Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Honors Cedric The Entertainer with Star on the Walk of Fame as he Celebrates 30 Years in Show Business
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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly honored performer/producer Cedric The Entertainer with the 2,640th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star was dedicated in the category of Live Performance at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the new Hollywood el Centro Complex. Celebrities on hand for the event included Anthony Anderson, Bill Bellamy, Omar Epps, Eddie Griffin, DL Hughley, Duane Martin, Niecy Nash, Tommy Sykes and many more. Also in attendance was the cast of “Neighborhood,” Max Greenfield, Hank Greenspan, Shawn McKinney, Marcel Spears and many others.
“Cedric The Entertainer is one of the funniest guys in show business! We know there will be laughs on the boulevard on the day of his dedication ceremony and we look forward to it,” said Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Emcee of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
Helping Gubler to unveil the star were Walk of Famers Magic Johnson and George Lopez.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.
Charismatic actor, comedian and producer, Cedric The Entertainer is best known for his crowd-pleasing performances in hit films and television shows such as “Barbershop, “Be Cool” with John Travolta; “Intolerable Cruelty” with George Clooney; “Madagascar” the top-ranking animated franchise; “Johnson Family Vacation,” the 2004 box-office hit in which he was both star and producer; and “The Original Kings of Comedy,” MTV’s mega-successful concert directed by Spike Lee which captured the phenomenon of the record-breaking “Kings of Comedy Tour;” the long-running top-ranked WB sitcom “The Steve Harvey Show;” more recently, for five seasons in his own hit comedy series “The Soul Man” on TV Land; and, now, starring opposite Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish in the acclaimed TBS original dramedy, “The Last OG.” In May 2018, “The Neighborhood” was picked up as Cedric’s new sitcom on CBS Television in which he will star and also executive produce.
On the big screen, the multi-talented funnyman has co-starred alongside some of the most renowned film actors. He was most recently seen in the comedy feature “Why Him?” co-starring opposite Oscar nominated actors Bryan Cranston and James Franco. Cedric has also been seen co-starring with Ice Cube in the No. 1-ranked box office comedy hit “BarberShop: The Next Cut” (2016); “Top Five” (2014); “A Haunted House” (2013) and its sequel “A Haunted House 2” (2014); “Grassroots” (2012); “Larry Crowne” (2011); “All’s Faire in Love: Romance Has A Renaissance” (2011); “Cadillac Records” (2008); “Street Kings”(2008); “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins” with Martin Lawrence (2008); “Talk to Me” (2007); “Code Name: The Cleaner” opposite Lucy Liu (2007); “The Honeymooners” (2005); “Man of the House” (2005); “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004); “Barbershop 2: Back In Business” (2004); “Serving Sara” (2002); “Kingdom Come” (2001); “Big Momma’s House” (2000); and “Ride” (1998).
Additionally, Cedric has displayed tremendous voiceover talent in the beloved family features “Disney’s Planes” (2013) and its sequel “Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue” (2014); “Charlotte’s Web” (2006); “Madagascar” (2005), and sequels “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” (2008), “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (2012), “Ice Age” (2002); and “Dr. Dolittle 2” (2001). Cedric can now be seen taking a dramatic acting turn in the feature film “First Reformed” co-starring opposite Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, written and directed by Paul Schrader released in May of this year.
Past small screen successes include Cedric’s much-talked-about Netflix comedy special “Cedric The Entertainer: Live From The Ville” which premiered in 2016 to great audience response.
In June 2016, Cedric wrapped the fifth and final season of TV Land’s original hit comedy series, “The Soul Man”, in which he starred as the quirky and funny Reverend Boyce ‘The Voice’ Ballentine. The popular show was TV Land’s original hit sitcom which Cedric co-created and executive-produced.
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 was honored with the AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, a record-breaking four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, The Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from Black Entertainment Television.
Helming his own production company, A Bird and A Bear Entertainment, Cedric develops and produces feature films. “Johnson Family Vacation” was the first under this banner. In 2009, he made his directorial debut overseeing the dance-film spoof “Dance Fu,” starring comic actor Kel Mitchell.
Cedric has joined forces with George Lopez and fellow funnyman D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin, (and, previously, the late Charlie Murphy) for “The Comedy Get Down Tour.” They have been performing across the country and selling out arenas for the past 4 years now.
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, Missouri. The Foundation has awarded hundreds of scholarships and countless incentives.
His annual Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic, now in its sixth year is a top charity event which raises funds to benefit: The Kyles Family Foundation, The Brotherhood Crusade of Los Angeles, The Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, and The American Diabetes Association.
Cedric’s universal appeal, versatility and tremendous career success spanning film, live performances and television have solidified his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world.
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