Common

Common

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1972-03-13 (50 years old)

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Biography

Lonnie Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper and actor. He debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, and gained critical acclaim with his 1994 album Resurrection. He maintained an underground following into the late 1990s. He achieved mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians.Common's first major-label album Like Water for Chocolate (2000), received commercial success. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for the Erykah Badu single "Love of My Life". His 2005 album Be was also a commercial success and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common received his second Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Southside" (featuring Kanye West), from his 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released in late 2007. In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, having previously released music under various other labels including Relativity, Geffen, and GOOD Music. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song, co-written and performed with John Legend, "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common's acting career also includes roles in the films Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year's Eve, Run All Night, Being Charlie, Rex, John Wick: Chapter 2, Smallfoot and Hunter Killer. He also narrated the documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture. He starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels.

Personal Life

Common is a pescatarian. He is a lifelong fan of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears. He is a Christian, attending Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. On May 4, 2019, Common served as spring commencement speaker at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and after his address, was awarded an honorary DFA degree. While at FAMU, he studied in the School of Business and Industry.Common was in a relationship with comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish from mid-2020 to November 2021.

Early Life

Common was born on March 13, 1972, at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, the son of educator and former principal of John Hope College Preparatory High School, Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn. He was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. Lynn's parents divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father moving to Denver, Colorado. This left Lynn to be raised by his mother; however, his father remained active in his life, and was able to get him a job with the Chicago Bulls as a teenager. Lynn attended Florida A&M University for two years under a scholarship and majored in business administration.

Filmography

All 125

Movies 88

Self 58

TV Shows 37

Producer 4

Narrator 3

Voice 1

Self
The Greatest Mixtape Ever (2022)

The Greatest Mixtape Ever (2022)

Movie
Frank
Alice (2022)

Alice (2022)

Movie
9
Executive Producer
Glitter Ain't Gold (2022)

Glitter Ain't Gold (2022)

Movie
Self
Let the World See (2022)

Let the World See (2022)

TV Show
Self (archive footage)
You're Watching Video Music Box (2021)

You're Watching Video Music Box (2021)

Movie
Self
2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2021)

2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2021)

Movie
Actor
Action Planet: Meeting The Climate Challenge (2021)

Action Planet: Meeting The Climate Challenge (2021)

Movie
Self
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (2020)

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (2020)

TV Show
Michael
Ava (2020)

Ava (2020)

Movie
7.57
Self - Narrator
A Most Beautiful Thing (2020)

A Most Beautiful Thing (2020)

Movie
1.5
Self
Stockton on My Mind (2020)

Stockton on My Mind (2020)

Movie
Dr. Chris Jackson
Never Have I Ever (2020)

Never Have I Ever (2020)

TV Show
6.71
Common
Fraggle Rock: Rock On! (2020)

Fraggle Rock: Rock On! (2020)

TV Show
Self
Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince (2020)

Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince (2020)

Movie
Self
One World: Together at Home (2020)

One World: Together at Home (2020)

Movie
Self
Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2020)

Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2020)

Movie
Self - Guest
Tamron Hall (2019)

Tamron Hall (2019)

TV Show
Actor
Activate: The Global Citizen Movement (2019)

Activate: The Global Citizen Movement (2019)

TV Show
Grens
The Informer (2019)

The Informer (2019)

Movie
6.18
Self (archive footage)
The Price of Protest (2019)

The Price of Protest (2019)

Movie
Gary Silvers
The Kitchen (2019)

The Kitchen (2019)

Movie
6
Benjamin Adebayo
Saint Judy (2019)

Saint Judy (2019)

Movie
Self
Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul (2019)

Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul (2019)

Movie
Producer
They Fight (2018)

They Fight (2018)

Movie
Ben
Here and Now (2018)

Here and Now (2018)

Movie
Self
Shut Up and Dribble (2018)

Shut Up and Dribble (2018)

TV Show
Uncle Carlos
The Hate U Give (2018)

The Hate U Give (2018)

Movie
6.77
RA John Fisk
Hunter Killer (2018)

Hunter Killer (2018)

Movie
5.4
Rafe
All About Nina (2018)

All About Nina (2018)

