Common

Common

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1972-03-13 (49 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Chicago - Illinois - USA

71 Movies · 30 TV shows

Also Known As: Lonnie Rashid Lynn · Common Sense · Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.

Biography

Lonnie Rashid Lynn (born March 13, 1972), known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American rapper, actor, and writer. He debuted in 1992, with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, and gained critical acclaim with his 1994 album Resurrection. He maintained an underground following into the late 1990s. He achieved mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians.Common's first major-label album Like Water for Chocolate (2000), received commercial success. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for the Erykah Badu single "Love of My Life". His 2005 album Be was also a commercial success and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common received his second Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Southside" (featuring Kanye West), from his 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released in late 2007. In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, having previously released music under various other labels including Relativity, Geffen, and GOOD Music.Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common's acting career also includes roles in the films Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year's Eve, Run All Night, Being Charlie, Rex, John Wick: Chapter 2, Smallfoot and Hunter Killer. He also narrated the documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture. He starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels.

Personal Life

Common is a pescatarian and is both a Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears fan. He is a Christian, attending Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. On May 4, 2019, Common served as Florida A&M University's spring commencement speaker and after his address, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree. While at FAMU, he studied in the School of Business and Industry.As of 2020, Common is in a relationship with comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish.

Early Life

Common was born on March 13, 1972 at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, the son of educator and former principal of John Hope College Preparatory High School, Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn. He was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. Lynn's parents divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father moving to Denver, Colorado. This left Lynn to be raised by his mother; however, his father remained active in his life, and was able to get Lynn a job with the Chicago Bulls as a teenager. Lynn attended Florida A&M University for two years under a scholarship and majored in business administration.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

5 Movies · 2 TV shows
Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

2020
An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathers in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Ava

Ava

6.6
2020
A black ops assassin is forced to fight for her life after her job goes wrong.
TV
Home Movie: The Princess Bride

Home Movie: The Princess Bride

2020
The remake of 'The Princess Bride' features celebrities at home.
Obama

Obama

2020
He told the country, "Yes We Can," but he walked into a cratering economy, faced two never-ending wars, confronted an epidemic of gun violence and met a surging partisan divide. Through the reflection...
TV
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

2020
Celebrity readers share children's books by Black authors to spark conversations about equality, self-love, and anti-racism.
Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince

Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince

2020
A lineup of artists -- including Beck, Common, Gary Clark Jr., Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Juanes, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Chris Martin, Mavis Staples, St. Vincent, Usher and more -- pay tribute to Prince...
A Most Beautiful Thing

A Most Beautiful Thing

1.5
2020
A chronicle of the first African American high school rowing team in America made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago, coming together to row in the same bo...

2019.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
The Price of Protest

The Price of Protest

2019
September 1st, 2016 in the United States. Colin Kaepernick is protesting police brutality against black people by kneeling during the national anthem. The gesture is seen as an insult to the flag by a...
TV
Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall

2019
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist and she interviews people in thorough meaningful and entertaining conversations.
Saint Judy

Saint Judy

2019
The true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood and how she singlehandedly changed the U.S. The law of asylum was enacted to save women's lives.
The Informer

The Informer

6.18
2019
In New York, Pete Koslow, a former convict related to the Polish Mafia, has to deal with both Klimek the General, his ruthless boss, and two federal agents as he tries to survive and protect his loved...
The Kitchen

The Kitchen

6
2019
The husbands of three Hell's Kitchen housewives were sent to prison by the FBI. The ladies took the Irish mafia's matters into their own hands when they were left with little but a sharp ax.
TV
Activate: The Global Citizen Movement

Activate: The Global Citizen Movement

2019
There is a six-part documentary series on Global Citizen's efforts to combat global challenges connected to extreme poverty. Each episode focuses on a different issue related to the root causes of pov...

2018.

