Orlando Jones
American actor
Orlando Jones
Orlando Jones is an American comedian and film and television actor. He is notable for being one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy series MADtv and for his role as the 7 Up spokesman from 1999-2002.
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The Story of Us
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Like many of you, I often mark the arbitrary passage of time known as "the new year" by reflecting on my personal and professional accomplishments and shortcomings and laying out a plan for what I endeavor to do differently going forward. Translation: in late December, I get drunk and daydream. Don't make it weird. A fundamental part of my New Year's ritual involves reading a lot of year end lists, thought pieces, blog posts and more on the people, events and trends that dominated popular (and sometimes not so popular) discourse and media coverage and became "trending topics." I consider why those issues mattered enough to warrant our collective attention, how and if I can (or should) contribute to the dialogue around those topics as opposed to "staying in my lane" and how those ideas can be expressed creatively. Then I write foolish tweets like the one I posted in late November -- Just because white political refugees came to a new country & massacred the natives ...
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The Story of Us
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Like many of you, I often mark the arbitrary passage of time known as "the new year" by reflecting on my personal and professional accomplishments and shortcomings and laying out a plan for what I endeavor to do differently going forward. Translation: in late December, I get drunk and daydream. Don't make it weird. A fundamental part of my New Year's ritual involves reading a lot of year end lists, thought pieces, blog posts and more on the people, events and trends that dominated popular (and sometimes not so popular) discourse and media coverage and became "trending topics." I consider why those issues mattered enough to warrant our collective attention, how and if I can (or should) contribute to the dialogue around those topics as opposed to "staying in my lane" and how those ideas can be expressed creatively. Then I write foolish tweets like the one I posted in late November -- Just because white political refugees came to a new country & massacred the natives d ...
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Why Orlando Jones live tweets 'Sleepy Hollow'
Fox News - about 2 years
Star of FOX hit on interacting with fans
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A Q&A With Director Peter Hyams Takes Us Closer
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Peter Hyams has been making movies for over 40 years. A native New Yorker, Hyams has the distinction of being one of the only directors who also serves as his own cinematographer on his films, a hyphenate that has caused him some controversy among cameramen (see below for more details). After making his mark with such classics as Capricorn One, Outland, The Star Chamber, 2010, and many others, Hyams hasn't slowed down, bringing us his 21st feature film. Enemies Closer is a white-knuckle thriller starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as the ruthless (and flamboyant) leader of a drug cartel on a search and destroy mission for his missing cache of product, which sits at the bottom of a lake on the U.S.-Canadian border. Tom Everett Scott plays the U.S. Park Ranger with a murky past who tries to stop him, along with Orlando Jones as a vengeful ex-con and Linzey Cocker as a damsel in distress with a secret of her own. The Lionsgate release is currently playing in selected theaters and is availab ...
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'Sleepy Hollow' stars dish about the Season 1 finale
Fox News - about 3 years
Tom Mison and Orlando Jones have been paying close attention to those passionate tweets. They both spoke to FOX411 to talk about the show and what’s in store for the big finale.
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Waiting for the Dough on Main St.
Fox Business News - about 3 years
And it was a 'meh' newsweek. Or was it? Here are the latest LOL-inducing, insightful and character-limited words of wisdom that helped me run my business this week. 2013 consumer holiday spending to drop $14/pp at big box retailers. What are hyperlocals hearing from local businesses about holiday plans? — Street Fight (@streetfightmag) November 18, 2013 Dreamforce is so large, that the population of SF (825k) has potentially swelled 15% with the 130k registrants on site. #DF13 — Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) November 19, 2013 And the reason Staples sells huge containers of Cheez Puffs is....? — Susan Orlean (@susanorlean) November 19, 2013 Marketing isn't about creating messages — it's about getting the market to create fascinating messages about you and with you. — Sally Hogshead (@SallyHogshead) November 19, 2013 Takeaway from #WOMMASummit: Social and WOM are becoming increasingly the same as advertising. Not sure if that excites or dishearte ...