Movie
Stonekeeper
Smallfoot (2018)

Smallfoot (2018)

Movie
6.04
Common
Ocean's Eight (2018)

Ocean's Eight (2018)

Movie
6.1
Martin
The Tale (2018)

The Tale (2018)

Movie
6
Coltrane
Love Beats Rhymes (2017)

Love Beats Rhymes (2017)

Movie
Himself
Girls Trip (2017)

Girls Trip (2017)

Movie
10
Reader - Declaration of Independence
The Words That Built America (2017)

The Words That Built America (2017)

Movie
Narrator
Misdirection: The Real Magic (2017)

Misdirection: The Real Magic (2017)

Movie
Self
Chamber Check: Evolution of a Fight Scene (2017)

Chamber Check: Evolution of a Fight Scene (2017)

Movie
Gunny Martin
Megan Leavey (2017)

Megan Leavey (2017)

Movie
4.75
Actor
Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth (2017)

Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth (2017)

Movie
Daniel
A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2017)

A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2017)

Movie
Self - Musician
Chasing Trane (2017)

Chasing Trane (2017)

Movie
Cassian
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Movie
6.46
Self - Performer
BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration (2016)

BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration (2016)

Movie
Actor
Letter to the Free (2016)

Letter to the Free (2016)

Movie
Self
America Divided (2016)

America Divided (2016)

TV Show
Common
Black America Again (2016)

Black America Again (2016)

Movie
Himself
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)

Movie
Monster T
Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad (2016)

Movie
6.86
Self
Chelsea (2016)

Chelsea (2016)

TV Show
Jabari
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

Movie
5.5
Narrator
Two Trains Runnin' (2016)

Two Trains Runnin' (2016)

Movie
The Bouncer
The Wiz Live! (2015)

The Wiz Live! (2015)

Movie
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (2015)

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (2015)

Movie
Travis
Being Charlie (2015)

Being Charlie (2015)

Movie
Self - Narrator (voice)
Unity (2015)

Unity (2015)

Movie
Self
Knock Knock Live (2015)

Knock Knock Live (2015)

TV Show
Common
Entourage (2015)

Entourage (2015)

Movie
8
Himself
Lip Sync Battle (2015)

Lip Sync Battle (2015)

TV Show
4.2
Mr. Price
Run All Night (2015)

Run All Night (2015)

Movie
6.16
Self
Framework (2015)

Framework (2015)

TV Show
James Bevel
Selma (2014)

Selma (2014)

Movie
6.33
Devlin Hatch
Every Secret Thing (2014)

Every Secret Thing (2014)

Movie
Jason
X/Y (2014)

X/Y (2014)

Movie
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)

TV Show
6.26
Self
Off Camera with Sam Jones (2014)

Off Camera with Sam Jones (2014)

TV Show
Self
Sport in America: Our Defining Stories (2013)

Sport in America: Our Defining Stories (2013)

Movie
Self
Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (2013)

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (2013)

Movie
Evans
Now You See Me (2013)

Now You See Me (2013)

Movie
7.38
Jeff Porter
Pawn (2013)

Pawn (2013)

Movie
Vincent
LUV (2013)

LUV (2013)

Movie
6
Bob Mone (segment 'The Pitch')
Movie 43 (2013)

Movie 43 (2013)

Movie
6
Coach Cal
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

Movie
9
Himself
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

Movie
Self
Bizarre Foods America (2012)

Bizarre Foods America (2012)

TV Show
Soldier
New Year's Eve (2011)

New Year's Eve (2011)

Movie
5.78
Seymour (voice)
Happy Feet Two (2011)

Happy Feet Two (2011)

Movie
8
Elam Ferguson
Hell on Wheels (2011)

Hell on Wheels (2011)

TV Show
4.75
Self
Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

Movie
Music (2010)

Music (2010)

Movie
Scott McKnight
Just Wright (2010)

Just Wright (2010)

Movie
4.75
Narrator
Bouncing Cats (2010)

Bouncing Cats (2010)

Movie
Collins
Date Night (2010)

Date Night (2010)

Movie
5.33
Self - Host
Brave New Voices 2010 (2010)

Brave New Voices 2010 (2010)