7 Movies
Ocean's Eight

Ocean's Eight

6.07
2018
At New York's annual Met Gala, a group of female thieves are recruited by a criminal mastermind to pull off the biggest jewelry theft of the century.
All About Nina

All About Nina

2018
Her passion and talent have made her a rising star in the comedy scene, but she's an emotional mess offstage. She is forced to confront her troubled past when a new professional opportunity coincides ...
Smallfoot

Smallfoot

6.05
2018
A bright young yeti finds something that he didn't think existed. The simple yeti community was thrown into an uproar after learning of this smallfoot.
Here and Now

Here and Now

2018
Sarah JessicaParker is an established singer with a successful music career. On the eve of a major performance, Vivienne receives some life-changing news that causes her to reexamine her priorities. S...
The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

6.63
2018
Starr was raised in a slum and now attends a prep school. She witnessed a police officer shoot her best friend.
The Tale

The Tale

6
2018
An investigation into one woman's memory as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship in order to survive.
Hunter Killer

Hunter Killer

4.75
2018
When a coup d'état is taking place in Russia, Captain Glass and his crew join an elite group working on the ground to prevent a war.

2017.

9 Movies
John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 2

6.33
2017
JohnWick was forced out of retirement by a former associate who wanted to take control of the assassins guild. After being bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and battles some of th...
Megan Leavey

Megan Leavey

4.75
2017
A marine named Megan Leavey had a strong bond with her dog. While deployed in Iraq, the two complete more than 100 missions and save countless lives, until an IED explosion puts their faithfulness to ...
Chasing Trane

Chasing Trane

2017
An account of the life of the brilliant jazz musician John Coltrane, a gifted saxophonist, an extremely talented thinker, and whose original, avant-garde work has impacted and influenced people all ov...
Girls Trip

Girls Trip

6
2017
Four girlfriends take a trip to New Orleans for an annual festival and, along the way, rediscover their wild sides and strengthen the bonds of sisterhood.
A Happening of Monumental Proportions

A Happening of Monumental Proportions

2017
During the course of one day, a group of students at a school in Los Angeles find themselves caught up in a plot of sex, lies and dead bodies.
Misdirection: The Real Magic

Misdirection: The Real Magic

2017
A documentary film that follows two young men on a 3-year odyssey, through small triumphs and big set-backs, as they train to become professional magicians, the unconventional career they hope will li...
The Words That Built America

The Words That Built America

2017
Politicians, celebrities and young people give their opinions on the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights in this 4th of July special.
Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth

Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth

2017
FEEL RICH: HEALTH IS THE NEW WEALTH documents the nascent self-love revolution emerging in urban communities. Narrated by Quincy Jones III, the film features interviews with iconic artists, producers,...
Love Beats Rhymes

Love Beats Rhymes

2017
A young woman dreams of making it big in the world of hip hop, but her parents want her to finish her degree, even though she dutifully completes her education.

2016.

7 Movies · 2 TV shows
Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

6.62
2016
The Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison ...
TV
Chelsea

Chelsea

2016
It is not her first talk show, but it is the first of its kind. She is interested in ideas, people and places.
Barbershop: The Next Cut

Barbershop: The Next Cut

5.5
2016
They merged to survive the economic downturn. Eddie and the crew have to contend with spirited female co-workers and clientele as the days of male bonding are over. There is a fight going on in Chicag...
Letter to the Free

Letter to the Free

2016
Inspired by some of the greatest musical recordings and performances 'behind bars', Young imagines a time and place where jails and prisons are no longer filled with bodies but are ruins of a time of ...
TV
America Divided

America Divided

2016
There are narratives about inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. The show follows high-profile correspondents as they investigate aspects of i...
Two Trains Runnin'

Two Trains Runnin'

2016
The Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1960s led to the search for several young white men who have been missing for decades.
BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration

BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration

2016
A White House concert and celebration in honor of the 8-year Presidency of Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama.
Black America Again

Black America Again

2016
There is a celebration of the beauty, strength, perseverance and spirit of the Black community.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

2016
There is a celebration. Maya Angelou weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which show hidden moments of her life during some of America's most defining civil rights ...

2015.

