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 - Beef
2003 - Tupac: Resurrection
2002 - Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel
2000 - Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
1997 - Gang Related
1996 - Bullet
1993 - Poetic Justice
1992 - Juice
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Shakur renamed his publishing company to "Joshua's Dream" in honor of a young, terminally ill child whose dying wish was to meet him.
- 10 albums have been released after his 1996 death; all have gone platinum.
- As a young man, he also studied ballet and dance
- "The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory" was recorded and mixed in a mere 7 days in August 1996. It was released November 5, 1996 and debuted at number one on both the pop album and R&B/Hip-Hop album charts, with 663,000 albums sold in its first week. It is certified at 7 million albums sold in the US and 28 million albums worldwide, making it both Tupac's best-selling album and the best-selling rap album of all time.
- According to Guiness Book of Records 2004, he is the highest selling rap/hip-hop artist selling over 67 million copies worldwide
- Was originally cast in _Menace II Society (1993)_ (qv) but was fired after a physical altercation with director 'Allen Hughes' (qv).
- Appeared in the Salt-N-Pepa video, "Whatta Man."
- Biological Father Is Billy Garland.