

He has three brothers and two sisters: Jake, Jocqui, Jojo, Jurnee, and Jazz, several of whom are also actors.