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)
- 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).
- 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.
- In 1991, the Techno group L.A. Style released a highly irreverent and controversial single entitled "James Brown Is Dead". There were two songs quickly made in response: "James Brown Is Still Alive" by Holy Noise, and "Who the F*** Is James Brown?" by Traumatic Stress.
- Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in December 2004.
- Life-long friend of 'Little Richard' (qv), since they were both teenagers.
- (January 1998) Released from hospital following treatment for addiction to painkillers.
- Singer, songwriter, band leader and record producer.