6 Movies · 2 TV shows
Entourage

Entourage

8
2015
Movie starVincent Chase, along with his boys, Eric, Turtle and Johnny, are back in business with Ari Gold. The bond between them remains strong even though their ambitions have changed.
TV
Lip Sync Battle

Lip Sync Battle

4.17
2015
Two people are performing. The co-hosting of the show had a commentary from a social media star. The battle begins after the microphone is off.
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

2015
In 1998 The Source Magazine voted "The Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All-Time." The documentary film is the story of quirky friends who became unlikely legends by engaging their listeners and breaking th...
Run All Night

Run All Night

6.16
2015
Jimmy Conlon has seen better days. Longtime best friend of a mob boss, Jimmy is haunted by the sins of his past, as well as a police detective who has been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Jimmy ha...
Unity

Unity

2015
The advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on has not mitigated humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. We can't seem to get along in this film.
TV
Framework

Framework

2015
A new series hosted by Common explores the compelling world of furniture design/construction. 13 elite furniture craftsman have to build a piece of furniture that is eye-catching, unique and functiona...
The Wiz Live!

The Wiz Live!

2015
A movie based on a Broadway musical that won 7 Tony Awards flopped with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have assembled a Tony-winning creative team, Cirq...
Being Charlie

Being Charlie

2015
When Charlie breaks out of a youth drug treatment clinic, he's given an intervention by his parents and forced to go to an adult rehabilitation center. He is forced to battle with drugs when he meets ...

2014.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
X/Y

X/Y

2014
X/Y shows the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone when that connection fades, as Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states.
TV
Off Camera with Sam Jones

Off Camera with Sam Jones

2014
Sam Jones sits down with the professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities, to discuss their development before fame, their passions beyond their careers, and gives them a space to ope...
Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing

2014
A baby goes missing on a nice day. Two young girls serve seven years for a crime and are released into a town that hasn't forgiven or forgotten. Two detectives are called in to investigate a mystery i...
Selma

Selma

6.33
2014
The place where segregation was at its worst led to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.

2013.

5 Movies
Movie 43

Movie 43

6
2013
A washed-up producer pitches insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, in a series of short films.
Now You See Me

Now You See Me

7.28
2013
An FBI agent and a detective are following a team of illusionists.
Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records

2013
Since its founding in 1996, Stones Throw Records has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums under the direction of founder and world- renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf. Drawing...
Pawn

Pawn

2013
A robbery spirals into a tense hostage situation after three men hold up a diner that is a front for the mob.
LUV

LUV

6
2013
A shy 13-year-old befriends his uncle.

2012.

2 Movies
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

2012
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap is a performance documentary. Ice-T is the film's director and interviewer. Ice-T shows how the street music has grown. Ice-T met a lot of Hip-Hop talent along t...
The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

9
2012
A childless couple bury a box in their backyard with all of their wishes for an infant inside. A child is born to other people.

2011.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Happy Feet Two

Happy Feet Two

8
2011
Mumble the penguin has a problem: his son Erik, who is reluctant to dance, encounters The Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly! Things get worse for Mumble when the world is shaken by powerful forces, c...
TV
Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

4.75
2011
The epic story of post-Civil War America is told by Hell on Wheels, which focuses on a Confederate soldier who avenges the death of his wife by Union soldiers. Hell on Wheels is a dangerous, chaotic, ...
New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

5.78
2011
The lives of several couples and singles intersect in New York on New Year's Eve.
Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

2011
Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as 'A Tribe Called Quest' have kept a generation hungry for more of ...

2010.

5 Movies
Just Wright

Just Wright

6
2010
A basketball player is being helped.
Date Night

Date Night

5.33
2010
The Fosters are worried about their relationship. Some characters want to be killed because they were mistaken for thieves.
Music

Music

2010
The story of music and the music industry told through interviews with musicians, composers and producers across genres.
Brave New Voices 2010

Brave New Voices 2010

2010
The excitement and poetry of the Brave New Voices 2010 National Slam team championships is captured in this special.
Bouncing Cats

Bouncing Cats

2010
The documentary follows the efforts of Abraham "Abramz" Tekya and Breakdance Project Uganda to use dance to empower youth in war-torn Uganda. The film is a testimony of Crazy Legs of Rock Steady Crew....

2009.

1 Movie
Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

5.9
2009
John needs to lead the resistance. Marcus Wright's existence confuses the mission asConnor tries to determine if he is a friend or foe.

2008.