Movie
Barnes
Terminator Salvation (2009)

Terminator Salvation (2009)

Movie
5.9
The Gunsmith
Wanted (2008)

Wanted (2008)

Movie
6.86
Coates
Street Kings (2008)

Street Kings (2008)

Movie
6.75
Turner Lucas
American Gangster (2007)

American Gangster (2007)

Movie
6.65
Self
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007)

Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007)

TV Show
6.41
Himself
Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life (2007)

Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life (2007)

Movie
Sir Ivy
Smokin' Aces (2006)

Smokin' Aces (2006)

Movie
5.67
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (2006)

I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (2006)

TV Show
Self
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)

Movie
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out (2005)

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out (2005)

TV Show
7.5
Self
Letter to the President (2005)

Letter to the President (2005)

Movie
Airline Employee (segment 'All Falls Down') / Himself (segment 'Two Words')
Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology (2005)

Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology (2005)

Movie
Actor
Soundz of Spirit (2005)

Soundz of Spirit (2005)

Movie
Self
Black in the 80s (2005)

Black in the 80s (2005)

TV Show
Self
The MC: Why We Do It (2005)

The MC: Why We Do It (2005)

Movie
The Notorious B.I.G BET Official presents (2005)

The Notorious B.I.G BET Official presents (2005)

Movie
Himself
5 Sides of a Coin (2004)

5 Sides of a Coin (2004)

Movie
Himself (voice)
Game Over (2004)

Game Over (2004)

TV Show
Himself
Beef (2003)

Beef (2003)

Movie
Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)

Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)

TV Show
6.5
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)

TV Show
6.3
Chappelle's Show (2003)

Chappelle's Show (2003)

TV Show
6.6
Self
Brown Sugar (2002)

Brown Sugar (2002)

Movie
8.5
Himself
Scrubs (2001)

Scrubs (2001)

TV Show
6.72
One on One (2001)

One on One (2001)

TV Show
Girlfriends (2000)

Girlfriends (2000)

TV Show
Common
Pete Rock: Soul Survivor (1998)

Pete Rock: Soul Survivor (1998)

Movie
TRL (1998)

TRL (1998)

TV Show
Self
The View (1997)

The View (1997)

TV Show
8
Self
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996)

TV Show
6.1
Self - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

TV Show
6
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

TV Show
5.75
Common (voice)
The Simpsons (1989)

The Simpsons (1989)

TV Show
6.23
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (1988)

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (1988)

TV Show
Himself
American Masters (1986)

American Masters (1986)

TV Show
Self - Presenter
MTV Video Music Awards (1984)

MTV Video Music Awards (1984)

TV Show
Self
Saturday Night Live (1975)

Saturday Night Live (1975)

TV Show
6.36
Executive Producer
Sly Stone

Sly Stone

Movie
Self
Seven Friends: George Miller’s Justice League

Seven Friends: George Miller’s Justice League

Movie
Producer
Super High

Super High

Movie
Darius
Breathe

Breathe

Movie
Actor
Hate to See You Go

Hate to See You Go

Movie

Ratings

Average 6.31
Based on 5.95 Million movie and tv ratings over time
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Common
Common
Common

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1972-03-13 (50 years old)

Birth name
Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.

Place of birth
Chicago, United States of America

Religion
Christianity

Relationships
Tiffany Haddish (2020-01-01 - 2021-11-01)

Father
Lonnie Lynn

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
Lonnie Rashid Lynn , Common Sense

Awards
Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, Academy Award for Best Original Song, Soul Train Music Award for The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award, Black Reel Award for Best Original or Adapted Song, BET Centric Award, BET Award for Viewer's Choice, BET Award for Video of the Year

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Cedric the Entertainer
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Mike Epps
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2 Movies
2 TV Shows
Oprah Winfrey
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3 Movies
1 TV Shows
Olivia Munn
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3 Movies
1 TV Shows
Kristen Wiig
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Kristen Wiig worked together with Common in:
2 Movies
2 TV Shows
Liev Schreiber
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Liev Schreiber worked together with Common in:
2 Movies
2 TV Shows
Liam Neeson
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Liam Neeson worked together with Common in:
2 Movies
2 TV Shows
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