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James Brown

James Brown (May 3, 1933 - December 25, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter, eventually referred to as "The Godfather of Soul"(GFOS). Brown started singing in gospel groups and worked his way on up. He has been recognized as one of the most iconic figures in the 20th century popular music and was renowned for his vocals and feverish dancing. He was also called "the hardest-working man in show business". Brown began his professional music career in 1956 and rose to fame during the late 1950s and early 1960s on the strength of his thrilling live performances and string of smash hits. In spite of various personal problems and setbacks he continued to score hits in every decade through the 1980s. In addition to his acclaim in music, Brown was also a presence in American political affairs during the 1960s and 1970s.

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Apr 3, 1933 In Barnwell, South Carolina, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Forest Rangers 1942-10-21
Latest Project:
Movie James Brown - The Man, The Music & The Message 2014-11-08
Known For
Poster of TFI Friday
Poster of James Brown: Soul Train 1973-1974
Poster of The Music Scene
Poster of Shindig!
Movie Finding the Funk 2014-01-31
Movie James Brown: Mr. Dynamite - The Rise of James Brown Himself (archive footage) 2014-04-27
Movie James Brown - The Man, The Music & The Message James Brown 2014-11-08
Movie Sound City Himself 2013-01-18
Movie The Real Rocky Himsellf (Archive Footage) 2011-10-25
Movie The Night James Brown Saved Boston Himself 2008-04-05
Movie James Brown Live At The Boston Garden Himself 2008-08-05
Movie James Brown Live At The Apollo '68 Himself 2008-08-05
Movie Soul Power Himself (archive footage) 2008-09-04
Series Web Junk 20 Unknown 2006-01-13
Movie Live 8 Himself 2005-11-07
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004-01-01
Movie James Brown: Body Heat Himself 2004-09-28
Movie Live Forever Himself 2003-03-07
Movie James Brown: Soul Survivor Himself 2003-10-29
Movie Undercover Brother Himself 2002-05-31
Movie The Tuxedo James Brown 2002-09-27
Movie Beat the Devil Himself (as Mr. James Brown) 2002-11-22
Movie The UB40: Story of Reggae Drummer 2001-08-01
Series The Hire Himself 2001-04-26
Movie Rhythm and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular 2001-12-10
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Blues Brothers 2000 Cleophus James 1998-02-05
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie When We Were Kings Himself 1996-10-25
Series TFI Friday Unknown 1996-02-09
Movie Cincinnati's Rock 'N Roll Legends Self 1995-01-01
Series Duckman Unknown 1994-03-05
Movie Legends of Rock 'n' Roll James Brown 1989-01-01
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Series Throb Unknown 1986-09-20
Series Amen Unknown 1986-09-27
Movie James Brown - Live At Chastain Park Himself 1985-01-01
Movie Rocky IV The Godfather of Soul 1985-11-21
Series Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Movie Doctor Detroit Bandleader 1983-05-06
Movie James Brown: Live at Montreux Himself 1981-01-01
Movie The Blues Brothers Reverend Cleophus James 1980-06-17
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie James Brown: Soul Train 1973-1974 1974-01-01
Movie The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1974 Unknown 1974-12-22
Movie Powderkeg Sheriff Lynch 1971-04-16
Movie James Brown: Love Power Peace Himself 1971-03-08
Movie The Phynx James Brown 1970-03-06
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Series Playboy After Dark Unknown 1969-01-18
Series The Music Scene Unknown 1969-09-22
Movie Ski Party Himself (as James Brown and The Famous Flames) 1965-06-30
Movie Space Probe Taurus Col. Hank Stevens (as James B. Brown) 1965-01-01
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series Shindig! Unknown 1964-09-16
Movie The T.A.M.I. Show Himself (as James Brown and The Flames) 1964-12-29
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie When the Clock Strikes Sam Morgan 1961-06-10
Movie 20,000 Eyes Jerry Manning 1961-06-14
Series The Mike Douglas Show Unknown 1961-12-11
Movie Gun Street Sheriff Chuck Morton 1961-11-05
Movie The Challenge of Rin Tin Tin Lt. Ripley 'Rip' Masters 1958-08-01
Series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin 1954-10-15
Movie The Man Behind The Gun Lt. Catliff 1953-01-31
Movie Woman They Almost Lynched Frank James 1953-03-20
Movie The Charge at Feather River Pvt. Connors 1953-07-11
Movie The Groom Wore Spurs Steve Hall 1951-03-13
Movie The Wild Blue Yonder Sgt. Pop Davis 1951-12-05
Movie Montana Tex Coyne 1950-01-28
Movie Between Midnight and Dawn Officer Haynes (uncredited) 1950-10-01
Movie The Fireball Allen 1950-11-09
Movie Anna Lucasta Buster 1949-07-11
Movie Sands of Iwo Jima Pfc. Charlie Bass 1949-12-14
Movie Yes Sir, That's My Baby Tony Cresnovitch 1949-08-10
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie The Fabulous Texan Shep Clayton 1947-11-09
Movie Our Hearts Were Growing Up Avery Moore 1946-06-14
Movie Objective, Burma! SSgt. Treacy 1945-02-17
Movie Going My Way Ted Haines Jr. 1944-08-06
Movie Our Hearts Were Young and Gay Avery Moore 1944-11-02
Movie Young And Willing Tony Dennison 1943-02-05
Movie Air Force Pilot Tex Rader 1943-03-20
Movie The Good Fellows Tom Drayton 1943-08-11
Movie The Forest Rangers George Tracy 1942-10-21