Jussie Smollett is an actor, singer and songwriter born in Santa Rosa, California, United States to Joel Smollett and Janet Harris Smollett. Joel and Janet have three more sons namely Jake Smollett, Jocqui Smollett and Jojo Smollett and two daughters namely Jurnee Smollett and Jazz Smollett.
Joel is Jewish. Janet is African-American.
Jussie is 5’11” tall. Here are 13 more things about him:
- In 1984, he and his family moved from Santa Rosa to Queens, New York City, New York, USA. In 1989, he and his family moved to Los Angeles, California.
- He played bit roles in the films “Mo’ Better Blues” and “New Jack City,” which were released in 1990 and 1991, respectively. He played Salem Bordeaux in the television film “A Little Piece of Heaven,” Terry Hall in the 1992 film “The Mighty Ducks,” Simon in the 1993 miniseries “Alex Haley’s Queen,” Billy in the 1993 TV series “Coach” and Adam in the 1994 film “North.” From 1994 to 1995, he and his five siblings starred in the ABC sitcom “On Our Own.”
- In 2001, he came out as gay to his parents. In 2002, he graduated from Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, USA.
- In 2007, he allegedly gave police a false name during a driving under the influence (DUI) stop and signed his brother’s name on the summons promising to appear in court. He was sentenced to a fine and two years of probation after pleading no contest to providing false information to law enforcement and driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and driving without a valid driver’s license
- On March 9, 2012, Wired Music Media released his extended play “Poisoned Hearts Club.”
- He starred in the 2012 film “The Skinny,” the 2014 films “Born to Race: Fast Track” and “Ask Me Anything,” the 2016 film “The Tale of Four” and the 2017 films “Alien: Covenant” and “Marshall.” He also appeared in the TV shows “The Mindy Project” in 2012, “Revenge” in 2014, “Underground” and “Live! with Kelly” in 2016, “Star” in 2017 and “America Divided” in 2018.
- In March 2015, he publicly came out as gay during a televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres. He appeared in the music video of Maria Carey‘s 2015 song “Infinity.” From 2015 to 2019, he played Jamal Lyon in “Empire.”
- On March 2, 2018, Music of Sound and Human Re Sources released his debut studio album “Sum of My Music.”
- On January 22, 2019, a letter arrived at his employer’s studio in Chicago, Illinois, USA that was addressed to him, depicting a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing towards it. On January 29, 2019, he told the Chicago Police Department that two men in ski masks attacked him outside his Chicago apartment, talked to him using racial and homophobic slurs, poured an unknown liquid on him and put a noose around his neck. Brothers Bola Osundairo and Ola Osundairo later claimed that they were paid and directed by him to stage the attack to get media attention.
- On February 20, 2019, he was charged with filing a false police report. On February 21, 2019, he turned himself hin at the Chicago Police Department. On March 26, 2019, all charges filed against him were dropped. A deal was reached with his defense team in which prosecutors dropped the charges upon him performing 16 hours of community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond.
- On April 12, 2019, the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County against him for the overtime costs worth $130,105.15 authorities expended investigating the alleged attack on January 29, 2019. In November 2019, he filed a countersuit against the city of Chicago claiming he was the victim of mass public ridicule and harm.
- On February 11, 2020, a grand jury in Cook County, Illinois indicted him again on six counts pertaining to making four false police reports. On June 12, 2020, a judge rejected his claim that his reindictment violated his right against double jeopardy and his trial started on November 29, 2021.
- He was 39 years old when he was found guilty on December 9, 2021 of five of six counts of disorderly conduct for making false police reports. On February 25, 2022, his lawyers asked a Chicago judge to throw out his guilty verdict. On March 10, 2022, Cook County Judge James Linn sentenced him to 30 months of felony probation with five months served in jail and ordered him to pay $120,106 in restitution to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine. The judge called him a narcissist and declared him as a permanently convicted felon. On March 16, 2022, he was released from Cook County Jail in Chicago pending an appeal of his conviction.