Cedric the Entertainer was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA as Cedric Antonio Kyles. He is an actor and writer, known for Barbershop (2002), Be Cool (2005) and A Haunted House (2013).
In 1996, Cedric moved into acting, aptly playing Steve Harvey’s friend Cedric Jackie Robinson on the sitcom The Steve Harvey Show.
Cedric was the subject of controversy when his Barbershop character made unpopular remarks about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. In the 2005 animated film Madagascar, Cedric voiced Maurice the aye aye. In
October 2005, Cedric joined the Champ Car auto racing series as a part owner. Cedric appeared in the movie Charlotte’s Web as the voice of Golly the gander.
While his acting career grew, Cedric continued stand-up and traveled the country as one of the Kings of Comedy headliners, with Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley and Bernie Mac. The act was later made into a film by Spike Lee, The Original Kings of Comedy.
His most recent HBO Comedy Special was Cedric The Entertainer: Taking You Higher.Two of the background dancers from the special were Kamilah Barrett and Sandra Colton, who were also finalists in Fox’sSo You Think You Can Dance. He also recorded comedic interludes on two multi-platinum selling albums, Nelly’s Country Grammar (2000) andJay-Z’s Black Album (2003).
In the 2007 comedy film Code Name: The Cleaner, Cedric plays Jake, a janitor with amnesia who may be a secret undercover government agent involved in an illegal arms conspiracy. He then starred in the 2008 films Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and Street Kings.