73 (passed away Dec. 25th, 2006)
May. 3rd, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, USA
James Brown's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2002 - The New Guy
2002 - The Tuxedo
2002 - Undercover Brother
1998 - Blues Brothers 2000
1998 - Holy Man
1996 - When We Were Kings
1985 - Rocky IV
1983 - Doctor Detroit
1980 - The Blues Brothers
Guest TV Roles
Lou De Long
Hostage Negotiator (Voiced)
Himself - Musical Guest
- Got his start in music singing with 'Bobby Byrd (I)' (qv)'s group the Famous Flames.
- Lived in Beeach Island, South Carolina at the time of his death.
- Often called the most sampled man in Hip-Hop music. The list of artists that sampled Brown ranged from 'Jay-Z' (qv) to 'Eric B.' (qv) & 'Rakim (I)' (qv) to 'Public Enemy' (qv).
- Charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
- Insisted on using the title Mr. or Ms. for everyone in his band. He felt it was a sign of respect if people called each other by their proper title.
- Augusta's 9th street was renamed "James Brown Boulevard" by the city's mayor Charles DeVaney (11 November 1993).
- He was diagnosed with heart disease in 2003.
- Dismayed by the school shootings of the late 1990s, he spoke out against violence in schools, even writing a song, "Killing's Out and School's In.".