Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric at the Johnson Family Vacation premiere, March 31, 2004
Birth name Cedric Anderson Kyles
Born (1964-04-04) April 4, 1964
Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
Medium Film, television, stand-up
Years active 1987present
Genres Comedy
Spouse Lorna Wells (m. 1999)
Children 3
Website www.iamcedric.com

Cedric Antonio Kyles (born April 24, 1964), better known by his screen name Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor, comedian, director, and game show host. He was originally the host on It's Showtime at the Apollo. He also hosted BET's ComicView during the 1993-1994 season and Def Comedy Jam in 1995. He is best known for co-starring with Steve Harvey on The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show and starring as Eddie in Barbershop. He hosted the twelfth season of daytime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the 2013-2014 television season. He also starred in the TV Land original series The Soul Man, which aired its fifth and final season in 2016.[1]

Early life

Cedric was born on April 24, 1963 in Jefferson City, Missouri, and is the son of Rosetta (née Boyce), a school teacher, and Kittrell Kyles, an employee of a railroad company.[2][3] His only sibling is his younger sister Sharita Kyles Wilson, an adjunct communications instructor at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.[4][5]

He was raised in Caruthersville, Missouri, but after junior high school he moved to Berkeley, Missouri. Cedric is a graduate of Berkeley High School in St. Louis' northern suburbs. While Cedric attended Berkeley High, he developed a very severe rash on the top of his head, forcing him to wear a hat for the rest of his career. In 2005, Cedric told CNN he no longer cares about his rash and is proud of it.[6] He continues his involvement with his high school by awarding a scholarship each year to a graduating senior through his Cedric the Entertainer Charitable Foundation Inc. The foundation's motto is, "Reaching Out...Giving Back." Cedric majored in Mass Communication at Southeast Missouri State University and worked as a State Farm insurance claims adjuster, and substitute high school teacher before becoming a full-time comedian. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. Mr. Kyles recently (May 2015) was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Fine Arts and Humanities from Lincoln University of Missouri (his parents' alma mater).

In 1996, Cedric moved into acting, playing Steve Harvey's friend, Cedric Jackie Robinson, on the sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show. His acting career grew and he began appearing in movies, including Dr. Dolittle 2, Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Ride, Serving Sara, Johnson Family Vacation, Intolerable Cruelty, Man of the House, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Madagascar and Be Cool. Cedric was the subject of controversy when his Barbershop character made unpopular remarks regarding Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. These comments were spoken in character, were part of the script, and he has never apologized for them. In the 2005 animated film Madagascar, Cedric voiced Maurice the aye aye. In October 2005, Cedric joined the Champ Car auto racing series as a part owner. Cedric appeared in the movie Charlotte's Web as the voice of Golly the gander. While his acting career grew, Cedric continued stand-up and traveled the country as one of the Kings of Comedy headliners, with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac. The act was later made into a film by Spike Lee called The Original Kings of Comedy. Cedric briefly had his own sketch comedy show called Cedric the Entertainer Presents, but it never caught on and was canceled after one season. The show had been renewed for a second season, but Fox canceled it before the season began. He then appeared in the 2003 PlayStation 2 video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004. His most recent HBO Comedy Special was titled Cedric The Entertainer: Taking You Higher. Two of the background dancers from the special were Kamilah Barrett and Sandra Colton, who were also finalists in Fox's So You Think You Can Dance. He also recorded comedic interludes on two multi-platinum selling albums, Nelly's Country Grammar (2000) and Jay-z Black Album (2003).

Cedric appeared in the 2007 film Code Name: The Cleaner, a comedy in which he plays Jake, a janitor with amnesia who may be a secret undercover government agent involved in an illegal arms conspiracy. He then starred in the 2008 films Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and Street Kings.

Cedric at the June 2008 premiere of Get Smart

Cedric appeared as the lead comedian at the White House Correspondents Dinner but jokingly remarked that he was unprepared because he thought that he would follow a humorous speech by President George W. Bush but instead followed First Lady Laura Bush, whom he said, was very funny.

Cedric the Entertainer was inducted to the St. Louis Walk of Fame on June 7, 2008. His star is located at 6166 Delmar.[7]

Cedric the Entertainer was the special guest host for WWE Raw on September 21, 2009 in Little Rock Arkansas. During the show, he participated in a wrestling match, defeating Chavo Guerrero by pinfall. The match also featured Santino Marella as a guest referee. Cedric also got help with an unknown wrestler dubbed The Sledge Hammer (played by Imani Lee) and Hornswoggle.[8][9]

In March 2010, Cedric made his directorial debut with Dance Fu, produced and funded independently by his company Bird and a Bear Entertainment with producer Eric C. Rhone. The film starred comedian Kel Mitchell. Cedric made a cameo appearance in the film as a Homicide detective. It was released straight-to-DVD on October 4, 2011.

Cedric was recently seen in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo," the story of three small-time crooks who come to blows during a plot to steal a valuable coin collection.[10]

In 2003, Cedric was featured in the Korean rap artists Drunken Tiger on their album 'Foundation' on the 17th track '뉘우침' (repentance).

