Brandon T. Jackson

Brandon T. Jackson is a multifaceted young actor carving his own path in Hollywood. Earning critical praise at every step, he started out as a stand-up comic and has evolved into a burgeoning young film star.

This coming President’s Day weekend, Jackson will star in the third incarnation of the highly profitable "Big Momma’s House" franchise. He stars opposite Martin Lawrence as the two go undercover to solve a murder.

Jackson just came off this summer’s "Lottery Ticket" for Warner Bros, an action-comedy about friends living in the projects. Earlier this year he starred in FOX’s fantasy adaptation of "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief." He received rave reviews for his role as the satyr Grover Underwood, the best friend and protector of Percy Jackson. Jackson is perhaps best known as Alpa Chino in the high-concept runaway hit "Tropic Thunder." The cast also included Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Black Jack. The role earned Jackson a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Black Reel Awards and Daily Variety named him one of "10 Comics to Watch."

The Black Reel Awards previously named honored Jackson with the Best Breakthrough Performance award in 2006 for his role in "Roll Bounce" for FOX Searchlight.

Jackson’s talent for entertaining was apparent early on. By age 14, he was performing at his father’s church and was soon invited to perform at the famed "Showtime at the Apollo" and BET’s "Comic View."

From there, Jackson and BET launched the "Teens of Comedy Tour," showcasing the nation’s funniest teen comedians. He also hosted the "Up Close and Personal Tour," featuring Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Lil Wayne. Jackson would later host his own sketch comedy special, "The Brandon T. Jackson Show," on The N Channel and was a series regular on Nick Cannon’s MTV sketch comedy show "Wild ‘N Out."

Jackson grew up in Detroit with seven siblings. His parents are both pastors. He credits his sense of humor to both his father and his life straddling the fence between suburbia and the inner city. He now lives in Los Angeles.