Orlando Jones

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Orlando Jones
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Jones in April 2010
Born(1968-04-10) April 10, 1968 (age 46)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
OccupationStand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, comedian
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Staph (2008–present)
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For the American colonist and maternal grandfather of Martha Washington, see Frances Jones (colonist).
Orlando Jones
Orlando Jones cropped.jpg
Jones in April 2010
Born(1968-04-10) April 10, 1968 (age 46)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
OccupationStand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, comedian
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Staph (2008–present)

Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. He is notable for being one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy series MADtv and for his role as the 7 Up spokesman from 1999 to 2002.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Mobile, Alabama on April 10, 1968. His father was a former professional baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies.[1] He moved to Mauldin, South Carolina, when he was a teen and graduated from Mauldin High School in 1985. One of his early acting experiences involved playing a werewolf in a haunted house to help raise money for the junior/senior prom. Jones enrolled in the College of Charleston, South Carolina. He left in 1990 without finishing his degree.

To pursue his interest in the entertainment industry, Jones, together with comedian Michael Fechter, formed a production company, Homeboy's Productions and Advertising. Together Jones and Fechter worked on several projects including a McDonald's commercial with basketball superstar Michael Jordan for the McDonald's specialty sandwich the "McJordan".

He scored his first Hollywood job in 1987, writing for the NBC comedy A Different World, on which he had a small guest role in the season five finale. During 1991-92, Jones penned the Fox series Roc and, in 1993, he co-produced The Sinbad Show. He also made a brief appearance on the FOX sitcom Herman's Head in 1992.



After hosting Fox's music series Sound FX, in 1994, Jones became one of the original nine cast members of MADtv. Unlike some of his fellow original repertory performers on MADtv, Jones came to the show with limited sketch comedy experience. However, his comedy writing and television producing skills proved to be valuable to the early success of the show.

Throughout Seasons One and Two of MADtv, Jones produced characters like the Cabana Chat band leader Dexter St. Croix and Reverend LaMont Nixon Fatback, the vocal follower of Christopher Walken. He was also noted for his impressions of Thomas Mikal Ford, Temuera Morrison, Warwick Davis, Danny Devito, Michael Jai White, Eddie Griffin, and Ice Cube.

After two seasons on MADtv, Jones left the show at the end of its second season to pursue a movie career. However, Jones returned to MADtv in 2004 to celebrate its 200th episode. With his guest appearance, Jones became the third (out of five) original cast member to return as a guest on the show, joining Alex Borstein, Nicole Sullivan, Artie Lange, Mo Collins, and Will Sasso. During his time at MADtv, he roomed with Artie Lange.

Other television projects[edit]

Aside from MADtv, Jones made many other television appearances. Perhaps his most popular and enduring television appearance was not in the form of a sitcom or television drama, but rather in a series of humorous commercials for a soda company. In 2000, Jones became the spokesperson for 7 Up and he gained wide recognition.

This exposure led to a plethora of opportunities for Jones. First, he hosted an HBO First Look special in 2000 and then, in 2003, Jones was given his own late night talk show on FX called The Orlando Jones Show. Although his talk show was short lived, Jones continued to make additional television appearances. In 2003, he appeared on The Bernie Mac Show and on Girlfriends. In 2006, Jones decided to return to television as one of the lead characters of ABC's crime drama The Evidence, as Cayman Bishop. He has also appeared in two episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, the first in 2007 as Chris's substitute teacher and the second in 2008 as Clint Huckstable, an allusion to the character Cliff Huxtable played by Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show.

In 2008, he appeared as Harold Wilcox, a violent veteran with PTSD, on New Amsterdam.

In the first season of the show, Jones also starred on Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out. Jones was the first guest star on the show.

Jones was the co-host of ABC's Crash Course (which was canceled after 4 episodes).

On November 16, 2009, it was announced on TV Guide that Orlando has been cast as Marcus Foreman, Eric Foreman's brother on House.[2] Jones appeared as Marcus in Moving the Chains.

In 2013, he was hired as a principal actor in the FOX television series Sleepy Hollow. The freshman drama opened to FOX's highest fall drama premiere numbers since the premiere of '24' in 2001.

Film projects[edit]

After leaving MADtv, Jones expanded his cinema resume. He appeared in a bit part in his first big screen film, In Harm's Way (1991), Jones then joined Larry David in the feature Sour Grapes (1998), playing the character of an itinerant man. Subsequently, he appeared in Woo (1990), Mike Judge's Office Space (1999), alongside fellow MADtv alumnus David Herman, and in Barry Levinson's praised drama, Liberty Heights (1999). Since then, Jones has appeared in Magnolia (1999), New Jersey Turnpikes (1999) and in Harold Ramis' Bedazzled (2000).

During the 2000s, Jones' career began to branch out. In addition to his witty appearances in the 7-Up campaigns, Jones played the role of Clifford Franklin in The Replacements (2000) and the horror film From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2003). In 2002, Jones landed the lead role of Daryl Chase in the action-dramedy Double Take (2002) alongside Eddie Griffin and worked with Seann William Scott and Julianne Moore in Ivan Reitman's sci-fi comedy, Evolution (2001). Jones was also in the 2006 film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant and he appeared as the computer Vox 114 in The Time Machine (2002). His other more recent films includes Biker Boyz (2003), Godzilla (2005), Runaway Jury (2003) and Primeval (2004). Jones appeared in an uncredited cameo and played in Grindhouse Planet Terror (2007 film).

