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
- Rev. 'Jesse Jackson (I)' (qv) regularly visited Brown while he served time for leading the police on a car chase and other various offenses in South Carolina in 1988.
- 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.".
- Augusta's 9th street was renamed "James Brown Boulevard" by the city's mayor Charles DeVaney (11 November 1993).
- Some radicals criticized him for his patriotism and he received death threats after playing to US troops in Vietnam in 1972.
- Voted the tenth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
- Portions of James Brown's funeral services in Augusta, GA were shown live on CNN.
- 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).
- A life-size bronze statue of Brown was unveiled in his honor by the Reverend 'Al Sharpton' (qv) in Augusta, east Georgia. The statue was supposed to be unveiled in May 2004, for Brown's 71st birthday, but the city postponed the ceremony because the entertainer was facing domestic violence charges for pushing and threatening his wife, 'Tommy Rae Brown' (qv) [7 May 2005].