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I Love Television™
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Recommended for old people who like new things. by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey For those who pride yourselves on your oh-so-interesting "social lives," you're gonna have to think of something else to bore us to tears with—because the new fall season of TV shows starts this week! HURRAY!! Boooooo old things! Yaaaaaaay new things! And sure, while most of the shows debuting this week range from somewhat-to-downright terrible—hey! THEY'RE NEW. And I'll take a semi-terrible new thing over a semi-terrible old thing any day of the week. (And yes, I'm looking at YOU, Dancing with the Stars and Speaker of the House John Boehner!) So let's take a look at these shiny, new, somewhat terrible baubles, shall we? Getting out ahead of the rest of the networks, Fox is debuting three of its new shows this week, and here's the lowdown: • Sleepy Hollow (Fox, Mon Sept 16, 9 pm). The historic town of Sleepy Hollow is a nice place to live... until its most fa ...
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'Sleepy Hollow' review: Ichabod Crane's wake-up call
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Would television even survive if shows had to make logical sense all the time? [...] that's just about where series creators Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman tossed the short story out and threw in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, imported the witch trials from neighboring Massachusetts, updated them by nearly 100 years, ignored the fact that Irving's story is set after the Revolutionary War and launched the show's pilot smack dab in the middle of a battle between the Redcoats and the colonials. Capitalizing on mythsCrane (Tom Mison, "Parade's End") is slaying Redcoats left and right when suddenly a huge mercenary in an iron mask gallops in on a white horse, leaps to the ground and engages Ichabod in combat. Compelling paceMison makes an appealing Crane, albeit nothing like Irving's quivering creation, and Beharie is an equally sympathetic cop who suspends her own disbelief in Ichabod's far-fetched story because of an incident in her own past. John Ch ...
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Shira Lazar: Orlando Jones Embraces Web Audience in Machinima's "Tainted Love" Series (WATCH)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last time Jones was in the studio, he was chatting about his "Meridian" web series with Mystery Guitar Man, and now he has his "Tainted Love" series on Machinima, so it's safe to say he's comfortable about moving into the online space. "It's just another platform and it's just as valid as movies or TV or anything else to me," he says. "I kind of love it and it's fun for me." Back in the gaming realm, the Captain answers some fan questions about Minecraft, citing YouTube's Hypixel as the best destination for custom maps and scripted events. He also reveals that he went to this year's E3 conference and tried a few new products, which have yet to be released. Specifically, he was blown away by Oculus Rift, a 3D virtual headset. Jones chimes in to agree that the augmented reality device is awesome and that the "Tainted Love" team is even working on an AR game for the online series. Still, Jones is planted firmly in the world of traditional media, with his "Sleepy Ho ...
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Orlando Jones on why Machinima's geek culture works for 'Tainted Love'
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Orlando Jones is a self-described comic book nerd, so when it came to finding the perfect venue for "Tainted Love," his gritty and profane love letter to graphic novels, the actor and comedian said Machinima immediately sprung to mind. The popular YouTube channel is a gathering spot for fans of geek culture and it's a destination for Jones when he wants to get his inner fanboy on. "Tainted Love" debuted two weeks ago on Machinima Prime and the third episode airs Thursday. ...
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Will Arnett Lands CBS Comedy Pilot: What Does It Mean For 'Up All Night'?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Will Arnett isn't putting all of his eggs in one comedy basket next season; EW reports that the "Up All Night" and "Arrested Development" star has been cast in the lead role of CBS' untitled Greg Garcia comedy pilot. According to EW, Arnett will play a recent divorcé whose life becomes infinitely more complicated after his parents start having marital difficulties of their own. The pilot hails from "My Name is Earl" and "Raising Hope" creator Greg Garcia, with "Friends" director Jim Burrows set to film. Arnett's role is still in second position to NBC's struggling "Up All Night," so if that series moves forward with its multicamera reboot, Arnett will have to bow out of the CBS project. Still, with Christina Applegate's exit after numerous behind-the-scenes changes, and Maya Rudolph's recently announced pregnancy, there's some doubt as to whether "Up All Night" will continue in its new format or simply be cancelled. In other pilot news ... "Homeland" star and pr ...
