Cedric the Entertainer

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Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric at the Johnson Family Vacation premiere, April 7, 2004
Birth nameCedric Antonio Kyles
Born(1964-04-24) April 24, 1964 (age 50)
Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
MediumFilm, television, stand-up
Years active1987–present
SpouseLorna Wells (m. 1999)
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Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric at the Johnson Family Vacation premiere, April 7, 2004
Birth nameCedric Antonio Kyles
Born(1964-04-24) April 24, 1964 (age 50)
Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
MediumFilm, television, stand-up
Years active1987–present
SpouseLorna Wells (m. 1999)

Cedric Antonio Kyles (born April 24, 1964), better known by the stage name Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor, comedian, director, and game show host. He was originally the host on It's Showtime at the Apollo. He also hosted BET's ComicView during the 1993-1994 season and Def Comedy Jam in 1995. He is best known for co-starring with Steve Harvey on The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show and starring as Eddie in Barbershop and its sequel. He hosted the twelfth season of daytime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the 2013-2014 television season.

Early life[edit]

Cedric was born on April 24, 1964 in Jefferson City, Missouri, and is the son of Rosetta (née Boyce), a school teacher, and Kittrell Kyles, an employee of a railroad company.[1][2] His only sibling is his younger sister Sharita Kyles Wilson, an adjunct communications instructor at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.[3][4] He was raised in Caruthersville, Missouri, but after junior high school he moved to Berkeley, Missouri. Cedric is a graduate of Berkeley High School in the northern suburbs of St. Louis.[5] He continues his involvement with his high school by awarding a scholarship each year to a graduating senior through his Cedric the Entertainer Charitable Foundation Inc. The foundation's motto is, "Reaching Out...Giving Back." Cedric majored in Mass Communication at Southeast Missouri State University and worked as a State Farm insurance claims adjuster, and substitute high school teacher before becoming a full-time comedian. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.


He made his first TV appearance on It's Showtime at the Apollo. Soon after, he appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam and BET's ComicView, which he would later host for the 1993–94 season.[6] Cedric was one of the Grand Prize Winners of the Miller Lite Comedy Search along with his fellow comedian, Bernie Mac. In 1994, Cedric also won the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from BET.

In 1996, Cedric moved into acting, playing Steve Harvey's friend, Cedric Jackie Robinson, on the sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show. His acting career grew and he began appearing in movies, including Dr. Dolittle 2, Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Ride, Serving Sara, Johnson Family Vacation, Intolerable Cruelty, Man of the House, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Madagascar and Be Cool. Cedric was the subject of controversy when his Barbershop character made unpopular remarks regarding Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.[citation needed] These comments were spoken in character, were part of the script, and he has never apologized for them. 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 called The Original Kings of Comedy. Cedric briefly had his own sketch comedy show called Cedric the Entertainer Presents, but it never caught on and was canceled after one season. The show had been renewed for a second season, but Fox canceled it before the season began. He then appeared in the 2003 PlayStation 2 video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004. His most recent HBO Comedy Special was titled 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's So You Think You Can Dance. He also recorded comedic interludes on two multi-platinum selling albums, Nelly's Country Grammar (2000) and Jay-z Black Album (2003).

Cedric appeared in the 2007 film Code Name: The Cleaner, a comedy in which he 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.

Cedric at the June 2008 premiere of Get Smart

Cedric appeared as the lead comedian at the White House Correspondents Dinner but jokingly remarked that he was unprepared because he thought that he would follow a humorous speech by President George W. Bush but instead followed First Lady Laura Bush, whom he said, was very funny.

Cedric the Entertainer was inducted to the St. Louis Walk of Fame on June 7, 2008. His star is located at 6166 Delmar.[7]

Cedric the Entertainer was the special guest host for WWE Raw on September 21, 2009 in Little Rock Arkansas. During the show, he participated in a wrestling match, defeating Chavo Guerrero by pinfall. The match also featured Santino Marella as a guest referee. Cedric also got help with an unknown wrestler dubbed The Sledge Hammer (played by Imani Lee) and Hornswoggle.[8][9]

In March 2010, Cedric made his directorial debut with Dance Fu, produced and funded independently by his company Bird and a Bear Entertainment with producer Eric C. Rhone. The film starred comedian Kel Mitchell. Cedric made a cameo appearance in the film as a Homicide detective. It was released straight-to-DVD on October 4, 2011.

Cedric was recently seen in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo," the story of three small-time crooks who come to blows during a plot to steal a valuable coin collection.[10]

In 2003, Cedric was featured in the Korean rap artists Drunken Tiger on their album 'Foundation' on the 17th track '뉘우침' (repentance).

