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 Roles2015 - The Big Short
2003 - Beef
2003 - Tupac: Resurrection
2002 - Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel
2000 - Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
1997 - Gang Related
1997 - Gridlock'd
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.
- More of his music has been released since his death than was while he was alive.
- First music artist to have a #1 LP while being in jail
- Shakur was shot in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996 at approximately 11:15pm, at the corner of Flamingo and Koval streets.
- When he was 12 years old, his mother enrolled him in Harlem's 127th St Ensemble. He played Travis in "A Raisin in The Sun" in his first acting role
- Is portrayed by 'Anthony Mackie' (qv) in _Notorious (2009)_ (qv).
- As a teenager, he studied drama at Baltimore's School for the Arts, where he rhymed under the name MC New York.
- Started his career on Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records with Digital Underground.
- Mentioned in the rap-rock song "Mope" by 'Bloodhound Gang' (qv), along with personalities like 'Luciano Pavarotti' (qv), 'The Notorious B.I.G.' (qv), 'Falco (I)' (qv), 'Tori Spelling' (qv), 'Bo Jackson (I)' (qv) and 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' (qv).