Tyrese Gibson
Birth Date:
December 30, 1978
Birth Place:
Watts Quarters, Los Angeles, California, USA
6' 1''
Famous for:
His appearance in a Coca-Cola advert
Actor, Model, Musician
Locke High School, Los Angeles, California
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Starting out as a successful singer and model, Tyrese Gibson, who released four albums by mid 2008, was nominated for a Grammy for his single "Sweet Lady" from his 1998 self-titled debut album. His biggest hit to date is "How You Gonna Act Like That" from his 2003 album "I Wanna Go There." Following his memorable appearance in a Coca-Cola advertisement in the mid 1990s, he began modeling and worked for such big companies as Tommy Hilfiger and Guess. He was also a VJ for “MTV Jams Countdown.”

Gibson branched out into acting and starred in the films "Baby Boy" (2001), "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003), "Flight of the Phoenix" (2004), "Four Brothers" (2005), "Annapolis" (2006), and "Waist Deep" (2006). He also played USAF Tech Sergeant Epps in "Transformers" (2007) and will reprise his role for the upcoming sequel, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." He will also star in the upcoming films "Death Race," "Legion," and "Luke Cage." Gibson, who has created a TV and film production company called HQ Pictures, will serve as a producer of the films "Boom," "The Big Test" and "12th Man." On television, he could be seen in an episode of the TV series "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," "Martin," "The Parent 'Hood," "All That" and "Moesha."

The 6' 1'' handsome African-American, who has 9 tattoos and bears a strong resemblance to male model Tyson Beckford and St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, was named one of People Magazine's “Sexiest Men of the Year” in 2000. He was also one of the judges on the 2002 Miss Universe Pageant and posed for the July 2003 issue of Playgirl.

Gibson, who grew up in Watts Quarters, a notoriously rough area of Los Angeles, founded the 2000 Watts Foundation, which helps inner city children. He also helped raise over $300,000 to build the first Boys and Girls Youth.

2000 Watts

Childhood and Family:

In Watts Quarters, a rough area of Los Angeles, California, Tyrese Darnell Gibson was born on December 30, 1978. Gibson and his three older siblings were raised by their single mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson, after Gibson's father left in 1983.

Singing by age 14 and modeling by age 17, Gibson, whose childhood friend is R&B singer Brandy, managed to purchase his first home at age 16. He attended Locke High School, in Los Angeles, California.

Gibson founded the 2000 Watts Foundation, an organization that helps inner city kids. He also raised over $300,000 to build the first Boys and Girls Youth.

In early 2007, Gibson was investigated by Los Angeles police after being accused of punching his pregnant girlfriend twice in the stomach during an argument, which he denied. His daughter, Shayla Somer Gibson, was born on July 11, 2007.

How You Gonna Act Like That


“I've never had to fight hard for anything I've gotten in the past.” Tyrese Gibson

Singing and winning his first talent competition at age 14, Tyrese Gibson's star began to shine in the mid 1990s when he sang the praises of Coca-Cola in a memorable ad campaign.

At age 17, Gibson, whose childhood dream was to be a garbage man, began modeling for such big companies as Tommy Hilfiger and Guess. He began an acting career by guest starring on various sitcoms in the late 1990s, including ABC's “Hangin' with Mr. Cooper,” Fox's “Martin,” The WB's “Sister, Sister” and "The Parent 'Hood," and UPN's “Moesha,” which stars childhood friend Brandy.

After signing a recording contract with RCA Music Group in 1998, Gibson released his self-titled debut album, which spawned the singles "Sweet Lady,” "Nobody Else,” and "Lately.” The album was successful, sold over a million copies, and received platinum certification. It also earned him an American Music Award for Soul/R&B Favorite New Artist. Single "Sweet Lady" was also nominated for the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Grammy Award.

"I'm not just a voice who wants to sing on anything, I co-produce. I want to select who comes in and plays on what songs, who to duet with and all of it." Tyrese Gibson

Gibson, who was featured in the Monica video "Angel of Mine" (1998), subsequently landed a job hosting the daily show "MTV Jams Countdown," where he replaced former host Bill Bellamy. He was then featured in the MTV original film "Love Song" (2000).

