All of Us
American child actor Khamani Griffin is perhaps best known for portraying Eddie Murphy's son on the hit film “Daddy Day Care” (2003) and as Duane Martin's son in the television sitcom “All of Us” (UPN, 2003-2006, The CW, 2006-2007). He collected a total of three Young Artist nominations for the productions. He is also known as the voice of Toole in the Nick Jr show “Ni Hao, Kai-Lan” (2008-2010).
Childhood and Family:
Khamani Griffin was born on August 1, 1998, in Oakland, California. He is the younger brother of model and football player De'Von Flournoy. He lives with his mother, brother and step father.
Daddy Day Care
Khamani Griffin started acting when he was two years old. He appeared in several commercials and print ads. His big break arrived in 2003 when he was chosen among several thousands applicants to portray Ben Hinton in the comedy film “Daddy Day Care” (2003), starring Eddie Murphy. Helmed by Steve Carr, the film was not well received by critics despite is popularity, and was a success at the box office. It grossed over $164 million against a budget of $60 million. Griffin shared a 2004 Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film for his work in the film.
5 year old Griffin gained further success on television when he landed the regular role of the son of Duane Martin and LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, Robert James Jr., in the UPN/The CW situation comedy series “All of Us,” created by Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. He stayed with the show from its premiere in September 2003 until its cancellation in May 2007, and received two Young Artist nominations for Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Actor Ten or Under for his efforts.
Griffin appeared as Clayton Davis in an episode of “ER” called “Alone in Crowd” in 2005, and as Younger Alby in the episode “ Boogeyman” of “My Name Is Earl,” the following year. He returned to the big screen in the animated film “Barnyard” (2006), where provided the voice of a chick. He also contributed other voices to the Academy Award winning animated film “Happy Feet” (2006), which starred the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving. In the following year2007, Griffin played the young Norbid in the comedy film “Norbid,” starring Eddie Murphy. The film was a commercial success despite poor reception from critics. The same year, he also guest starred in an episode of “Without a Trace” and began his first of several appearances on the ABC sitcom “Carpoolers.”
In 2008, Griffin landed the main role of Tolee, a five year of intelligent koala in the children's television show, “Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.” He remained with the show until May 2010.
Griffin appeared as Beaver Son in the video short “ Surviving Sid” (2008) and guest starred in television series such as “ NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” (2009, as Jared Vance), “Grey's Anatomy” (2009, as Wallace Anderson), “ Brothers & Sisters” (2010, as Alex) and “The Life & Times of Tim” (2010, voiced boy scout). He also portrayed Timmy in the short “ Hip-Hop Headstrong” (2009) and Marcus in the film “The Little Engine That Could” (2010), opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Corbin Bleu, Jodi Benson,and Jim Cummings.