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Donald Adeosun Faison[1] (/fˈzɒn/; b. June 22, 1974)[1] is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor best

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known for his role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC (formerly NBC) comedy-drama Scrubs (2001–2010) as a leading role, and as Murray in the film Clueless (1995) playing a minor role (reprised in the subsequent television series of the same name). He is a star of the TV Land situation comedy The Exes.

Faison has also co-starred in the films Remember the Titans (2000), Uptown Girls (2003), Something New (2006) and Next Day Air (2009).



Early life

Faison was born in HarlemNew York, the son of Shirley, a talent agent, and Donald Faison, a building manager.[2] His parents were active with the National Black Theatre in Harlem.[3]

Career

Before his debut on Scrubs and Clueless, Faison appeared in a 1991 commercial for Folgers Coffee at the age of 17, in which he played the younger brother of a soldier returning from war. The following year, he appeared along with Malik Yoba, in the ABC News special Prejudice: Answering Children's Questions, hosted by Peter Jennings. He then became famous for his role as "Murray Lawrence Duvall" in the film Clueless, the 1995 movie, and its subsequent television series, which ran from 1996 to 1999. In 1995, he also appeared in Waiting to Exhale as "Tarik", the son of Loretta Devine's character, "Gloria." He was featured in New Jersey Drive. He also starred in Big Fat Liar alongside Frankie MunizPaul Giamatti, and Amanda Bynes. He had a recurring role as, "Tracy," on Felicity, appeared in Remember the Titans, as the running back-turned-cornerback Petey Jones, and provided voice work for various characters in the MTV animated series Clone High. He had minor roles in the sitcoms Sister Sister and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and in the film Josie and the Pussycats. In 2005, Faison produced one episode of MTV's Punk'd involving his Scrubs co-star Zach Braff. He has also appeared in the music videos for Brandy's "Sittin' Up In My Room", Fall Out Boy's cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It," and Gavin Degraw's "Chariot."

On February 13, 2009, Faison participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend's Celebrity Game. Other celebrities participating include: NBA Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Dominique WilkinsNFLwide-receiver Terrell Owens, actor Chris Tucker and four Harlem Globetrotters.

In 2010, Faison starred alongside Scottie ThompsonBrittany DanielEric BalfourLaz Alonso and Crystal Reed in the Brothers Strause science fiction thriller Skyline.[4]

Faison was in the 2010 CBS comedy pilot The Odds.[5]

As of March 2011, Faison appeared in commercials for The Sims Medieval.[citation needed]

Personal life

Faison was married to Lisa Askey from 2001 to 2005. After six years of dating, Faison married his second wife, CaCee Cobb, on December 15, 2012.[6] The wedding was held at the home of Faison's former Scrubs co-star and best friend Zach Braff, who also served as a groomsman. Serving as a bridesmaid was singer Jessica Simpson, for whom Cobb formerly worked as a personal assistant.[7] In January 2013, it was announced that Faison and Cobb are expecting a baby. The child will be the first for Cobb, but the fifth for Faison.[8] He currently has four children: son Dade and daughter Kaya (fraternal twins, born 1999) and son Kobe (born 2001), with Askey; and son Sean (born 1997), from a previous relationship.[9][10]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Uncle Buck Student

Sugar Hill

Kymie Damiels
1995 New Jersey Drive Tiny Dime Credited as Donald Adeosun Faison
Clueless Murray Lawrence Duvall
Waiting to Exhale Tarik Matthews
1996 The Quest Robber Uncredited
1997 Academy Boyz Glen Lewis
1998 Butter Khaleed
Can't Hardly Wait Dan
1999 Trippin' June Nelson
2000 Remember the Titans Petey Jones
2001 Double Whammy Cletis
Josie and the Pussycats D.J. Uncredited
2002 Big Fat Liar Frank Jackson
2003 Ravedactyl: Project Evolution Gunner Short film
Uptown Girls Huey
Good Boy! Wilson Voice only
2005 King's Ransom Andre
2006 Something New Nelson McQueen
Bachelor Party Vegas Ash
Homie Spumoni Renato/Leroy
2007 Venus & Vegas Stu
2009 Next Day Air Leo
2010 Skyline Terry
2011

Stag

Ken
2012 Pitch Perfect Older Acapella Man
2013 Kick-*** 2 Doctor Gravity

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1996 New York Undercover James 1 episode
1996–2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Dashiell 7 episodes
1996–1999 Clueless Murray Lawrence Duvall 62 episodes
1998 Sister, Sister Darryl 1 episode
1999 Supreme Sanction Marcus Television movie
2000–2002 Felicity Tracy 23 episodes
2002–2003 Clone High Toots

Various characters

Voice only

12 episodes

2001–2010 Scrubs Christopher Turk 179 episodes

Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series(2006-2010) Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series(2005)

2004–2005 Higglytown Heroes Firefighter Hero Voice only

2 episodes

2005 The Bernie Mac Show Alex the Repairman 1 episode
2005–2009 Robot Chicken Astro,Del Spooner
2007 Saturday Night Live Christopher Turk Season 32, Episode 20
Kim Possible Ricky Rotiffle Voice only

1 episode

2008 The Boondocks Tobias / Wedgie Rudlin Voice only

3 episodes

2009 American Dad! Christopher Turk Voice only

Season 5, Episode 8: G-String Circus

Titan Maximum Martian Fleet Commander 1 episode
2011 The Odds Tyler
Love Bites
2011–present The Exes Phil Chase Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series(2013)
2012 Zeke and Luther Chill E. Dog Voice only
2012 The Wedding Band Moses Episode: "99 Problems"
2012 Adventure Time Baby-Snaps Voice only

1 Episode

Music videos

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
2004 BET Comedy Awards Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2002 Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2004 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2005 Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2006 Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2007 Nominated Choice TV Sidekick Scrubs
2005 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2006 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2007 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
2008 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Scrubs
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