In a June 21, 2011 interview, Cedric confirmed that his latest reality game show, It's Worth What?, was going to air on July 12, 2011 on NBC,[11] however, the start date was delayed by one week to July 19, 2011. Since 2012, Cedric has played the main character in a new TV Land original series, The Soul Man, featuring Niecy Nash. The sitcom retuns for its fourth season in 2015.[12]

Cedric was the host of the American TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire beginning with its 12th season in national syndication, which premiered on September 2, 2013. “With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.[13] On April 30, 2014 Cedric announced that he will be leaving Who Wants to Be a Millionaire after the 2013-2014 season to focus on his busy schedule. Actor Terry Crews is expected to take over as host.[14]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Lorna Wells. He has two children with Lorna, Croix and Lucky Rose, and one daughter, Tiara, from a previous relationship.


Cedric in May 2013
List of film performances
2000Big Momma's HouseThe Reverend
2000The Original Kings of ComedyHimself
2001Kingdom ComeRev. Beverly H. Hooker
2002Serving SaraRay Harris
2002Ice AgeCarl (voice)
2003Intolerable CrueltyGus Petch
2004Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessEddie
2004Johnson Family VacationNate Johnson
2004Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsConstable
2005Be CoolSin LaSalle
2005Man of the HousePercy Stevens
2005The HoneymoonersRalph Kramden
2006Charlotte's WebGolly the Goose (voice)
2007Code Name: The CleanerJake Rogers
2007Talk to Me"Nighthawk" Bob Terry
2008Welcome Home Roscoe JenkinsClyde Stubbs
2008Street Kings"Scribble" (Winston)
2008Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaMaurice (voice)
2008Cadillac RecordsWillie Dixon
2009Merry MadagascarMaurice (voice)TV film
2011Dance FuDetective
2011Larry CrowneLamar
2012Madagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedMaurice (voice)
2013A Haunted HouseFather Doug
2009Un-broke: What You Need To Know About MoneyHimselfTV film
2013Madly MadagascarMaurice (voice)
2013PlanesLeadbottom (voice)
2014Wild CardPinchusCompleted
2014A Haunted House 2Father Doug
2014Planes: Fire & RescueLeadbottom (voice)
2014Top FiveJazzy Dee
List of television performances
1987It's Showtime at the ApolloHimself
1995Def Comedy JamHimself1 episode
1996–2002The Steve Harvey ShowCedric Jackie RobinsonMain role
2001–2005The Proud FamilyBobby Proud (voice)Semi-regular, 14 episodes
2002–2003Cedric the Entertainer PresentsHimselfMain role
2006Wild 'n OutHimselfEpisode: "Cedric the Entertainer"
2007The BoondocksCousin Jericho Freeman (voice)Episode: "Invasion of the Katrinians"
2009WWE RawHimselfSpecial guest host, 1 episode
2011It's Worth What?HimselfHost
2011Take Two with Phineas and FerbHimselfEpisode: "Cedric the Entertainer"
2011Hot in ClevelandReverend BoyceEpisode: "Bridezelka"
2012–presentThe Soul ManReverend Boyce BallentineMain role
20122 Broke GirlsDariusEpisode: "And the Pre-Approved Credit Card"
2013Real Husbands of HollywoodHimselfEpisode: "Blackstabbers"
2013–2014Who Wants to Be a MillionaireHimselfHost
2014Hot in ClevelandReverend BoyceEpisode: "Stayin' Alive"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cedric The Entertainer Biography (1964?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Cedric 'The Entertainer' Scores in Commercials, TV and Film with Down-Home Comedy", Jet, March 12, 2001. Accessed on December 29, 2009.
  4. ^ "Local News: Cedric "The Entertainer," to be pararde marshal (10/19/07)". seMissourian.com. 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Cedric the Entertainer : Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Cedric The Entertainment". BET. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  7. ^ St. Louis Walk of Fame. "St. Louis Walk of Fame Inductees". stlouiswalkoffame.org. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ "The Masked Man from Cedric’s RAW Revealed, WrestleMania in Atlanta?". Wrestlescoop. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  10. ^ [3]
  11. ^ Cedric the Entertainer prepares for Nashville and NBC The Tennessean. Retrieved on July 5, 2011.
  12. ^ Miller, Thomas. "TV Land Renews The Soul Man". Seat42F. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Cedric 'The Entertainer' to host 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'". WABC TV. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Cedric the Entertainer to leave 'Millionaire'". Usatoday.com. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

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Preceded by
Brad Garrett
Host of TV Land Awards
Succeeded by
Megan Mullally