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Cedric the Entertainer is a comedian and actor known for roles in Barbershop and The Original Kings of Comedy.
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The film's positive response meant a huge step forward for all four comics. When Bernie Mac passed away in 2008, Cedric the Entertainer spoke at his funeral.
Cedric the Entertainer has found a place on the silver screen, as well. In 2000, he appeared with Martin Lawrence in the movie Big Momma's House. Over the following decade, Cedric appeared in a long list of movies,
including Barbershop (2002), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), Johnson Family Vacation (2004) and The Honeymooners (2005). He also piled on the voice acting roles in animated films such as Ice Age (2002), Madagascar (2005) and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), as well as in the combination live-action and computer-generated Charlotte's Web (2006).
Cedric married Lorna Wells in 1999. They had a son, Croix, and a daughter, Lucky Rose, but Cedric and Lorna have since divorced. Cedric also has a daughter, Tiara, from a previous relationship. Cedric founded the Cedric the Entertainer Charitable Foundation Inc., in his hometown community of St. Louis. Its goal is to enrich the lives and opportunities of inner city youth.
Although Cedric the Entertainer has devoted much of his energy in recent years to his TV and film roles, he insists that stand-up will always be an important part of his career. "You are the conductor and [the audience is] the symphony," he explains. "It's a symphony of laughter, if you will, and you're trying to make sure everybody is hitting some good notes and you're making this whole, full orchestrated sound of laughter."
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