Gibson recorded his second album, “2000 Watts,” which was released on May 22, 2001. It spun off the singles "I Like Them Girls," "What Am I Gonna Do," and "Just A Baby Boy" (featuring Snoop Dogg), the latter of which was released to coincide with the release of the John Singleton drama feature "Baby Boy" (2001). Tyrese’s role in the film, as an immature young adult who lives with his mother (played by Adrienne-Joi Johnson) and spends most of his time with his unemployed thug best friend (played by Omar Gooding), was originally intended for the late Tupac Shakur who was shot to death in 1996. His performance was awarded a Special Mention at the Locarno International Film Festival and he received two Black Reel nominations for Best Song (shared with Snoop Dogg) and Theatrical - Best Actor. He also received an Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

"A lot of times black actors get stuck in a box. They're up against a lot of limitations for the kind of films that they get approached about. It's easy to get stuck in a box and just be approached about nothing but urban films. Or, if you start out as a comedian, it's easy for you to be approached about nothing but comedies, and comedies with all black casts." Tyrese Gibson

On December 10, 2002, Gibson released his third studio album, "I Wanna Go There." It produced two singles, "Signs Of Love Makin'" and "How You Gonna Act Like That," the latter of which remains his biggest hit to date.

In the following year, Gibson replaced Vin Diesel, playing Paul Walker's childhood friend and ex-con Roman Pearce, in the John Singleton-directed action feature sequel "Fast and the Furious 2" (2003; with Eva Mendes, Devon Aoki, and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges). That same year, he was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Crossover Artist (Music/Acting).

2004 saw Gibson co-star with Dennis Quaid in the remake of the 1965 film that was based on the 1964 novel by Elleston Trevor, "Flight of the Phoenix." He was then reunited with John Singleton for his 2005 action crime film, "Four Brothers." In the film loosely based on the 1965 western film "The Sons of Katie Elder," Gibson portrayed Angel Mercer, one of four brothers who avenge their mother's murder. Along with the cast members André Benjamin, Mark Wahlberg, Sofía Vergara, Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Howard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Taraji P. Henson, Gibson shared a Black Reel nomination for Best Ensemble.

In 2006, Gibson appeared opposite James Franco in the Disney Naval Academy drama helmed by Justin Lin, "Annapolis," which scored primarily negative reviews from critics but sold over one million copies on DVD and staying in the top 10 rental lists around the country. He also starred as an ex-convict in the Vondie Curtis-Hall directed action film "Waist Deep," which is loosely based of the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde." His performance in the film earned a Black Movie nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Also in 2006, Gibson released a double album titled "Alter Ego," in which he raps under his alter ego "Black-Ty." The album that produced the singles "One" and "Turn Ya Out," sold 115,957 copies during its first week and landed on #23 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart, #4 on the R&B Album charts and #3 on the Rap Album chart. The Game, Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Lil Scrappy, Kurupt, Too Short, R. Kelly, Lil Jon, and Mannie Fresh were also featured on the album.

Gibson was next cast in director Michael Bay's live action film "Transformers" (2007; with Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, and Jon Voight), in which he portrayed USAF Tech Sergeant Robert Epps. He is currently working on the film's sequel, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which should be released on June 26, 2009.

Gibson also starred opposite John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez in Brad Furman's crime film "The Take" (2008) and replaced Sylvester Stallone in Paul W. S. Anderson's remake of the 1975 film, "Death Race," starring Jason Statham in the lead role.

Gibson will soon wrap up his next film, "Legion," a thriller directed by Scott Charles Stewart featuring Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany. He will also play the title role superhero mercenary "Luke Cage" in John Singleton's upcoming film adaptation of the Marvel comic books of the same name.

"We’ll see what happens. They have been tweaking that script for a while. That’s one of the first African American comic book characters, so it’s a lot of pressure to get it right. You just can’t throw that film out there and mess around with it." Tyrese Gibson (on "Luke Cage")

Gibson, who created a TV and film production company called HQ Pictures, will serve as producer of the films "Boom," "The Big Test" and "12th Man.”

"I am no longer doing music. I’m going to get back to music eventually, but I’ve done fourteen years of music, five albums and I really feel like at this point every blessing taken for granted becomes a curse. Everywhere I go, all of the feedback that I have received from my performances in these films, whether it a small or large budget; I’ve always been accepting the love, but not wholeheartedly accepting it. I would be on a film looking forward to doing another album or doing another show. It was just too much going on spiritually to be in such extreme creative spaces. I have never taken the movie thing as serious as the music." Tyrese Gibson


  • Locarno International Film Festival: Special Mention, "Baby Boy," 2001

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