Who is Khamani Griffin?
Khamani Griffin is an American actor, best known for playing Bobby James on the popular sitcom ‘All of Us’. The Oakland-born actor has been performing in front of camera ever since he was only two years old. His mother Gena Sexton sent his pictures to a few modelling agencies when he was a toddler. He first started appearing in print and TV commercials and after that, he sly transitioned into acting. In 2003, Khamani made his acting debut in the family comedy film ‘Daddy Day Care’, wherein he played the son of Eddie Murphy’s character. In the same year, he was roped in to play Bobby, one of the main roles on the situational comedy ‘All of Us’. He has since appeared in popular series, such as ‘ER’, ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Entourage’, in guest roles. Apart from those, he has played bigger roles on TV shows, such as ‘Ni Hao, Kai-Lan’ and ‘Carpoolers’. As for his film career, he is best known for voice acting in films like ‘Happy Feet’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’ and ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’.
Childhood & Early Life
Khamani Griffin was born on August 1, 1998 to Gena Sexton in Oakland, California, USA. He is the middle child of his parents, having an older brother and a younger sister. His brother De’Von Flournoy is a football player and model.
His mother divorced his biological father when Khamani was quite young. She won his custody. She later went on to marry another man.
His mother saw potential in him when he was hardly two years old and sent his pictures to a few modelling agencies. It led to him featuring in some print advertisements. He slowly transitioned into doing TV ads. In his childhood, he was best known for appearing in an ad for the breakfast cereal brand, Trix.
In addition to being a child model, Khamani was also a very bright student. He was admitted into a pre-school at the age of 2 years and 9 months, and even before he was three years old, he had already started reading.
By the time he was five years old, he had started auditioning for roles in films and television shows. He made his screen debut in 2003.
Khamani was one of the several thousand children who were called from all over the country to audition for a role in the film ‘Daddy Day Care’. He was confident about getting the role even before he auditioned. As soon as he read the role in the script, he declared that god had given him that role.
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Khamani Griffin made his first film appearance in 2003 in the Eddie Murphy-starrer movie ‘Daddy Day Care’. In the Steve Carr-directed family comedy movie, Khamani played Ben Hinton, the young son of Eddie Murphy. While the film received some bad reviews from the critics, it was a huge commercial hit overall..
After the successful start of his career in 2003, Khamani bagged yet another breakthrough role when he was cast to play Robert James Jr. (Bobby) in the sitcom ‘All of Us’. He was playing one of the family members on the show, appearing in all 88 episodes of the series throughout its four seasons.
Just like his debut film ‘Daddy Day Care’, his television debut also became very successful, as his portrayal of Bobby made him a household name all across America. Khamani along with the cast for ‘Daddy Day Care’ was nominated for a ‘Young Artist Award’ in the young best ensemble category.
In addition to acting, he continued focus on his studies while working towards a bright future in the American entertainment industry.
Khamani played the guest role of Clayton Davis in one episode of the series titled ‘ER’ (2005). He followed it with several single episodes and guest roles in series like ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘My Name is Earl’.
In 2006, he voiced for the character of the Chick in the animated comedy film ‘Barnyard’. He also played multiple voice roles in another animated film titled ‘Happy Feet’. ‘Happy Feet’ became a superhit international success.
Khamani played the role of a younger Eddie Murphy in the comedy film ‘Norbit’ (2007). Directed by Brian Robbins, the film was panned by the critics, but just like other Eddie Murphy movies, it was a winner at the box office.
In the 2008 computer animated short film ‘Surviving Sid’, Khamani played a voice role as Beaver Son. The film was a spin-off of the popular animated film franchise ‘Ice Age’.
In 2007, Khamani played multiple roles, such as two of Aubrey’s Kids and Brady, in four episodes of the series ‘Carpoolers’. A year later, he was seen playing the quirky role of Karate Kid in a single episode of the hit series ‘Entourage’.
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In 2008, he bagged a major voice role in the American animated series ‘Ni Hao, Kai-Lan’. When the show was on-air, Khamani played three different characters in 37 episodes.
He followed it with guest roles in series, such as ‘Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
After playing a supporting role as Timmy in the film ‘Hip-Hop Headstrong’, Khamani played a voice role in the 2011 animated film ‘The Little Engine That Could’.
In the 2012 animated film ‘Rise of the Guardians’, he played the voice role of Caleb Deverreaux. He followed it up with another voice role in the animated film ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’.
In 2009, Khamani featured on the first season of the children’s game show ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ He appeared on the show in the next two seasons as well.
In 2010, he started appearing in a number of guest roles in series, such as ‘The Life & Times of Tim’ and ‘Brothers & Sisters’. Recently, he was seen playing a recurring voice role in the series ‘Sofia the First’. He has voiced for the character of Prince Khaled in the long running animated series.
Khamani has also appeared in Lil’ Kim’s music video, ‘Download’.
Family & Personal Life
Khamani Griffin has stayed out of the limelight ever since he became an adult, keeping his private life to himself.
His mother, Gena Sexton, worked as his manager when Khamani was not old enough to look after his finances.