Common –

Common in Wanted.

About Common (1972 – ____)

Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. He was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. He is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn. They divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father's moving to Denver, Colorado. This left Common to be raised by his mother, but his father remained active in his life and landed Lonnie Jr. a job with the Chicago Bulls during his teens. While a student at Luther High School South in Chicago, Lynn with his friends, record producer and Corey Crawley formed C.D.R. a rap trio that opened for acts that included N.W.A and Big Daddy Kane.

Common attended Florida A&M University for two years under a scholarship and majored in business administration. After being featured in the Unsigned Hype column of The Source magazine, Lynn debuted in 1992 with the single "Take It EZ", followed by the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, under stage name Common Sense.

In 2003, Common appeared on the American UPN sitcom Girlfriends. In the episode "Take This Poem and Call Me in the Morning", he appeared as Omar, a slam poet who competes with fellow poet Sivad (played by Saul Williams) for the affection of Lynn Searcy (played by Persia White). He also had a cameo appearance on an episode of UPN's One on One, where he played a drama class instructor named Darius. He also made an appearance on the ABC show Scrubs. In 2007, Common appeared with Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, and Alicia Keys in the crime film Smokin' Aces, making his big screen debut as villainous Mob enforcer Sir Ivy. He appeared alongside Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, The RZA and T.I. in the 2007 crime thriller American Gangster. On January 20, 2007, one week before the opening of Smokin Aces, he appeared in a Saturday Night Live sketch as himself. The show's host was Piven, his Aces co-star.

In 2007, Common played the role of Smokin' Aces co-star Alicia Keys's boyfriend in the music video "Like You'll Never See Me Again".

In 2008, he starred in the film adaptation of the comic book Wanted alongside Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie. Common also appeared in the movie Street Kings with Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie, The Game, and Forest Whitaker. Common also starred in the 2010 movie Just Wright as a basketball player who falls in love with his trainer Queen Latifah. He appeared in the 2009 film Terminator Salvation as John Connor's lieutenant Barnes. He starred as a corrupt cop in the 2010 comedy Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey. He was part of the ensemble cast of AMC's Hell on Wheels, as one of the lead characters, Elam Ferguson, a recently freed slave trying to find his place in the world. In the 2014 film Selma, for which he also co-wrote the Oscar-winning song "Glory", Common co-starred as 1960s civil rights leader James Bevel. In 2015, he played a hit man in Run All Night (film).

Common appeared as a gangster in the 2016 film Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer and part of the DC Extended Universe.

In December 2015, Common appeared in the NBC TV special The Wiz Live!, as the Bouncer guarding the Emerald City.

On October 27, 2015, Common inked a 2-year deal with HBO that allowed to start his own film production company, Freedom Road Productions. He stated in an interview in February 2012 that one of his big career goals was to start his own film production company.

In 2016 Common also worked with Amazon Studios and American Girl, serving as an executive producer for the direct-to-video feature An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win.

Common has had romantic relationships with singer Erykah Badu, actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson, and tennis player Serena Williams, but as of July 2014 maintained that he was single.

Common's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2002Brown SugarHimself
2006Dave Chapelle's Block PartyHimself
2007Smokin' AcesSir Ivy
2007American GangsterTurner Lucas
2008Street KingsCoates
2008WantedThe Gunsmith
2009Terminator SalvationBarnes
2009Dow JonesDow Jones
2010Date NightDetective Collins
2010Just WrightScott McKnight
2010Bouncing CatsHimself
2011Happy Feet TwoSeymour
2011New Year's EveChino
2012LUVUncle Vincent
2012Ali 70 from Las Vegas
2012The Odd Life of Timothy GreenCoach Cal
2013Movie 43Bob Mone
2013Now You See MeAgent Evans
2013PawnOfficer Jeff Porter
2014Every Single ThingDevlin Hatch
2014SelmaJames Bevel
2015Run All NightMr. Price
2015The Wiz Live!The Bouncer / The Gatekeeper of the Entrance to Emerald City
2015Being CharlieTravis
2016Barbershop: The Next CutRashad
2016Suicide SquadMonster T
2017John Wick: Chapter 2Cassian
2017Megan LeaveyGunny Martin
2017Hunter Killer

Common's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2004Game OverCammon
2004One on OneDarius
2011Single LadiesMayor Howard
2011–2014Hell on WheelsElam Ferguson
2013The Mindy ProjectSecurity guard
2015Lip Sync BattleContestant
2016Live with KellyGuest Co-host
2017The SimpsonsHimself

Memorable Quotes by Common

[On Britney Spears comeback concert performance] “ I think it didn't seem like she wanted to be there. There wasn't any spark, it didn't feel like life was there. ”

“ You have to be sincere in your feelings. And fear is one of those, sometimes; doubt is one of those; jealousy, anger - all your emotions are not going to be considered the strong emotions; all of them are not going to be love, happiness, joy. ”

“ The impact of a conscious artist is necessary, and it ripples through the world. ”

“ I feel like God gives you what you deserve. Whatever that time is, you get what you deserve. ”

“ I learned a long time ago to be honest when I'm talking to other artists. Up-and-coming artists used to come and say something, they would have a demo reel, and I would try to tell them the truth. I don't go up and say something unless I really feel it. ”

“ Technically, my first acting job was in one of my videos for a song called 'Retrospect For Life,' which Lauryn Hill directed and featured an actress by the name of N'bushe Wright, who played my girlfriend who was about to be pregnant. I remember being so nervous about it, but now I feel like I can conquer the world with it. ”

Things You May Not Know About Common

He had a public feud with Ice Cube in the late '90s, epitomized in the song "The Bitch In Yoo."

He was known as Common Sense prior to 1995, when a ska band with that name sued him, forcing him to shorten his name.

He is friends with Steve Harvey, and Taraji P. Henson.

Common in Wanted (2008)... top picture with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy.
Common with Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton in The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012).
Common in The Mindy Project (2013).
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In Terminator Salvation (2009)... top picture with Moon Bloodgood... second picture with Christian Bale and Sam Worthington.
With Jared Leto and Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad (2016).
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In Street Kings (2008).
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In Smokin' Aces (2007)... top picture with Alicia Keys... bottom picture with Jeremy Piven.
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As James Bevel in Selma (2014)... top picture with Carmen Ejogo and Tessa Thompson... middle picture with Lorraine Toussaint, Wendell Pierce, Tessa Thompson, and Andrew Holland.
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In Run All Night (2015)... with Liam Neeson in picture four.
With Marton Csokas in Pawn (2013).
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As Uncle Vincent in LUV (2012)... top picture with Charles S. Dutton... second picture with Michael Kenneth Williams... with Michael Rainey Jr. in next three pictures.
As Gunny Martin in Megan Leavy (2017).
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In Just Wright (2010)... second, third, and fourth pictures with Queen Latifah.
With Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).
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In Hell on Wheels (2011-2014)... top picture with Robin McLeavy... second picture with Anson Mount... bottom picture with Phil Burke and Ben Esler.
With Jimmi Simpson in Date Night (2010).
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As Rashad in Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)... top picture with Ice Cube... second picture with Lamorne Morris, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Nicki Minaj... third picture with Anthony Anderson and Cedric the Entertainer... with Nicki Minaj in bottom picture.
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Common in American Gangster (2007)... top picture with Denzel Washington... bottom picture with Chiwetel Ejiofor.