25 (passed away Sep. 13th, 1996)
Jun. 16th, 1971
East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Tupac Shakur's Main TV Roles[no roles found]
Main Movie Roles2003 - Tupac: Resurrection
2003 - Beef
2002 - Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel
2000 - Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
1997 - Gridlock'd
1997 - Gang Related
1996 - Bullet
1993 - Poetic Justice
1992 - Juice
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Musical Guest
Himself - Musical Guest
Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital Underground. In the same year he received individual recognition for his album "2Pacalypse Now," but this album was also the beginning of his notoriety as a leading figure of the gangsta permutation of hip-hop, with references to cop killing and sexual violence. His solo movie career also began in this year with Juice (1992), and in 1992 he co-starred with Janet Jackson (I) in Poetic Justice (1993).
But law confrontations were soon to come: a 15-day jail term in 1994 for assault and battery and, in 1995, a conviction for sexual assault of a female fan. He was released after serving eight months pending an appeal, but following the Tyson vs Seldon fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, he was hit by four bullets while riding in a car driven by Death Row Records chief executive 'Marion 'Suge Knight. His right lung was removed in emergency surgery and, after six days in a medical coma, he died.
- Started his career on Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records with Digital Underground.
- Was going to play the role of Malik in _Higher Learning (1995)_ (qv)
- Used an interpolation of the 1984 El Debarge song "A Dream" for his hit "I Ain't Mad At Ya". Tupac's version, however, is at a faster tempo than the original.
- According to Guiness Book of Records 2004, he is the highest selling rap/hip-hop artist selling over 67 million copies worldwide
- In a 2005 Rolling Stones Magazine Vote, Tupac was named #6 of the '100 immortal artists of all time' behind the likes of Elvis and Lennon
- Is portrayed by 'Anthony Mackie' (qv) in _Notorious (2009)_ (qv).
- Was a good friend of fellow hip-hop MC 'M.C. Hammer' (qv), who also was from Oakland, California, USA.
- 'Jim Carrey' (qv) was his favorite actor.