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What Do Holograms And The Holocaust Have In Common?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES -- For years, Holocaust survivor Pinchus Gutter has told the tragic story of watching his parents and 10-year-old twin sister herded into a Nazi death camp's gas chambers so quickly that he had no time to even say goodbye. He was left instead with an enduring image he has carried with him through 70 years: that of his sister vanishing into a sea of people doomed to die. Only this time the elderly, balding man wasn't really there as he recounted the horror of the Holocaust to an audience gathered in an auditorium at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. It was the 80-year-old survivor's digital doppelganger, dressed in a white shirt, dark pants and matching vest, that was doing the talking as it gazed intently at its audience, sometimes tapping its feet as it paused to consider a question. Over the years, elderly Holocaust survivors like Gutter have been leaving behind manuscripts and oral histories of their lives, fear ...
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Orlando Jones: Social Studies
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I have been told, by people who are in the know, that there's this phenomenon out there called "social media." Seriously, it's a thing. Look it up. And I'm not talking about where you go to a movie theater and there are some black folk who yell back at the screen -- don't go in there girl!! That man with the hook hand 'bout to kill you and your boo!!! So apparently social media is a way that folks (entertainers, politicians, athletes, mommy bloggers, etc.) can say whatever is on their mind (sometimes in 140 characters or less) and other people can read those words and feel validated, outraged or (mostly) bored. The other day, for example, I found out what Lebron James thinks about the whole Manti T'eo scandal. He tweeted: Man I don't know all the facts or exactly what is going on but this Te'o story is bizarre and weird as hell!! #whodoyoubelieve This was retweeted (i.e. the social media echo chamber) approximately 4,400 times as of this posting. For those who haven ...
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Shira Lazar: Orlando Jones Stars in New Interactive Web Series 'Meridian'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Meridian stars Orlando Jones (Drumline, MAD TV) as Jeff, a bored employee at a tech support call center whose life is changed when he discovers a mysterious Aztec amulet. The three-part series, which can currently be seen on RIDES.tv, is the brainchild of YouTube musician and filmmaker Joe Penna, better known as MysteryGuitarMan. As Meridian co-writer and director, Penna reveals that the idea for the show came about when he and some good friends were brainstorming awesome superpowers (as we all do). Flying was out the question because it's been done before, but then they thought about putting a twist on psychic powers. That's how the character of Jeff emerged. By merely touching things -- animate or inanimate -- he can glimpse the history of those objects -- how they came to be created and the journeys they've taken. The series' innovative storytelling techniques further extend to the audience through interactive elements. At the start of the series, viewers can plug t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Orlando Jones
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 44
    In early April 2013, it was largely thought that Jones would be taking Tyler Perry's place as Madea.
    More Details Hide Details This stemmed from Jones's own report that he would be taking over the role, and photography of himself impersonating Madea. This led to public outcry from fans. Perry later revealed, however, that this was an elaborate prank played by Jones, stating, "That was an April Fools' joke that HE did. Not true. And not funny. When I’m done with Madea, she is done."
    In 2013, he was hired as a principal actor in the FOX television series Sleepy Hollow.
    More Details Hide Details The freshman drama opened to FOX's highest fall drama premiere numbers since the premiere of '24' in 2001. After leaving MADtv, Jones expanded his cinema resume. He appeared in a bit part in his first big screen film, In Harm's Way (1991), Jones then joined Larry David in the feature Sour Grapes (1998), playing the character of an itinerant man. Subsequently, he appeared in Woo (1990), Mike Judge's Office Space (1999), alongside fellow MADtv alumnus David Herman, and in Barry Levinson's praised drama, Liberty Heights (1999). Since then, Jones has appeared in Magnolia (1999), New Jersey Turnpikes (1999) and in Harold Ramis' Bedazzled (2000). During the 2000s, Jones' career began to branch out. In addition to his witty appearances in the 7-Up campaigns, Jones played the role of Clifford Franklin in The Replacements (2000) and the horror film From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2003). In 2002, Jones landed the lead role of Daryl Chase in the action-dramedy Double Take (2001), alongside Eddie Griffin, and worked with Seann William Scott and Julianne Moore in Ivan Reitman's sci-fi comedy, Evolution (2001). Jones was also in the 2006 film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant and he appeared as the computer Vox 114 in The Time Machine (2002). His other more recent films includes Biker Boyz (2003), Godzilla (2005), Runaway Jury (2003) and Primeval (2004).
  • 2012
    Age 43
    In 2012, Jones starred in Mystery Guitar Man's original interactive thriller series Meridian created in conjunction with Fourth Wall Studios.
