Cedric 'The Entertainer' plays Reverend Boyce 'The Voice' Ballentine in TV Land's original sitcom, The Soul Man, which revolves around Reverend Boyce, an R&B superstar-turned-minister, who relocates to St. Louis with his family to preach in his father's church.
Charismatic actor and comedian Cedric 'The Entertainer' is best known for his crowd-pleasing performances in hit films such as Barbershop, Be Cool with John Travolta, Intolerable Cruelty with George Clooney, Johnson Family Vacation, the 2004 box office hit in which he was both star and producer, and The Original Kings of Comedy, MTV'S successful documentary feature directed by Spike Lee.
Additionally, Cedric has also appeared in Cadillac Records co-starring Adrien Brody and Beyonce Knowles, Street Kings opposite Keanu Reeves, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins with Martin Lawrence, Talk to Me starring Don Cheadle, Code Name: The Cleaner opposite Lucy Liu, The Honeymooners, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events with Jim Carrey, Man of the House with Tommy Lee Jones, Barbershop, Barbershop 2, Big Momma's House, Kingdom Come with Whoopi Goldberg, All's Faire in Love: Romance Has a Renaissance opposite Christina Ricci, Serving Sara with Matthew Perry, Larry Crowne starring Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks and Grass Roots directed by Steven Gyllenhaal. He also displayed tremendous voiceover talent in the beloved family features Charlotte's Web, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europes Most Wanted, Dr. Dolittle 2 and Ice Age.
In 2006, Cedric's first-ever HBO comedy special, Cedric the Entertainer: Taking You Higher, was the highest-rated special of the year for the network. In 2008, Cedric made his Broadway debut in David Mamet's masterpiece American Buffalo, where his performance was singled out for critical praise.Cedric's universal appeal and versatility solidifies his title as one of the premiere entertainers in the world.
Some notable career accolades for the multi-talented entertainer includes nabbing The AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his FOX Television series Cedric the Entertainer Presents and receiving the NAACP Image Award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series' for Disney's animated series The Proud Family. He also received record-breaking four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series' for his portrayal of the lovable Coach Cedric Robinson on the WB's top rated sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show, which ran for six seasons. In 1994 Cedric also received The Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from Black Entertainment Television for his performance as host of Def Comedy Jam and BET's Comic View.
His first comedy book, Grown-Ass Man, was released in January 2002 and sold out across the country. In 2001, a viewing audience of over 144 million saw Cedric star in the Bud Light commercial that landed the number one spot during the Super Bowl broadcast, which led USA Today to dub him "Madison Avenue's Most Valuable Player."
Now helming his own production company, A Bird And A Bear Entertainment, Cedric develops and produces feature films, including Johnson Family Vacation, which was the first under the banner. In 2009, he made his directorial debut overseeing the dance-film spoof Dance Fu, starring comic actor Kel Mitchell.
In 2011 Cedric launched his WHOCed designer hat line, marking yet another facet of the busy and creative comedy star. As a philanthropist, Cedric founded The Cedric The Entertainer Charitable Foundation, which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, MO. Cedric has awarded over 100 scholarships and countless incentives through his foundation, and plans to extend its reach to a national level. Cedric was recently named the new host on Who Wants to be a Millionaire for its 12th season syndication beginning this fall. Follow Cedric 'The Entertainer' on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.