Brandon T Jackson Biography

Brandon T Jackson is an American actor and comedian, best known for his roles in two ‘Percy Jackson’ films. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

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Birthday: March 7, 1984

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors Rappers

Age: 36 Years, 36 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Brandon Timothy Jackson

Born in: Detroit, Michigan

Famous as: Stand-up Comedian

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Males


father: Wayne T. Jackson

mother: Beverly Yvonne

Partner: Denise Xavier

City: Detroit, Michigan

U.S. State: Michigan

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Brandon T Jackson is an American actor, screenwriter, stand-up comedian, and rapper, best known for appearing in films such as two ‘Percy Jackson’ installments and ‘Tropic Thunder.’ He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, to a religious family. His parents work as pastors. His father, Bishop Wayne Timothy Jackson, is also a lesser-known author. Following his high-school graduation, Brandon moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in stand-up comedy and joined a club known as the ‘Laugh Factory.’ In 1999, he made his acting debut with a small role in the series titled ‘Norm’ and then appeared in smaller roles in series such as ‘Californication,’ ‘The Zeta Project,’ and ‘Raising Hope.’ He then made his film debut in 2001, with ‘Nikita Blues,’ and won critical acclaim for his performance in the film ‘Roll Bounce.’ He also won a ‘Black Reel Award’ for his performance in ‘Roll Bounce.’ He is also known for portraying ‘Grover Underwood’ in two ‘Percy Jackson’ films. Lately, he was seen playing a main role in the series ‘Mr. Robinson’ and a supporting role in the film ‘Get a Job.’

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  • While he worked at the ‘Laugh Factory,’ he opened shows for comedians such as Wayne Brady and Chris Tucker. However, a few years prior to that, in 1999, he had made his acting debut with a low-budget TV series named ‘Norm.’
  • In 2001, he played the small role of ‘Tyrone’ in the film titled ‘Nikita Blues.’ In 2001, he appeared as ‘Blair’ and ‘Jace’ in two episodes of the series ‘The Zeta Project.’
  • In the early 2000s, he played small, uncredited roles in the films ‘Ali’ and ‘8 Mile.’ Both films became classics, but as Brandon had minor, unnamed roles in both the films, he could not reapany benefits from their success.
  • After starring in the 2005 film ‘Envy,’ Brandon had the first acting breakthrough of his career. The same year, he starred in the comedy–drama film titled ‘Roll Bounce.’ Brandon played the role of ‘Junior’ in the film. It was a big commercial and critical hit. Brandon won the ‘Black Reel Award’ for the ‘Best Breakthrough Performance’ for the film.
  • In 2005, he starred in a supporting role in the film ‘House of Grimm.’ Later, in 2007, he appeared in the film titled ‘This Christmas,’ as ‘El Rey MC.’ The same year, he also appeared as ‘Deshawn’ in the prison comedy film titled ‘Big Stan.’
  • In 2008, Brandon appeared as ‘Alpa Chino’ in the action–comedy film ‘Tropic Thunder,’ directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Brandon’s appearance as a homosexual rapper in the film was hugely appreciated, and he was nominated for another ‘Black Reel Award,’ this time, for the ‘Best Supporting Actor.’ The same year, he appeared in the supporting role of ‘Lil 1’ in the film ‘Days of Wrath.’
  • In 2009, he appeared in a small role (‘Alex’) in the action–thriller film ‘Fast & Furious.’
  • 2010 turned out to be another big year for Brandon’s acting career, as he appeared in the first lead role of his career, in the film titled ‘Lottery Ticket.’ He played ‘Benny’ in the comedy film. It was a huge commercial success. Although the film received average reviews from critics, the leading performances received accolades.
  • The same year, Brandon also appeared in the film ‘Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.’ The film featured him as ‘Grover Underwood,’ a satyr and the best friend of the lead character, ‘Percy.’ Brandon’s performance won him a nomination for the ‘Black Reel Award’ for the ‘Best Supporting Actor.’
  • Riding high on the success of his films, in 2011, he appeared in the film titled ‘Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.’ Brandon played a leading role (replacing Jascha Washington) in the film which, though commercially successful, was panned by critics. The film featured Brandon in a double role, as a man named ‘Trent Pierce’ and a woman named ‘Charmaine Daisy Pierce.’ His performance as ‘Charmaine Daisy’ won him a ‘Raspberry Award’ nomination for the ‘Worst Supporting Actress.’
  • In 2012, he played another leading role (as ‘Alan’), in the film titled ‘Thunderstruck.’ The following year, he appeared as ‘Corporal Artie AJ Culpepper’ in the film ‘Approaching Midnight.’ The same year, he reprised his role of ‘Grover Underwood’ in the film ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.’
  • In 2014, he appeared as ‘Rufus “Roofie” Jones’ in the supernatural comedy series ‘Deadbeat.’ The following year, he appeared as ‘Ben Robisnon,’ a lead character, in the series ‘Mr. Robinson.’ ‘Deadbeat’ ran for three seasons, while ‘Mr. Robinson’ was canceled after one season.
  • More recently, Brandon has appeared in supporting roles in films such as ‘Get a Job’ (as ‘Luke’) and ‘Eloise’ (as ‘Dell Richards’).
  • Apart from devoting his time to films and TV roles, he has sung a single titled ‘Imma Do It Big,’ which also featured T-Pain and ‘One Chance.’
  • He has also worked as a screenwriter for the short film ‘Tweet’ (2011) and an episode of the TV series ‘BET's Comicview’ (2005).
Family & Personal Life
  • Brandon T Jackson has been dating a dental hygienist named Denise Xavier, and the couple has been living together for a while. Rumors suggest that they are married and have a daughter.
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