In 2011 Jones appeared in the documentary film Looking for Lenny in which he talks about Lenny Bruce and freedom of speech.[3] In 2012, Jones starred in Mystery Guitar Man's original interactive thriller series Meridian created in conjunction with Fourth Wall Studios.[4]

Voice acting[edit]

Jones has been featured in many voice acting projects over the years. In 1993, Jones appeared in Yuletide in the 'hood and in 1998, he made a guest appearance in the animated comedy TV Series, The Boondocks. More recently, he lent his voice to the TV series Father of the Pride and the video games Halo 2 as the marine Sergeant Banks as well as other black marines and L.A. Rush. Jones is recently reported to be starring in the ABC's crime-drama Evidence with Oscar winner Robin Williams. In 2006, he co-created, produced and voice acted for the MTV2 animated series The Adventures of Chico and Guapo. In 2012, he did some voiceover work for the Adult Swim animated series King Of The Hill as Basehead and other characters.

Jones is one of eight original MADtv cast members to engage in some form of voice work after leaving the show. Only Bryan Callen has not appeared in voice acting projects. He appeared on the very first episode of Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out.

April Fools Joke[edit]

In early April 2013, it was largely thought that Jones would be taking Tyler Perry's place as Madea. This stemmed from Jones own report that he'd be taking over the role and photography of himself impersonating Madea. This led to public outcries from fans. Perry later revealed, however, that this was an elaborate prank played by Jones, stating "That was an April Fools' joke that HE did. Not true. And not funny. When I’m done with Madea, she is done."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Jones married former model Jacqueline Staph in 2008.[6] They have a daughter. In October 2011, Jones provoked controversy when he joked on Twitter that someone should kill former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.[7][8] He apologized for the comment several days later.[9]



2013Enemies CloserClay
2012MeridianJeff MeyersWeb Series
2011Seconds ApartDetective Lampkin
2011The Chicago 8Bobby Seal
2009Beyond a Reasonable DoubtDetective Ben Nickerson
2009The Vampire's AssistantAlexander Ribs
2007PrimevalSteve Johnson
2007I Think I Love My WifeNelson
2006Looking for SundayEinstein Steinberg
2003Runaway JuryRussell
2003Biker BoyzSoul Train
2002The Time MachineVox 114 (Computer AI )
2002DrumlineDr. Lee
2001Say It Isn't SoDig McCaffrey
2001Double TakeDaryl Chase
2001EvolutionProf. Harry Block
2000BedazzledDaniel/Dan/Danny, Esteban, Beach Jock, Lamar Garrett, Dr.
2000Chain of FoolsMiss Cocoa
2000The ReplacementsClifford Franklin
2000From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's DaughterEzra Traylor
1999Liberty HeightsLittle Melvin
1999Office SpaceSteve, Magazine Salesman
1999New Jersey Turnpikes
1999WaterproofNatty Battle
1998WooSticky Fingas
1997In Harm's WayAndre
1997Sour GrapesDigby


2013–presentSleepy HollowCaptain Frank IrvingSeries regular
2011Necessary RoughnessLazarus Rollins
2010House M.D.Marcus ForemanEric Foreman's brother
2009Rules of EngagementBradGay Friend
Crash CourseHimselfHost
2008Pushing DaisiesMagnus Olsdatter
New AmsterdamHarold Wilcox
Everybody Hates ChrisDr. Clint Huckstable
2007Men in TreesGeorge Washington
Everybody Hates ChrisMr. Newton
2006The EvidenceCayman Bishop
2005Ghost WhispererKaysey
2005Nick Cannon: Wild 'N OutHimself
2003The Bernie Mac ShowParty Planner
The Orlando Jones ShowHimselfHost
GirlfriendsDr. Darren Lucas
2000HBO First LookHimselfHost
1995–1997MADtvVarious CharactersSketch Comedy
1994–1995Sound fXHimselfHost
1992A Different WorldTroy Douglas
Herman's HeadCop

Voice acting and video game appearances[edit]

2012King of the HillFlaming Basehead, OthersAnimated Comedy TV Series
2006The Adventures of Chico and GuapoConcepción Rodriguez, Hank HolidayAnimated Comedy TV Series
2005L.A. RushTy MalixVideo Game
2004Father of the PrideSnackTV Series
Halo 2Marine Sergeant BanksVideo Game
1997King of the HillKidd MookieAnimated Comedy TV Series
1993Yuletide in the 'hoodTV Series


  1. ^ Pearlman, Cindy (August 13, 2000). "Orlando Jones". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  2. ^ Natalie Abrams. "House: Orlando Jones to Play Foreman's Brother". TVGuide.com. 
  3. ^ "Lenny Bruce Legacy Reexamined". Rolling Stone. March 10, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "MysteryGuitarMan Joe Penna Brings Interactive Thriller To Rides.tv". Tubefilter. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ Scott, Tracy. "Tyler Perry calls Orlando Jones’ news ‘not true and not funny’". S2SMagazine.com. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  6. ^ Celebrity Wedding: Orlando Jones & Jacqueline Staph
  7. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/celebritology/post/orlando-jones-defends-kill-sarah-palin-tweet-joke-as-not-call-to-action/2011/10/25/gIQAdroJGM_blog.html Orlando Jones defends ‘kill Sarah Palin’ tweet joke as not ‘a call to action,’ ‘artistic expression’
  8. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/orlando-jones-fire-tweets-urging-liberals-kill-sarah-palin-article-1.967845 Orlando Jones under fire for tweets urging liberals to 'kill Sarah Palin'
  9. ^ Gayathri, Amrutha (27 October 2011). "Actor Orlando Jones Asks Liberals to Kill Sarah Palin; Apologizes for 'Joke'". International Business Times. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 

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