Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to a Native American mother and an African American father, Cozart pursued his goal of playing professional basketball after college, but a foot injury while playing in the NBA Summer Pro League ended his dream.
After a successful modeling career in Miami, Cozart made his feature film debut in Warner Bros. Pictures' Blue Skies Again, opposite Andy Garcia. Deciding to relocate to New York to study his craft, Cozart continued modeling and appeared in numerous publications such as Vogue, GQ and Essence. His love for theatre soon led him to be in two prominent stage plays, Diary of a Black Man and The Big Knife. He also trained at the American Repertory Theatre and the Sundance Institute under the tutelage of Robert Redford.
Since then, Cozart has appeared in the movies-of-the-week Johnny Tsunami, Slam Dunk Ernest and A Family Divided. He also had recurring roles on Reasonable Doubts, Gabriel's Fire and HBO's Dream On; and guest-starred on such shows as Sister, Sister, Diagnosis Murder, Walker Texas Ranger, Ned and Stacey, ROC, M.A.N.T.I.S., Living Single, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and Lifetime's Any Day Now, in which Cozart also exhibits his singing talents. His early film work includes roles in School Daze and Firebirds.
President of his own production company, Cozart is also Co-Chairman of the newly formed production entity P.O.V. Planet, which created and produced the Wave to the World All-Star celebrity recording and video Spirit of Life for the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Spirit of Life has earned the prestigious Videographer and Aurora Awards, the NY Film Festival Bronze Award and the Telly Award.
With a number of projects on his slate, Cozart is currently writing and producing a project about the life of Marvin Gaye called What's Going On?.
Among his other creative pursuits, the multi-talented Cozart is also completing his first co-produced music CD on which he sings lead vocals and has composed two original songs. He is also an active partner and celebrity spokesperson for a new, innovative, manufacturing company, The Original Ballbag Co., whose products are licensed by the NBA, NBA.com, Tommy Hilfiger, and others. Today, basketball continues to be one of Cozart's personal passions; he is the back-to-back 3 Point shooting champion and team captain for the NBA Entertainment League, as well as team captain of the Hollywood Knights Celebrity Basketball Tour.
Cozart's compassion, understanding and capacity to give are exemplified by his devotion to utilizing his celebrity status to advocate and support numerous charities and humanitarian events. He is a celebrity supporter of the Heartfelt Foundation, spokesperson for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is the founder of the Hoops for Hope Basketball Charity Game, a non-profit star-studded event. He is founder of the "Cylk Cozart Celebrity Classic All-Star Basketball Game" to benefit the Toni Stroman Fund, and is a celebrity spokesperson for the National Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is also a celebrity supporter for the National Tourette Syndrome Association, The Lupus Foundation of America, The National Indian Council, and others. In recognition of his outstanding charitable efforts and accomplishments, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.
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|Birthday||February 1, 1957 (61)|
|Birthplace||Knoxville, Tennessee, USA|