Academy Award-winning actor and musician, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and continued success at the box office.
He was recently seen on the big screen in the Oscar nominated film, SELMA, a film centered around the civil rights marches that changed America. He won a 2015 Academy Award, alongside John Legend, for “Best Original Song In A Motion Picture” for ‘Glory’ from the motion picture SELMA. In addition, ‘Glory’ won a 2015 Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song In A Motion Picture” and a Critics Choice Award for “Best Song.” Common was also recognized for his acting in SELMA, where he was honored with an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
Common is currently filming Lionsgate’s Action film, JOHN WICK 2. He will star opposite Keanu Reeves as the movies’ chief villain, a head of security for a female crime lord. Chad Stahelski is directing and Basil Iwanyk is producing.
Common is prepping for THE WIZ LIVE!, a live television production of the 1975 musical The Wiz. THE WIZ LIVE! will air on NBC on December 3, 2015. Common will next be seen in BARBERSHOP 3 alongside Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj, and Eve. This film, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, will premiere on April 15, 2016.
Common recently wrapped production for Lionsgate’s Drama/Musical COCO, which is about an aspiring hip-hop artist who discovers the world of slam poetry. Common plays Coltrane alongside Azealia Banks, Jill Scott and directed by RZA.
Common was recently seen in Castle Rock Entertainment’s BEING CHARLIE, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. This film is directed by Rob Reiner and written by Matt Elisofon and Nick Reiner. Common will star alongside Nick Robinson.
Common joined the cast of SUICIDE SQUAD, Warner Bros.' all-star action movie featuring DC Entertainment super-villains. David Ayer is directing the feature, which already boasts actors Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Also in the lineup are Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Scott Eastwood. SUICIDE SQUAD will premiere on August 5, 2016.
Common also starred alongside Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman in Warner Bros.’ RUN ALL NIGHT, which was released on March 13, 2015. COMMON has appeared on the small screen for 4 seasons of the acclaimed AMC TV series, HELL ON WHEELS. COMMON played the role of “Elam,” a freed slave who comes west in post-Civil War America seeking work on the Transcontinental Railroad. In addition, he teamed up with SpikeTV to host “Framework”, the first-ever furniture design competition series. His numerous accomplishments in film include starring on the silver screen in SMOKIN ACES, AMERICAN GANGSTER, WANTED, TERMINATOR SALVATION, DATE NIGHT, JUST WRIGHT, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, LUV, and NOW YOU SEE ME among others.
Prior to acting, COMMON rose to prominence as one of hip hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists. He has recorded 10 studio albums and garnered multiple Grammy Awards. His most recent album Nobody’s Smiling was released on Def Jam/Atrium Records. The Album debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart. Nobody’s Smiling was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, as well as Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his song ‘Blak Majik’ featuring Jhené Aiko. COMMON is currently working on his next anticipated album.
In 2004, he partnered with Chicago native and rap music mega-star Kanye West to produce the album BE, which went on to garner four Grammy Award nominations. In 2007 COMMON released his critically acclaimed seventh album Finding Forever where it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and it went on to earn a Grammy award. His eighth album, Universal Mind Control, was released in 2008 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Rap Album. COMMON’S highly anticipated ninth album, The Believer, The Dreamer, was released to critical acclaim by Warner Bros. Records on December 20th, 2011. On September 18th, 2012 Common joined forces with the rest of the G.O.O.D. Music crew to release the highly anticipated Cruel Summer album. Additional artists on the album include Kanye West, John Legend, Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Kid Cudi.
COMMON also offers an even younger generation a better understanding of self-respect and love, by utilizing the cultural relevance of hip hop in the children’s books he has written. His first book, entitled The MIRROR and ME, teaches lessons of life, the human spirit, and human nature. His follow-up book I Like You But I Love Me was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and in 2008 he released his third book, M.E. (Mixed Emotions). COMMON recently added to this list of accomplished written works with his revealing memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, which made the prestigious New York Times Best Seller list upon release. Every aspect of his life’s journey was unveiled in this deeply personal account of who COMMON is and the people, faith and events that have shaped and molded him into the award-winning, critically acclaimed conscious artist of today.
In addition to his music, film, and literary pursuits, COMMON has been the face, voice and inspiration behind some of the largest consumer brands in the country. In 2015, COMMON narrated Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's speeches during a commercial, which first ran during Super Bowl 2015. COMMON was the voice of Gatorade’s G Series Sports Drink commercial that was launched during Super Bowl 2010. In 2009, he was announced as the face of the new Diesel men’s fragrance Only the Brave and he partnered with Microsoft as the inspiration and one of the designers to launch their Softwear clothing t-shirt line.
COMMON is a regularly requested guest speaker known to motivate and empower collegiate minds while speaking at prestigious universities across the country. In 2000, he launched his own philanthropic effort, The Common Ground Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to the empowerment and development of disadvantaged youth in urban communities by mentoring in three areas: character development, creative expression and healthy living.
Whether inspiring audiences through music, movies, television, books or his foundation, COMMON continues to break new ground, and remains to be one of hip-hop’s most innovative, positive voices.