Ludacris

 

Date Of Birth

September 11, 1977
 

Biography

Born September 11, 1977 as Christopher Brian Bridges, Ludacris is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor. He was born in Illinois and attended Oak Park and River Forest High School. His family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. He began rapping when he was nine, when his father exposed him to different kinds of music.

Ludacris first became known as the radio personality DJ Chris Lova Lova, at Hot 97.5, an urban radio station in Georgia. He began to gain commercial exposure upon being heard by hip-hop producer and rapper Timbaland. The two worked together and made Ludacris’ recorded debut “Phat Rabbit.” In 2001, he appeared as an extra in the film The Wash. He returned to the music scene in 2003 with the single “Act A Fool,” also used in the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack, a movie in which he appeared. He released his album Chicken-N-Beer that year, but it was not well-received by audiences. One of Ludacris’ mainstream successes became the single “Stand Up,” which appeared in the hip-hop dance movie You Got Served. In 2004, he played the role of Anthony in the film Crash, and appeared in 2005’s Hustle & Flow. He became the musical guest in two episodes of Saturday Night Live and in one episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

His next single from Chicken-N-Beer, “Splash Waterfalls” became another hit, and he eventually released a fourth album, The Red Light District. It was once again a success, which led him to create The Ludacris Foundation, an organization motivating children to pursue the creative arts. In 2006, he released the album Release Therapy, which reached number one on the Billboard 200 album charts. The next year, he appeared on WrestleMania 23, and was a guest star on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He was also cast as DJ Donnie in the 2007 comedy Fred Claus. From 2008 to 2013, he concentrated on working in films. He was seen in Ball Don't Lie, RocknRolla, Max Payne, No Strings Attached, Fast Five, New Year's Eve and Fast & Furious 6. At present, he is one of the experts on the competition series Rising Star.
 

Place of Birth

Champaign, Illinois, USA
 

Birth Name

Christopher Brian Bridges
 

Gender

Male
 

Awards

BET Awards:
2002: "One Minute Man" - Video of the Year
2002: Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
2004: "Yeah!" - Viewer's Choice, Best Collaboration and Video of the Year
2005: Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Grammy Awards:
2005: "Yeah!" - Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
2007: "Money Maker" - Best Rap Song
2007: Release Therapy - Best Rap Album
 

Filmography

2015 Fast & Furious 7
2014 Rising Star
2014 Being Mary Jane (TV Series)
2013 Fast & Furious 6
2011 New Year's Eve
2011 Fast Five
2011/I No Strings Attached
2009 Gamer
2008 Max Payne
2008 RocknRolla
2008 Ball Don't Lie
2007 Fred Claus
2006-2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
2007 The Simpsons (TV Series)
2005 Eve (TV Series)
2005 Lil' Pimp (Video)
2005 Hustle & Flow
2004/I Crash
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious
2001 The Wash
 

Height

5' 8" (1.73 m)

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