Jessie Usher in as American actor who is best known for his athletic body and his portrayal of ‘Cam Calloway’ in the sitcom ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ that featured him as a professional basketball player. He excelled in academics since elementary school and studied culinary arts in college. However, he always aspired to make a career in the entertainment industry. During his initial days, he played minor roles in TV series such as ‘The Mentalist,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ and ‘Summer Camp.’ His first full-fledged role was that of ‘Lyle’ in the ‘Cartoon Network’ film ‘Level Up.’ It brought him fame and helped him bag a recurring role in two seasons of the TV series of the same name. His other starring role was that of ‘Dylan Hiller’ in the ‘20th Century Fox’ science-fiction action film ‘Independence Day: Resurgence.’ He won the ‘Hamptons International Film Festival Award’ for the ‘Breakthrough Performer’ for his performance in ‘Survivor’s Remorse.’ He, along with the cast of ‘Independence Day: Resurgence,’ won the ‘CinemaCon’ award for the ‘Ensemble of the Universe.’ Jessie has a large fan following on social media. He wishes to venture into production and direction someday. His ultimate goal in life is to own a production company.
Childhood & Early Life
Jessie T Usher Jr. was born on February 29, 1992, in Silver Springs, Maryland, US, to Judith and Jessie T Usher. He is a rare leap-year child. He has a sister named Jesstia Usher who appeared in TV commercials and inspired him to join the entertainment industry. He is of African–American ethnicity.
He was introduced to acting at the age of 5, when he was featured in a commercial for the meat and cold-cut production company ‘Oscar Mayer.’ His parents encouraged him to take up acting as a career and relocated to Los Angeles in 2003 to facilitate the same. He guest-starred in several TV series as a child, and that helped him hone his skills. His sister studied design and became a well-known fashion designer.
Jessie excelled in academics since his elementary school. He graduated from high school as the salutatorian of his class at the age of 15. He then studied culinary arts in college and earned the honor of being a member of the ‘Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society.’ However, he wished to make a career in the entertainment industry. In 2005, he appeared in an episode of the ‘CBS’ police drama ‘Without a Trace’ while he was still in high school. This marked his entry into the world of entertainment.
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After completing high school, he appeared in an episode of the ‘Disney Channel’ comedy TV series ‘Hannah Montana’ in 2007. This was closely followed by his appearance as ‘Baby G’ and a robber in the drama series ‘Lincoln Heights’ and ‘Numb3rs,’ respectively, in 2008.
He played minor roles in the TV series ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Criminal Minds’ in 2009. He also appeared in ‘Summer Camp’ and ‘G.I. Joe: Renegades’ in 2010. He appeared as a basketball player in the movie ‘Beautiful Boy’ in 2010.
His performance received positive reviews and helped him bag the role of ‘Lyle’ in the ‘Cartoon Network’ TV film ‘Level Up’ in 2011. This was his first starring role. The film inspired a spin-off TV series that featured Usher in the recurring role of ‘Lyle Hugginson’ for two seasons.
He continued to appear in films related to sports, such as ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ and ‘All Part of the Game: Part 1 Freethrows,’ till he appeared as ‘Dylan Hiller’ in the ‘20th Century Fox’ science-fiction disaster film ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ in 2016.
He received a big break on TV with the lead role of ‘Cam Calloway,’ a professional basketball player, in the sitcom ‘Survivor’s Remorse.’ The series ran from 2014 to 2017 and made him a household name in the US.
After appearing in the Christmas comedy–drama film ‘Almost Christmas’ in 2016, he was seen in the action movies ‘Ride’ and ‘Creed 2’ in 2018. He is set to appear in the upcoming action comedy ‘Shaft,’ directed by Tim Story.
He is also supposed to appear as ‘A-Train’ in the upcoming superhero web series ‘The Boys,’ based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. While he is a versatile actor, his excellent physique has branded him as an ideal character for sports and action movies.
He is currently at the threshold of a promising career and is a celebrity in his own right. He aspires to venture into production and plans to direct films and TV shows someday. His ultimate goal is to have a production company of his own.
Some of his noteworthy movies are ‘Beautiful Boy’ (2010), ‘Teenage’ (2013), ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ (2014), ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ (2016), ‘Almost Christmas’ (2016), ‘Ride’ (2018), and ‘Creed 2’ (2018).
Some of his notable TV projects are ‘Without a Trace’ (2005), ‘Hannah Montana’ (2007), ‘Lincoln Heights’ (2008), ‘Criminal Minds’ (2009), ‘Summer Camp’ (2010), ‘Level Up’ (2011–2012), ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ (2014–2017), and the upcoming series ‘The Boys.’
Awards & Achievements
He won the 2015 ‘Hamptons International Film Festival Award’ for the ‘Breakthrough Performer’ for his portrayal of ‘Cam Calloway’ in the TV series ‘Survivor’s Remorse.’
In 2016, he, along with the cast of the movie ‘Independence Day: Resurgence,’ won the ‘CinemaCon’ award for the ‘Ensemble of the Universe.’
Jessie lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Although he is active on social media, where he has a large fan following, he prefers spending time with a few close friends. He has been romantically associated with a lot of his co-stars but has not been in a serious relationship with anyone yet. He is currently known to be single.
He is fond of cooking and loves rap music. He loves playing basketball and is frequently seen working out at the gym. He is over six feet tall and has a muscular body that has been his asset on screen.
Jessie has lent his voice to the documentary film ‘Teenage,’ directed by Matt Wolf.