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
- Some of his most popular songs include "Please, Please, Please" (1958), "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (1965), "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (1966), "Cold Sweat" (1967), "I Got The Feelin'" (1968), "Get Up (I Like Being A) Sex Machine" (1970) and "Living in America" (1985).
- He was diagnosed with heart disease in 2003.
- Good friends with Rev. 'Al Sharpton' (qv) since the 1970s and Rev. 'Jesse Jackson (I)' (qv) since the 1950s.
- Portions of James Brown's funeral services in Augusta, GA were shown live on CNN.
- He was voted the 7th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in December 2004.
- In live shows, Brown would sometimes add the "I got ya" lyric in a song when he caught a musician making a mistake.
- US Secretary of State General 'Colin Powell' (qv) appointed Brown to be the first US "secretary of soul and foreign minister of funk", but said the job description for the post had not yet been drawn up. (December 2003).