    More Details Hide Details Jones has been featured in many voice acting projects over the years. In 1993, Jones appeared in Yuletide in the 'hood and in 1998, he made a guest appearance in the animated comedy TV Series, King Of The Hill. More recently, he lent his voice to the TV series Father of the Pride and the video games Halo 2 as the marine Sergeant Banks as well as other black marines and L.A. Rush. Jones is recently reported to be starring in the ABC's crime-drama Evidence with Oscar winner Robin Williams. In 2006, he co-created, produced and voice acted for the MTV2 animated series The Adventures of Chico and Guapo.
  • 2011
    Age 42
    In October 2011, Jones provoked controversy when he joked on Twitter that someone should kill former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
    More Details Hide Details He apologized for the comment several days later.
    In 2011 Jones appeared in the documentary film Looking for Lenny in which he talks about Lenny Bruce and freedom of speech.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    Jones married former model Jacqueline Staph in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details They have a daughter.
    In 2008, he appeared as Harold Wilcox, a violent veteran with PTSD, on New Amsterdam.
    More Details Hide Details In the first season of the show, Jones also starred on Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out. Jones was the first guest star on the show. Jones was the co-host of ABC's Crash Course (which was canceled after 4 episodes). On November 16, 2009, it was announced on TV Guide that Orlando has been cast as Marcus Foreman, Eric Foreman's brother on House. Jones appeared as Marcus in Moving the Chains.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    He has also appeared in two episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, the first in 2007 as Chris's substitute teacher and the second in 2008 as Clint Huckstable, an allusion to the character Cliff Huxtable played by Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    In 2006, Jones decided to return to television as one of the lead characters of ABC's crime drama The Evidence, as Cayman Bishop.
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  • 2003
    Age 34
    In 2003, he appeared on The Bernie Mac Show and on Girlfriends.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    This exposure led to a plethora of opportunities for Jones. First, he hosted an HBO First Look special in 2000 and then, in 2003, Jones was given his own late night talk show on FX called The Orlando Jones Show.
    More Details Hide Details Although his talk show was short lived, Jones continued to make additional television appearances.
    In 2000, Jones became the spokesperson for 7 Up and he gained wide recognition.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 25
    After hosting Fox's music series Sound FX, in 1994, Jones became one of the original nine cast members of MADtv. Unlike some of his fellow original repertory performers on MADtv, Jones came to the show with limited sketch comedy experience.
    More Details Hide Details However, his comedy writing and television producing skills proved to be valuable to the early success of the show. Throughout Seasons One and Two of MADtv, Jones produced characters like the Cabana Chat band leader Dexter St. Croix and Reverend LaMont Nixon Fatback, the vocal follower of Christopher Walken. He was also noted for his impressions of Thomas Mikal Ford, Temuera Morrison, Warwick Davis, Danny DeVito, Michael Jai White, Eddie Griffin, and Ice Cube. After two seasons on MADtv, Jones left the show at the end of its second season to pursue a movie career. However, Jones returned to MADtv in 2004 to celebrate its 200th episode. With his guest appearance, Jones became the third (out of five) original cast member to return as a guest on the show, joining Alex Borstein, Nicole Sullivan, Artie Lange, Mo Collins, and Will Sasso. During his time at MADtv, he roomed with Artie Lange.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    He also made a brief appearance on the FOX sitcom Herman's Head in 1992.
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  • 1991
    Age 22
    During 1991-92, Jones penned the Fox series Roc and, in 1993, he co-produced The Sinbad Show.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Age 18
    He scored his first Hollywood job in 1987, writing for the NBC comedy A Different World, on which he had a small guest role in the season five finale.
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  • 1985
    Age 16
    He moved to Mauldin, South Carolina, when he was a teen and graduated from Mauldin High School in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details One of his early acting experiences involved playing a werewolf in a haunted house to help raise money for the junior/senior prom. Jones enrolled in the College of Charleston, South Carolina. He left in 1990 without finishing his degree. To pursue his interest in the entertainment industry, Jones, together with comedian Michael Fechter, formed a production company, Homeboy's Productions and Advertising. Together Jones and Fechter worked on several projects including a McDonald's commercial with basketball superstar Michael Jordan for the McDonald's specialty sandwich the "McJordan".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Jones was born in Mobile, Alabama on April 10, 1968.
    More Details Hide Details His father was a former professional baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies.
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