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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 Air Force 1943-03-20
Latest Project:
Movie The Midnight Special Legendary Performances: More 1977 2022
Known For
Poster of Finding the Funk
Poster of The Tuxedo
Poster of Undercover Brother
Poster of The Blues Brothers
Movie The Midnight Special Legendary Performances: More 1977 Unknown 2022
Series 70 Years of Youth Revolt Self (archive footage) 2020-11-21
Movie The Apollo Himself 2019-04-24
Movie Africa Rising Self - Musician (archive footage) 2019-06-03
Movie 1968: A Year of War, Turmoil and Beyond Himself (archive footage) 2018-07-20
Movie Le Fantôme Hero Couple 2016-10-14
Movie The 90s: Ten Years That Changed the World 2015-06-13
Movie Finding the Funk Unknown 2014-01-31
Movie 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 Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America self 2009-01-01
Movie The Night James Brown Saved Boston Self (archive footage) 2008-04-05
Movie Soul Power Himself (archive footage) 2008-09-04
Movie Pavarotti The Duets Himself 2008-05-09
Movie James Brown Live At The Boston Garden Himself 2008-08-05
Movie James Brown Live At The Apollo '68 Himself 2008-08-05
Series Web Junk 20 Unknown 2006-01-13
Movie James Brown - Live In Montreux Jazz Festival 1981 Unknown 2006-10-23
Movie Live 8 Himself 2005-11-07
Movie The Man Who Met Himself The client 2005-05-20
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years Unknown 2004-01-01
Movie James Brown: Body Heat Himself 2004-09-28
Movie The Hire Humself 2003-01-01
Movie Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop Himself 2003-03-07
Movie James Brown: Soul Survivor Himself 2003-10-29
Movie It's Black Entertainment Himself (archive footage) 2002-02-08
Movie Undercover Brother Self 2002-05-31
Movie The Tuxedo James Brown 2002-09-27
Movie Beat the Devil Himself (as Mr. James Brown) 2002-11-22
Series The Hire Himself 2001-04-26
Movie Rhythm and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular Unknown 2001-12-10
Movie The UB40: Story of Reggae Drummer 2001-08-01
Movie James Brown: Live From The House Of Blues Himself 1999-01-03
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
Series TFI Friday Unknown 1996-02-09
Movie When We Were Kings Himself 1996-10-25
Movie Cincinnati's Rock 'N Roll Legends Self 1995-01-01
Series Duckman Unknown 1994-03-05
Series Charlie Rose Self (Archive footage) 1991-09-30
Movie Doombeach Steve 1989-01-01
Series The Simpsons himself (voice) 1989-12-17
Movie Legends of Rock 'n' Roll James Brown 1989-01-01
Movie James Brown & Friends: A Night of Super Soul Himself 1987-01-01
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 1981-07-07
Movie The Blues Brothers Cleophus James 1980-06-16
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie Whiffs State Trooper 1975-10-15
Movie James Brown: Soul Train 1973-1974 Unknown 1974-01-01
Movie The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1974 Unknown 1974-12-22
Movie James Brown: Love Power Peace Self 1971-03-08
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Movie The Phynx James Brown 1970-03-06
Series Playboy After Dark Unknown 1969-01-18
Series The Music Scene Unknown 1969-09-22
Movie Targets Robert Thompson Sr. 1968-05-15
Movie Ski Party Himself (as James Brown and The Famous Flames) 1965-06-30
Series Shindig! Unknown 1964-09-16
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Movie The T.A.M.I. Show Himself (as James Brown and The Flames) 1964-12-29
Movie Irma la Douce Customer from Texas 1963-06-05
Movie The Ceremony Gendarme 1963-12-18
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie Wings of Chance Steve Kirby 1961-03-01
Movie Five Guns to Tombstone Billy Wade 1961-01-07
Movie Gun Fight Wayne Santley 1961-04-30
Movie When the Clock Strikes Sam Morgan 1961-06-10
Series The Mike Douglas Show Unknown 1961-12-11
Movie Gun Street Sheriff Chuck Morton 1961-11-05
Movie A Star Is Born Glenn Williams 1954-10-01
Movie Hazard House Jim 1954-01-01
Series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin 1954-10-15
Movie The Man Behind The Gun Lt. Catliff (uncredited) 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 Pride of St. Louis Moose 1952-01-01
Movie Father Takes the Air Bob 1951-06-17
Movie The Groom Wore Spurs Steve Hall 1951-03-13
Movie The Wild Blue Yonder Sgt. Pop Davis 1951-12-05
Movie Chain Lightning Maj. Hinkle 1950-02-18
Movie Brimstone Bud Courteen 1949-08-15
Movie Sands of Iwo Jima Pfc. Charlie Bass 1949-12-14
Movie The Gallant Legion Tom Banner 1948-05-24
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie The Big Fix Ken Williams 1947-04-19
Movie The Fabulous Texan Shep Clayton 1947-11-09
Movie Our Hearts Were Growing Up Avery Moore 1946-06-14
Movie Going My Way Ted Haines Jr. 1944-05-15
Movie Our Hearts Were Young and Gay Avery Moore 1944-11-02
Movie Air Force Pilot Tex Rader 1943-03-20
Movie Corvette K-225 Lt. Paul Cartwright 1943-09-29
Movie The Good Fellows Tom Drayton 1943-08-11