In a June 21, 2011 interview, Cedric confirmed that his latest reality game show, It's Worth What?, was going to air on July 12, 2011 on NBC,[11] however, the start date was delayed by one week to July 19, 2011. Between 2012 and 2016, Cedric played the main character in a new TV Land original series, The Soul Man, featuring Niecy Nash. The sitcom returns for its fourth season in 2015.[12]

Cedric was the host of the American TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire beginning with its 12th season in national syndication, which premiered on September 2, 2013. "With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show," said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.[13] On April 30, 2014 Cedric announced that he will be leaving Who Wants to Be a Millionaire after the 2013-2014 season to focus on his busy schedule.[14] Actor Terry Crews took over as host on September 8, 2014.[15]

Personal life

He is married to Lorna Wells. They have two children, Croix (born 2000) and Lucky Rose (born 2003), Cedric also has a daughter Tiara from a previous relationship.


Cedric in May 2013
List of film performances
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Ride Bo
2000 Big Momma's House The Reverend
2000 The Original Kings of Comedy Himself
2001 Kingdom Come Rev. Beverly H. Hooker
2002 Serving Sara Ray Harris
2002 Barbershop Eddie
2002 Ice Age Carl (voice)
2003 Intolerable Cruelty Gus Petch
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Eddie
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Nate Johnson
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Constable
2005 Be Cool Sin LaSalle
2005 Madagascar Maurice (voice)
2005 Man of the House Percy Stevens
2005 The Honeymooners Ralph Kramden
2006 Charlotte's Web Golly the Gander/Golly the Male Goose (voice)
2007 Code Name: The Cleaner Jake Rogers
2007 Talk to Me "Nighthawk" Bob Terry
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Clyde Stubbs
2008 Street Kings "Scribble" (Winston)
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Maurice (voice)
2008 Cadillac Records Willie Dixon
2009 Merry Madagascar Maurice (voice) TV film
2011 Dance Fu Detective
2011 Larry Crowne Lamar
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Maurice (voice)
2013 A Haunted House Father Doug Williams
2009 Un-broke: What You Need To Know About Money Himself TV film
2013 Madly Madagascar Maurice (voice)
2013 Planes Leadbottom (voice)
2014 A Haunted House 2 Father Doug Williams
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Leadbottom (voice)
2014 Top Five Jazzy Dee
2015 A Fall from Grace Coroner Jake Miles
2016 Why Him?
List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes
1987 It's Showtime at the Apollo Himself
1993–1994 ComicView Himself Host
1995 Def Comedy Jam Himself 1 episode
1996–2002 The Steve Harvey Show Cedric Jackie Robinson Main role
2001–2005 The Proud Family Bobby Proud (voice) Semi-regular, 14 episodes
2002–2003 Cedric the Entertainer Presents Himself Main role
2006 Wild 'n Out Himself Episode: "Cedric the Entertainer"
2007 The Boondocks Cousin Jericho Freeman (voice) Episode: "Invasion of the Katrinians"
2009 WWE Raw Himself Special guest host, 1 episode
2011 It's Worth What? Himself Host
2011 Take Two with Phineas and Ferb Himself Episode: "Cedric the Entertainer"
2011 Hot in Cleveland Reverend Boyce Episode: "Bridezelka"
2012–2016 The Soul Man Reverend Boyce Ballentine Main role, 54 episodes
2012 2 Broke Girls Darius Episode: "And the Pre-Approved Credit Card"
2013 Real Husbands of Hollywood Himself Episode: "Blackstabbers"
2013–2014 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Himself Host
2014 Hot in Cleveland Reverend Boyce Episode: "Stayin' Alive"
2015 Whose Line is It Anyway? Himself Season 11 Episode 1
2016 Another Period Scott Joplin Episode: "Joplin"

See also


  1. http://deadline.com/2015/07/the-soul-man-renewed-final-season-5-tv-land-1201486316/
  2. "Cedric The Entertainer Biography (1964?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  3. "Cedric 'The Entertainer' Scores in Commercials, TV and Film with Down-Home Comedy", Jet, March 12, 2001. Accessed on December 29, 2009.
  4. "Local News: Cedric "The Entertainer," to be pararde marshal (10/19/07)". seMissourian.com. 2007-10-19. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  5. "Cedric the Entertainer : Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  6. St. Louis Walk of Fame. "St. Louis Walk of Fame Inductees". stlouiswalkoffame.org. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  7. Archived September 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. "The Masked Man from Cedric's RAW Revealed, WrestleMania in Atlanta?". Wrestlescoop. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  9. "Revival of Mamet's American Buffalo Finds a Broadway Home". Playbill.com. 2008-08-19. Archived from the original on 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  10. Cedric the Entertainer prepares for Nashville and NBC The Tennessean. Retrieved on July 5, 2011.
  11. Miller, Thomas. "TV Land Renews The Soul Man". Seat42F. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  12. "Cedric 'The Entertainer' to host 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'". WABC TV. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  13. "Cedric the Entertainer to leave 'Millionaire'". Usatoday.com. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  14. "Terry Crews Named New 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Host". hollywoodreporter.com. 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-12-19.

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