Off the court, Shaquille O'Neal has successfully ventured into feature films, music, television and the worldwide web. He made his motion picture debut opposite Nick Nolte in Blue Chips and starred as the wish-granting genie in Kazaam. O'Neal has been featured in cutting-edge global advertisements for Reebok, Pepsi and Taco Bell, among many others, and was recently voted the Most Wanted personality for endorsements by the Fortune 500 companies.
O'Neal launched his music career as a rap singer with his debut album, Shaq Diesel, which went platinum, followed by Shaq Fu: Da Return, which reached gold status. You Can't Stop the Reign, his current album and the first to be released by O'Neal's own record label, T.W.Is.M. (The World Is Mine), continues to climb the charts, propelled by his hit single, Strait Playin' (I Like Playin' on the West Side). O'Neal was also responsible for signing three new acts to the label: R&B sensations 1 Accord and S.H.E. (Soul, Heart Energy); and rapper Peter Gunz.
Despite his accomplishments in sports and entertainment and his worldwide status as a celebrity icon, Shaquille O'Neal manages to maintain his philanthropic activities by uplifting and helping those who are less fortunate. He became the national spokesperson for RIF (Reading Is Fundamental), a national organization that engages millions of people of all ages in literacy programs, and has affiliated himself with organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and AEFK (Athletes and Entertainers for Kids), among others.
Shaquille O'Neal Facts
|Birth Name||Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal|
|Birthday||March 6, 1972 (44)|
|Birthplace||Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|Height||7' 1" (2m16) How tall is Shaquille O'Neal compared to you?|