A native New Yorker who hails from a family full of actors, Smollett began his career as a baby, diaper-model. He got his scripted start on the series Hanging with Mr. Cooper
before starring alongside his five brothers and sisters in their ABC sitcom, On Our Own
. Smollett also starred in the critically acclaimed feature film Eve's Bayou
, directed by Kasi Lemmons.
Aside from acting, Smollett is a long time supporter of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), a nonprofit organization working in the US and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, assist children orphaned by AIDS, advance human and civil rights, safeguard voting rights, and educate and empower youth.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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