PROFILE
Name:
DeRay Davis
Birth Date:
//
Birth Place:
Chicago
Height:
6' 2" (1.88 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role in "The Fog" (2005)
BIOGRAPHY
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Barbershop

Background:

“God made me live. I made me a living. God made me human. I made me mistakes. But y'all created a MONSTER... ha.” DeRay Davis.

Comedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis, who was first noticed by Hollywood at Atlanta's Laffapalooza Festival, made his early film appearances with small roles in the 2002 comedies "Frank McKlusky, C.I." and "Barbershop." He would continue to add to his resume with roles in the next years' films "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" (2004), "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004), "The Seat Filler" (2004), "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood" (2004), "The Fog" (2005), "Scary Movie 4" (2006), "School for Scoundrels" (2006), "Code Name: The Cleaner" (2007), "License to Wed" (2007), and "Semi-Pro" (2008). He will next be seen in the upcoming films "Frankenhood," "3 of Us," "Imagine That," "Old Dogs," and "My Girlfriend's Back."

On the small screen, this 6' 2" funny man could be seen in "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out," "My Wife and Kids," "Entourage," "Reno 911!," "The Boondocks" (voice), MTV's “Short Circuitz,” and "BET's Comicview." He also wrote/performed the comedy skits on Kanye West's LPs “Late Registration” and “The College Dropout,” as well as appears in Chris Brown's music video for "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)."


Chicago Kid

Childhood and Family:

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Antoine DeRay Davis now resides in Los Angeles. This African-American funny man is the older half brother of DTP recording artist, Steph Jones.


Laffapalooza

Career:

Appearing on Jerry Springer's syndicated television tabloid talk show in 1997 as just a regular guest, DeRay Davis was first noticed by Hollywood at Atlanta's Laffapalooza Festival. And after winning the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition, he scored gigs in the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the Cedric the Entertainer Festival.

Meanwhile, Davis branched out to acting, making his early film appearances in the 2002 comedy movies "Frank McKlusky, C.I.," playing a basketball player, and "Barbershop," as a hustle guy. On television, he could be seen as a bodyguard in the made for-television movie "Play'd: A Hip Hop Story" (2002), alongside Toni Braxton. He also had a recurring role as R.J (2002-2003) on ABC sitcom starring Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin, "My Wife and Kids."

2004 moviegoers saw Davis in the action/thriller "Full Clip" (starring Busta Rhymes), and in the comedies "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" (with Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, and Sean Patrick Thomas), "Johnson Family Vacation" (with Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Solange Knowles, and Bow Wow), "The Seat Filler" (with Kelly Rowland, Duane Martin, Melanie Brown, Kyla Pratt, and Shemar Moore), and "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood" (starring Martin Short).

From 2005 to 2007, Davis appeared in the Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" and lent his voice to various characters in the Adult Swim's animated comedy series "The Boondocks" from 2007 to 2008.

“I like doing TV. Although it doesn't have the freedom movies do because I like to change the lines a lot.” DeRay Davis.

During this time, Davis was spotted as a guest in an episode of the HBO original series "Entourage" and in the movie "The Fog" (2005; alongside Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, and Selma Blair), Rupert Wainwright's remake of John Carpenter's 1980 horror film of the same name. He was also cast in the 2006 comedy films "Scary Movie 4" (with Anna Faris and Carmen Electra), "Swap Meet" (with Lily Alejandra and Mya), "School for Scoundrels" (starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder), and "Who Made the Potatoe Salad?"

In 2007, Davis supported Cedric the Entertainer, Lucy Liu, and Nicollette Sheridan in Les Mayfield's action/comedy movie "Code Name: The Cleaner," co-starred with Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, and John Krasinski in Ken Kwapis' romantic comedy "License to Wed," as well as with James Russo and Blair Underwood "The Hit."

Davis recently appeared in Kent Alterman's basketball comedy "Semi-Pro" (2008; starring Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, and André Benjamin) and Deon Taylor's horror/thriller "Nite Tales: The Movie" (2008; alongside Gary Busey and Sticky Fingaz). He will soon star alongside Jasper Redd as two slacker morgue workers desparate to win the KHIP HOP 3on3 Streetball Tournament in Blaxwell Smart's comedy "Frankenhood" (2009).

Davis has completed filming Miks Ozolins' film adaptation of Jaan Tätte's play, "3 of Us," Karey Kirkpatrick's drama/comedy "Imagine That," starring Eddie Murphy, and Walt Becker's family comedy "Old Dogs," starring Robin Williams, John Travolta, and Seth Green. He will soon wrap Steven Ayromlooi's romantic comedy "My Girlfriend's Back," featuring CCH Pounder and Jermaine Jackson.

“Streetstar Sound is my label and I've been working in music most of my life! So I like a lot of different artists, but my lil' bro Steph Jones got next!” DeRay Davis.

While busy acting, Davis appears with comedian and actress Mo'Nique in Truth Hurts video "The Truth" for R. Kelly, sounds on several skits on rapper Kanye West's albums “The College Dropout” and “Late Registration,” and appears in his music video for "Through the Wire." He also appears in Chris Brown's music video for "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and in “Three 6 Mafia”'s music video for "Doe Boy Fresh." Additionally, he was in “Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out” and was featured in an episode of the MTV sketch comedy show “Short Circuitz” in 2007.


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