Jackie Long

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Jackie Long
BornJackie Long
(1981-10-23) October 23, 1981 (age 31)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
 
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Jackie Long
BornJackie Long
(1981-10-23) October 23, 1981 (age 31)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
OccupationActor

Jackie Long(born October 23, 1981) is an American television and film actor, writer, musician, director and producer from Altadena/Pasadena, California. He is best known for his roles as Benjamin “Esquire” Gordon in the movie ATL and Trotter in The Comebacks.

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Early life

A native of Pasadena, California Long attended John Muir High School. He was a star athlete playing on both the basketball and track teams. Jackie was an involved and passionate student and was elected Junior Class President. A shining member of his class, he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed”, “Best Smile” and was elected prom king. Jackie always knew he wanted to be an actor but suffered from stage fright. To conquer his fear, he took acting classes and got work on several projects as an extra. He also shot television commercials for Toyota, McDonalds, KGB, Nike, the US Army, Al Gore’s “We” Campaign, Honda, Sprite and Cingular.[1]

Career

Jackie Long’s film credits include the Will Smith produced cult-classic ATL (film) where he played Benjamin “Esquire” Gordon; Idlewild, co-starring T.I and Big Boi,; The Comebacks playing the macho wide receiver, Trotter; Soulmen, with the late Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes and Samuel L. Jackson; Love for Sale; Love Wrecked; The Magnificent Cooly-T; and Hurricane Season co-starring Oscar winning Forest Whitaker.

His television credits include Nick Cannon’s improv comedy show Wild’n Out on MTV; the Gosper Music Channel’s (GMC) film, A Cross to Bear; Love That Girl!, on the TV One network, co-starring Tatyana Ali; and a guest-starring role on the BET sitcom, Let’s Stay Together where he plays Micah, Kita’s love interest.

In 2008, Long formed Think Big Films with an enhanced focus on independent film/video production. It’s green subsidiary; Think Green Worldwide, Inc. was formed in 2009, underlining entertainment and media efforts with an eco-friendly focus.

In 2011 Think Big Films released “Within the Shadowz: A Green Day Arises.” The film highlights Belize’s impoverished economy and addresses optimizing the countries potential for a green economy. “Within The Shadowz” debuted at the Belize International Film Festival in 2011 and received the award for Best Belizean Film. In 2012 it became an official selection for the Central American Film Festival and the Garifuna Film Festival in Marina del Rey, California. In May 2012 the film was screened at the UCLA Charles E. Young library writers series.

Jackie Long always had a passion for music and dabbled with it as a hobby. His work in entertainment allowed him to meet hip-hop veterans like Andre 3000 & Big Boi of Outkast, 50 Cent, T.I. and Lil Wayne, inspiring him to pursue his passion for music. He is currently working on a mixtape to be released in the near future.

Philanthropy

A passionate advocate for youth empowerment and an eco-friendly lifestyle, Long created the Think Green Worldwide Tour. Teaming up with the likes of singer/actor Ray J, they spoke to local youth in Baton Rouge, LA.

In 2009, Long joined forces with the NAACP and The Achievement Academy after he was invited to show his film, Love for Sale and speak to students by Baton Rouge chapter president, Kwame Asante. Pleased with the response from students and Long’s Think Green Worldwide initiatives, Asante and Long continued to collaborate on youth outreach programs.

On February 26, 2011, Long kicked off his “Black Belt Tour” where he spoke to children in the southern rural area of Letohatchee, Alabama, a part of the region referred to as the Black Belt, outside of Montgomery.

On October 22, 2011, the Achievement Academy and the NAACP partnered with The Tyrus Thomas Foundation and The Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation to host the “Achieve One Teen Summit.” in Baton Rouge, LA. The youth mixer gave young people the opportunity to voice issues effecting their community including; internet safety, bullying, leadership and HIV and STD education and literacy. It featured performances by recording artists Lil Mama, David “Dee-1” Augustine, and D Montrell and workshops with Jackie Long, Tyrus Thomas and Glen “Big Baby” Davis.

Awards and Honors

On August 31, 2012, Jackie Long was awarded the Fortune Award by the NAACP’s Baton Rouge, LA chapter for his work with The Achievement Academy, his commitment to youth empowerment and his green initiatives.

Personal life

Long was linked to pro-tennis player Serena Williams.

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002The ParkersAdamTV series; episode: "The Dates from Hell"
2003African-American Idol: The Search for the Next Black LeaderBlack Myth ManShort film
Playas BallGeorgie
2004RoommatesMike
Death of the DayJacobShort film
Seek & HideFreddie SavageShort film
2005Love WreckedChase
2006ATLEsquire
IdlewildMonk
2007The ComebacksTrotter
2008Show StoppersCasino
Who's Deal?Snake
Love For SaleTrey
Soul MenZig-Zag
2009The Magnificent Cooly-TTommyCompleted
Hurricane SeasonJJ
2011Love That Girl!Real Deal ReggieTV series; episode: "Will You Be There"

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