Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Faison at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards in 2007
Born Donald Adeosun Faison
June 22, 1974 (1974-06-22) (age 37)
Harlem, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Voice actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse Lisa Askey (2001–2005)
Children 4 children (3 sons, 1 daughter)

Donald Adeosun Faison (pronounced /feɪˈzɒn/; born June 22, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor best known for his role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC (formerly NBC) comedy-drama Scrubs (2001–2010) and as Murray in the film Clueless (1995) and the subsequent television series of the same name.

Faison has also co-starred in the films Remember the Titans (2000), Uptown Girls (2003), Next Day Air (2009) and Skyline (2010).

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Early life

Faison was born in Harlem, New York, the son of Shirley, a talent agent, and Donald Faison, a building manager.[1] His parents were active with the National Black Theatre in Harlem.[2]

Career

Before his debut on Scrubs and "Clueless", Faison appeared in a 1991 commercial for Folgers Coffee at the age of 17, in which he played the younger brother of a soldier returning from war. He then became famous for his role as "Murray Lawrence Duvall" in the film Clueless, the 1995 movie, and its subsequent television series, which ran from 1996 to 1999. In 1995, he also appeared in Waiting to Exhale as "Tarik", the son of Loretta Devine's character, "Gloria." He was featured in New Jersey Drive. He also starred in Big Fat Liar alongside Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, and Amanda Bynes. He had a recurring role as, "Tracy," on Felicity, appeared in Remember the Titans, as the back-up running back, "Petey," and provided voice work for various characters in the MTV animated series Clone High. He had minor roles in the sitcoms Sister Sister and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and in the film Josie and the Pussycats. In 2005, Faison produced one episode of MTV's Punk'd involving his Scrubs co-star Zach Braff. He has also appeared in the music videos for Brandy's Sittin' Up In My Room, Fall Out Boy's cover of Michael Jackson's, "Beat It," and Gavin Degraw's, "Chariot."

On February 13, 2009, Faison participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend's Celebrity Game. Other celebrities participating include: NBA Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins, NFL wide-receiver Terrell Owens, actor Chris Tucker and four Harlem Globetrotters.

In 2010, Faison starred alongside Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Eric Balfour, Laz Alonso and Crystal Reed in the Brothers Strause science fiction thriller Skyline.[3]

On February 18, 2010, the Hollywood Reporter announced that Faison would join the comedy The Odds on CBS.[4]

As of March 2011, Faison appeared in commercials for The Sims Medieval.

Personal life

Faison was married to Lisa Ackey from 2001-2005. In summer 2011 Faison became engaged to his girlfriend Cacee Cobb.

He is the father of twins, daughter Kaya and son Dade Faison (b. 1999) and son Kobe Faison (b. 2001) with ex-wife Lisa Askey. He also has a son named Sean Faison-Ince (b. 1996) from a previous relationship with Audrey Ince.

Faison is best friends with his Scrubs co-star Zach Braff.[5]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1989 Uncle Buck Student
1992 Juice Student
1994 Sugar Hill Kymie Damiels
1995 New Jersey Drive Tiny Dime Credited as Donald Adeosun Faison
Clueless Murray Lawrence Duvall
Waiting to Exhale Tarik Matthews
1996 The Quest Unnamed armed robber in opening scene. Uncredited
1997 Academy Boyz Glen Lewis
1998 Butter Khaleed Alternative title: Never 2 Big
Can't Hardly Wait Dan (Lovebürger Drummer)
1999 Trippin' June Nelson
2000 Remember the Titans Petey Jones
2001 Double Whammy Cletis
Josie and the Pussycats D.J. (Du Jour band member) Uncredited
2002 Big Fat Liar Frank Jackson Limo Driver
2003 Ravedactyl: Project Evolution Gunner
Uptown Girls Huey
Good Boy! Wilson Voice
2005 King's Ransom Andre
2006 Something New Nelson McQueen
Bachelor Party Vegas Ash Alternative title: Vegas Baby
Homie Spumoni Renato/Leroy
2007 Venus & Vegas Stu
2009 Next Day Air Leo
2010 Skyline Terry
2011 Stag Ken
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 New York Undercover James 1 episode
1996–1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Dashiell 4 episodes
1996–1999 Clueless Murray Lawrence Duvall Main role; 62 episodes
1998 Sister, Sister Darryl 1 episode
1999 Supreme Sanction Marcus Television movie, credited as Donald Adeosun Faison
1999–2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Dashiell 3 episodes
2000–2002 Felicity Tracy 23 episodes
2002–2003 Clone High Toots/Various Characters 12 episodes, voice
2001–2010 Scrubs Christopher Turk Main role; 179 episodes
2004–2005 Higglytown Heroes Firefighter Hero 2 episodes, voice
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Alex the Repairman 1 episode
2005–2009 Robot Chicken Various voice
2007 Saturday Night Live Christopher Turk 1 episode
Kim Possible Ricky Rotiffle 1 episode, voice
2008 The Boondocks Tobias/Wedgie Rudlin 3 episodes, voice
2009 American Dad! Christopher Turk 1 episode, voice (Season 5 – Episode 08)
2011 The Odds Tyler lead homicide detective
2011 Love Bites guest star
2011 The Exes Phil Chase Main role

Music videos

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
2004 BET Comedy Awards Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2002 Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2004 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2005 Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2006 Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2007 Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2005 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2006 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2007 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2008 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs

References

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