Jason Weaver

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Jason Weaver
Born
Jason Michael Weaver

(1979-07-18) July 18, 1979 (age 39)
Other namesJ-Weav
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1990present

Jason Michael Weaver (born July 18, 1979), also known by his stage name J-Weav, is an American actor and singer best known for his roles as Marcus Henderson on The WB sitcom Smart Guy, Jerome Turrell on the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea from 1993–1994, and the pre-teenaged Michael Jackson on the 1992 ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. Jason was also the singing voice of the young Simba in Walt Disney Feature Animation's 1994 film The Lion King .

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Career

Acting career

One of Weaver's earliest acting roles was on Oprah Winfrey's 1990 television series Brewster Place . He went on to portray a young Michael Jackson in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream , as well as starring on the television sitcoms Thea (1993–1994) and Smart Guy (1997–1999). Jason was also the singing voice of young Simba in Walt Disney Feature Animation's 1994 film The Lion King.

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Brewster Place is an American drama series which aired on ABC in May 1990. The series was a spinoff of the 1989 miniseries The Women of Brewster Place, which was based upon Gloria Naylor's novel of the same name. The series starred talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who also served as co-executive producer.

Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer

Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers of all time. He was also known for his unorthodox lifestyle, residing in a private amusement park he called Neverland Ranch, and often becoming the focus of tabloid scrutiny. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

In 2002, Weaver appeared in Drumline with Nick Cannon, followed by a role in The Ladykillers in 2004. In 2004, he also was a featured artist in the song One Call Away as well as in the music video that also starred Keshia Knight Pulliam and AND1 baller Phillip "Hot Sauce" Champion. In 2006, Weaver was featured in a supporting role in the film ATL starring rappers T.I. and Big Boi from OutKast. He also appears as an extra in the music video "Rock Yo Hips" by Crime Mob featuring Lil Scrappy and "Make Up Bag" by The-Dream featuring T.I. In 2011, he starred in the film He's Mine Not Yours alongside Caryn Ward, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Carl Anthony Payne II and Clifton Powell.

<i>Drumline</i> (film) 2002 American film directed by Charles Stone III

Drumline is a 2002 American film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, which was inspired by The Southwest Dekalb High School Drumline, written by Tina Gordon Chism and Shawn Schepps. The story is about a young drummer from New York, played by Nick Cannon, who enters the fictional Atlanta A&T University and bumps heads with the leader of his new school's drum sectionals. Zoe Saldana, and Orlando Jones co-star.

Nick Cannon American rapper, actor and comedian

Nicholas Scott Cannon is an American actor, singer, rapper, producer, television host and activist. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild 'N Out, America's Got Talent, Lip Sync Battle Shorties and The Masked Singer. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing and Roll Bounce.

<i>The Ladykillers</i> (2004 film) 2004 film by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

The Ladykillers is a 2004 American black comedy thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The Coens' screenplay was based on the 1955 British Ealing comedy film of the same name, written by William Rose. The Coens produced the remake, together with Tom Jacobson, Barry Sonnenfeld and Barry Josephson. It stars Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J. K. Simmons, Tzi Ma and Ryan Hurst, and marks the first time that the Coens have worked with Tom Hanks. This was the first film in which Joel and Ethan Coen share both producing and directing credits; previously Joel had always been credited as director and Ethan as producer.

Music career

In addition to acting, Weaver is also a recording artist. He provided vocals for his role as Michael Jackson in The Jacksons an American Dream in addition to the singing voice of the cub Simba in Walt Disney Feature Animation's 1994 film The Lion King . [1] The following year, he released his debut album, Love Ambition , on Motown Records which was released on June 27, 1995. He released two versions of the song "stay with me". [2]

Simba The Lion King character

Simba is a fictional character who appears in Disney's The Lion King franchise. Introduced in Walt Disney Animation's 32nd animated feature film The Lion King (1994), the character subsequently appears in its sequels The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) and The Lion King 1½ (2004) as well as the upcoming 2019 remake of the original film directed by Jon Favreau.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Walt Disney Company animation studio

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<i>The Lion King</i> 1994 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd Disney animated feature film, and the fifth animated film produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance. The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, produced by Don Hahn, and has a screenplay credited to Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. Its original songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, with a score by Hans Zimmer. The film features an ensemble voice cast that includes Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings. The story takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa and was influenced by William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

In 2003, he collaborated with rapper Chingy on the track "One Call Away". The single was a Top 5 hit single in the United States. [3]

Chingy American rapper

Howard Bailey Jr., better known by his stage name Chingy, is an American rapper, singer, producer, and actor.

One Call Away (Chingy song) 2004 single by Chingy feat. Jason Weaver

"One Call Away" is a song by American rapper Chingy, featuring actor Jason Weaver singing the chorus, credited as J-Weav. It's the third and final single off his debut album Jackpot (2003). The song was kept from being number one by Usher's "Yeah!" for five consecutive weeks, peaking at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. It became a number one hit on the Hot Rap Songs chart for three weeks and peaked at numbers 3 and 6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Mainstream Top 40 charts respectively. It also reached the top 40 in countries like Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. A video for the single was released that featured actress Keisha Knight-Pulliam and streetball player Philip "Hot Sauce" Champion.

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Discography

Albums

<i>Love Ambition</i> album by Jason Weaver

Love Ambition is the debut album by actor and singer by Jason Weaver. It was released on June 27, 1995 through the label Motown Records. The album contains the singles "Love Ambition ", and "I Can't Stand the Pain".

Singles

Filmography/Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990The Kid Who Loved ChristmasErnieTelevision movie
1990 Brewster Place Matthew Thomas5 episodes
1990 The Long Walk Home Franklin Cotter
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream Michael Jackson (aged 9–14)Miniseries
19931994 Thea Jerome Turrell19 episodes
1994Summertime SwitchFast Freddie EganTelevision movie
1994 The Lion King Young Simba Cub singing voice
1996 Sister, Sister Darnell
Nicky
2 episodes
19971999 Smart Guy Marcus Henderson51 episodes
2000 Freedom Song Isaac HawkinsTelevision movie
2002 Drumline Ernest
2004 The Ladykillers Weemack Funthes
2006 ATL Teddy
2008 Jada Jamal
2008 Love For Sale Vince
2008Diary of a ChampionTJ Lawson
2010 Lottery Ticket Ray Ray
2011 The LeBrons Condor9 episodes
2011He's Mine Not YoursKentTelevision movie
2011Timothy Hodge ShowJason Weaver
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Gary
2012Note to SelfJay Lewis
2014Wal-Bob'sKeith Harrington
2016 Black-ish Ta-Ta1 episode

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Performers Starring in a Mini-SeriesThe Jacksons: An American Dream(Shared with Alex Burrall)Won
1994Young Artist AwardOutstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television SeriesThea(Shared with Brenden Jefferson, Adam Jeffries, Brandy Norwood)Nominated
1995Young Artist AwardBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Voiceover - TV or MovieThe Lion KingWon

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