2 Movies
Wanted

Wanted

6.67
2008
The father was killed by a group of assassins. After a leather-clad sexpot drafts him into the society, he hones his innate killing skills and becomes an avenger.
Street Kings

Street Kings

6.75
2008
Tom is unhappy in L.A. A police officer is haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been ...

2007.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

6.22
2007
The lives of theKardashian-Jenner family can be seen.
American Gangster

American Gangster

6.65
2007
After the death of his employer, Frank Lucas was the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He buys heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and then comes up wit...
Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life

Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life

2007
The greatest rapper to ever pick up a mic - with his velvety flow and unparalleled rhyme style he captivated everyone from Jay Z to Tupac. Now Notorious B.I.G. is revealed.

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
I Love the '70s: Volume 2

I Love the '70s: Volume 2

2006
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 is a television mini-series. The series was presented by VH1. The sequel to I Love the '70s was aired onVH1 from July 10, 2006 to July 14, 2006 at 8pm and 9pm.
Smokin' Aces

Smokin' Aces

5.67
2006
When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a lot of people would like to make sure he's dead.

2005.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
The Notorious B.I.G BET Official presents

The Notorious B.I.G BET Official presents

2005
The hip-hop anthem "juicy" was released by the Notorious B.I.G in 1994. Blige is a singer. Ready To Die, the sophomore double CD Life After Death, and 1999's Born Again combine for over 10 million car...
TV
Wild N Out

Wild N Out

7.5
2005
The comedians are competing.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

2005
The American comedian talks about Hip Hop. A man from Ohio is moving to New York.
Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology

Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology

2005
A collection of music videos and behind the scenes footage released to promote Kanye West's upcoming debut album, College Dropout. The compilation features the videos to the previously unreleased "Two...
Letter to the President

Letter to the President

2005
Narrated By Snoop Dogg- Letter To the President is a feature documentary that showcases the close-knit ties between the Hip Hop Music community and America's social and political policy in the last 30...

2004.

1 Movie
5 Sides of a Coin

5 Sides of a Coin

2004
An overview of the worldwide cultural movement of Hip-Hop can be found in "5 Sides of a coin".

2003.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher

6
2003
A panel of guests, including politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like, discuss what's going on in the world each week on the show hosted by Bill Maher.
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
TV
Chappelle's Show

Chappelle's Show

6.6
2003
Dave Chappelle's point of view is unleashed through a combination of sketches and stand-up.
Beef

Beef

2003
The evolution of MC battles from verbal one-upmanship to street warfare is the subject of a documentary.

2002.

1 Movie
Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

8.5
2002
A magazine editor is dating a hip-hop record executive.

2001.

2 TV shows
TV
One on One

One on One

2001
A sportscaster becomes a full-time dad when his ex-wife decides to accept a job out of the country and his teenage daughter moves in with him.
TV
Scrubs

Scrubs

6.72
2001
John "J.D" Dorian learns about medicine, friendship and life in the real world of Sacred Heart Hospital.

2000.

2 TV shows
TV
Soul Food

Soul Food

2000
Soul Food: The Series is a television drama that aired Wednesday nights on Showtime from June 28, 2000 to May 26, 2004. Created by filmmaker George Tillman, Jr. and developed for television by Felicia...
TV
Girlfriends

Girlfriends

2000
Girlfriends is an American comedy-drama sitcom that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being cancelled in 2008. The final episode aired on Feb...

1998.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
TRL

TRL

1998
Total Request Live was a television series on MTV that featured popular music videos. TRL was MTV's prime outlet for music videos as the network continued to concentrate on reality-based programming. ...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...

1996.

1 TV show
TV
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

5.67
1996
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are discussed by The World's Fakest News Team.

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...

1992.

1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

5.75
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarn...

1989.

1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.22
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

1988
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.

1986.

1 TV show
TV
American Masters

American Masters

1986
American Masters is a PBS television series which produces biographies on enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists, filmmakers, and others who have left an indelible impr...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Hate to See You Go

Hate to See You Go

The story of Sonny Bell, an aging Chicago Blues musician, who refuses to retire and defiantly hits the road with his band for one last long-shot to keep doing the only thing that makes them all feel a...
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