Reno Wilson is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He is known for his work in TV shows, such as ‘The Cosby Show’, and ‘Mike & Molly’, and for his role in the ‘Transformers’ film series. He has also played voice roles in a few video games. Wilson was born in Brooklyn, New York. From an early age, he had a passion for acting and always wanted to become an actor. He began his acting career with a role in the sitcom named ‘The Cosby Show’. The show, which focused on an upper middle-class black family in Brooklyn, New York, was a huge hit. Other TV shows that earned him further popularity include ‘Blind Justice’ and ‘Mike & Molly’. He has also appeared in a number of films, mostly in supporting roles. His films include ‘Mighty Joe Young’, ‘She Creature’ and ‘Crank’. In 2007, he voiced Frenzy, a supporting character in the sci-fi action film ‘Transformers’. He reprised his role in four other films of the ‘Transformers’ series. Regarding his personal life, he is married with two children and lives in Los Angeles.
Reno Wilson’s career began with his role in the TV sitcom ‘The Cosby Show’. The show aired from 1984 to 1992, and was a huge success. It focused on an upper-middle class black family residing in Brooklyn, New York. The series won many awards, including six Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
He made his film debut in the comedy film ‘Sgt. Bilko’. He played the role of a radio jockey. The film was a commercial and critical failure. He continued to appear in other movies, such as ‘Fallen’ (1998), ‘Mighty Joe Young’ (1998) and ‘She Creature’ (2001) in the ensuing years. Between 2001 and 2002, he had a main role in the sci-fi TV series ‘The Chronicle’. The reviews were mostly favorable. In 2005, he played a main role in the crime drama TV series ‘Blind Justice’.
In 2006, Wilson had a supporting role in the action film ‘Crank’. The film was a success commercially, earning over three times its budget. The reviews were also mostly positive. His popularity grew further in 2007, when he voiced Frenzy in the sci-fi action film ‘Transformers’. Directed by Michael Bay, the film was a huge success commercially, earning over $700 million on a budget of $150 million. The film received nominations for three Oscars and won several other awards as well.
In 2009, he reprised his role in the film ‘Crank: High Voltage’, the sequel to the 2006 film ‘Crank’. The film was a commercial success, but the critical response was mostly average. The same year, he also appeared in the action sci-fi film ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’, which is the second installment of the ‘Transformers’ live-action film series. Like its prequel, the film was a huge success commercially and won a few awards. In 2010, Wilson was seen in the action film ‘Kill Speed’. He also started playing a main role in the sitcom ‘Mike & Molly’. The series aired till 2016.
His works on the big screen in the 2010s also include the 2011 film ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’, and its 2014 sequel ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’. Both the films were directed by Michael Bay, and both were commercially successful, with each grossing over $1 billion at the box office. In 2017, he appeared in the fifth film of the ‘Transformers’ series, ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’. It wasn’t as successful commercially as its predecessors. In 2018, he had a role in the TV series ‘Good Girls’. His most recent work on the big screen was in the 2019 biopic ‘Bolden’.
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Family & Personal Life
Reno Wilson was born in New York City, New York, US, on 20th January 1969, to African-American parents. Not much is known regarding his early life, except for the fact that he wanted to become an actor from an early age.
During his high school years, he was a classmate of the future actress Jennifer Aniston. He completed his higher education from the New York State University.
He is happily married to Coco Fausone, and the couple has two children.