#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, March 7, 1984 Brandon T. Jackson was born

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Who may you ask is Brandon T. Jackson?   If you saw Roll Bounce (2005), Tropic Thunder (2008), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Lottery Ticket (2010), Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011), and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013), you have no doubt seen Brandon.  Today is his birthday.

It was on this day, March 7, 1984; American stand-up comedian, rapper, actor, and writer  Brandon Timothy Jackson was born in Detroit, Michigan.  Born to parents who were both pastors, with a maternal grandfather who was a Pentecostal child preacher, you may say he was a “spirited” child. He was crowned “class clown” while in school and grew his passion for comedy and acting by doing talent shows and performing at youth nights at his father’s church.

By age 14, Brandon’s career as a stand-up comic evolved from local school shows and community projects, such as the “Motor City Youth Festival”, to an appearance in Marc Cayce’s film, Nikita Blues (2001).

After Brandon’s performances at New York City’s “Showtime at the Apollo” and BET’s Comicview (1992), the 19-year-old actor/comedian was cast in his first major movie role as Shad Moss’s (X) best friend, “Junior”, in Roll Bounce (2005). He won Black Reel’s 2006 Best Breakthrough Performance award for his performance.

Jackson starred opposite NBA basketball superstar Kevin Durant in Thunderstruck (2012) and’Martin Lawrence (I)’ in the third incarnation of the highly profitable Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) franchise released by Fox in 2011. Jackson received rave reviews for his role as the satyr Grover Underwood, the best friend and protector of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), opposite Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario. Brandon co-starred in both Hulu’s original series Deadbeat(2014) and Showtimes’s _Californication (2008) (V)_.

Jackson most recently appeared in a dramatic role in the made-in-Michigan movie “Eloise.”  Here he talks of his role.

Brandon lives in Los Angeles. Today he celebrates his 33 years old.  Let’s wish him Happy Birthday.

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